NEWS: Poker player eyes spot on NRMA Board

A cash game and tournament regular at Star City, Trevor Saunders is hoping to harness some support from the poker-playing residents of the Simms Region where he lives, works and for which he is standing for election.

Based on the fact that less than 30 per cent of members voted at the last election, Saunders is hoping to benefit from an increased voter turnout.

And it’s hard to argue against his platform: “Strong governance and sensible business decisions; actively lobbying councils to fix potholes and poorly maintained roads; keeping pressure on governments about petrol, tolls, rego and other costs and; supporting safe road initiatives, especially around schools,” he said.

He’ll also bring some impressive business experience to the NRMA Board. His CV includes director of charity House With No Steps; president of the Australian Franchisee Association Ltd; senior roles with McDonald’s in Franchising, Operations & Training and National Operations Manager Virgin Mobile.

“For an hour or two each afternoon you can find me working the counter and having some fun with customers in the pharmacy owned by my wife Kam. I’m also a consultant specialising in new business ventures and company start-ups,” he said.

“I was also recruited by a major pharmaceutical company to help start up a new retail pharmacy brand. My wife and I have also together owned and operated via our family company a Burger King franchise restaurant.”

And is there a message for his poker-playing constituents? “My platform for the poker players is to ensure all roads lead to the felt!” he laughed.

Voting for the 2011 Board of Directors’ election is now open and will close at 5pm on Friday, October 21. Voting packs will be coming in the mail or with your Open Road and all Members should receive their packs by September 21.

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