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Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Paul Garrard, Stephanie Dale and Michael Mekhitarian, President of Parramatta Chamber. Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Paul Garrard, Stephanie Dale and Michael Mekhitarian, President of Parramatta Chamber. Featured
23 February 2016 Posted by 


Life membership for stalwarts

THE recent Parramatta Chamber of Commerce Business After Five held at Riverside Theatres was special for two reasons.

Parramatta Chamber paid special tribute to two unique individuals for their dedication, contribution and talent to the community by affording them both life memberships.

Alan Overton AM OAM was the first recipient of a Life Membership, recognised for his ongoing support and commitment to the region reflecting on his lengthy achievements in the community.

Alan has had a long and distinguished career in and around Parramatta and also with his contribution to the local community.

Alan worked for James Hardie & Co for 47 years and in this position became involved with the building of Ronald McDonald House Westmead when it was re-located from Camperdown in 1996. He is still a Director and is working closely with the team on their current relocation plans.

Over many years Alan has held many positions including:

President/Chairman Parramatta (EELS); National Rugby League Club (2000 – May 2009); President/Chairman  Parramatta District Rugby League Club (1985 – December 2008); Dept Corrective Services Community Consultative Committee, Silverwater Prison;  Director The Millennium Foundation Westmead Hospital Medical Research; Director Westmead Medical Research Foundation just to name a few.

Alan has been a massive advocate for the community, wearing numerous hats. He has represented various committees and associations across Western Sydney, simply too many to mention.

A proud Board Member of the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce since 2010, Alan continues to support the community with passion, currently Patron for Parramatta Eels Supporters’ Club;   Parramatta PLC Fishing Club; Parramatta PLC Golf Club; Parramatta Wheelchair Rugby League Club; Parramatta Junior Eels & Sports Inc.; Parramatta District Cricket Club; Parramatta Memorial Amateur Swimming Club City of Parramatta Police & Community Youth Club amongst other associations.

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce also highlighted Alan’s impressive portfolio of Awards and Achievements including the Order of Australia - OAM (Order of Australia Medal) in 1994 and in 2004     Order of Australia - AM (Member of Australia Medal), for service to the community through a range of sports clubs and other organisations, particularly in the Parramatta region.

Parramatta Chamber are honoured to recognise and reward Alan for his service, involvement and work with the Business Community.

Stephanie Dale also received a well-deserved Life Membership from the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce.

Stephanie is a Corporate CEO, Entrepreneur and business owner with four successful businesses. Her career started as a graphic designer, progressing into sales promotion, including strategy, concept, design, production and project management.

As General Manager Marketing with Response Systems International, she moved into the financial market, managing advertising accounts for large financial & insurance related organisations in Australia & NZ.

Taking the position of General Manager with RL Polk - an international company and one of the largest Direct Marketing production and database marketing companies in Australia, she was the youngest & first female General Manager in this field in Australia.

She has developed, instigated, or managed programs for Toyota, IHG Hotels, Pizza Hut, Vodafone, Streets, AMP, Sun Alliance, Oticon, 3M, Roche & Citibank to name a few.

Following the sale of RL Polk in 1996, she launched DMC Advertising Group, a marketing & advertising company offering affordable creative ideas & production. The business has grown to now include D~M Connection - a full service advertising agency; Net Response - a mailing house and The Winning Process - a sales promotions creation and management service. This was awarded Best New Product Innovation at the Suncorp Western Sydney Business of Excellence Awards in 2010. DMC Advertising Group also won Business of the Year.

Stephanie has also been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in both 2007 and 2009. In 2008 Stephanie developed a Business Womens’ Mentoring Program - Lingerie Logic, wrote the book Lingerie Logic (published in 2010) and is often booked for corporate speaking engagements throughout Australia .

Stephanie holds Board positions on Parramatta Park Trust, is a Past President of Parramatta Chamber of Commerce (the 6th largest CBD in Australia) and is a member of the Greater West Appeal Committee for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.

Stephanie has been a long time member of the Parramatta Chamber. Stephanie was President of the Chamber in 2005/2006 and 2006/2007.  She was re-elected as President in 2012/2013and served on the Board for over 10 years.

Stephanie’s dynamics reinvigorated the Chamber and lead to a more inclusive relationship and with women and heightened our appeal across a broader spectrum.


Michael Walls
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