The Team at Cedar Creek Lodges and Thunderbird Park
Our Motto - YES CERTAINLY
Owner έ Operator
Conference έ Events Sales Executive
Business Development Director
(and sporadic gardener and kitchen hand!)
Judi is married to Bob and she has a daughter, Kate. Following a successful career in fashion spanning 13 years, Judi came to Thunderbird Park in 1999 to focus on marketing – her forte. At that time Thunderbird Park was run-down, neglected and unloved. It also had a clientele to match! Whilst learning the ropes (a major learning curve) Judi sold a packet of crisps to a customer at the café counter one day. When Judi told the price of $2 to the customer (with an oversized bare torso, stubbies and bare feet) he zealously threw the packet back at her, shouting he would never return to Thunderbird Park, where such outrageous prices were charged! It was a defining moment and it became the catalyst for the turning point of today’s stylish and elegant property. The reason for the defining moment? Judi didn’t understand the Thunderbird Park clientele and never would. Furthermore, they didn’t understand her either. They were a complete mismatch. She had to strip it bare – focusing on its natural beauty (which it has in spades) - and, with a lot of help from Bob (a project manager) and Kate, who resides with her husband overseas and is a great sounding block and inspiration - elevated it to the unique 4 star property it is today.
or phone her on her direct line - +61 7 5545 7982
Conference έ Events Operations Manager
Restaurant Manager (and Cocktail Queen)
(and the bravest person around spiders - not!)
Kate joined the Thunderbird Park team in early 2009 after ten years in the hospitality industry in Australia and New Zealand. Originally Kate resided on the Gold Coast and commuted daily. She and Thunderbird Park were such a great ‘fit’ that she, her husband, Jay, and two daughters, Georgia and Charlotte, relocated to Tamborine Mountain to be closer to Thunderbird Park. Kate loves that ‘every day is a new day’ and thrives on Thunderbird Park’s natural rhythm and excitement to lead a team of some 55, over many departments and skill prerequisites. Prior to Thunderbird Park, Kate has worked in traditional hospitality corporate structures, with a manual and requisition form for everything. She thrives on being part of an independent family owned and operated resort, which values family, people, creativity and astuteness. She has put her own stamp on her many faceted roles which she performs with dedication, commitment and great flair.
or phone her on her direct line: +61 7 5545 7983
Executive Assistant to Judi Minnikin
Sales έ Marketing Manager
Internet έ Social Media Guru
Guest Relations Manager
(and seriously someone Judi can’t live without!)
Tamara first joined the Thunderbird Park team as the Wedding
Co-ordinator in 2008. She was head-hunted in 2010 – psyched herself into relocating (to an island) and left the Thunderbird Park community to further her career. After three weeks in her new role, Tamara realised she missed the creative, progressive and fun work environment she had left behind. In short, she returned to Judi and her team, and continues to thrive in working closely with Judi to further develop and spread the word on what an amazing and outstanding tourism experience Thunderbird Park, Cedar Creek Lodges
and the fabulous adventure activities
provide. Tamara epitomises the versitility and diversification of the hospitality industry, gained through the multi-layers of Thunderbird Park, which makes her the outstanding team member she has become.
or phone her on her direct line: +61 7 5545 7981
(and new husband to Kylie and father to Ruby – woof, woof!)
Brent loves food! And he ensures his team serves all meals with the pleasure and respect they deserve. Noone becomes part of Brent’s team unless they are serious food lovers and passionate about both the flavour and presentation. There is no lowering the bar or cutting corners in Brent’s kitchen. He and his team’s efficiecy and agility will see them, on any given day, pumping out in excess of 200 – 300 meals (and more on weekends). All to the highest standard. Brent was introduced to Cedar Creek Lodges as a consultant in April 2009 and became permanent as our Executive Chef in July, 2011. One of Brent’s favourite quotes is from the master of repartee, Mark Twain “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside!”
or phone him on his direct line: +61 7 5545 7996
Wedding Centrepiece Maestro
(and perfectionist extraordinaire!)
Monica’s calm and efficient wedding co-ordination is the cornerstone of our wonderful wedding experiences, not only for the bride and groom; but also for all of their guests as well. In one of our wedding couple’s own words “Monica is outstanding. Nothing is ever too much trouble and her organizational ability is second to none!”. Monica’s strengths are her total commitment to her bridal couples, her attention to detail and her overall outstanding ability to achieve the most beautiful weddings. Her caring nature, dedication and grace are amongst her other attributes. Monica has been organizing weddings at Cedar Creek Lodges since February, 2010 and was promoted to the important role as Wedding Co-ordinator in July, 2012.
or phone her on her direct line: +61 7 5545 7996
Micros ‘Opera’ Reservations System Whiz
(and champion of answers relating to all things trivial!)
2005 was the year when Katy met Judi. They instantly clicked and, Katy made such an impact that, in 2006 Judi contacted Katy when she had a position available in her reservations’ team. With Katy’s strong sales background, she shone in her role of meeting our guests’ expectations and, in fact, surpassing them. She loves people and people love her. She ensures that everyone who comes to Cedar Creek Lodges and Thunderbird Park is to have the best possible experience. In 2008, Katy was promoted to Reservations’ Team Leader – a role she was born to fill! Her leadership, great personality and her ‘joie de vivre’ continue to light up the lives of everyone with whom she comes in touch. Her commitment, passion and dedication to Cedar Creek Lodges and Thunderbird Park are only surpassed by her beautiful relationship with Kristo and her son, Matty, and a relentless pursuit of a lower golf handicap!
or phone her on her direct line: +61 7 5545 7971
Peter Ellis – AKA Rockadile Thundee
Thunderbird Park Mine Manager
Workplace, Health έ Safety Officer
(and the ‘grown up’ – every family needs one!)
Peter had a tree change when he joined Thunderbird Park in 2007. Coming from a high stress corporate role to pursue his passion as a serious ‘rock hound’ at Thunderbird Park’s famous thunderegg
mine was a dream come true. Peter first visited Thunderbird Park in 1976 when his family camped for a week and then returned subsequently for many years to come. Peter has been collecting rocks, gems and minerals since he was 8, and has a personal collection of over 100,000 pieces from all over the world. He is also a faceting* and cabbing* expert and has been teaching both for the last decade. Peter is also an enthusiastic student of gemology, volcanology and geology. When he applied for the position, Judi said she thought he was over-qualified. Peter convinced Judi he was ready to turn his hobby and passion into his career and he could take the mine to new heights – which he has achieved in more ways than one. Peter also brought with him a wealth of knowledge in workplace, health and safety and, as Thunderbird Park has prospered and staff numbers increased, it was necessary for this role to be implemented. His rock shop at Thunderbird Park has a great selection of souvenirs and impressive rock specimens. If there is anything anyone needs to know about crystals and rocks – Rockadile Pete’s your man!
*faceting = precious gem cutting
*cabbing = shaping of rocks and minerals into cabochons for jewellery
or phone him on his direct line: +61 7 5545 7999
Sonia has been a welcomed addition to an outstanding management team. She joined us in March 2012, having come from 3 years at a 5 star boutique resort. Sonia is the proud mother of 4 gorgeous children. Prior to motherhood, Sonia was a primary school teacher. During her time as a stay at home mum, Sonia revelled in the creativity and organisational requirements needed to efficiently run a household of 6. Once her children were older, she took her skills into the workplace. Sonia is a natural born leader and one of the world’s loveliest people. Her perfectionism ensures her team members have the same qualities and no one ‘takes up the mantle of a sacred chux’ until vigorously trialled! She and her team’s attention to detail guarantees the highest standard of housekeeping all times.
or phone her direct on her line: +61 7 5545 7962
Maintenance & Grounds Supervisor
Geoff first met Judi when he and his wife, Karen, owned Tamborine Mountain Trail Rides which operates out of Thunderbird Park. They sold their business in 2011. Geoff then joined the Maintenance and Grounds team. Shortly after Geoff’s arrival, Judi appointed him to supervise the day to day running of this diverse and sometimes challenging department. One day there’ll be roofs to clean, the next there’ll be broken pipes to repair. It’s never ending – and thanks to Geoff’s sense of fun and good spirits – his guys are always available to assist when and where needed with a smile. His other great attribute is his ‘there’s a place for everything and everything’s in its place’ motto that he passes onto his men. And once anyone’s worked in Geoff’s team longer than 5 minutes; be rough with the machinery and equipment, at your PERIL!
or phone him on our main line: +61 7 5545 1468