The Illawarra Innovative Industry Network (i3net) ended 2017 by welcoming a new executive officer and announcing its new board for 2018.
Bianca Perry hit the ground running after taking over the role from Tony Green on October 30 following his recent resignation to take up an opportunity in the private sector. Mr Green held the role for two years and has been involved with i3net for 16.
Ms Perry ran the breakfast networking meeting as well as the Annual General Meeting at The Grange Golf Club like she had been involved with i3net for many years. Chairman Emilio Salucci said everyone was impressed with her competence.
“Bianca welcome to i3net. You have hit the road running. You have done a marvelous job in the hand over from Tony. I can see the confidence in the room and the rapport you have already built with out members and corporate partners.”
Ms Salucci described Ms Perry as highly capable in strategic marketing, communication and digital media.
“Coupled with her strong stakeholder engagement capability she will support us in enhancing the profile, brand and communication of i3net into the future,” he said.
“Bianca is very organised and an excellent communicator. The board believe she will bring a strong work ethic to the role of executive officer and will greatly assist our members.”
Ms Perry’s role is to help seek opportunities for i3net members, corporate partners and stakeholders.
He first chance to publicly meet i3net members was at a Entrepreneur's Program in November hosted by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and METS Ignited. She has also been contacting and visiting members to learn about their workplaces, products and services.
In running the AGM on Friday morning Ms Perry said three nominations were received for the three positions available on the i3net board.
Emilion Salucci, of Broadspectrum, and Robert Donsante, of Klondu Group, were returned and Yvonne Walker is the newest member of the board.
Presentations were given by Broadscpectrum Industrial general manager Ben Hoyle and University of Wollongong Facilities Management director John Dardano. Mr Salucci said i3net continued to work very hard in getting good keynote speakers and encouraged members to talk to them about opportunities and ask questions. “As you can see there is key innovation happening in the area and it is up to us to make sure we bring that innovation forward”.
Mr Salucci said 2017 was a productive year for i3net with many networking events, industry tours and a successful showcase. “We thank Tony Green for the excellent work he did as executive officer. And you can’t achieve what i3net has done in the last 12 months without an incredible team and I would just like to thank the board of directors. I would also like to thank all our corporate sponsors and members”.