Mark Neander shares his 18 year journey at Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd
“I was blessed to end up working here. It’s been an incredible journey and the future is bright for PBPL”.
In December 2018, Mark Neander, our fantastic Senior Manager Property Development retired. We spoke to him about his 18 year career with PBPL, and his feelings about leaving a workplace he truly loves.
It’s fair to say that Mark Neander was part of the PBPL furniture. Well-liked and greatly respected across the company, he achieved so much since joining us back in 2001. Having already spent 23 years working in construction and development, he started with us on a three-year contract doing property development. In 2005, he was part of the team that moved the Port from Hamilton to Fisherman Island.
“That was a big deal - a complex project and great opportunity. I got involved in the commercial arrangements of it all and that set me on a different direction career-wise – from property development to commercial tenders.”
Mark went on to handle a number of tenders and commercial projects, before he took on the challenge of overseeing operations at the Port of Bundaberg, which at that time was under PBPL’s responsibility. It was out of his comfort zone but true to form, Mark stepped up and played a key role in transforming the way the Port was run. He later returned to Port of Brisbane, going back to his roots and re-focusing on property. For the next eight years, Mark and his Team delivered a range of challenging and high-impact projects which have truly raised the bar for PBPL and our clients.
“Everything we do is large scale. And I love that our work has a lasting impact. I’ve done deals that will expire when I turn 89! That means complex and challenging work but I’ve loved it.”
A bright future for PBPL and its people
Mark was clearly excited about the future for PBPL’s Property Team and feels it’s a great time to join the organisation.
“Looking ahead, the property part of our business is definitely the most exciting! We’ve kicked some huge goals in recent years and we really are the best place for industrial development in South East Queensland. As a private entity, we also have a strong commercial focus, which means more opportunities for our people. Opportunities come up regularly at PBPL so don’t shy away. You never know where it’s going to take you.”
And what does it take to thrive here?
“You really need to be a team player. Everyone can run into challenges, of course, but here, we pull together to get things done. In property, that flows to clients too. Have an open mind to see both sides of a negotiation – if we don’t get the outcomes the tenant wants as well, it’s not going to happen.”
Listening to Mark’s passion and energy, it’s easy to forget he was about to retire! While he will miss his team and the organisation, he’s looking forward to the next chapter. He and his wife are moving out to a property in Yamba, New South Wales, where he can’t wait to dust off his fishing rod… and his pilot’s licence!
As the conversation drew to a close, we asked Mark about his legacy at PBPL. His answer was typically modest, and straight down the line:
“Legacy? I'm not leaving a legacy. I'm just proud that PBPL is a better organisation now than it was when I started. And it'll become better still when I'm gone.”
Thank you for everything Mark, and best wishes from all of us at PBPL.