We have officially welcomed a new president this week after founding president, Stephen Milne, stepped down from the role late last year.
After three years at the helm of the Expo Committee, Mr Milne said it was time to hand the reigns over to Gold Coast boating and business leader, Patrick Gay AM.
Mr Gay founded Gay Constructions in 1955 and has created many high profile developments, including the River Links estate in Helensvale. In 1988, Mr Gay and Jeff Leigh-Smith started Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard and 10 years later at the 2008 Australia Day awards ceremony, Mr Gay was honoured with the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the construction industry, educational and youth social welfare organisations, and to the sport of game fishing.
Mr Milne said he was proud to welcome Patrick Gay, chairman of Gold Coast City Marina, as the new Expo president.
“Mr Gay is a very active boater and stalwart supporter of the Gold Coast International Marine Expo and the marine industry, and I am thrilled he has taken up the role of president,” Mr Milne said.
“It has been a joy and an honour to be part of a team creating such a great family boating event from scratch with an extremely limited budget. And it was certainly the raw passion, belief and commitment by a lot of people that have made Expo what it is today.
“I am proud of Expo’s philosophy, to showcase the boating industry in a different and affordable format, and I believe we have achieved a great deal in a very short time period.
“Over the past three years Expo has welcomed over 60,000 people through the gates and we have raised more than $50,000 for our four local charities – that is a tremendous effort and Expo would not have been possible without the support of the community in the form of almost 90 volunteers and the boat loving public.
“As Expo continues to grow, I know Mr Gay will help to steer this not-for-profit event to the next level and I look forward to continuing to be an active part of Expo as a committee member.