The Committee

Members from the business community can nominate to be appointed to the committee for a period of one or two years, with the final decision made by Greater Shepparton City Council at the time of appointment.

The Shepparton Show Me Committee comprises twelve voting members including nine representative of the Shepparton business community, two Councillors and a representative from Council’s Executive.In addition to this there are also three non-voting Council representatives including a representative from Investment Attraction, Marketing & Communications, and the Shepparton Show Me Marketing Coordinator.

The committee meets once a month to discuss planned promotional activities, sponsorship applications and general issues concerning the Shepparton business community.

Business Community Representatives (Voting)

Simon Quattrocchi - Chair 
Owner, Goulburn Valley Finance Brokers Term ends July 2017

Simon and his wife Fran have operated GV Finance Brokers for the past 14 years. Simon brings a wealth of knowledge of the financial sector to the committee.

“Running your own business provides insight into many aspects to understanding the community and local interests.”

Shane Sali - Deputy Chair
Operations, Traffik, Shop 221 & Arcade Fashions Term ends July 2018

Shane is Shepparton born and bred. After spending close to four years working as a Telstra Business Account Manager for a local family operated Telstra store, Shane had the opportunity at the young age of twenty to manage a vast range of clients in differing sectors across Shepparton and Northern Victoria. He now brings that knowledge and experience to his family business; three independent women’s retail stores in the Shepparton CBD. Shane sees it as a fantastic opportunity to work alongside his family, who have been in business for over forty years. This wealth of expertise enables Shane to bring a passionate approach to building a better Shepparton.

“What a fantastic and exciting 2015/2016 year it has been for Shepparton Show Me with the release of our biggest ever marketing campaign Greater Shepparton Great Things Happen Here. This marketing campaign was launched to showcase all the great untold stories of Shepparton but to also showcase everything Shepparton has to offer to attract new business to town. I feel with that with another proud and strong committee in place, Shepparton is set benefit from the input of Shepparton Show Me."

John Montagner
Owner, Solar City Office Equipment Term ends July 2017

John is the owner of Solar City Office Equipment, a business he co-founded 23 years ago. John manages a team of 15 staff and has grown the business to become one of the largest office equipment suppliers in rural Victoria. He has also served on the Kialla West Primary School Council, during which time the school became one of the fastest growing rural schools in the area. John has been a member of the Shepparton Show Me Committee since 2011.

“This is now my 5th year on the Shepparton Show Me Committee. We have worked towards promoting our town with many successful campaigns during this period. Our Christmas promotions I feel have been extremely successful along with the summer and winter markets, the Shepparton Challenge Triathlon sponsorship just to name a few. Our Great Things Happen Here Promotion is one of the largest campaigns ever undertaken by SSM. With large segments of the business community backing this promotion, and the trusted Charles Wooley featuring as our ambassador, I feel this campaign will be a great success. Its aim in attracting business to Shepparton and creating a feel good town environment has already paid dividends with a lot of interest shown in 2 weeks of its release. Along with some extremely good reports from our launch. I look forward to another exciting year working with other passionate Business Community members.”

Malcolm Blake
Owner Manager, Blake’s Florist Term ends July 2017

Malcolm and his wife Dianne established Blake’s Florist in 1984. In addition to sharing the day to day management and operations of Blake’s Florist, Malcolm has held several high profile positions in the floristry industry including serving on the Board of Directors of Interflora Australian Unit Ltd for 20 years, including 4 years as Chairman. On the international level, Malcolm has served on the Interflora Incorporated Board (world board) for 3 years and served as a Director on the Asia Florist Association based in Tokyo. Malcolm was first elected to Shepparton Show Me in September 2013.

“We are pleased with the launch and positive comments of the Great Things Happen Here campaign and look forward to some good outcomes to ensure Shepparton as a major regional business centre.”

Ron Popelier
Owner, Pop Design Studios Term Ends July 2017

Ron was born and raised here in Shepparton and has operated here for most of his working life. His business, Pop Design Studios, has been in operation for approximately 25 years. He does Commercial and Residential work in Victoria and New South Wales. Ron has been involved in many service organisations and community groups, and was very actively involved with People Supporting People. Shepparton Show Me are a group of passionate people who care about Shepparton and have a vision to see Shepparton grow and to again become a leader in business, shopping and events. The Council and Shepparton Show Me have worked very hard to promote many different events including sporting events and Markets.

“We are a very diverse community, but we are working together to create a cohesive community. I’m excited to work with SSM to promote and create a positive attitude in Greater Shepparton.”

Sam Lagozzino
Owner, Noble Monks Term Ends July 2018

Sam was born and raised on a farm in Greater Shepparton. At the age of 16 he moved to Melbourne after accepting a Sporting Scholarship for Australian Rules Football at the prestigious school of Caulfield Grammar. He spent 10 years in Melbourne working within the Hospitality and Sports Industries in Entrepreneurial, Management and leadership capacities. Sam returned to Shepparton in 2009 with a wealth of business and life experience and began work in the Real Estate Industry dealing predominately in Residential House Sales, Land Sales and Commercial Sales & Leasing. In 2013 he recognised that there was room for improvement in the Hospitality Industry within Greater Shepparton. In September of that year Sam followed his passion with his fiancé Joanne and purchased Noble Monks with the goal of providing a venue with the quality of Melbourne’s inner city hot spots along with the best customer service and customer experience for the region. Over the past 3 years Sam has driven the continual growth of Noble Monks which originally employed 5 staff and now employs a strong team of 25 passionate local employees. Sam has thrived in dealing with the challenges of maintaining Noble Monks high standards, attracting tourists to the area and providing a place for the people of Greater Shepparton to be proud of.

“I thoroughly enjoy being a member of the Shepparton Show Me Committee and look forward to working alongside other local passionate individuals with the purpose of making our great town even greater.”

Danielle Tait
Marketing & Business Development Coordinator, Shepparton Marketplace Term Ends July 2017

Danielle has an extensive background in Marketing and Management, Business Development and Event Coordination. She has established networks with a large range of local businesses and has an understanding of local business issues.

“I have a vested interest in the retail sector in Greater Shepparton. Working for a national publically listed company allows me to collaborate with colleagues from other retail shopping centres throughout Australia, sharing ideas and concepts that have worked in their cities or centres.”

Aaron Brain
Dealer Principle, Shepparton BMW. Term Ends July 2017

Carrie Donaldson
Sense of Place Consulting. Term Ends July 2018

Greater Shepparton City Council Representatives (Voting)

Cr Les Oroszvary (Committee Deputy Chair)
Councillor, Greater Shepparton City Council

Les is a serving police officer with over 36 years experience. He is currently the sergeant in charge of the prosecutions office attached to the Shepparton Police Station. Les is a team player with a can-do attitude and brings leadership and integrity to his role as a councillor. Les was elected to Council in 2012 and has been re-elected for a second term in October 2016. 

Cr Kim O'Keeffe
Councillor, Greater Shepparton City Council

Kim has run her own business in Shepparton for the past 28 years in the service and training industry. Kim expanded her business nationally taking on the role as National Education and Marketing Manager for the Salons Group and also has her own Make Up brand that is sold across Australia.  She has worked with both small and large businesses and companies, who she continues to support and mentor.

"Greater Shepparton offers a wonderful lifestyle and really is a wonderful place to live and work."

Johann Rajaratnam
Director Sustainable Development, Greater Shepparton City Council

As part of his role Johann is responsible for the economic development, land use planning and building and environmental planning at Greater Shepparton City Council. Prior to coming to Greater Shepparton in March 2013, he worked at the City of Boroondara in Melbourne. Johann’s background includes strategic planning, staff management, government liaison and corporate planning experience. His work history is primarily in local government and he has experience working at small coastal Councils with seasonal population expansion, growth area Councils and inner city Councils.

“The committee is very proud of the work it has supported and initiated this year culminating in the Great Things Happen Here campaign. I look forward to another great year with Shepparton Show Me in 16/17.”

Greater Shepparton City Council Representatives (Non-voting)

Geraldine Christou
Manager Investment Attraction, Greater Shepparton City Council

Geraldine is responsible for management of a number of portfolios. Those specifically relating to Shepparton Show Me objectives include business and industry development, investment attraction, tourism, events, facility management, implementation of the CBD Strategy, the Greater Shepparton Business Centre, festive decorations, coordination of the Summer and Winter City Markets and grant facilitation. Geraldine is a Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry board member, Goulburn River Valley Tourism board member, La Trobe Regional Advisory board member, Food Bowl Inland Rail Alliance board member and an active participant in the Hume Economic Development Network.

“Shepparton Show Me is a key stakeholder working closely with Council’s Economic Development Department to deliver economic outcomes for Shepparton - increasing visitation through collaboratively bidding for, sponsoring and hosting key events and working on important initiatives such as the Great Things Happen Here Campaign, Renew Shepparton and CBD revitalisation.”

Fiona Le Gassick
Manager Marketing and Communications, Greater Shepparton City Council

As part of her role Fiona is responsible for overseeing and supporting Shepparton Show Me, including management of the Shepparton Show Me Marketing Co-ordinator position. Prior to coming to Greater Shepparton City Council in October 2012, she was the Business Development Manager at GOTAFE in Shepparton. Fiona’s background includes marketing and brand management, business development, customer service and staff management. She has been the director of two home based small businesses including Le Gassick Consulting, delivering strategic and business planning, marketing strategy development and tender and submission writing services.

“I would like to thank the SSM committee for their continuous support, leadership, passion and energy, which has contributed to Shepparton being recognised as a formidable regional city within Victoria.”

Staff (Non-Voting)

Mat Innes Irons
Marketing Coordinator, Shepparton Show Me

Mat brings a wealth of business planning, marketing, management and customer service knowledge and experience to the Marketing Co-ordinator role. He is a well-known identity in the Shepparton business community having owned and managed several businesses including Daiquiris, The Tatong Tavern, The Hotel Australia, The Must Winebar, Marimat Vineyard and most recently Friars Cafe. In addition to his role as Shepparton Show Me’s Marketing Co-ordinator, Mat is a partner in a wholesale wine business and catering business.

“Another busy year for Shepparton Show Me with a wide range of campaigns and sponsored events bringing a large amount of money to our region. The Shepparton Show Me Blue Santa was a huge hit again spreading his unique Christmas cheer throughout the city. Both the Summer and Winter City Markets brought huge numbers to the CBD. The Shepparton Show Me sponsored basketball events booked out accommodation numerous times with the flow on boosting retail sales. Challenge Shepparton was viewed all over the globe showcasing what a great area we live in. The Shepparton Show Me driven Great Things Happen Here campaign to me is the best project Greater Shepparton has undertaken. There are so many great businesses in our region and now we are telling everyone about them. This is a great area to build a business and we look forward to developing Great Things Happen Here further.”