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Appointment of Executive Officer reflects new stage in Society’s Growth

In June of this year the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) appointed Philippa Myers as its Business Development Manager. Since then Philippa has been working with the ASVO Committee to develop its strategic direction and attendant business plan.

After many years of strong incremental growth it is now considered that the ASVO has a firm foundation from which to move forward in a stepwise fashion. Ever focussed on serving its members the Society has now decided to invest in the future by appointing an Executive Officer for an initial two year term. Philippa Myers accepted this full time appointment yesterday and stated that she is excited to be part of a new phase for the ASVO. “Moving forward into 2007 I am keen to work with the Committee to provide more opportunities and benefits for our members, and to ensure that the Society remains the professional association of choice for wine industry personnel”, said Myers.

The appointment of an Executive Officer heralds an historic moment in the 25 year history of the ASVO. The first full time staff member since the Society’s inception it is expected that Myers will now have the resources to tap into hitherto unreachable opportunities and oversee a new period of growth. The Executive Officer will continue to be ably supported by Val Rechner whom has spent the past decade working with the committee to build the membership and has, in essence, created the strong position from which the Society can now move forward.

Congratulating Myers on her appointment yesterday, ASVO President Chris Dundon stated that he was thrilled that the Society was finally in a position to employ a full time Executive Officer who would be tasked with implementing the new Business Plan forthwith. “It is an exciting time to be President of the ASVO” said Dundon, and he looks forward to a new period of growth and innovation.

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