George giving start to top leaders

BEFORE they were community leaders, some of the region’s biggest names got their start in one of George Kotis’ businesses.

Yesterday Maryborough MP Chris Foley recalled the time George rang him in Sydney and invited him to work at the Royal Hotel in the Heritage City’s first piano bar.

“George gave me my first job,” Mr Foley said.

“It was November 1982 and I worked with him for a year and a half.

“I’ve always had a very soft spot for him.”

While Mr Foley played piano, Fraser Coast councillor Gerard O’Connell, worked as a waiter.

Mr O’Connell said George had been a man of “great hospitality” and was respected throughout the Fraser Coast.

“He was very welcoming and an extremely decent and dignified business person,” Mr O’Connell said.

Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger worked as a glass boy for George at the Tatts Hotel.

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