Ready to earn spurs

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ASKS NEW COW­BOYS CEO GREG TON­NER ABOUT THE ROAD AHEAD FOR NORTH QUEENS­LAND. EW North Queens­land Cow­boys chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Ton­ner’s work started a long time be­fore he walked in the door at the club’s Kir­wan head­quar­ters.

Townsville born, raised and ed­u­cated, Ton­ner started his role at the North Queens­land NRL club last week af­ter 23 years work­ing away, in­clud­ing time in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and IT sec­tor in Syd­ney.

He was ap­pointed to the chief ex­ec­u­tive’s role in Fe­bru­ary fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Peter Jour­dain and used his time in Syd­ney to meet with of­fi­cials from the NRL and other cor­po­rate lead­ers.

“I’ve had four months so the ap­proach was to meet the se­nior lead­er­ship team and the play­ers and I’ve been do­ing that,” he said.

“Where I’ve used my time down south is to meet with the NRL and cor­po­rates and other busi­ness who are touch­ing sport or who are aligned in cer­tain as­pects.

“Ar­riv­ing here, it’s about us­ing my big ears to lis­ten and hear what is go­ing on and un­der­stand the mo­men­tum that is be­ing built.”

Now that he’s at the club, Ton­ner said his pri­mary fo­cus was to make con­tact with the mem­bers, com­mu­ni­ties, spon­sors and other peo­ple who made up the Cow­boys fam­ily across the re­gion.

“The plan is to get out and about through the whole re­gion and to Mackay, Cairns and in be­tween out to Mount Isa and we’re do­ing a sched­ule now,” Ton­ner said.

“I re­ally want to go out and meet our mem­bers, our com­mu­nity, stake­hold­ers and spon­sors who are the peo­ple who make our club.”

Ton­ner said he was en­joy­ing be­ing back home and wanted to build on the good fi­nan­cial work of former chief ex­ec­u­tive Jour­dain in the last few years and con­tinue to make the Cow­boys a na­tion­ally recog­nised brand.

“I’m from a fi­nance back­ground as well and I want to con­tinue his strong fi­nan­cial fo­cus and then go out in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Ton­ner, whose wife Vicki and two daugh­ters Eloise and Amelia will be mov­ing to North Queens­land in Septem­ber, said work­ing to­wards a new sta­dium was a pri­or­ity in his new job.

“To have a mod­ern sta­dium in North Queens­land and what that can gen­er­ate for events in the com­mu­nity and what we can show­case here is great,” he said.

“Also we need to share the in­fra­struc­ture bud­gets that have been put out.

“Also mak­ing sure the game days here at 1300SMILES Sta­dium are world class.”

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