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Former Brisbane entrepreneur making big inroads in Oman hotel management

TO say well-travelled businessman Mac Thomson FAIM has enjoyed a diverse career is somewhat of an understatement.

From Brisbane to Brunei and Cairns to Coolabah, Mr Thomson has done business in some truly remote venues including his current post in Muscat, Oman.

Born in Thangool in Central Queensland, Mr Thompson moved to Brisbane and was educated at Church of England Grammar School before a short stint at the Queensland University of Technology.

"I went from a town of about 150 people and a school population of about 100 to a school that had more than 1200 students in the big smoke," he recalls.

"That was a real eye-opener for me. I went on to University to study accounting but I quickly realised that wasn't for me.

"The social life and all the fun in Brisbane was too big of an attraction for me."

A stint as an assistant at Price Waterhouse followed before he relocated to New South Wales where he worked as a jackeroo.

It was five years later in 1981 when Mr Thomson found his niche when he opened Famish Fine Foods in Brisbane and from there his career took off, albeit in diverse fashion.

A member of AIM since the late 80s, Mr Thomson turned his hand to mining which led him to Rio de Janeiro and onto the Middle East in Brunei where he opened his own company Paragon Ltd.

In 1999 he returned to the hospitality industry as General Manager of Orchid Garden Hotel in Brunei when he oversaw more than 150 staff and the daily running of the four-star 154-room venue.

Another stint as General Manager followed at Midan Hotel Suites in Oman where he worked for three years until he launched his own business Midan Muscat International Services LLC in January 2007.

The company manages hotels externally and its services include establishing working budgets for hotels, implementation and development of all hotel systems as well as sales and marketing of hotels.

While he resides on the other side of the world, Mr Thomson still maintains an association with AIM.

"The Institute is a high-quality organisation. I originally joined when I was in Cairns because I was very impressed with what it offers its Members and to update my skills," Mr Thomson says.

"It's a very dynamic organisation and it has great incentives for its Members."