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Speakers

Line-up so far...

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Barry Robinson - Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific - CEO and Managing Director

Since 2003, Barry has held the position of CEO and Managing Director for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific and Wyndham Hotel Group in the South Pacific.

In this capacity Barry is responsible for managing the region’s largest vacation ownership company with more than 43,000 vacation owners and expanding Wyndham Hotel Group’s brands throughout the South Pacific, including Wyndham Hotels & Resorts®, Ramada®, Super 8® and Days Inns® brands.

As CEO and Managing Director of Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, Barry Robinson has been the driving force behind many significant new property acquisitions, enhanced resort developments and a has brought a renewed customer focus to the business. Under his supervision, both Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific and Wyndham Hotel Group in the South Pacific have expanded their portfolios in the Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific regions and are actively expanding into new Asian markets.

With more than 30 years’ hospitality experience, Barry has a vast knowledge of the hotel and resort industry – from development, to branding, management, franchising and operations. Barry has held a number of senior leadership positions in the Asia Pacific region for some of the world’s largest hospitality companies including Swiss-Belhotel International, Swissôtel Worldwide Partner Hotels and Choice Hotels International.

Barry is also

  • Board Director, FSHD Global
  • Vice President of ATHOC (Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council)
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member of the School of Hotel Resort & Tourism Management’s Executive Advisory Board, Bond University
  • Member of Young Presidents Organisation, Queensland Chapter
  • Long standing CHA member for over 15 years.

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Ramy Filo - Chief Executive Officer - Classic Holidays

A qualified professional engineer, Ramy spent 12 years in sales, marketing, local and regional management for a global industrial electronics company before turning his career to the timeshare industry, a move he has never looked back on.

Now Chairman of Beneficium and CEO of Classic Holidays, Ramy is involved in every aspect of the timeshare business and a devoted and passionate advocate for the advancement of the industry. Ramy has been a Director of the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC), the industry body, for the past 11 years, serving as President for 7 years and currently the Vice President. Additionally, he was also the Chairman of the Global Alliance of Timeshare Excellence (GATE), a peer-appointed position he held from 2006 to 2014 (8 years). Because of his extensive involvement in the industry globally, Ramy is able to share new and innovative information with his peers, and stay abreast of industry developments at all levels.

A member of several industry boards and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Ramy’s panache for leadership delivers the integrity, credibility and success behind the Beneficium Group.


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Richard Munro - CEO - Accommodation Association of Australia

As an established industry leader, Richard is well known to key decision-makers and is an outstanding advocate for Australia's accommodation sector. He has extensive experience in the accommodation sector, as well as the broader tourism industry. Richard's experience in major hotels - starting out as a food-and-beverage trainee and graduating to senior management - means he is in tune with the needs of the industry at all levels. Richard's considerable experience includes his former position as Chairman of the Accommodation Division of the NSW Australian Hotels Association branch between 2007 and 2010 and General Manager of Star City Hotel & Apartments from 2001 to 2010. Richard is a former Director of Development Australia/New Zealand/Pacific with World Hotels and a former President of the Darling Harbour Business Association.


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Tim Wiedman - Partner, McCullough Robertson

Tim is an expert financial services and managed investments lawyer. He has extensive experience in all areas of funds management and financial services law, including structuring and establishing unregulated, unregistered and registered managed investments schemes, advising on Australian financial services (AFS) licensing requirements and assisting clients obtain or vary an AFS licence.

Tim acts for a variety of wholesale and retail fund managers, including timeshare schemes, property trusts, equities funds, hedge funds, income funds, serviced strata schemes and agribusiness schemes, as well as other financial services clients such as insurers, stockbrokers, foreign exchange and derivative traders financial planners.

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