Doug Sallis Receives Life Membership

Current President Paul Palmer had the honour of announcing and presenting Doug Sallis with his Life Membership at the annual President’s Charity Luncheon on 23 November 2021.

Doug is only the fifth person to receive Hospitality NT/AHA NT Life Membership and the first to ever do so after representing the organisation both as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Doug joins his father; Richard Sallis, John Auchter, Brian Kelly and Mick Burns as Life Members.

For those of you not aware of Doug’s history, he is a second-generation Publican who moved up to the Territory when he was young, with his Dad, Richard Sallis working in hospitality. From Alice Springs to Katherine. Some of you may have heard the rumour of 10 year-old Doug working in Kirbys Bar in Katherine…something our liquor laws would not support these days!

Doug has grown his own hospitality businesses both, leasehold and freehold, with successes at Humpty Doo Tavern, Beachfront Hotel, Pit Lane Liquor and The Lodge of Dundee. To keep himself busy…Doug has also operated other successful businesses in the construction and earthworks industries.

As this Life Membership honour denotes, Doug’s connection to our Association and our industry can be described as lifelong.

Doug became the first staff member of the AHA NT when the board led by Brian Kelly recruited Doug in 1994/95 to be the inaugural Executive Director.

Doug oversaw the standing up of a resourced local office with the Association:

  • Publishing the first Hospitality Outlook in March 1995
  • Moving into its current Cavenagh St offices in September 1995
  • Recruiting the Association’s first local training office in Sean Mahoney who continues delivering a pipeline of well-trained hospitality workers to this day as head of the Darwin-based International College of Advanced Education.

In order to pursue his own hospitality business interests, Doug handed over the Executive Director duties to a safe pair of hands, in a local lawyer Des Crowe.

In 2004 Doug was elected on to the Board of AHA (NT), as the Darwin Divisional Hotel Representative and the Treasurer. A qualified accountant Doug provided sound and much needed advice during this period with AHA (NT)’s finances, which continues today.

Doug became President of our Association from 2011 to 2014 and in doing so became the first President whose father had also been the President and was the first to have been both CEO and President.

Over Doug’s tenure of being involved with the Association that has taken him away from spending time with his family, who are also acknowledged in Doug’s Life Membership achievement – thank you Di, Jarrod and Nicole.

For many years now there has been a plan for Doug to step away from the day-to-day running of his businesses to spend more time with his family and his other love – sailing.

After a Covid cancelled false start last year Doug and ‘Stefan Racing’ team are hoping to take line honours at this year’s Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, no mean feat.

We wish Doug and his team all the very best.

Sarah Andrews