I have grown up around hotels, living in them with my family from an early age. Both my grandparents worked in pubs and my father still works in the industry as a senior manager/group controller for Castalloes Hotels; a group of 8 Hotels in Victoria.
I moved away from the industry for a while to concentrate on teaching Martial Arts but returned to the industry in the late 1980's. After getting married, my wife and I moved to the Yarra Valley for 10 years where I became involved in the wine industry; managing a premium wine shop in the "York on Lilydale Resort" where I started my first wine club - a relatively new concept at the time.
After moving back to outer suburbs of Melbourne I started work with Vintage Cellars - a large chain group owned by Coles-Myer Group. I managed 2 of their stores for approximately 5 years before moving on to "Doc's Liquor", where I have been working for the past 5½ years.
Doc's are a chain of small, walk-in, hands-on premium wine shops that are gaining a huge following with our criteria of finding small, hard-to-get producers, and many wine and beer club activities. I am currently managing our newest shop in Balwyn North, VIC which opened at the end of 2006.