Tom Ranginui, The Coffee Club operations manager for Night Owl Centre and Gladstone Airport.
Tom Ranginui, The Coffee Club operations manager for Night Owl Centre and Gladstone Airport. Mike Richards

A coffee with... Coffee Club's Tom Ranginui

THIS week we have a coffee with Tom Ranginui, The Coffee Club operations manager for Night Owl Centre and Gladstone Airport.

Name: Tom Ranginui.

Occupation: The Coffee Club operations manager for Night Owl Centre and Gladstone Airport.

Years lived in Gladstone: One.

What you love about where you live: As a country boy, moving to Brisbane was a massive culture shock. Here it's nice and laid back.

How do you take your favourite drink? Short double shot latte.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon you can find me…at the store. The weekend's our strongest trade.

If I'm not here it's because I'm in another country or down at Lilleys Beach with the family.

When I was young…I learnt the family business. I'm a qualified farmer by trade.

My bloodline runs through agriculture and cooking.

I did that and then my great grandfather told me to experience something else before settling down. It's still something I'd go back to.

I can't remember the last time I…caught up with a lot of good friends.

We don't have a lot up here yet, and hospitality is an industry where you network and grow with the people.

The day doesn't seem to start without a coffee in the morning, but my family is something I can't live without.

They see the good and the bad side of what goes on. Kids are a godsend.

The best piece of wisdom I've been told is…from my great grandfather. It was about being the bigger man, swallowing your pride, and taking a step back before taking action.

What are you spruiking? We used to be a lot more community involved, and we stepped away because things were chaotic.

This year we are a major sponsor for the Meteors Junior Football Club.



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