Career background embraces both Australasian and Global Retail Brands, including Sheridan Bed Linen, EziBuy Online and Mail Order, Chrisco Online and Mail Order. Gerry has worked at C.E.O. level in Europe, and established a successful consultancy with his wife Ann, sourcing product ranges in China for well known Australasian Brands. Developing and implementing new and sustainable business models has been a foundation pillar in Gerry’s experience. His expertise is centred on a keen understanding of Customers, and figuring out how to secure their attention, and then deliver a positive and rewarding experience time and again.
Gerry has also been involved in the “not for profit” sector through his work with the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, and the Douglas Economic Development Group. A lifetime passion for sport and soccer in particular, remains alive as Coach of the Douglas United Under 14 soccer side.
Trained as a photographer before moving to the UK in the early 1980’s joining Crosfield, the pioneers of digital imaging. Starting off as a training instructor, product manager and sales and marketing management travelling the world making presentations on technology change.
Returning to Australia in 1993 he was instrumental in the establishment of Indigo digital imaging in Australia before the desire to build his own business began.
Targetmailer was the first venture, the building of one of the first email marketing engines in Australia . Seeing the opportunities being developed by the internet established Response Mechanix for web design SEO services in 2000 before embarking on Holiday Rental Marketing and management under the guise of Discover Thredbo in the NSW Snowy Mountains and continues with this business today through www.thredbo.com
In 2006 he began the development of the innovative GENKAN Property Management Software which launched in 2010. Today this product is accepted as a world leader in innovative thinking for holiday rental management. Genkan has customers worldwide. A regular speaker on the world circuit promoting efficiencies in property management and marketing.
As a passionate believer in the concept of Port Douglas Direct he has written articles on holiday rental management in Australia and many of these can be seen at https://www.genkan.com.au/wp/genkan/press/
Specifically Glenn raised attention on his article “Will Your Business become the next Corner Shop which can be read here and was presented at the 2017 VRMA Conference in Amsterdam and following year in Paris.
Currently CEO of GENKAN and The Where Do You Wanna Go Group and a director of Port Douglas Direct.