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New CEO at SPASA Vic

 The Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Victoria (SPASA Vic) Board has announced the appointment of Chris Samartzis to the position of CEO. 

Chris has been the General Manager of VANA Ltd, the peak industry body for Victorian Newsagents, since 2015. During his time with VANA, Chris oversaw the development and growth of other VANA subsidiaries, Nparcel and Nadvert, which have a national footprint with approximately 1200 members across Australia.

He has owned and operated several businesses, along with being a past VANA and ANF Director. Chris has a deep knowledge and understanding of the SME sector with highly developed commercial acumen, corporate governance and strategic skills.

In a career spanning industry sectors including hospitality, FMCG, retail and wholesale distribution - and industry associations - Chris has built strong working relationships with Government and key stakeholders both external and internal and is keen to promote SPASA Vic to enhance member and stakeholder value.

Chris holds an MBA (Executive), which will allow him to bring this relevant knowledge and expertise to his new position. He has a proven track record of implementing strategies to develop and grow businesses whilst motivating teams to consistently exceed and deliver outcomes to all stakeholders.

SPASA Vic President Cliff Cooke says, "Samartzis’ appointment was the result of a comprehensive recruitment process to hire the best person for the position to continue to take the association forward. Chris has accumulated a wealth of experience to bring to the role at SPASA Vic and we look forward to him leading the team.”

Chris takes over from Brendan Watkins who after 12 years of wonderful service, will finish on August 15.

The SPASA Vic Board congratulates Chris on his appointment and looks forward to him commencing work as SPASA CEO on the 1st of August 2018.

Taken from SPASA Vic Industry Update 30 July 2018

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