Mary Papantoniou Celebrates 20 Years
She first joined the BIAV in July of 1997 as receptionist/personal assistant to Lindsay Grenfell who was CEO at the time. Prior to coming to BIAV, Mary worked at what was then Footscray Marine Centre where she did reception, administration and service/parts.
“Originally Trevor Mear of what was then Outboard Marine Corporation, put my name forward for the position of accounts at BIAV,” said Mary. “I was unsuccessful with that position, however Lindsay called me several weeks later to ask if I wanted to apply for the receptionist/PA position. I went for it and this time I was successful!”
At the time Marine House was located on Adderley Street in West Melbourne, in two-storey terrace house. In 2005, Marine House relocated to its current location on York Street South Melbourne.
Having started off as receptionist/PA to her current role as administration manager, Mary’s responsibilities include overall administration of the BIAV office, overseeing the accounts and finances, administration of board of management and finance sub-committee meetings, and events support. She says one of the biggest highlight of working at the BIAV for her, has been visiting members and getting to know people in the industry. “I love the people aspect of working at the BIAV, getting to know members and their businesses and in turn I’ve been fortunate to have been able to make some lifelong friends,” said Mary.
Over the last 20 years, she’s seen a lot of change over the years, including the evolution of the Melbourne Boat Show, the growth and decline of various marine businesses and the various advancements in technology and the growth in public interest in boating.
“I started off as a shy 20-something year old and I’ve since advanced to be confident in my role, but recognise that there’s always room for growth,” said Mary. “It’s been a great industry to work for, and I can’t imagine myself being anywhere else but at the BIAV.”