Corporate expert Dale St George takes over reins at Gold Coast Turf Club
THE Gold Coast Turf Club has opted for a strong corporate background in the appointment of Dale St George as its new chief executive officer.
St George will make the move to Bundall after a 12-month stint at the Tattersall’s Club in Brisbane.
He comes to the position with a wide and varied background in business, particularly the catering industry.
He was with the late Gold Coast tycoon Keith Williams when the luxury Hamilton Island resort was established in the Whitsundays.
“I have always been in the catering industry,” said St George (pictured).
“I regard myself as a business manager but at the same time my new role is also to get to know trainers and owners, make sure the stakeholders are looked after and work with a great team at the Gold Coast Turf Club.”
St George has strong Gold Coast roots. After selling their cattle station in Papua New Guinea, his parents moved to Broadbeach Waters in 1975.
His mother still lives there. In an era when the racing industry continues to diversify in the entertainment stakes, St George fits the bill perfectly, according to Gold Coast Turf Club chairman Brett Cook.
“A big thing is that he’s bringing a lot of corporate expertise to the business and especially in hospitality,” Cook said of the new man in the top job at Bundall.
“We are obviously very strongly focused on non-race day events going into the future – that’s part of racing in Queensland building to be self-sufficient.
“From what we’ve seen from Dale so far is that he is well respected in the business community, so obviously when we’re liaising with the Gold Coast City Council or the State Government … we believe Dale will be excellent in that area.”
St George begins at the turf club on November 23.
Meanwhile board members Arch McDonald, Trent Watson and Hayden Harvey were all returned at the annual meeting yesterday.
Story courtesy Gold Coast Bulletin