Our team

Our team is made up of every Grower, Team Member and Director of Tropical Pines.
Based in our two central hubs of Yeppoon, Central Queensland and Beerwah, Southern Queensland, our team works cohesively to ensure our customers are receiving our best, sweet tasting Pure Gold Pineapples.

Our team includes

  • PAUL LANGE

    GENERAL MANAGER

    Start Year: March 2020

    A pineapple a day keeps the worries away

    Paul is an accomplished leader with a proven track record of growth and development in the fresh food and FMCG marketplace. Paul’s passion is supporting and developing people and it shows in his day to day priorities which are squarely centred on the success of our Growers and the support of office and Pack house teams across South East and Central Queensland. Paul’s favourite way to enjoy Pure Gold pineapples is cut fresh in the field or in a pineapple whisky sour, after a hard weeks work.

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  • MARK BENNETT

    SALES AND OPERATIONS MANAGER

    Start Year: 2020

    When life gives you lemons, sell them and buy a pineapple.

    Mark brings 20+ years of experience in the Sales and Operations role at Tropical Pines with an extensive background in FMCG, fresh food manufacturing and developing successful partnerships between brands and retailers to achieve growth. With a customer first focus in everything he does, this ensures that our packhouses are sending only the freshest and best fruit to our customers.

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  • NEIL PARAMI

    AGRONOMIST

    Start Year: 2017

    The only impossible journey is the one you never begin– Tony Robbins

    Born and raised in the Philippine’s, Neil is the man in the know when it comes to pineapples. He has skills in Genomics, Spatial/Precision Agriculture, Farm technology and broad-acre intensive food production, Pack house operation and post-harvest technology.

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  • DANNY HACKLES

    FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

    Start Year: 2020

    Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you happiness and bad days give you experience.

    With 25+ years in the Finance and Accounting industry across various manufacturing and construction businesses, Danny is the man in the know with everything in the business.

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  • DAVE PAPPAS

    CENTRAL QUEENSLAND PACK HOUSE FOREMAN

    Start Year: 2002

    All roads lead to the Pines

    From packing and sorting to gluing and tagging, Dave also looks after forklift maintenance, loading transport trucks and manages his group of 25 employees in the Pack house for the past 10 years.

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  • MiCHAEL GILBY

    SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND PACK HOUSE FOREMAN

    Start Year: 2019

    A pineapple might have prickly defences but it’s still sweet on the inside

    Michael brings 15 years of prior experience in manufacturing with 13 of those as a fruit processor and Juice Manufacturer.

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  • DAN O'BRIEN

    SALES COORDINATOR

    Start Year: 2016

    Customers only get our best

    Following on from his career as a retail buyer and category manager for Coles, 7-Eleven, Simplot and Kmart, Dan adds extensive experience to the Tropical Pines team. Whilst managing the relationships with our customers, he helps ensure our pineapples get to the right places at the right time.

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  • AMANDA CHAY

    PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR

    Start Year: 2008

    Is it fair? Is it logical

    One of our longest serving employees, Amanda has great knowledge of all aspects of Tropical Pines and is our key planner for all our growers, pack sheds and transport logistics.

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