At age 64, Jim Playsted is an experienced and effective advocate. His unique combination of a tremendous work ethic, a strong social conscience, natural enthusiasm and business experience has produced a track record of achievement and accountability for the organisations he has represented.
Joining the workforce as a cadet at age 16, over a 40-year career Jim’s talents saw him rise to a national marketing director role for global machinery giant KOMATSU in Sydney, while also finding time to sail in the Sydney to Hobart in 1985, row in the World Master Games in 1994, get married and have a family.
Throughout 15 years of interstate assignments, Jim was also an active member of the Beacon Foundation board, forging many significant partnerships for Beacon with interstate employers willing to align with the program. Jim was Chairman of Beacon in 1997.
Between 1997 and 1999 Jim gave service to the Antarctic and Southern Oceans CRC at the University of Tasmania representing industry and was chairman of the Tasmanian Polar Network for 3 years between 1996 and 1998 supporting Australian and International science and research in Antarctica.
Returning to Tasmania in 2009 Jim gave 3 years service to the Hobart community ‘Choir of High Hopes’ as Chair before running unsuccessfully as a candidate in the 2010 Tasmanian election for the seat of Lyons attracting over 4,000 votes at his first attempt.
In 2011 Jim turned his attention to real estate where since commencing he has registered residential sales of over $100 Million, has built a business on the East Coast and is the current Agent of the Year for the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania.
During this time Jim has also been President of the Spring Bay Maritime & Discovery Centre at Triabunna for 7 years – a community venture successfully combining a men’s shed with an art studio and regional museum. Jim has also been a Vice President of Marine Protection Tasmania Inc before resigning in March to contest the 2018 Legislative Council seat of Prosser. Jim is married to Margaret and lives at Orford.