THE GAME CHANGERS
Much of the club’s success today is due to the Sharks off-field team and namely ‘the big three’: Dr Alan Mackenzie, Wally Fankhauser and Gerry Carmody. Each have played a pivotal role in the club’s success and have been recognised individually with the naming of the club’s outlets and the oval.
Dr Alan Mackenzie
Club President 1974 - Current
If they were to do a blood test on Dr Alan Mackenzie, they would probably find black and white coursing through his veins. It is doubtful if there has ever been a record, in administration, anywhere in Australia to match that of ‘Doc’. Dr Mackenzie’s life at Southport began early in the 1970s when he started his medical practice on the Gold Coast. He was elected Southport president in 1974 and has held the position every year since. That, in itself – an unequalled longevity at the helm of a sporting organisation – perhaps best explains why the Sharks have been powerful for so long. In 2012 he was recognised by the AFL and awarded the highly prestigious Jack Titus Service Award. Mackenzie’s Sports Bar is named after Dr Mackenzie.
Club Vice President 1974 – 1976/ 1978 – 1995
The late Wally Fankhauser is one of the major reasons why Southport Sharks enjoy being the envy of sporting clubs nationwide. It was a chance meeting with a Southport supporter, who took him to the club’s original watering hole, the Pacific Hotel, when Wally became a Magpie. It was his $2 million donation that set up the move of the club from Owen Park in Southport to a group at Musgrave Hill, one which now bears the name of Wally Fankhauser Sports Reserve. Fankhauser had been a major financial backer of the club up to then, but there is no question that, without his supreme generosity, what stands on the corner of Olsen and Musgrave Avenues might never have been. Apart from his generous donation to establish the Fankhauser Reserve set-up, Wally put in plenty of hard work. He personally bulldozed the mounds in place for what was originally to have been the headquarters of the Gold Coast District Rugby League and turned the area into a full-sized Aussie rules oval. Fankhauser served as vice-president under Dr Alan Mackenzie for 23 years up to his untimely death in 1995.
Treasurer 1975/1985 – 1988/1993 – 2011, Finance Director 1976 – 1984 & Secretary 1989 – 1991
Standing enjoying a beer at the Down Under Bar of the Pacific Hotel one night in 1974, the late Gerry Carmody was just minding his own business, when he somehow became elected as Treasurer of the Southport AFC. He’s had nothing to do with Aussie Rules up to then and the rest is history. Since then, Gerry had been associated with the Southport committee, mostly as Secretary and Treasurer, part of perhaps the most stable administration of any club in the nation. His impact on the club has been recognised by the naming of the superb Carmody’s Restaurant after him. Gerry sadly passed away in 2011.
Board members are responsible for defining Southport Sharks policy and direction. Members of the Board are elected by voting members at an Annual General Meeting, which is conducted in December each year.
Dr Alan Mackenzie
Qualifications: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.
Special Responsibilities: Chairman and Club’s Nominee to Gold Coast Suns.
Experience: Company Director (President) since 1973. Self Employed owner of Surfers Paradise Medial Centre since 1972. Board Member of Gold Coast Suns.
Experience: Company Director Since 1995.
Special Responsibilities: Vice President
Qualifications: Diploma of Sales & Marketing
Special Responsibilities: Company Secretary
Experience: Company Director since 2007
Qualifications: Diploma of Financial Services, Diploma of Accountancy, Fellow NTAA and Registered Tax Agent
Special Responsibilities: Treasurer
Experience: Company Director since 2009. Principal of an Accountancy Practice
Qualifications: Commercial Cook
Experience: Company Director Since 1995
Qualifications: Bachelor of Architecture
Experience: Company Director Since 2001
Experience: Company Director Since 2004
Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts
Experience: Company Director since 2011. Managing Partner of MBA Lawyers since 2007 and Chairman of Oximax United LLC.
Experience: Company Director since 2016
THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
Management are employed by the Club to manage the day-to-day operation of the Club and to develop plans and guidelines for future growth. The Southport Sharks Executive Management team consists of the following positions:
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
General Manager Business Development, Fitness & Events