Rodney Longhurst

Rodney and his family have a well-established history and passion for boating, and are long-term owners of various Riviera vessels.

Rodney is a qualified joiner and builder by trade, commencing his business career on the Gold Coast in 1980, assisting with the development of the Dreamworld theme park. Rodney then went on to build and develop luxury houses, and has since been involved with a number of other property developments.

Between 1991 and 2008, Rodney combined his experience in the property industry with an opportunity in the tourism and leisure sectors, through the ownership of a number of Queensland accommodation businesses, located in some of Australia’s favourite tourist destinations. As Managing Director of this enterprise, Rodney was able to use this opportunity to create a highly motivated workforce, dedicated to excellence in customer service. From the mid 1990s onwards, he also assisted with the management of the Longhurst investment in the large Hyperdome shopping centre in Brisbane’s south.

In 2000, Rodney teamed up with his long-term friend Wes Moxey to develop a 9.3 hectare site, just down the road from the current Riviera factory in Coomera, as a service yard for use by the marine industry.

In March 2012, Rodney acquired the Riviera business outright, thereby taking advantage of the opportunity to mix his business skills in the marine and property industries with his passion for boating, quality, creativity and the pursuit of excellence. This also presented another opportunity to work alongside his trusted business partner Wes Moxey.