Some of Australia’s most notable business leaders were on hand for a reception at the residence of Queensland’s U.S. Trade Commissioner, Peter Beattie, hosted by the Queensland Trade Office for the Americas, American Australian Association. Aussie Vineyards was an official sponsor of the event along with Greg Norman Australian Prime™, Coopers Brewery, Ramada Group and Qantas Airways.
Some guests of note included Wally Mariani, senior vice president of the Americas for Qantas Airways; Susie Dobson, president of Australians in Film; Gavin Wood, Australian radio personality; and Sally-Ann Watts, senior trade commissioner for Austrade, formally the Australian Trade Commission, an agency of the Australian Government that aims to assist Australian businesses in entering overseas export markets.
The reception was held at the former Queensland premier’s home in Los Angeles to introduce Mr. Beattie to well-connected Australians in Los Angeles. He outlined his plan to extend trade with Central and South America. His appointment to the Americas will extend thru 2010. Au wines and Coopers Beer were served with cuisine prepared by Wolfgang Puck that included Greg Norman Prime Beef.
Photo: Peter Beattie, Queensland's U.S. Trade Commissioner