Sharks Members last night endorsed the incumbent Directors at last night’s Annual General Meeting of the Cronulla-Sutherland Leagues and Football Clubs, with the outcome providing stability in the ‘front office’ while displaying a vote of confidence in the current Board and management
Directors Craig Airey, Darren McConnell and Paul O’Neile were returned for three-year teams, with Gregg Taylor and Paul McCarthy also elected to positions on the Sharks Board following last night’s vote.
Chairman Dino Mezzatesta was thrilled with the result and with the confidence displayed by the membership, which he believes gives the Sharks outstanding potential for continued success.
“Following the appointments of Barry Russell and Tim McAleer into the two senior management positions at the club, I expressed publicly that I was firm in the belief we had the right people in the right disciplines,” Mezzatasta said.
“Across the entire business we have stability, people who share our passion for success and we have the platform to take the club to the next level. Now with the Members last night endorsing the Board we have in place, I am confident that will be the case.”
Building on the premiership success in 2016, with a multimillion-dollar property and retail development taking shape and with plans in place for a Centre of Excellence to further strengthen football operations as well as community relations, Mezzatesta is pleased the Members have given a clear mandate for the Board to continue their efforts in steering the Sharks towards an exciting future.
“The people previously running the club deserve credit for putting the structures in place to deal with issues, however now we have a clear agenda to continue to move forward and to become leaders in Australian sport,” Mezzatesta said.
“It’s not just winning one premiership, it has to do with running the organisation, the education and welfare of the football staff, to the way we market the club and with this Board, along with extremely capable management, we have the structures in place to chase and achieve our goals.”
The new Board will comprise Directors representing a diverse range of business acumen, all of which will set the foundations for the future strategies across football, community, the property development, commercial and hospitality, the stadium and other key areas of the business.
“All our Directors are respected in both business and in the community and come with unique skill sets that will be of immense value to the Board and to the Club,” Mezzatesta added.
Also at the AGM Mezzatesta answered Members questions as to the present status of the Woolooware Bay property development and in relation to other relevant business pertaining to the football and Leagues Club operations.
The newly formed Board of Directors will come together for the first time next week.