Alumni profile - Frank Costa

The Gordon TAFE celebrates 130 years in 2017. So each month, we‘re introducing some of the faces that have studied with us over the years to share where they are today, and how they got there. 

Frank Costa - AlumniName: Frank Costa
Studied: Accounting
Now: Chairman of Costa Property Group

When did you decide that fresh produce was the career for you?

I was twelve years of age when I received some serious advice from a Grand Uncle. He suggested that the fresh produce industry would never be superseded by technology and that people would always need to eat fresh fruit and vegetables to maintain good health. He assured me that if I worked hard, I would enjoy a strong income and advised that I should then invest in property.

What are some of your favourite memories from your time at The Gordon?

A special memory is of the swimming sports. The Gordon enjoyed the presence of visiting Japanese student and world champion swimmer, Hironoshin Furuhashi.

He was denied the right to compete by the Victorian Swimming Association due to the fact that World War 2 was such a recent memory. Hironoshin agreed to a demonstration swim and at one point during the exhibition he used a kick board, and I vividly remember the sound of his feet resembling an outboard motor as he powered down the length of the pool. I also treasure the friendships made in my accountancy course, some locals, but the majority international students.

How are you currently employed?

I am currently the Chairman of Costa Property Group and am involved in Directorships. Although no longer Chairman of Costa Group which was publicly floated in 2015, I remain on the Board as a Non-Executive Director.

How did The Gordon prepare you for the career you have today?

The accountancy course I completed at The Gordon provided me with a good understanding of how to run P & L figures, and a constant awareness of how the business was performing - enabling action to be taken if required.

Besides your business, what are your other interests?

I am heavily involved in not-for-profit organisations, particularly those supporting the Geelong community, and I have a real passion to continue my support of the Geelong Football Club.

My very special wife Shirley and I are also kept busy as the parents of eight daughters and grandparents to 22 grandchildren!

If you could pass on one piece of wisdom to those currently studying or making career decisions, what would it be?

Whatever skills you develop, the most important consideration that contributes to the growth of any business is to foster genuine people skills.

The most critical requirement for any organisation is not its IT or physical assets, but its people working together to produce the best possible outcomes.

The ability to unite these people to form a team with positive chemistry is what will help
you achieve your ambitions most effectively.

Posted: 23/10/2017 2:01:25 PM



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