Stephen Homes was the guest speaker at the Rotary meeting.
Stephen grew up in Numurkah, leaving school early and worked for Kel Sidebottom, Gerry Green, abattoirs, drove trucks, leaning work ethic at each, then the Telegraph Hotel where he discovered he was born for hospitality. Changed from a worker to a businessman.
In 1986 bought the buses, still single, thought Numurkah was too small for him at 30.
In 1990 purchased a Yarrawonga Hotel and went to Airlie Beach working in a 160-room resort, starting as barman ending up running the resort. For 4 years worked hard and purchased a restaurant, selling after 6-7 years,
In 2000 purchased a restaurant in Brisbane. Purchased another restaurant which did not go well, getting ahead of himself at the time.
An amazing business life with many ups and downs, spending 25% of time in Numurkah, 25% in Brisbane, 25% on trucks and 25% on holidays.
Loves Numurkah and suggested a project of large signs on highway to attract tourists.