Our Chamber executive are a group of local business owners and executives that dedicate their time to the Chamber mission, vision and objectives. They meet monthly and are involved in projects and tasks on an ongoing basis that that reflect the actions/tasks set out in the Strategic Plan. Please Meet:
President – Pauline Vukelic
Pauline is committed to community capacity building through leadership, mentoring and positive encouragement for leadership development in community organisations.
She is a director of the Vukelic group of companies with commercial property investments across this region. She has extensive experience as a board and committee member, and leader in the not-for-profit sector, in the fields of higher education, health, medical research, women’s interests, the arts, tourism, Chambers of Commerce and Industries and sister city relationships.
Pauline is committed to the development of sound governance, financial and organisational management of the DYCCI , through the implementation of a newly formulated strategic plan, cooperative and collaborative partnerships and engagement with our local business community.
Vice President – Jim Winter
Jim has had an extensive & varied series of careers, starting as a career US Naval Officer, professor at several universities, and management consulting across numerous industries. He has visited, lived and worked in 83 countries, and has called Australia home for 21 years.
Commander Winter’s career included shipboard operations, engineering, combat systems, weapons system design, wartime engagements in several theatres of operation, and consular duties in Australia.
Jim Winter’s professorial career includes systems acquisition management for the Defense Acquisition University and the University of Southern California. He has graduate teaching in several disciplines – predominantly at Curtin University Graduate School of Business.
Mr Winter’s consulting career has covered a broad range of industries including oil & gas, mining, construction, law, accounting, and government – mostly in planning, teambuilding, leadership development, strategy, safety, and personal development.
Jim has served on numerous boards in community development, education, sport, youth, and emergency services. He’s a member of the Busselton SES, Dunsborough BFB, and on the management team for Incident Control.
Treasurer – Rob Koch
Rob Koch is a Certified Practising Accountant who has operated his own accountancy business, RWK Accountancy for the past 18 years. Starting with a very small business in 1999, Rob and his partner have grown the business to 2 separate offices and total staff of 21. The business has offices in Dunsborough and Dardanup with a new office opening in Bunbury in the near future.
Rob is passionate about working with small business clients to grow and improve their businesses. Being on the board of the DYCC is a natural extension to that.
Executive Member- Laurie Walker
Laurie Walker is an innovation specialist with over 20 years of experience in technology commercialisation and start-ups. Early in his engineering career he recognised his passion for developing new solutions, this realization led him to complete a PhD and transition his career into the constantly challenging, and often high risk, world of technology startups.
Over his career he has managed more than 40 R&D based technical projects to commercial viability across industries as diverse as aerospace, transport, oil/gas, subsea and mining, and grown 3 start-ups into successful commercial operations.
Having bootstrapped operations from seed capital to $10M+ annual turnover he has experienced the full range of roles from “working on the tools” to executive board member, Laurie has had extensive exposure to business operations and the role innovation can play in marketing, operations, administration and product development.
Laurie’s current role is as General Manager at Nauti-Craft, which enables him to combine his enthusiasm for innovative technology with his family’s passion for adventures.
Executive Member – Steve Chapman
Manager and owner of Lot 80 Wines and Tavern Steve has a wealth of experience across the hospitality industry.
Executive Member – Joyce Odom
Joyce’s varied career has spanned many industries across four continents. She has worked in non-governmental organisations, the travel industry, international development, American overseas Chambers of Commerce, tertiary education, food & beverage/hospitality and most recently in the real estate industry in her nearly five years living in Yallingup, Western Australia.
Joyce’s roles have been in business development, marketing, outreach and social policy design in capacities as both employee and entrepreneur/business founder. She understands people and what motivates them.
Joyce is passionate about community participation, involvement and development; and has brought her experience & dedication to many community organisations while living in the US, The Netherlands, Brazil, the UK, Indonesia, East Timor and Singapore.
Executive Member – Cindy Weise
Cindy is the owner of a small, progressive event management business operating across the South West region. Current projects include Event Director of Jazz by the Bay Festival and Conference Planner, South West Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
With a background in insurance and stock broking, Cindy also holds the role of joint Director and Financial Controller of KSC, a software development business servicing the mining and resources industry.
Cindy’s core strengths are in project management, business development, finance and marketing.
Passionate about the South West region and it’s economic development, Cindy welcomed the move from corporate to the community not-for-profit sector and embraces the opportunity to work across many projects with their unique responsibilities.
Cindy also serves on the board of directors for the Jazz by the Bay Festival.
Executive Member – Justin Baxter
Justin joins the Executive Team this year along with Employsure as a new sponosr to the DYCCI.Employsure is Australia’s leading specialist in employment relations and work health and safety, currently supporting over 10,000 small to medium businesses Australia wide.
Justin has been with Employsure for almost 2 years after completing 7 years with Southern Cross Austereo.