Andrew Rhodes

Where did you grow up/study in Australia?
Grew up in the South East suburbs of Melbourne. Attended Melbourne High for secondary education, before completing a B.Sc. at Monash University between 1982-1984, majoring in Chemistry. Further studies followed in 1990-1991, with a Grad Dip of Applied Science at Swinburne University of Technology.

Where are some of the interesting places you have lived around the world?
From early 2004 until May 2012, I lived with my wife Ann in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Our daughter Tamara Jia-Li was born in KL in Dec 2004.

Where are you currently living?
Currently I am living in the Westchase area of Tampa, Florida.

What do you do?
Typically I work in the manufacturing sector, with senior management and business focussed appointments in companies serving the chemicals and petrochemicals segments. At the moment, I am looking for new employment to ensure my family and I can remain in the USA.

What's a hidden secret of your city?
The Pirate legend!! Tampa has the Gasparilla festival, which is based on the legend of a pirate invasion of Tampa, by the mythical pirate captain, Jose Gaspar. The festival is part of celebrations held in January or February each year.

What's your favorite cafe/bar/restaurant in your current city?
Favorite Cafe is Oxford Exchange - very stylish decor, great coffee and food, plus a clever floor design with a reading area and book sales. Favorite bar is Ceviche, where live bands play Latin music for the dinner guests and customers to dance. Favorite restaurant is Ocean Prime, with a seafood and beef menu, featuring split dining areas, plus a cosy bar area.

Describe your adopted hometown/current city in three words.
Warm, friendly ..... and flat.

What do you miss most about Australia when you are overseas?
The Aussie humour and humility.

Submit Your Own Member Postcard!