PAUL KING | Managing Director
Seashells Hospitality GroupPaul has hospitality and tourism in his blood and a passion for Western Australia.
He founded Seashells Hospitality Group after many years in hotel and hospitality management.
Paul trained in hotel management in the 1970s with Commodore Hotels and worked in the industry throughout Australia and New Zealand before becoming licensee of the well-known Perth meeting place the Chelsea Tavern in the late ‘70s.
Always an entrepreneur, Paul left the hospitality industry for a time pursuing a career in real estate and saw an opportunity for tourism property management and development of the Scarborough beachfront in the early 1980s.
He went on to create strata-titled tourism project management opportunities in WA and establish the multi-award-winning Seashells business, which has grown to include properties running the length of coastal Western Australia. Paul has plans to extend the Group throughout the country.
Paul is President of the tourism industry’s leading independent advocacy group, Tourism Council of Western Australia, a position he has held for the past three years, and is a firm advocate of the economic opportunities tourism can present in Western Australia.
GARETH THOMAS | Group General Manager
Seashells Hospitality GroupGareth’s extensive experience and balanced approach has benefited a range of hospitality and tourism businesses across Australia, including hotels, resorts, casinos and accommodation villages. He recently made a welcome return to Seashells after a two-year hiatus.
He has more than 30 years experience in hotels and resorts and has directly managed four and five star properties since 1991. Career highlights include overseeing the pre-opening and opening of the five-star Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns; running the Chifley on Flemington in Melbourne; GM work in the UK, China, Cairns, Brisbane and Melbourne, and returning to his home town Perth to be General Manager of the five-star Rendezvous Observation City. During his time with Rendezvous, Gareth was seconded to Shanghai, China, where he was involved in the rebranding and re-launch of the 4-Star Rendezvous Merry Hotel as General Manager.
More recently he worked with Broadwater Hospitality Group as Property Manager and Area Manager, then Group General Manager.
Before returning to Seashells and the tourism and hospitality industries, Gareth worked with National Lifestyle Villages as General Manager – Village Services.
As Group General Manager with Seashells, Gareth oversees all aspects of the management and operations of Seashells’ beachside properties and is always on the lookout for new avenues to further develop the Seashells group within the hospitality and tourism sectors.
Gareth has a Certificate in Hospitality Management from Southern Cross University, has sat on the Course Advisory Panel for the Australian School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and has received multiple awards in properties under his leadership.
BRIAN RAKICH | Director
Project Marketing AustraliaBrian is a West Australian business and community leader. With more than 30 years’ corporate and commercial experience leading publicly listed companies and legal firms, Brian has extensive contacts and knowledge of the WA business environment. This was publicly acknowledged in 2005 when he was awarded the Order of Australia for his services to business and sport.
He is Chairman of the WA Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Western Australian Cricket Association (Inc), and former President of the Royal Automobile Club of WA (Inc).
Brian’s vast experience and knowledge has been put to great use in the acquisition and development of Seashells Mandurah and Yallingup and the iconic Caves House Hotel.
STEPHANIE LANG | Director of Sales & Marketing
Seashells Hospitality GroupFor 20 years Stephanie has been actively and passionately promoting and selling Western Australia.
Stephanie is responsible for generating sales, marketing and PR activities across Seashells’ properties.
Prior to joining Seashells ten years ago, she represented the Western Australian Tourism Commission (now Tourism WA) in London as Sales Manager UK/Europe.
Stephanie has extensive knowledge of the European market, its media and culture and has an excellent network of domestic, national and international trade operators, wholesalers and retailers. Her tourism industry market intelligence is invaluable to Seashells in its strategic planning.
Stephanie is a current Board Director of the Perth Convention Bureau, has been a committee member of the Australian Tourism Export Council WA Brance since 2003 (including three years as Chair), is a founding Director of Independent Hotels and was a board member of Experience Perth from 2007 to 2011. She has held numerous other tourism committee positions throughout WA.