After serving as president of the Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) for 18 years, esteemed publican Tom McGuire has announced he is resigning from the post. Richard Deery, who has served as Senior Vice-President for almost a decade, will now take over the reins at the association.

The announcement of McGuire’s departure and Deery’s promotion was made at the QHA’s recent board meeting. McGuire, who owns several hotels throughout Queensland, has not only served as QHA president like his father before him, but has also served multiple terms as AHA national president in the past.

QHA CEO Bernie Hogan, praised the efforts of both men in their leadership and promotion of the state’s pubs.

“Whilst it is a momentous occasion when a giant of our industry steps down as president of the QHA, the association is incredibly fortunate to have a leader the calibre of Richard Deery waiting in the wings to take over the reins and continue our representation of this wonderful industry in Queensland. I have no doubt under Richard’s leadership we will continue to go from strength to strength and represent every member to the best of our ability.”

Over the years McGuire has worked tirelessly to establish a strong, cohesive and influential association in both Queensland and Australia, and in 2019, was awarded with a Medal of the Order for Australia for his services in the hotel industry.

Deery, whose family has operated the award-winning Story Bridge Hotel in Kangaroo Point for more than 50 years, is excited to be taking on the role of representing the industry, and highlighting its importance to the growth of Queensland.

During his tenure at the Story Bridge Hotel, Deery has witnessed decades of change in the state’s hotel industry and understands how to strengthen business and constantly adapt to the needs of his community and patrons.

With the announcement of the changing of the guard, Deery praised McGuire’s leadership of the QHA.

“Tom’s been a very good captain of the ship for many years and has always provided good wisdom and guidance with a bit of humour along the way. You really need that in this trade. It’s a serious industry, but we have got to remember to keep this industry fun and exciting and not get caught up with all of the heaviness.

“Tom’s are big shoes to fill. I think he’s been a great President and has been well connected to all parties, affiliate businesses, suppliers and indeed the entire network across the industry. He is held in great regard and has kept everyone up front and at arm’s length.”

Deery also addressed where his focus will lie as incoming QHA president.

“With that said, I thank the members for having confidence in me taking it on. We will keep delivering a good result, keep our association in the forefront and keep our members up to date. Every area in Queensland has different needs, but we are all in the same boat and affected by the same State laws. We will listen and understand the needs and wants of all and do the best to look after the majority of members.”

Vanessa Cavasinni

Vanessa Cavasinni is the managing editor of Australian Hotelier and Club Management, trade publications for the pub and club sectors respectively. Vanessa has been at the helm of Australian Hotelier since...

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