Our Team

Because experience counts


The Team

The Get Local team are dedicated to creating new buyer and exhibitor experiences by building an effective, convenient and sustainable platform for valuable business connections to be made.  Meet the team:


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Gary Bender

Director

Gary began his career in travel back in 1982 in the UK for Thomas Cook and has been in the game ever since. Now owner and Managing Director of World Corporate Travel (WCT); a successful PCO and Corporate Travel Agency that has delivered incentive programs and conferences all over the world. Gary has a passion for doing things differently and his key strengths are engaging staff, managing relationships with clients and suppliers and creating powerful concepts.

Favourite event destination:

Sydney!

Never leave home without:

Golf Clubs

3 words to best describe you:

Passionate and loves life

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Donna Kessler

Director

Donna Kessler is the founder and Director of Tourism Portfolio. Since the company's inception in 2002, Donna has represented high quality destinations, venues, resorts and event suppliers to the meetings, incentives and tourism markets. Donna understands the process of driving sales through professional credible representation and her personal commitment to her clients and the events she supports is undeniable. Donna has more than three decades of experience in all aspects of tourism.

Favourite event destination:

Definitely a hard one. I ‘ll have to say all the destinations in my portfolio for different reasons.

Never leave home without:

My lucky charm, given to me by a dear friend… (I’’m quite superstitious)

Window or aisle seat?

Definitely window…

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Nicci Gow

Event Manager

Nicci is a highly motivated, dynamic and energetic Event Producer with over 20 years experience in event management. Nicci has produced numerous high profile events across Australia and has a broad background that spans all aspects of event management including branding, promotion, production, strategy, logistics, live entertainment, staging & technical, staffing, budgeting and marketing. Also with 7 years experience in travel & tourism, Nicci understands the needs of the MICE industry and is excited about what Get Local has to offer.

Favourite event destination:

Tasmania

Never leave home without:

Diary/planner

Window or aisle seat?

Aisle

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Brad Foster

Communications Manager

Brad Foster has been a journalist and editor in the Business Events industry for over 25 years, recently making the jump to corporate communications to allow him a little extra time to do some new and creative things.

With that amount of experience under his belt he thinks he knows a good event when he sees - and attends - one and is happy to put his support behind Get Local in 2021.

Favourite event destination:

Alice Springs

Never leave home without:

My phone

Window or aisle seat?

Definitely window

29-30 JULY 2021

THE GALLERY, ICC Sydney


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