Retail giant to share secrets at Shadforth memorial lecture

RETAIL giant Harvey Norman chairman, Gerry Harvey, will deliver the second annual Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture at the University of the Sunshine Coast next month.

The ticketed public event on March 19 will be held in honour of Shadforths Civil Contractors co-director Geoff Shadforth who died in tragic circumstances in 2013.

It is meant to reflect his passion for creating growth and opportunities on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Harvey, who has opened a significant retail centre on Maroochy Boulevard, has more than 50 years' experience in retail chain management, first as a founder of company Norman Ross from 1961 to 1982 and then with Harvey Norman since 1982.

Harvey Norman went public in 1987 and outperformed every public company on the Australian Stock Exchange for the next 13 years. It employs more than 20,000 people across its 277 company-owned and franchised stores in Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Malaysia, Croatia and Singapore.

Mr Harvey's wife, Katie Page-Harvey, is CEO of a company that trades under the Harvey Norman, Domayne and Joyce Mayne brand names.

USC's Office of Development manager Russell Ousley said he expected strong interest in this year's memorial lecture.

Tickets are available online at at or contact USC's Development Office on 5430 1104 or

Topics:  harvey norman retail university of the sunshine coast

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