After moving from the UK to Australia in 1990, Sam established a career in property and Shopping Centre management and leasing that spanned 15 years. She was responsible for project leasing during redevelopment of a number of Queensland’s flag ship shopping centres including Logan Hyperdome, Westfield North Lakes, Westfield Carindale, Westfield Garden City and Westfield Chermside.
With the expansion of the family business, Sam applied her experience in retail property to their private enterprise assisting Brad with asset acquisition, property advice and business development. She continues to support the company’s strategic direction in her role on the board of HGRetail and plays an active role as treasurer and board member of the POP Foundation.
Managing Director HG Retail
With a family history in retail it was always going to be difficult for Raelene to break the mould and work in another industry. After finishing high school Raelene spent the best part of three years travelling the world from her base in Italy before eventually returning home in 2000 to work with her brother Brad in The Hopper Group. At that stage The Hopper Group consisted of the Stop and Shop at Kangaroo Point and the New Farm News on Brunswick St which Raelene ended up running with her partner Jon. Raelene has learnt the business from the bottom up and there isn’t a role in the company from front end through to MD that she has not filled or does not understand intimately. This experience, her work ethic, sense of humour and passion for the industry have contributed immensely to the growth and ongoing success of HG Retail.
CEO of ABCIS
Michael got his first start in the industry as a 12 year old boy packing shelves of an afternoon at the local corner store. After completing school, Michael worked at Qantas for close to 10 years before making his way back to the industry as a supplier of IT equipment with NCR. Michael moved to Queensland in 2001, and soon after took up the role as State Manager, subsequently promoted to General Manager, with Worldsmart Retail, getting a thorough grounding in the workings of Metcash, IGA, and independent retail as a whole. He joined HG Retail in 2014 in the newly created role of CEO which he held for just over two years before partnering with HG Retail in ABCis. Michael is a passionate advocate of the independent industry and a strong believer in innovation being the key to the future success of our industry. Michael has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Technology in Sydney, is a keen Sharks fan and lives with his wife, three kids and rhodesian ridgeback in the western suburbs of Brisbane.