Meet our team
Each member of our tightly bound team has an area of expertise across the meat and agri-product trading sector. For your business, this translates into a collective knowledge base of more than 150 years.
Trevor joined Cory Johnston in 1985 and has worked in all facets of the business. In 1995 through part time studies, he completed a Bachelor of Business degree from Queensland University of Technology. In 2001 Trevor, together with Peter Shearer, negotiated the purchase of Cory Johnston from the company’s founder, Trevor’s older brother Doug Cory. Trevor oversees the day to day running of the group. Outside work, Trevor enjoys the family life. He coaches rugby league, is involved in thoroughbred racing and watches most sports. One day soon Trev will be in the owner’s box when his horse wins.
Peter joined us in 1987 bringing with him a wealth of practical knowledge of meat processing. Peter is responsible for overseeing the international meat trading business as well as the Grain and Meals Division. Peter is also involved in strategic planning and is generally across all facets of the day to day trading operations. When not at his desk Peter and his wife Kerry love to travel both domestically and overseas. Peter is a “rugby tragic” which is the description most associated with the diminishing numbers who support the Queensland Reds (maybe this year). Peter enjoys targeting greenbacks, lizards and elbow slappers along the gutters of Moreton (whatever that means) and loves the challenges of remote fishing in the NT. One day soon Peter will land “A Metrey ”.
Chris joined us in 2000 to establish the grain trading division. Chris’s success can be attributed to his thorough, honest approach which has earned him the respect of both growers and feed millers on the Australian eastern seaboard. Chris is a valued, loyal member of the team and his longevity within the company is testament to that. Chris balances his spare time between rugby coaching, family, fishing, boating and commuting. Chris has recently fallen back in love with cricket and as Captain coach successfully guided his side to second last in not one but two competitions. One day soon Chris will have the right amount on the right horse.
Brian’s addition to the team in 2004 brought with it a wealth of knowledge in all facets of the meat industry. Livestock, purchasing, processing and production planning – Brian has done it all! He has found the trading environment very rewarding as it was just about the only part of the meat industry he had not been involved in. Brian is famous within the industry for his attention to detail and easy going manner. Brian also doubles as CJA’s Fire Warden and can often be seen in the car park, Helmet on marshalling the evacuees during fire drills. Outside work Brian enjoys nothing more than the odd DIY project and relaxing with a coldie after mowing the lawn. Brian also fancies himself as a bit of a real estate guru and likes keeping his ear to the ground in search of a bargain. One day soon Brian will get that sushi rolling machine.
Coming on board in 2006, John was a perfect fit for the team thanks to his in-depth knowledge of the abattoir side of the industry and an unbridled enthusiasm for sales. John is passionate about the meat industry and has proved himself as one of the most dynamic raw material sales professionals in Australia. John embraces the challenges that a hectic sales environment presents and realises there is no substitute for hard work. In his spare time John enjoys travelling, snow boarding and camping. John enjoys nothing more than collecting fire wood with a stick rake and a D4. One day soon we expect him to succumb to his primal urge to buy that bigger boat and get back on the water.
A recent transfer has seen Alicia move to Mackay, where she now works remotely for CJA. This move allows her to balance family life and work. Alicia’s area of responsibility remain the smooth running of the accounting side of the business as well as keeping everyone in line, which she seems to be able to do just as effectively from her Tropical Hideaway. Her pleasant manner and can do attitude make her a pleasure to deal with and ensure the prompt and seamless expediency of payments. Alicia is constantly striving for perfection in everything and the extra effort does pays off, recently Alicia has seen real improvements on her grappling and feels she has become a more complete fighter, her speed and agility around the Octagon needs to be seen to be believed. When not plying her trade in the office and out on the canvas Alicia is very busy with looking after Maxie, Toby and Ross.
More than likely when you ring or visit Cory Johnston, Jess will be your first point of contact. But Jess is so much more than that pleasant voice behind the greeting. Jess makes sure that the flow of debtor and creditor invoices happens in a timely and efficient manner and if need be she is not afraid to use the Bainbridge Dominator to ensure that the timely flow of paperwork is maintained. Outside of work Jess has a strong connection to suburban Rugby League and is a big game day supporter. Jess also enjoys competitive netball and is experimenting with meditation and relaxation therapy. One day in the not too distant future Jess hopes to conquer the art Transcendental Meditation in true Maharishi Mahesh Yogi style.
Nigel comes to us with a background in both domestic and international meat and seafood sales. Nigel commenced his career in the Food Industry back in the year 2000 in Hervey Bay. He then moved down south to one of the world’s most liveable cities where he concentrated on exporting Lamb and other meat products. Due to family commitments and realising he needed to move to another liveable city he moved back to Brisbane. Here he spent 5 years working with some of the country’s largest distributors of meat into the domestic markets. Nigel truly believes that the customer comes first and will help source the best deals for you and your customers. This will be reflected in the positive feedback you receive from your customers. Outside of work Nigel loves nothing more than following in his ancestors footsteps and partaking in the 1497 ritual that has frustrated so many decent folk over the years and if you look hard enough you will see him on the back 9 replacing the odd Devitt. One day soon Nigel will complete a perfect round and when that’s all said and done he may even buy a round.
LUIS LOPEZ EDWARDS
We welcome Luis to the CJA Team and with his arrival the opening of our Melbourne office in Brighton. Luis brings with him over 25 years of International Trade experience in Australia, North and Central America. Luis will be looking after our imports and increasing our footprint in the Southern Markets. Luis will be well known to many of our European and North American suppliers having been very active in this space for the last 5 years. We are very excited to have Luis on board and feel that his experience coupled with his no nonsense approach will ensure the success of this section of our business. Away from work Luis enjoys keeping fit by swimming, sailing and the occasional bike ride. Luis has also been known to cut a rug in the Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba & Zouk versions of the sport. One day soon Luis will be able to swim faster than his kids.
Gai O’Connor joined the Cory Johnston team in late September from Gilgandra in NSW. Gai was basically born into the grain industry, living on and operating a family farm. She has had a diverse range of employment from accumulation to contract harvesting to grain trading and grain handling. Gai made the move to the Sunshine State to be closer to family and look for new opportunities in the grain industry. She works closely with Chris Carnell in our grain trading division and is looking to do business with the many contacts she has made over the years in both farming and transport. Gai has just returned from a family holiday in the UK and is ready to hit the ground running in 2019. In her spare time, Gai keeps busy with her family including four children and three grandchildren living across Queensland and New South Wales. She is a keen sports fan and follows and has been involved with rugby, cricket and netball, but insists she will stay a Blues fan despite now living in enemy territory.