Much of Rob’s career has been in sports management, tourism and major events prior to entering the conventions & business event sector with Brisbane Marketing then progressing to the broader remit of economic development having been recently appointed to the role of chief operating officer. Brisbane Marketing is the driving force behind Brisbane’s growing reputation as a progressive and globally connected city aspiring to be one of the world’s best economic development agencies. As COO, Rob’s primary purpose is to drive the performance of the organisation’s core business development functions delivering economic outcomes, primarily being: Investment Attraction; Tourism and Major Events; Industry Development (study, skills & innovation); Conventions & business events; and Precinct development. Some for Rob’s career highlights include the Sydney 2000 Olympics with SOCOG, running professional ironman/surf lifesaving series, working on a host of other major events including the Santos Tour Down Under and 2003 Rugby World Cup. He has held senior roles AFL and Rugby Union where he was responsible for securing the IRB Sevens for Adelaide. More recently Rob led the Brisbane Convention Bureau in securing conferences relevant to the aviation sector including CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2016 and Routes Asia 2018. Rob is also a member of the Brisbane consortia for the Connecting with Asia program.