Former CEO of South Bank Corporation Jeff Weigh, on Brisbane taking centre stage, never losing sight of your people skills and indulging his creative side.
I thoroughly enjoyed sitting down with Jeff Weigh, Former CEO of South Bank Corporation and Non Executive Director of the Port of Brisbane. I’d never met Jeff before our conversation but discovered he has a great sense of humour and has some strong views on the values of leadership.
Brisbane is in Jeff’s blood, he spent his formative years in Bardon and attended both Milton State School and Brisbane State High. Raised in an entrepreneurial home, Jeff spent much of his childhood working the early morning hours on the milk run, with his father in the family business. Recognising the value of tertiary education, Jeff’s parents strongly encouraged him to move on to university where he achieved a Bachelor of Applied Economics and later, a Masters degree from the University of Queensland.
The beginnings of Jeff’s career were seemingly, quite the adventure. Upon completing university, he travelled abroad where he spent time working in the music industry and as a fisherman in Iceland. It was fascinating to learn, Jeff also spent a year living in an Israeli Kibbutz as a young man before returning to Australia and kick-starting his corporate career.
Jeff has impressive experience as a CEO, Executive Leader and Non Executive Director in Tourism, Infrastructure, Asset Management, Property Manufacturing and Allied Health Services. His most prominent career achievements include successfully negotiating the $600 million Southpoint project, recognised by industry as the most complex property deal in Brisbane in recent times.
He is currently a Post Graduate Mentor for the UQ Business School and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course. Jeff has also studied Hotel Management at Cornell University. In 2015, he was awarded both Queensland Retail Property of the Year and Excellence in Marketing by the Property Council of Australia as leader of South Bank Corporation.
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