MEET OUR PEOPLE
JUSTIN JAMES - BISOUS ESTATE
Justin James (Directeur General/Vigneron of Bisous Estate in the Hunter Valley), has over 17 years’ experience in developing retail/commercial buildings and marinas. In 2001 he founded Sydney Boathouse and in 2012 he was appointed the CEO of Sydney Superyacht Marina, which was a position he held for 4 years. To provide some context, The Sydney Boathouse Sydney's largest dry boat storage facility holding 670 boats up to 12m in length plus waterfront retail and commercial space. The Sydney Superyacht Marina provides for over 3300m2 of retail/commercial space, a 6-storey car park and a marina for 79 Superyachts up to 70m in length. In 2008, Justin also founded a joint venture with the world’s largest privately owned materials handling company, Loedige Industries, a leading supplier of automated boat storage equipment to the marine industry.
With his passion for the development of retail and commercial buildings, and after building one of Sydney’s largest waterfront event venues at Sydney Superyacht Marina, Justin sought out and founded Bisous Estate to deliver an all-in-one function centre, accommodation and cellar door.
Alongside his professional pursuits, Justin James also held positions as both Chairman and a long standing committee member for Young Variety – The Children’s charity.
Justin has joined local Singleton and Cessnock business, Hunter Tennis Academy to help grow their business. Additionally Bisous Estate and Tennis Australia owned Tennis World, have come together to co-own and manage 2 first grade tennis teams in Sydney, in order to promote elite tennis within the NSW tennis community.
BEN HANSBERRY - MOUNT YENGO WINES
With over 15 years experience in the Australian Liquor Industry, Ben has a clear knowledge of all the ins and outs that this industry can throw at you.
With humble beginnings in the events industry, Ben started Blue Sky Beverages in 2002, and went on to launch over 15 spirit brands into the Australian market. Brands such as Patron Tequila, La Fee Absinthe, Brokers Gin and Ypioca Cachaca became top sellers in their respective categories over these years.
Ben also was a shareholder of Pure Beverages between 2009 and 2012, before selling out of both companies and heading solely into the wine sector.
Ben by providing a mentor role in Mount Yengo, he will help provide the perfect structure and understanding of the wine industry in order for Mount Yengo to reach its full potential as a wine producing company.
GARY GREEN - MOUNT YENGO WINES
Gary Green is a Kamilaroi /Gidabil man and has old-fashioned values of decency, integrity and honesty when it comes to business. As a proud Aboriginal he is conscious of setting an example to both Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians - helping blend the cultural differences into successful business and social relationships. Gary grew up in Northern New South Wales and is a country boy at heart. He has a diverse background, having worked in the construction industry and then the New South Wales Government in natural resource management.
Gary has owned and operated successful businesses in the construction, aquaculture and security industries, gaining a wealth of experience that he uses servicing both Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients. Gary Is renowned for “thinking outside the box”, he prides himself on his communication and listening skills and in clearly understanding client’s needs and aspirations in a culturally sensitive manner.
GARY GREEN SENIOR - MOUNT YENGO WINES
Successful Aboriginal entrepreneur with an extensive background in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander politics. Gary’s working career, spanning over thirty years, has included a variety of positions focusing on management within the public and private sectors, with an emphasis on self-determination for Aboriginal people.
Gary is a member of the Kamilaroi Nation from Moree, North Western New South Wales. Gary has an extensive network with Aboriginal communities in New South Wales and interstate, as well as key State and Federal personnel, which he has maintained.
Gary’s work with non-Aboriginal people in the public and private sectors has enabled him to establish successful enterprises and manage his affairs in the wider business community, specifically in the security industry. Gary successfully established and ran his own security operations between 1994 and 2001, securing key contracts for Chubb Security. Prior to 1994, Garry was deeply involved with the reconstruction of the NSW Aboriginal Lands Council and he is a former Chairperson of the Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council. This has enabled him to address many social and cultural issues and political agendas pertinent to Aboriginal people, working with local communities and individuals, with Ministers at the Federal and State level, and representing the Aboriginal people of NSW in the international arena in Geneva.