From behind the counter to the forefront of an expanding corporation, George Drivas is bringing a new standard to the airports and the has a vision to revolutionize airport dining.
Managing Director, George Drivas, has been involved in the hospitality industry for over 16 years. Having run venues of varying sizes, he is fluent in both bespoke and franchise hospitality environments.
Combining his passion for process with a drive for providing quality, George runs a successful business dedicated to providing optimal dining experiences in airport environments. Having grown Airport Retail Group Australia from one store to a now ever growing portfolio of venues, George knows what works.
An adamant focus on quality and detail, each store is run with the utmost care to ensure all output upholds a certain level of excellence.
With a passion for functionality combined with an appreciation for food theatre, he ensures the Airport Retail Group Australia outlets provide bespoke hospitality solutions.
Judith runs the operations of Airport Retail Group Australia (ARGA).
With a comprehensive management history she oversees all facets of Airport Retail Group Australia’s day to day processes and long term strategies. Having worked in the industry for over 18 years she has been exposed to absolutely every area of the business.
A rich history in both hotel and restaurant environments, she has the perfect experience mix to ensure the tight management of Airport Retail Group’s operations. Judith’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Hospitality Management (Human Resource Management major) and a Diploma of Management.
Prior to ARGA she held management positions with Accor, Plaza Hotels, The Coffee Club independent franchises and boutique wine bars.
Her experience teamed with her qualifications has enabled Judith to help develop ARGA’s strong stance in the airport retail industry.
The Coffee Club International Terminal
Chris is one of Airport Retail Group’s Restaurant Managers. He has over 17 years experience in the hospitality industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for people.
Chris’ focus is on his team which is why he concentrates on training and development, recruitment and team building. However he also specializes in labour and food cost control and relationship management with key stakeholders such as customers and contractors.
Chris’ qualifications are people focused with diplomas in Management and Counselling which provides a strong backbone to his role.
Chris has also previously served in the management teams of Campos Coffee, Starbucks and McDonald’s.
The Coffee Club Domestic Terminal & BNE Service Centre
Alice is a people and process focused Multi-Site Store Manager at Airport Retail Group Australia. Her attention is based around harnessing the enthusiasm of staff members and providing support to develop their skills, transforming them into hospitality experts. She also takes charge managing food and labour costs and training and development of staff.
Her 15 years in the hospitality industry has created a strong backbone to her time with Airport Retail Group Australia. She began her journey on the restaurant floor providing elite service as a waitress and later bar tending. It was not long before she excelled into a supervisor role and then Assistant Manager.
Her passion for service has fuelled her progression in the industry.
Alice has held management status for a considerable amount of time having been a part of the management teams.
Windmill & Co Bar Bistro
A talented individual with over 20 years’ hospitality experience and 15 years in management.
Katrina has worked at all levels as Bar, Cafe & Restaurant Manager in a variety of Food & Beverage outlets, gaining that hands on experience and building the relationships with customers and staff.
Her years as manager for the Pullman Restaurant at Brisbane Airport as well as manager of the Air New Zealand Lounge – Brisbane Airport have added a wealth of knowledge of the local travel industry and the high level of customer service experience.
Katrina thrives on providing exceptional customer experience and maintaining relationships with clients.