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Judi & Bob Minnikin with the Department Heads of Cedar Creek Lodges & Thunderbird Park - Melbourne Cup 2014

The Team at Cedar Creek Lodges and Thunderbird Park



Judi Minnikin
Owner έ Operator
Managing Director
Conference έ Events Sales Executive
Business Development Director
Creative Visionary
(and sporadic gardener and kitchen hand!)


Judi is married to Bob and has two children, John (a Landscape Architect) and Kate (Head of Management Development for an international company).  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 this 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 civil engineer) and children, John and Kate, elevated it to the unique 4 star property it is today.


Email Judi or phone her on her direct line - +61 7 5545 7982

Kate Larter
General Manager
Conference έ Events Operations Manager
Restaurant Manager (and Cocktail Queen)
HR Manager
(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 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.
Email Kate or phone her on her direct line: +61 7 5545 7983

Tamara Moore
Assistant General Manager
Sales Î­ 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.
Email Tamara or phone her on her direct line: +61 7 5545 7981
Monica Stekhoven
Wedding Co-ordinator
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 organising weddings at Cedar Creek Lodges since February, 2010 and was promoted to the important role as Wedding Co-ordinator in July, 2012.
Email Monica or phone her on her direct line: +61 7 5545 7996 
Sonia Verhoeven
Head Housekeeper
Creative Wizard
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.
Email Sonia or phone her direct on her line: +61 7 5545 7962
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