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Fred Eske

Fred Eske

Mobile: 0414 700 587
Email: Fred.Eske@industry.gov.au

Fred has 40 years' experience in Defence and the Defence and aerospace industry with an exceptional record of leadership, collaboration and achievement. Fred is an advocate for advanced manufacturing, technology innovation and industry led collaborations. He has extensive senior executive expertise in large and small business operations, strategic planning, project management, business development, engineering and advanced manufacturing, enhanced by a comprehensive industrial network within Australia and globally.

Fred graduated as a professional aeronautical engineer from the RMIT and has undertaken post graduate studies in business administration and project management. As an Air Force engineering officer, Fred undertook a range of aerospace technical and project management roles in Australia and overseas. In June 1989, Fred was awarded and Order of Australia for outstanding achievements as the Engineering Manager for the acquisition of the Black Hawk utility helicopter, local manufacture and assembly, and its introduction into service.

As an owner and Director, Fred has formed and operated a niche aerospace engineering company. He also firmed and led the F-35 Join Strike Fighter (JSF) Industry Coalition in partnership with Defence, and developed and successfully implemented the BAE Systems Australia strategy for advanced manufacturing and regional sustainment for the global JSF aircraft. Fred was instrumental in winning and establishing the collaborative and innovative Defence Materials Technology Centre involving many Australian companies (large and small) and academia partners.

Fred has held a number of executive leadership roles in BAE Systems Australia. He has been a General Manager responsible for a diverse range of Defence and commercial operations and projects at 20 locations Australia wide. As the Head of Business Development, he led strategy development, its major campaigns and business winning across the air, land and maritime domains. Most recently, Fred has been devising and executing the South Australia ‘Defence State’ strategy to attract and development major Defence programs, science and technology and local industry capabilities.


New South Wales


Peter Davies

Peter Davies

Partner: NSW Business Chamber
Location: Newcastle
Mobile: 0407 023 326
Email: peter.davies@nswbc.com.au

Peter is an industry experienced Business Adviser covering the Hunter / Central Coast & Mid North Coast Region of NSW for Advanced Manufacturing. He has extensive experience in lean manufacturing, logistics, strategic planning, production, capex, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation - both domestic and international, R&D, WHS, design & construction, project management and process engineering.

Peter has developed a deep knowledge & high level skills in delivering the latest IIoT technology, covering sensors, data analytics, robotics & additive manufacturing. His expertise includes developing market positioning, leadership strategy & change management, innovation & use of technology involving digital manufacturing (Industry 4.0). He also is an expert in the use of the diagnostic business tools such as FutureMap, Digital Canvas’s & Cyber Security.

He has held executive roles in manufacturing, engineering, mining and mineral processing, and fuel management, operations in multi-site steel distribution and recently as National Manufacturing Manager for Rocla Pipeline Products, covering 16 Australian sites.

Peter is a past Chairman & Board member of Bishop Tyrell Anglican College, and was involved in leading the funding & construction of a medical clinic in Uganda.

Peter has a Structural Engineering Certificate, and qualifications in Production & Operations, Six Sigma, Technical Project Management, WHS Systems & Auditing.


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Daniel Gronowski

Partner: Deloitte
Location: Sydney
Mobile: 0433 818 869
Email: dgronowski@deloitte.com.au

Daniel is an expert at understanding the potential of emerging technologies and developing commercial partnerships to exploit opportunities. He has over 10 years experience working with innovators (inventors, startups, investors and businesses) to assess new technologies, develop commercialisation strategies and take technologies and ventures to market. His experience crosses many industries from ITC to Aerospace and has included high profile technologies such as UNSW’s world leading solar cell manufacturing and design portfolio.

Daniel has managed the international sales of a novel Australian software startup, represented a major multinational engineering software provider and worked with an early Australian provider of 3D printing and rapid prototyping services. He also mentors and advises startups on testing business model assumptions, partnerships, fundraising and grant applications.

Daniel holds an Executive MBA and Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology.


Keith Madden

Keith Madden

Partner: Ai Group
Location: Sydney
Mobile: 0400 661 803
Email: keith.madden@aigroup.com.au

Keith has over 30 years' experience in Commercial Manager, General Manager and CEO roles. He specialises in advising on supply chain and distribution. He trained at KPMG in Private client services. He has managed finance, logistics, and sales and marketing teams for SMEs and multi-nationals including a Fortune 500 company.

Keith specialises in developing practical, strategic and operational solutions that address business issues and opportunities for his clients. His breadth of experience has proven invaluable in analysing and driving business performance solutions.

Keith's skill set includes finance, strategic planning, export market development, operational improvement, lean implementation, and business improvement activity. His sector experience includes advanced manufacturing, transport and logistics, food, ICT and enabling services including printing and graphics.

Keith's qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce and Chartered Accountant. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Registered Tax agent.


John Mills

John Mills

Partner: Ai Group
Location: Sydney
Mobile: 0400 662 083
Email: john.mills@aigroup.com.au

John has over 30 years' experience in the Australian manufacturing industry across a broad range of sectors. Combining a professional engineering background with post graduate business skills, consulting experience and plant management roles, John has a unique ability to work effectively with personnel at all levels in an organisation.

John has held senior management positions with leading Australian and international companies working to achieve world-class results. Being able to grasp technical issues and their financial impact on business performance, John assists organisations to understand current performance limitations and can provide guidance on how to achieve business excellence through strategic, action oriented improvement activities — which achieve positive financial impact.

John adds value to organisations he works with by challenging employees and managers to use various forms of innovation ranging from process improvement through to new product and service development, and new business model creation.


Terry O'Riordan

Terry O’Riordan

Partner: NSW Business Chamber
Location: South Sydney and Wollongong
Mobile: 0417 277 139
Email: terry.oriordan@nswbc.com.au

Terry O’Riordan, GAICD has held senior positions in both SME and corporate organisations in Australia and overseas. Prior to moving into his current business advisory role, he enjoyed multi-functional positions with over 16 years in information management, logistics and digital document management.

These roles have included General Management, Operations Management, Business Process Improvement (QA and HR management) and Technology Project Management. Included amongst these positions were the role of NSW Operations Manager with data and fulfilment company Security Mailing (now SEMA), State Manager of Decipha – (Australia Post’s digital information logistics firm) and General Manager of an award winning commercial print company. In the early 2000s, he managed customer projects in Canada with TELUS Enterprise Solutions, the digital solutions arm of a major telecommunications business (TELUS). While in Canada, he was responsible for coordinating commercial customer web, print and distribution projects. At the same time, Terry oversaw the Telco’s print operations - formatting data to variable print by converting customer account information from AS400 mainframe systems.

He also attended and contributed to industry events as a company representative at Xplor conferences (the Electronic Digital document association) in Canada, the United States and Australia.

Terry has well-developed customer relationship and project management skills with business acumen acquired at medium to large enterprise level. His direct industry experience spans managing small to large teams in data programming, variable data printing, document scanning and digitization, logistics, fulfilment and direct mail campaign management.

As a Business Adviser since 2007, Terry has engaged with numerous firms in developing action plans and connecting businesses with external expertise and support. He has facilitated positive outcomes with enabling technology firms and manufacturers across printing, packaging, textiles, furniture, composites, medical equipment, chemicals, marine, metal fabrication and food processing.


Darek Swiderski

Darek Swiderski

Partner: NSW Business Chamber
Location: Sydney
Mobile: 0418 768 534
Email: darek.swiderski@nswbc.com.au

Darek provides professional business evaluations and business advisory services for SMEs seeking operational improvements and growth opportunities.

Darek brings a unique blend of engineering and business experience to his role and has worked for a number of Australian and overseas SMEs. Before joining the Entrepreneurs' Programme, Darek was instrumental in designing and implementing many operational improvements for a leading global solar products manufacturer. In addition, he brings a wealth of international trade experience covering logistics, market selection, market entry strategies and international business plans.

Darek has the right blend of experience, skills, qualifications and enthusiasm to help businesses grow and achieve outstanding results in a highly-competitive, globalised market place.

Darek's qualifications include a Master's of Engineering, Post Graduate Diploma for the Specialists for the Developing Countries and Diploma of International Trade Management.


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Queensland


Ramona Bullard

Ramona Bullard

Partner: Ai Group
Location: Townsville
Mobile: 0418 250 832
Email: ramona.bullard@aigroup.com.au

Ramona began her career in executive roles with top tier engineering firms later transitioning to management consulting and auditing for a diverse range of business and government organisations. As an experienced consultant and mentor, Ramona is passionate about facilitating business improvement, leadership, governance and strategic growth.

More recently, Ramona has provided services as a business educator, delivering specialised business programs for TAFE Queensland and operating her own registered training organisation for five years.

Having a diverse industry background with an emphasis in the engineering, construction and manufacturing sectors, she draws on 20 years combined operational and consulting experience.

Ramona has tertiary qualifications in corporate communications, business management and human resource management. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a registered (QMS) Business Improvement Auditor with Exemplar Global.


Greg O'Connor

Greg O’Connor

Partner: Ai Group
Location: Brisbane
Mobile: 0412 062 676
Email: greg.oconnor@aigroup.com.au

Greg has broad business and commercial experience, this includes 10 years as Corporate Taxation Manager for two listed public companies —Incitec, a listed subsidiary of ICI Australia (now Orica) which is a major manufacturer of industrial and agricultural chemicals, and Kern Corporation, one of the largest listed property development, construction and investment groups in Australia.

He gained deep SME consulting experience over nearly 10 years in his own company, specialising in financial analysis and modelling for a diverse range of clients. Since joining the Entrepreneurs' Programme, Greg has completed more than 150 reviews andevaluations for companies operating in clean technology, energy, waste and water, manufacturing and enabling technologies and services— including construction, infrastructure, freight and logistics and professional services.


Guy Primrose

Guy Primrose

Partner: NSW Business Chamber
Location: Brisbane
Mobile: 0428 102 304
Email: guy.primrose@australianbusiness.com.au

Guy is an experienced Business Adviser covering the northern Brisbane and Sunshine Coast regions for Advanced Manufacturing. He has a successful track record in increasing the operational capacity of organisations, while unifying key areas of operations to achieve sustainable growth.

His experience in manufacturing, production and process improvement, strategic planning, contract negotiation (both domestic and international), design and construction as well as project management and WHS, has enabled him to generate long-term operational results for a range of companies across diverse sectors including steel, engineering, recycling and food production.

Guy is a person who enjoys inspiring others to greater performance and building confidence through mentoring, coaching and training. With a raft of experience in business management, Guy has previously held both executive and operational roles in heavy manufacturing, engineering and construction. Guy is also a past Chairman and Board member of Compass Housing Services which today manages a portfolio of over 9,000 properties.

Guy holds both a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne as well as an Advanced Diploma in Business Management (Human Resources).


Leo Van Den Heuvel

Leo Van Den Heuvel

Partner: Deloitte Private
Location: Brisbane
Mobile: 0407 720 588
Email: lvandenheuvel@deloitte.com.au

Leo has over 35 years' of experience in senior management roles with both Australian and international companies. These management roles have included production management, project management, sales management and general management. Leo's industry experience includes manufacturing, fabrication, construction chemicals, gas supply and distribution, and mining services.

Leo has a strong focus on team building, blue sky strategies and the implementation process to assist companies in reaching their full potential. Leo has also been involved in the successful start-up of small businesses.

Leo holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Graduate Certificate in Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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Victoria


Vlado Baban

Vlado Baban

Partner: Geelong Manufacturing Council
Location: Geelong
Mobile: 0418 120 373
Email: vlado.baban@geelongmanufacturingcouncil.com.au

Vlado has an extensive background as a Business Adviser, having transformed the business operations of many Fortune 500 companies across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region using advanced Lean concepts whilst working in his private consultancy practice.

He has a successful record of business 'turn around' in complex manufacturing environments such as FMCG, Jobbing, and complex technology environments in banking and customer service.

Since 2008, Vlado has been delivering business evaluations for the Geelong Manufacturing Council, and has delivered over 150 reviews. The key activities Vlado performs with businesses include: business model innovation; 'one page' planning; value-stream mapping; ansoff matrix analysis; organisational design analysis; and HR performance analysis.

Vlado's qualifications include an Engineering Degree, and a Master of Business Administration, and Australian Institute of Company Directors, (Director's) Course. Vlado has also co-authored three books on lean concepts.


Bruno Bello

Bruno Bello

Partner: AMTIL
Location: Melbourne
Mobile: 0409 123 701
Email: bbello@amtil.com.au

Bruno was based in Japan specifically to be trained in advanced Lean business and manufacturing management, skills he has brought to his role as a Business Adviser for the Entrepreneurs' Programme.

He has been able to utilise these skills to transform businesses iacross the world, where as a global director he was directly responsible for the transformation and profitability of these businesses that ranged in revenue from $800million to $2billion.

Bruno has experience working with the packaging, electronics, aerospace and automotive industries.

Previously, Bruno has held numerous senior postions including Global director of opperations, Country Manager and Managing Director, while having lived in Germany and the USA.

Bruno is qualified in engineering, and holds a Masters of Business Administration.


Mal Clark

Mal Clark

Partner: AMTIL
Location: Melbourne, Gippsland
Mobile: 0428 328 228
Email: mclark@amtil.com.au

Mal's career started in technology and innovation. Following university, where he gained 1st class Honours and a PhD in Physics, Mal worked in Europe in technology and product development. Once Mal returned to Australia, he joined the multi-national BICC Communications, where he was the Technical Director managing several worldwide projects. Mal then moved to an operational role, with over 250 staff on a 24/7 rotational shift pattern. This role involved business development, commercialisation, P&L accountability and organisational development. Upon leaving BICC, these skills were utilised in several advanced manufacturing and service industries.

Recently, Mal has been working with multiple SMEs, to transition them into high growth firms capitalising on their potential. Mal's technical training provides him with high quality analytical skills with an ability to facilitate change in short timeframes.

Mal's qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (1st class Honours), Doctor of Philosopy and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mal is now a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Member of Australian Institute of Physics, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Physicist


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Paul de Bruin

Partner: Ai Group
Location: Melbourne
Mobile: 0417 118 195
Email: paul.debruin@aigroup.com.au

Paul has over 25 years experience in senior management and directorship roles having led a broad range of strategic and operational functions focussed mainly in the manufacturing, distribution and application of technical products into the commercial, industrial and residential building services sectors.

Much of his effort throughout has been on fostering and growing dynamic customer focussed business models that provided the underpinning for sustained business growth.

Paul has had a special interest in developing people and teams to reach their potential, achieving exceptional outcomes. Building on team culture and values to achieve best possible customer satisfaction.

Paul joined a small family business in the late 80’s and played a strong hand in building the company to a large multinational enterprise across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

He has also led significant change management projects.

Paul’s qualifications include a trade background and tertiary degree in Business Management and Administration. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has experience in both private company and NFP boards.


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Geoff Hodgens

Partner: Ai Group
Location: Melbourne
Mobile: 0439 116 352
Email: geoff.hodgens@aigroup.com.au

Geoff has over 30 years’ experience in both financial and general management roles within industries including engineering, automotive components, contract manufacturing of cosmetics and toiletries (including TGA registered products) and health regulation. His financial management and broad operational experience includes areas such as:

  • Financial and management reporting
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Analysis and modelling
  • Cash flow management
  • Business strategy
  • Due diligence for acquisitions
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • HR/IR & OHS
  • Procurement
  • Supply chain and inventory management
  • IT management
  • People and team management
  • Workflow and process reviews
  • Systems improvement (including ERP systems)

Geoff is committed to customer service, continuous improvement and developing/mentoring multi-disciplined teams. His strong interpersonal skills and open consultative and collaborative management style has enabled the building of effective customer and stakeholder relationships.


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Paul Mason

Partner: Deloitte Private
Location: Melbourne
Mobile: 0412 952 502
Email: pmason@deloitte.com.au

Paul has worked within start-ups, SMEs and multinational businesses in senior R&D and leadership roles, and has extensive product development skills in systems design, hardware and software engineering, mechanical design, prototyping and validation.

Paul has led the development of market-leading products from wireless communication technologies to advanced driver assistance systems. Paul’s strengths lie in finding the right partners, tools and solutions, and leveraging new technologies to develop efficient products, processes and services.

Paul has strong professional networks across Asia, and experience working on business development projects, strategic partnerships, and joint venture activities while living in China.

Paul’s formal qualifications include a Master of Engineering, a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics, and Bachelor of Science in Software Development.

As an Innovation Facilitator, Paul provides technical assessment and recommendations to assist businesses to improve their products, processes and services. This can include identifying technology solutions, locating information, providing connections to development partners, or removing other barriers to growth.


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Clive Milham

Partner: AI Group
Location: Melbourne
Mobile: 0434 878 747
Email: clive.milham@aigroup.com.au

Clive is an accomplished technical manager, with more than 20 years of experience in engineering, innovation and business management. He is passionate about the future of Australian manufacturing and works closely with SMEs to improve their business performance through the strategic implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies.

Clive has successfully delivered projects including engineering design, industrial research and development, component manufacturing and assembly, qualification and certification, production startup, business transformation, continuous improvement and quality management.

He has worked with leading Australian universities, Cooperative Research Centres and the CSIRO and has managed international, cross-functional teams to deliver award winning outcomes.

Clive is a tertiary qualified mechanical engineer, holds a PhD in materials engineering and an MBA specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation management. His industry experience includes aerospace, rail, marine, plastics, oil and gas exploration, petrochemicals and mining. Clive’s career history includes leadership roles with multinational corporations, manufacturing startups, engineering consultancies and EPCM contractors.


Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy

Partner: AMTIL
Location: Melbourne
Mobile: 0439 675 516
Email: rmurphy@amtil.com.au

With more than 40 years experience across a diverse range of industries with a number of national and multi-national companies, Rob is an expert in business management and manufacturing processes.

In previous senior operational and managerial positions, Rob has managed large teams, led export initiatives, and increased operations efficiency and effectiveness.

His expertise allows him to provide best practice advice to manufacturers and service firms on a range of issues, including strategic planning, strategy deployment, operations management and human resource management.

Rob is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and has held positions as Victorian President and Federal Senior Vice President.

Rob's qualifications include a Diploma of Engineering (mechanical), Bachelor of Commerce (majors: management, applied economics) and Master of Business (Manufacturing).


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South Australia


Herman Mott

Herman Mott

Partner: Business SA
Location: Adelaide
Mobile: 0400 660 512
Email: hermanm@business-sa.com

Herman has worked as a Business Adviser and Growth Services Adviser for the past nine years, assisting over 200 businesses to improve their business, financial performance and longer term sustainability.

In addition to his consultancy experience, Herman brings over 30 years of extensive senior management experience in leading, adjusting and growing businesses in the manufacturing and service sectors within Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and China.

He has held Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer roles within ASX listed and private companies including multi-nationals and Fortune 500 businesses. He brings sound experience in working with boards, as well as having a thorough practical application and understanding of reporting requirements, corporate governance principles and processes.

Herman's background and qualification is in mechanical engineering, followed with formal qualifications in business administration. He has extensive practical experience in the application of ‘lean’ and ‘world best practice’ systems and methodologies.

Qualifications include Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science.


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Michael Williams

Partner: Business SA
Location: Adelaide
Mobile: 0409 909 557
Email: mikew@business-sa.com

Michael is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist with an industry sponsored PhD (industrial process chemistry). He has completed the UK Institute of Directors Diploma specialising in Strategy, Marketing and Finance.

Michael has 25 years industry experience spent working in Australia, USA, and UK for Manufacturing, Defence and Mining companies. He has worked in both senior technical and commercial management roles including as General Manager and Executive Director. He has led standalone start-up companies, manufacturing pharmaceutical intermediates and composite materials for use in a wide range of applications and worked on mergers and acquisitions.

Michael is an inventor of over 20 new products and industrial processes, many of which have been successfully commercialised. Most recently he has worked for Deloitte on funding for infrastructure projects and as the Director of Innovation for Northern Territory Government; during this time, he represented Northern Territory at Commonwealth science and technology forums. Michael has been passionately involved in promotion of STEM skills and training in his capacity as the Chair of Inspiring Australia Northern Territory.


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Western Australia


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Kerry Bell

Partner: Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA
Location: East Perth
Mobile: 0437 174 721
Email: kerry.bell@cciwa.com

Kerry provides business advisory services to firms that are seeking competitive advantage in the advanced manufacturing sector of WA, in particular those looking to grow their business through lean manufacturing, process improvement and increased sales revenues.

Arriving at senior management via the sales and marketing channel Kerry has held a number of senior management positions helping grow businesses within the WA manufacturing, technology and mining services sectors. Kerry has also had ownership positons in two SME's so understands the challenges involved in this segment.

Kerry holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia and as a UWA Alumni is actively involved in the Graduate Management Association and the Global Network for Change.


Gabor Hernadi

Gabor Hernadi

Partner: Business Foundations
Location: Perth
Mobile: 0417 985 075
Email: gabor.hernadi@businessfoundations.com.au

Gabor has over 20 years of senior level experience in sales, marketing and operational management within medium and large international organisations.

In the past 10 years he has applied his strategic planning and hands on operational management skills to assisting SMEs in the food, agribusiness, and manufacturing sectors to build resilience and internal capabilities, enabling them to profit from growth opportunities and weather downturns.

Gabor's expertise is in planning and implementing innovative business strategies and associated work systems, processes and KPIs to drive revenue and operational transformation to reduce costs and unlock efficiencies.

Gabor works in developing internal operational and management capabilities to increase financial, sales, manufacturing and logistics performance and connecting SMEs with external business and technical expertise, learning opportunities, government services and funding, and industry specific resources.

He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors' Director's Course, holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business degrees. Gabor is a Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM), Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, and Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.


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Tasmania


Fritz Shoemaker

Fritz Shoemaker

Partner: Ai Group
Location: Hobart
Mobile: 0420 927 532
Email: fritzshoemaker@aigroup.com.au

Fritz is an experienced CEO with multi-national experience particularly in northern and eastern Europe. Fritz's last ten years of employment have been in senior leadership positions in the manufacturing industry.

Fritz has experience across a wide range of industries including boat/ship building (aluminium and HDPE), and plastics (fabrications and rotational moulding), as well as aquaculture equipment supply. He has experience as an entrepreneur having owned restaurants, catering and book businesses and was an award winning chef.

He brings experience in Human Resources, Industrial Relations and organisational culture (winning an Employer of Choice Award) and has led HR and IR practices in a 1500 person firm.

Fritz has experience in root cause analysis (having led teams looking into sentinel health events), as well as food safety with accreditation as an internal and external food safety officer.

He has close ties to aquaculture industries and has an extensive worldwide network of aquaculture and marine contacts.

Fritz believes in life-long learning and has a Master of Business Administration, studied engineering, business and culinary arts. He has served on numerous boards as chair of both Audit and Finance committees.


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