Youngsters' commitment and
energy must be harnessed
industry's future leaders urged
to leave comfort zones and take risks
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THE Caravan Industry Association of Australia has praised younger
members of the industry.
But Future Leaders Committee chairman Michael McIvor
(pictured) has urged them to occasionally "step outside their
comfort zones" to take risks so they can "grow along with our fantastic
He was reflecting on the Future Leaders Forum on the Gold Coast which, he
said, had highlighted the "enormous amount of talented young leaders we
have within our industry".
Mr McIvor said that while the ideals of the industry's under 40s mirrored
those of current thinking, the thoughts and solutions created by the group
also had different applications to recognise
threats and weaknesses as the industry moved forward.
He believed its "commitment and energy" must be harnessed and encouraged
for the industry to remain relevant and contemporary,
with the ideas of the group integrated into the
"Last year we put out a call for nominations for the Future Leaders
Committee and were excited with the diversely skilled and uniquely talent
applicants we received," Mr MIvor said.
"This is a true testament to the calibre of youth that we have progressing
through the ranks of industry."
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia and committee has decided to
re-think the way the committee exists, developing a pilot program
comprising a series of 'Agile Project' teams.
These will be led by current committee members to channel the youthful
optimism and enthusiasm into tangible outputs that will create a
significant positive impact on the future of the industry.
The teams include Innovation and Blue-Sky Thinking
led by Brad Hooper, Content Creation and Engagement led by
Kate Mitchell, Networking Events and Conference Concept
led by Tracey Clarke and Mentoring and Research
led by Stephen Edwards.
"Former chairman Josh Carnavas and myself will be overseeing the process,"
Mr McIvor said.
"We are excited and thrilled to offer the future leaders of our industry
an opportunity to join and be part of the team that will drive new
industry projects and initiatives."
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