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20 – 21 May 2014 (see social programme for full details and times)


The ASMEX Conference is the only platform providing opportunities for industry to gain up to date information on the state of the industry and where current opportunities lie to drive business. The conference held at the 5 star Intercontinental Hotel at Sanctuary Cove, Queensland runs over 2 days, 20-21 May and includes a welcome function and the prestigious 2014 Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards Gala Dinner. 

ASMEX is conveniently organised to be held immediately prior to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (22-25 May) ensuring maximum opportunity for all key industry exhibitors and stakeholders to attend.


InterContinental Resort, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland
The resort reflects the grand and graceful architecture of a Queensland estate, unlike any other venue. The luxury resort is tucked within the beautiful surrounds of Sanctuary Cove and boasts a marina, acclaimed golf courses, one acre lagoon beach pool and lush garden landscapes. The resort is located approximately 50 minutes’ drive from the Gold Coast Airport/Brisbane International Airport.


Click here to register for ASMEX 2014. All rates and information is included within this form, discounted delegate registration is available to AIMEX & Superyacht Australia members and SCIBS exhibitors.


InterContinental Resort, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland
Delegate Room Rate 18-21 May $195 inc GST
Delegate Room Rate 22-25 May (during Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show) $350 inc GST
Upon registration the required accommodation booking form links will be emailed to delegates.

Click here to book your accommodation. 


The full ASMEX 2014 programme will be available shortly. An overview of the programme to date including confirmed speakers can be viewed here.

Alistair Murray – Conference Master of Ceremonies

Alistair Murray is the Managing Director of Ronstan International Pty Ltd and a founding member of the Australian International Marine Export Group. Alistair is a well-known industry identity and has been recognised for his outstanding achievements through many industry awards and accolades.

Andrew Booth

Andrew’s role centres on inbound and outbound deal flows for Australian and Asian businesses connecting across the Asia Pacific region. His role specialises in structuring cross border deals, promoting ANZ’s Asia strategy and providing insight into “doing business in Asia” and leveraging commercial opportunities in the region. He is a Melbourne University Asialink Fellow and completed an MBA in 2009 with Australian Graduate School of Management.

Carlos Vidueira

Carlos Vidueira is Vice President of the Rybovich Superyacht Marina & Refit in West Palm Beach, Florida. Rybovich is committed to improving the world’s yachting experience through exceptional customer service, state of the art facilities, extensive employee training and international industry cooperation.

Cathie Burrows

Cathie Burrows is the Director, Alliances & Advisors for EFIC’s SME division. She is responsible for developing and implementing strategies on how EFIC works with its government, business and industry partners to ensure these relationships are mutually beneficial and effective.She has a wealth of experience in trade finance, exporting and SME finance, having worked for EFIC for more than 25 years. 

Colin Bransgrove

Colin Bransgrove is the Executive Officer of the Marina Industries Association Ltd (MIA). He commenced this role in 2008. MIA is the peak industry body for the marina industries in Australia with a growing membership across the wider Asia/Pacific region. 

Erwin Bamps

Erwin Bamps is the Chief Operating Officer for Gulf Craft – UAE. Gulf Craft ranks as one of the world leading manufacturers and exporters of fiberglass leisure craft, one of a handful of boat-builders in the world with the capability to produce yachts of more than 100 feet in overall length.

Farouk Nefzi

Farouk Nefzi is Marketing & Brand Director of Feadship, a world leader in the field of custom superyachts. Nefzi is the former export director for the Holland Yachting Group.

Ian Harrison

Ian Harrison joined Australia Made Campaign (AMCL) as its chief executive in June 2014. Prior to this, Ian’s career mainly involved senior executive positions with employer organisations at state and national levels, with a principal focus on policy and economics.

Jesus Losada

With more than three decades of sales and operational experience, Jesus Losada Rodriguez has developed strong relationships among the Venezuelan boating market. As a boating enthusiast he started trading his own boats, followed by forming a small brokerage company with boating friends.

John Lu

John Lu is Chief Executive of Taiwan’s Horizon Yachts. Horizon Yacht, the parent company of Horizon Group, was founded in 1987 John Lu who has a deep-rooted passion for boats and a love of the ocean that stems from childhood.

John McCurdy

John McCurdy OBE has been Managing Director of Pantaenius UK Ltd since January 2008.  John joined Pantaenius in 2003 as Claims Manager for the UK following a 30 year career in the British Army during which he enjoyed a great deal of sailing in most parts of the world.  

Katherine Droga

Katherine recently took up the position of General Manager, Destination Development on the Tourism Australia Executive. Ms Droga leads the team responsible for industry development, investment attraction and aviation capacity as well as running Tourism Australia’s trade events programs.

Martin Redmayne

Father to three, Husband to one, Business Journalist, UHNW Commentator, Superyacht Industry Analyst and Chairman of one of the last independent Superyacht Media Players.

Mick Kinley

Mick Kinley, Deputy CEO for Australian Maritime Safety Authority oversees the Maritime Operations Division, Maritime Standards Division and Maritime Environment Division of AMSA.

Ron Japinga

Ron Japinga is the EVP Merchandising/Planning and Supply Chain at West Marine. West Marine is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, with over 300 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. The company now carries more than 75,000 products.


Monday 19 May
Welcome Cocktail Party 6.30pm-8.30pm
Black Angus Bar and Grill Restaurant, Sanctuary Cove.

Tuesday 20 May
ASMEX Conference Day One 8am – 5.30pm
The Grange Terrace, InterContinental Resort

Gold Coast City Council Innovation Showcase (conference hours)
The Grange Terrace, InterContinental Resort

Conference Gala Dinner 7-11pm
Incorporating the announcement of the 2014 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export & Superyacht Awards
MacArthur’s Ballroom, InterContinental Resort

Wednesday 21 May
ASMEX Conference Day 2 9.00am – 2.30pm
The Grange Terrace, InterContinental Resort

Thursday 22 May
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 22-25 May

Aurora Global Logistics & AIMEX Networking Function in the AIMEX & Superyacht Australia Alley

Please contact for further information.















Attending the ASMEX conference has enabled Akzo Nobel to make industry contacts, outside of our typical customer base. Presenters from outside and inside our region provided valuable insights on their experiences and Superyacht markets. Networking, facilitated by the Superyacht Australia team, has potentially opened doors and connected businesses somewhat closer than we were previously. Overall, we see ASMEX as a valuable event and look forward to participating in futureDeale Stanley-Hunt, Regional Sales Manager Australia AWLGrip

Thank you very much of the professional conference you and your team organised over the last few days. I am very glad that I made, be it very late, decision to come and be part of it. I learnt a few new things and made some great new contacts and grew some existing ones. The content and quality of the speakers was of a very high standard with the only drawback being that it did stretch into the networking time a little. I will certainly be back next year. Simon Knight, Managing Director Silverstar Marine

 Just wanted to pass on my thanks to all at AIMEX that hosted the awards and the conference earlier in the week. I must say that I am very impressed with the profile AIMEX has created and the professionalism that was displayed throughout the event. Mark Miocevich, Managing Director VEEM Ltd.