Top Tourist Parks of Australia – which just last month unveiled its national Top Parks brand – has appointed Richard Emerson and David McIvor to lead it over the next 12 months in the wake of the sudden death of former Chairman Richard Davis OAM.
The two men will share the role of Chairman until elections are held at the next Top Tourist Parks Annual General Meeting in October 2016.
Paying tribute to Mr Davis, both men said they were honoured to share the role.
“Richard was a giant of the tourism industry who did a fantastic job in his role as Chairman. We’re all shocked and saddened by his passing,”
Mr Emerson said. Mr McIvor said Mr Davis had loved the tourism industry and in particular Top Parks.
“While it’s a difficult time, as a Board we will honour Richard’s legacy by continuing to ensure stability and continuity for our members and rolling out the vision Richard helped shape,” he said.
Mr Davis, a successful businessman and key player in the nation’s tourism industry, had just finished driving a section at the Targa High Country car rally in Victoria on Friday last week when he suffered a heart attack.
Just last month Mr Davis sold his last caravan park, the Adelaide Caravan Park in Hackney, to the Aspen Group and oversaw the rebranding of the consumer brand of Top Tourist Parks to Top Parks.
Top Tourist Parks Chief Executive Officer Stuart Livingstone said that like Mr Davis, the new Chairmen – elected unanimously by the Board – brought decades of industry experience to the role.
Together with his wife Kathryn, Mr Emerson purchased the South West Rocks Tourist Park – located on the picturesque Mid North Coast of New South Wales – 15 years ago and joined Top Tourist Parks’ board in 2012.
Mr McIvor started working in the industry 17 years ago, running the El Dorado Top Tourist Park in Victoria, Geelong’s only pet friendly park, in Victoria with his wife, Aileen. Their son, Michael, has joined the family business which has expanded to include the Broken Hill Tourist Park and a motel in Broken Hill.
Both Mr Emerson and Mr McIvor said consolidating the new Top Parks brand, further strengthening the Top Parks member culture and working with the management team were priorities. Top tourist parks has changed its structure from a contract administrator and outsourcing key responsibilities to hiring its own staff and investing in their professional development.