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Gavin Hestelow
Weststyle Design and Development
General Manager / Architect
I believe that good design is for everyone. It isn't an added extra or luxury, it is essential.You can arrange the same number of bricks several ways. The cost is the same but the spaces aren’t. Budgets are tightening, the key is cost effective, high quality design solutions.Acting as the architect, builder and cost consultant I combine valuable attributes to design and build award winning architectural homes that save clients time and money with less hassle.With my team at Weststyle I have won many awards including the 2015 WA Home of the Year.I won the Ric New Medal for Excellence and Entrepreneurship.
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Sebastian Loader
Sustainable Living Furniture
Creator/Owner/Operator
I am a young West Australian who loves WA. I have been educated, been a part of numerous sport organisations at a state and local level, worked in numerous local businesses, and been proud to do so. My holidays have been spent enjoying nature what WA has to offer in all directions. I have been very active in my pursuit of any water or land based activities for as long as I can remember. It is no surprise that I want to be a contributor to the bright future of West Australia.I am going to further grow following the plan I have laid out for myself. I offer employment to WA people and offer opportunity to local business.I assist environmental programs and educate both locally and internationally.I turned a dream into a reality.I am the real thing.I am Sebastian LoaderSustainable Living Furniture
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Charles Sweeeney
Civmec Construction and Engineering
Executive General Manager - Construction
During my 17 years’ within the construction industry, I have valued the experiences I have gained which have contributed to the success of Civmec and the projects I have been involved with. During my role as GM, the Metals & Minerals division of Civmec has achieved revenue of $850M and a profit of $105M. I attribute my success to following my dreams and keeping my goals in sight. This belief has led me to where I am today, as Executive General Manager of a major construction and engineering company at the age of 35.
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Dennis Savic
DESAV 2
Founder
It has been my dream from the age of 14 to design, build, and sell my own vehicles. And now, 10 years later, I'm doing just that with electric motorcycles. Growing up with parents that have a strong work ethic and have always told me I am able to achieve anything i set my mind to, I hope that I will prove them right. We have built our first prototype and are now working away at getting it to production by establishing formal processes. The team we have all love what we're working on, and so do many other talented young individuals in WA. We are not only building a product and a business, but an entirely new industry for WA with a plausible plan.
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Neha Patel
Kinetic IT
Operations Manager
Neha’s story spans across the globe, born in Mumbai but raised in Adelaide, she lived in Chicago, Mumbai and Nairobi before moving to Perth in 2007 to pursue an honours degree in computer science. Her first break into IT didn’t come easily. She was a retail sales assistant by day and by night she worked at a petrol station, all the while applying for role after role in her discipline. However, her perseverance paid off and Neha secured her first role in IT in 2011 at Fujitsu as a servicedesk analyst; she then went on to work for INX Software as a technical and support services manager.Currently, Neha works for a leading provider of enterprise-class IT solutions, Kinetic IT, as an operations manager. Seeing the need for an applications development capability, Neha rallied the organisation to develop a dedicated business unit which focuses on managing a suite of products
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James Russell
Loscam Australia Pty Ltd
State Manager
A general manager with 15 years’ experience across the logistics industry, James assists businesses by providing leadership to build teams that drive and implement supply chain improvement solutions which increase efficiency, grow company revenue and save money for customers.His career evolved working with organisations including Loscam, CEVA Logistics, Western Power and across the industrial, automotive and retail sectors. Achievements include best practise operations, strong workplace safety performance, multi-million dollar new business growth, new product launches and contributions to global strategy. James is a passionate advocate for Western Australia as state to be showcased as hub for innovation and ambition.
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Amanda Gauci
Pulse Property Solutions Pty Ltd
Managing Director
Amanda’s passionate about creating unique developments that people love living in. She leads a professional team to deliver diverse housing choices across WA. Amanda’s the Managing Director at Pulse Property Solutions, a family owned business which started operating 8 years ago. Amanda’s built a sustainable business from the ground up by ensuring both personal and business goals align. She’s dedicated, community minded and constantly seeks new ideas. The team at Pulse are currently developing new product for the growing downsizer market following their success winning the 2016 Perth HIA Apartment Complex of the Year Award. She’s inspired and motivated by her amazing husband and 3 beautiful children (aged 5 and under). Their family are due to launch ‘Tiny Giants’ in 2017 to create products that encourage children to think big, be creative and have fun.
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Michael Strom
Tenfold Investments
Venue Manager
In the years since leaving school I have never wavered from my drive for business and knowledge. Asking questions and evaluating the answer is one of the attributes I hold in confidence. I look for areas and information beyond just a satisfactory level so as I can understand how it may be viewed or implemented to suit with less resistance. I expect my decisions to be challenged and welcome it because that is the pathway I have grown under to be the Man I am today. I'm a proud Son, Brother, Mentor, Student and Coach and look forward to not only business opportunities but the growth and mentoring of my own children some day. I thank you for this opportunity and look forward to meeting and standing side by side the other candidates in this process.
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Matthew Sear
Best IT & Business Solutions Pty Ltd
Managing Director
Since establishing Best IT & Business Solutions in 2003. Matthew has grown the business to be a market leader in IT Solutions in the North West of WA. With office locations in Broome, Kununurra and Karratha, Best IT & Business Solutions services a range of clients, from major resource companies to local primary schools. Matthew’s commitment to the business is equal to his commitment to the community, involved in numerous charity and not for profit initiatives. Matthew was recently appointed President of the Kyle Andrews Foundation, helping children with serious illnesses.
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Lorelei Campbell
Hola PR
Hola PR
Lorelei Campbell is the Director of Public Relations consultancy, Hola PR, and also a partner in the Achieve More Online project. She has worked in the area of PR for 18 years and balances her love of the industry with a young family. Career highlights include being the youngest person to manage community and public relations at an Alcoa refinery in Western Australia (1999-2002), working in communications on the public-private partnership of London Underground (2001-2003), completing a Master’s Degree (with Distinction), graduating as the highest post graduate student in the School of Marketing, being a founding partner of Achieve More Online, and winning state and national awards in Hola PR’s first year of operation.
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Yasemin Malyniak
Optus Business Centre Perth
Director
I want to be known as an inspiring woman to all women in and starting a small business, managing the challenges of transitioning back to business after (and still) raising 2 young children, caring for a very sick mother, breathing new life into and motivating a team of 24 amazing staff, and always being available for our customers. I have focused our business on being a local, approachable and caring Telecommunications business this past year and I’m very proud of the recognition we have received, most recently winning the Belmont and WA Enterprise of Year! I really feel I have breathed new life into (and motivating) a team of 24 amazing staff and been a driving force behind our growth in a very challenging economical period.Overall, working with my husband, our relationship is even more special working together on our dreams and helping our team reach theirs.
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Russell Holmes
360 Environmental Pty Ltd
Team Leader I Principal Environmental Scientist
I have always been interested in our environmental impact and how it can be managed. I have been an environmental consultant all my working life. My big opportunity in business came when I was promoted to Team Leader of 360 Environmental’s Soil, Water and Air Team (SWA) in 2013. My achievements over the last 3 years include growing my team to 15, our team revenue to $3M, and our team profit to $1.21M. We have achieved a dramatic improvement in the quality and range of the work we do. This has been achieved in a tough market and in the face of multiple personal challenges. I believe that my values have led to the best outcomes for the environment, my clients and that of the company. My involvement in the community and making time for myself and my family has helped me achieve my success to date.
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Jenny Do
Warwick Grove Florist
Business Owner
After migrating to Australia in 2006, I was faced with the challenge of raising my daughter alone, without family or friends to support, and with limited English language skills.With a drive and passion to build the best life I could for my daughter, I overcame these adversities, deciding to utilise the floristry I learnt in Vietnam, and my passion for flowers and my artistic skills, to build my own business. I went on to build my first successful business, selling that to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase a larger shop with more potential, which has grown into a successful, award winning business. I have also extended my passion for flowers and my caring nature to building a free floristry workshop program to help other women in challenging situations and provide support for the general community.My passion has created the job of my dreams.
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Andrew Macpherson
Mackie Plumbing and Gas Pty Ltd
Managing Director
Owner of Mackie Plumbing and Gas, am a licensed Plumber, Gasfitter and Air-conditioning Technician.Double major in Commerce and Property Law from Curtin University, finished final year of tuition externally, enabling me to engage in a Plumbing Apprenticeship.Despite resistance from the Building and Construction Industry, who believed it was necessary to complete apprenticeship first, I argued my way into a diploma of Building and Construction and am the youngest Australian to complete the diploma.I started Mackie Plumbing as a one man operation and within two and half years have 10 people under my employ, a fleet of vehicles and revenue of $2 million last financial year.Mackie also own the business rights to the division Mackie Building and Construction which we plan to establish in the WA market circa 2018 and are also looking into expanding into electrical, roofing and air.
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Brad Jurovich
Jurovich Surveying
Managing Director
Jurovich Surveying was established in response to what i saw as a shortage of quality surveyors offering a professional service at a competitive price. Having a solid understanding of client business requirements has enabled myself and the company to seamlessly tailor its offering to meet particular project requirements and ultimately gaining business and growing our customer base. I believe the success of the young firm is best seen in our ability to demonstrate repeat business in which really sets the benchmark for the high level of personalised service clients expect from survey contractors. There will always be a need for surveyors, often the issue is staying relevant and staying on top of the market. I feel this is achieved in our strong values and organisational culture, along with continual learning and training, and exposure the latest technology has allowed us to become one of a kind.
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Sheila Woods
Interstaff/Immigracious
Managing Director
In my role as a Registered Migration Agent and Managing Director of sister migration agencies, Immigracious and Interstaff, I have seen the way that continuing government legislative changes has made it significantly harder to obtain a visa to stay in Australia. Migration can be a contentious issue in the community and my business aims to provide clear advice and practical solutions for Australian businesses about Australia’s visa program so that they can make sound decisions about the employment of people from overseas. My strategy has been to lead the business on a customer focused journey to deliver greater value as migration experts and to place us in a position to successfully diversify our services to other businesses in the market.
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Jahna Cedar
Gumala Aboriginal Corporation
Executive Officer
Jahna Cedar is a strong Nyiyaparli woman from the Pilbara of Western Australia and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader. Jahna is passionate about encouraging and developing Traditional Owners whilst working towards corporate and strategic goals. She is dedicated to challenging perceptions, breaking down stereotypes and working to make a difference for Indigenous people. Jahna has advocated for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people all her life. She has represented her people internationally in children's rights and equal access to employment, education and training for women. Jahna is the Interim Executive Officer at Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, with two years prior experience on the board. Gumala, led by Jahna and the board, is pursuing a new strategic direction centred around building capacity and independence for Gumala members in the areas of health and well being, employment, housing, education and lore and culture.
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Simon Rear
Squire Patton Boggs
Partner
Simon Rear is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs.He has broad experience in private and public M&A, equity capital markets, corporate advisory, insolvency and distressed assets in Australia and the UK. Simon regularly advises in connection with takeovers, schemes private M&A transactions. He has also advised on a number of fundraisings including IPOs, rights issues and placements acting for both issuers and underwriters. Simon spent four years working in London where he advised corporates and investment banks.He has achieved partnership at an early age whilst juggling the demands of a young family, actively contributing to the community, being on the board of a disability not-for-profit organisation through to working with pro-bono organisations such as Many Rivers.Simon is also an expert in corporate governance and regularly presents on corporate governance issues including at the Governance Institute.Passionate about mentoring he spends significant time training junior lawyers.
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Jamie Shaw
NECT
Co Founder
Completed a Bachelor of Commerce at University of Western Australia with a double major in Marketing and Management, Minor in Business Law.Received Certificate of Excellence for Oral Presentation in 2001 Entrepreneurship course.Upon graduating, I founded business in retail clothing and opened 3 venues in the Perth CBD and Fremantle.With a vision to help other small business succeed, I started an entrepreneurship incubator.I became a Founding Franchise Partner at Zambrero Group with venues in Leederville, Mt Lawley and Subiaco zambrero.com.Re branded health care business Live Well letslivewell.com.au.Founded a recruitment startup Nect nectjobs.com which helps businesses streamline their recruitment process with currently 129 businesses in Australia, USA and UK using our mobile app and platformClients include Print Hall, Apple Daily, Trustee Bar and Bistro, Shorehouse, Health Engine Advisory Board Dr Marcus Tan, Daniel Weston AIMED Capital, Stuart CookGuest speaker at UWA.
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Dieter Gebauer
The Park Private Hospital / Specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Executive Director / Medical Director / Principal Surgeon
A/Prof Gebauer is the principal surgeon / owner of "Specialist Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery" located in the church building on Walcott St Mt Lawley. In 2010, he observed as a young surgical consultant the increasing difficulty to obtain access to operating space within large corporate healthcare providers, and experienced frustration in the lack of control / focus on Oral and Maxillo-facial surgery. A/Prof purchased Mt Lawley Private Hospital from the receivers, and transformed it from a tired and non-profitable business into a modern state of the art facility with 24 licensed beds, a 2 bed high dependency unit, and two operating theatres housing surgical services inclusive of oral and maxillo-facial surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, gynaecological surgery, podiatric surgery and a sleep unit, with its own high quality in-house catering and interface with personal media devices for patient convenience. After just one year The Park Private has surpassed 2000 admissions.
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Barry Magliarditi
The Game Changers
The Game Changers
I am Barry Magliarditi, CEO and Founder of The Game Changers, a business coaching company. My friends would describe me as a driven, heart centred, genuine, visionary, individual who is passionate and committed to helping business owners reach their truest potential and live their dreams. According to the ABS, 97%of businesses in Australia are small businesses with 60% failing in the first three years. Mainly because they are caught up in the romance of a new idea, the day to day of just getting through, scraping money from anywhere to keep going, forgetting why they started in the first place. Without a clear why and strategy, it is easy to get lost and lose everything, relationships, health, the business and worse still, your life. We assist people in rapid time, to create sustainable, successful businesses that they do not have to LIVE in, instead, it supports their dream lifestyle.
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Jane Pemberton
Heritage Advice Australia
CEO and Director, Government Liaison & Approvals
Having worked in the field of Native Title and Aboriginal Affairs for many years, I have had the pleasure of working with over 25 NTGs around the State, many of which have gone on to become long lasting relationships. I am an advocate for Reconciliation through economic development and education, which I believe go hand in hand in making NTGs self- managed and successful business enterprises. I would like to see the community understand that Australia’s future as a nation can only be better for walking hand in hand; side by side. Myself and HAA has a well- regarded reputation in this field for honest, Good Faith negotiations, and I endeavor to always seek a negotiated, not litigated outcome for my clients and the relevant NTGs. I see HAA as remaining an important and recognised business that serves as a leader and example of how business “should be done”.
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Rhys Walker
Floveyor Pty Ltd
Chief Executive Officer / Director
Rhys Walker is the ‘accidental CEO’ of the pioneering aero-mechanical conveying company Floveyor. Rhys is the third generation guardian of Floveyor’s proud heritage of engineering design and manufacturing excellence and innovation. In 2010 aged twenty five he took responsibility for repositioning this iconic Western Australian company as leader in the global materials handling equipment market. Six years on Floveyor has built a worldwide network of 30 partner organisations in 50 countries. Floveyor is formidable force in a competitive international industry. Resolutely committed to his WA roots, Rhys employs three generations of highly skilled designers, engineers and metalworkers in Floveyor’s Bayswater operation.
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Brent Campbell
Oracle Group Insurance Brokers
Managing Director effective 1st February 2017
A third generation insurance broker, Brent Campbell is making his own mark now director & partner of Oracle Group Australia at the age of 33. The company, recently awarded 2nd place in a ranking of top 10 independent insurance brokerages nationally. A criteria determined by factors including new clients, company growth, client retention and total revenue, Brent attributes the success to a group with diverse experience and likeminded values. Staff numbers have doubled in the past six months reflecting the exciting culture of an expanding team.In a rapidly evolving environment he understands the importance to continuously improve to meet high expectations and diversify business services. An industry based on protection and security, Brent is passionate about building awareness insurance services hold as professionals and encourage the next generation of young leaders to follow their own rewarding path.
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James Graham
Borrello Graham Lawyers
Founding Principal/Director
James is a Founding Principal of Borrello Graham Lawyers, one of WA's leading and fastest growing independent law firms. Over the last 18 months, BGL has more than doubled in size, and now has 3 offices locally and interstate.James is also the CEO of PM2, a technology start up focussed on software development in the professional services industry.As a practising lawyer, James is an experienced advocate, having appeared as Counsel in almost every State and Federal jurisdiction. His client base includes ASX listed companies, multinational corporates, and some of Perth's leading entrepreneurs and business leaders.James is engaged in a variety of business interests outside of the legal industry, including directorships in a technology company and a boutique litigation funder.James also takes an active role in the WA business community, and is a Member of both the WA Club and The 500 Club.
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Caroline Chan
Westpac Banking Corporation
Head of Westpac Institutional Bank, WA
As Head of Institutional Bank in Westpac, the most sustainable bank globally (Dow Jones Sustainability Index), I am grateful to have earned the opportunity to lead a collaborative team supporting the growth aspirations of some of Australia’s largest businesses. It is a privilege to be able to influence economic and social prosperity through what I do and to shape the future of WA and Australia through banking our customers’ businesses.I am passionate about achieving strategy through diverse teams. People perform at their best if they feel included because a sense of belonging inspires trust and collaboration. I am proof that even in Australia’s oldest company (turning 200 in April 2017), positive change is occurring because diversity is good for business. As a non stereotypical leader in corporate Australia, I hope to accelerate changes for greater equality and inspire all minorities to believe in what is possible.
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Amy Ward
Anthologie
Director
Amy took over her family’s design business in 2014. Armed with 10 years’ international experience, she's delivered multi-national campaigns for the world’s biggest brands. Amy brings together strategic consultancy, creative thinking and digital nous to help clients win at what they do. Amy believes that creativity can be the most powerful force in driving a business to success. Anthologie is a new breed of creative agency -unleashing the potential in clients’ businesses through the development of ideas. Amy has succeeded in building a business with real impact, fostered a strong workplace culture with a team of globally experienced creatives and maintained strong growth in tough market conditions. Amy is committed to philanthropy and is part of the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy programme, supporting Aboriginal Children's health in remote communities, has contributed countless pro-bono hours to community projects and helped grow several Perth organisations with clever brand strategies.
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Aymee Mastaglia
Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ)
Regional Manager, WA
I am a leader that makes a difference. I consult, collaborate and communicate to dispel traditional accounting body stereotypes, and creatively engage to positively surprise member stakeholders across the Perth and greater national business communities. I ensure clarity of purpose and develop new ways to achieve outcomes for members. I have achieved a significant and measurable increase in member engagement through event attendance in Perth. I co-founded the Financial Toolbox, increasing financial literacy for Perth women and giving members the opportunity to give back to the community.I focus on capacity building for staff and lead by example. I have developed a highly functional, collaborative and positive team culture. My vision of a highly engaged, consultative and creative team motivates and empowers me to continually raise the bar of best practice in my business networks.
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Dylan Skinns
Austral Fisheries
Austral Fisheries
I manage an annual sales portfolio of AUD$100 million. Seafood is the most traded commodity in the world. We harvest wild seafood from the ocean - this adds the complexity of nature’s variability and fragility to the business equation. Integrity, quality and commitment to the highest environmental standards are at the core of Austral’s operation. My Marketing Strategy was to stop trading our seafood as a commodity and capitalize on the company’s fishing culture. I created brands that chefs and seafood consumers, all over the world, now recognize and choose to buy. They enjoy the story, love the taste and feel good about serving it. I value the global network of loyal customers who have become trusted friends based on their experience of how I do business, which I summarize as “speaking from the heart, being honest and transparent, backed up by efficiency”.
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Cara Little
Pure Home Body
Director
Cara Little is a passionate Pharmacist who aims to inspire people to make wiser choices towards their home health and has formulated a line of non-toxic, health friendly home and body care products. Her business Pure Home Body is an influential brand in the local health and wellness scene that is revolutionising the concept of clean living literally. In just over a year she has doubled the businesses revenue, rebranded and is now setting her sights on the Asian Pacific market. Cara is also a speaker and gets excited about talking about gut health and epigenetics. She ultimately uses her passion to give every child a safe, healthy and happy home to drive her success.
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Frank Alderton
Alderton Financial
Managing Director
I am a 29 year old driven individual and a high achiever who garners success through hard work and the establishment of strong relationships, based on sound family values, good business ethics and a moral compass that does not deviate from achieving my goals by sound business judgement and decisions that are based on these principals.I have achieved much in my short career from rapid promotion at Budget to significant success in our current business that had in some sense a rocky start, from which I learned much about myself and which also shaped my character and made me a much stronger individual.My ambitions exceed that of the majority of my peers (see attached picture of building below that's on the wall of my office!) and I intend to fully continue on my current path to grow, develop my staff and seek new fields of endeavor.
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Paul McCarthy
Mannkal Economic Education Foundation
Chief Executive Officer
I have the world's best job! Mannkal is a free-market think tank founded by mining legend Ron Manners. Rather than writing policy papers or books, we look longer-term: developing the next generation of leaders by exposing them to ideas of individual liberty and free trade while honing their workplace skills, attitudes and character. We run workshops and events up to three times weekly, create work experience and job opportunities through our network and sponsor students to internships and conferences around Australia and the planet. At the end of 2016, 22 students will spend three months on internships, that Mannkal fully funds, across four continents. As we add new opportunities and networks to our offering and continue to orient towards a process of deep engagement - a two-year Leadership Development Program as opposed to a discrete scholarship - we seek more ambitious, bright and open-minded students from all fields of endeavour.
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Joseph Barbaro
Barbaro Exclusive Constructions Pty Ltd t/a Barbaro Homes
Managing Director
I grew up in a loving, caring and close Italian family surrounded by people whose values were based on sharing, giving, respecting and caring for others.My father only recently retired from the family retail business after 40 years and, while he is responsible for my entrepreneurial, independent spirit, I’ve always loved working with my hands. That’s why I became a builder.As a self-confessed perfectionist, I’ve always pushed myself that little bit further to ‘do it better’. Barbaro Homes was created so that I could use my skills to help our clients build the home of their dreams.
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Meg Coffey
Coffey and Tea
Managing Director
“Texan Meg” Coffey (born in Texas, now Western Australian) is the state’s leading and most sought after social media trainer and public speaker. She is a dynamo media commentator, Founder of Perth’s largest social media knowledge economy, Social Media Perth (#SMPerth) and keeps her finger on the pulse of the industry with client work as Managing Director of boutique consultancy, Coffey & Tea.A hospitality and tourism sector specialist, her skill for and understanding of all things “social” translates to any application, as she well and truly leads the charge for digital empowerment in Western Australia. “The reality is digital isn’t going anywhere and it absolutely must be a feature of every business’s marketing strategy today.“It is all about making sure Perth, and Western Australia, is up there with the rest of the world by building and maintaining a healthy digital business culture in our state.”
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Sarah Mateljan
CourseGenius
CEO
As a 26-year-old solicitor, Sarah started WA’s first mobile provider of online CPD for lawyers from her front room. She’s now the CEO of two tech startups. Off the back of her first startup LawCPD, she started CourseGenius with her co-founders to cater to the SME market. Though not a technical person, Sarah sees opportunities when they arise and has learned how to surround herself with an excellent team to execute her ideas. She’s always been passionate about social justice and took the CourseGenius platform to Afghanistan in 2013 to help expand the reach of an international NGO’s education projects. She ran a pilot eLearning program – despite the unstable local political situation – to allow the NGO to deliver some of their education projects online.
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Nathan Hood
Carbon Group
Founding Partner
Carbon is a powerful element that is capable of being transformed into a diamond. This analogy represents the transformative energy I have instilled into my business, my employees and client relationships. At the age of 23, I bought into a business where the retiring partner left massive amounts of debt and no clients. With dedication and hard work, I brought the business back up to its true potential, and merged with local bookkeeper to launch Carbon Group; a one-stop shop for core business needs with a strong focus on cloud technology. Carbon has grown exponentially, from one office in Perth to four across Australia in just 12 months and has been showered with awards along the way for its contribution to shaping the accounting industry. As Carbon grows, so does its contribution to the community; with 1% of revenue being donated to a range of charities.
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Zoe McAlpine
Breast Cancer Care WA
CEO
I started my career in the not for profit sector at Breast Cancer Care WA in Events, Marketing & Fundraising in 2006 and then joined Starlight Children’s Foundation, ultimately taking on the national Head of Fundraising role, leading a team of 43 people across five states. In 2014 I returned to Breast Cancer Care WA as the CEO to lead the organisation into a new period of growth. My commitment at Breast Cancer Care WA is to ensure that we exist not only today to support the 1,500 people in WA going through a journey with breast cancer right now, but also tomorrow for the growing number of Western Australians affected by breast cancer. I believe the sustainability and longevity of the organisation are my responsibility, and I approach every decision with my first priority being “what is best for our clients”.
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Brodie McCulloch
Spacecubed
Managing Director
Brodie McCulloch is Managing Director of Spacecubed a Community of Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Change Makers. Spacecubed supports it’s community of over 800 members through Spaces, Learning, Programs and Funding. Brodie is passionate about finding innovative ways to support people with new ideas and who are creating new industries and opportunities for Western Australia. Spacecubed now has two spaces at 45 St Georges Terrace focused on early stage companies and FLUX at 191 St Georges Terrace supporting companies as they grow. These combined spaces make Spacecubed one of the largest coworking communities in Australia. Through his position as a Director of StartupWA, Brodie works to provide feedback and advocacy to Governments of all levels as to how they can support the Startup and innovation Community. Brodie is a Churchill Fellow, LeadershipWA Fellow and on the Regional Committee for Central Queensland University.
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Yves Schoof
Affluence Private Wealth
Managing Director
Yves is one of Australia’s most respected financial advisers and leading financial and business specialist for Medical Professionals in Australia. He has co-developed a unique online financial education platform for Doctors, Medico CFO, which has been accredited by some of the major Medical Colleges in Australia. He is currently also collaborating on a world-first information portal for Doctors.Yves strongly believes in giving back and sharing his knowledge and time for the benefit of the wider community. He sits on the Board of the Meridian Global Foundation, a local charity that donates $50,000 to 3 deserving charities each year. He has also been a business adviser for migrant start-up entrepreneurs.Yves migrated to Western Australia over 11 years ago with a view to building a better life for himself and his family, and he is now the proud father of 4 beautiful children.
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Grace Mugabe
Financially Empowered
Founding Director/ CEO
Grace Mugabe is a qualified Accountant (CPA) and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with extensive financial, analytical and accounting experience ranging from small business to industry leading multinational corporations. She launched Financially Empowered to help women overcome any fear associated with financial management. Her consultancy offers practical and comprehensive financial education that's affordable and accessible. Financially Empowered continues to attract government, small business, private industry and NFP clients.Grace sits on the board of Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre where she is the Chairperson of the Audit and Finance Committee. She serves as the Secretary/ Treasurer of the Welshpool Business Enterprise Center's Advisory Committee as well as the Treasurer on the Advisory Board of 100 Women, a philanthropic giving circle which enables everyday people to be involved in creating a world where all women & girls can live safely with access to health, education and economic freedom.
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Anita Mcsweeney
Chat Unplugged
CEO
I have always been a leadership and behaviour specialist in big business, mainly in the resources sector and high risk industries. I have also spent much of my life serving the community through sport, volunteering and helping those in need.I have run my own business Stellar Culture for the past 5 years and it is through this experience that I have seen where the real need is in the world today – and it’s our youth.We are only here for a short time and what matters to me is how many lives I have enhanced and this means by influencing behaviours to create leadership and personal direction. I am happiest when I’m helping others and touching the lives of others and I’m unhappy when I’m not. Chat Unplugged is a way to reach the hearts, minds and leadership needs of our future leaders and all youth.
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Teresa Di Franco
Perth Diabetes Care
0438 313 859
Teresa is a Pharmacist, Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia WA Branch President, pharmacist diabetes educators’ representative on the ADEA Clinical committee and the Curtin University Diabetes Education Course review advisory committee. Teresa is passionate about making living with diabetes less stressful and providing people with technology for diabetes. Teresa specialises in diabetes within community pharmacy, working with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She has been trained in both the Living with Diabetes and DESMOND group education programs.Teresa noticed a gap in accessible diabetes education services for type 1 diabetes particularly young adults. Diabetes education is changing to consider psychosocial impacts and physical impacts diabetes has on a person. It no longer follows the model of focusing only on blood glucose but instead as part of the person’s support team helping them achieve their personal goals. This is represented in Perth Diabetes Care.
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Kelly Carter
Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd
Vice President: Legal and Compliance - Australasia
Kelly is the Vice President: Legal and Compliance for Gold Fields Australia, an experienced legal professional and business leader in the WA resources industry. Using 15+ years of experience, she has developed an efficient and integrated legal function, attuned to the dynamic needs of Gold Fields' business, which has expanded significantly.Kelly successfully juggles the demands of career and a young family, and in 2015, became the first female, and the youngest Vice President in Australia. As part of the Regional Executive, she has responsibility for operational performance, regional strategy and creating an inclusive and positive workplace culture.Kelly is a passionate advocate for gender diversity and inclusivity, and has spoken at Diggers and Dealers and Gold Industry Group/WIMWA on the subject. After conducting female focus groups across Gold Fields' operations, she is spearheading its strategy to increase female participation throughout the business, which has already seen considerable success.
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Jasmine Hulls
Physio Group South-West
Practice Principal
Jasmine grew up on a farm and attended school in Albany. She has a loving and supportive family. She went on to study Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Notre Dame University in Fremantle. She met her husband and was married in 2007. In 2008 they moved to Collie for her husbands work and found herself working in a private practice, before buying the practice in 2009 at age 24. In the seven years of owning the practice Jasmine has grown it to employ nine Physiotherapists and encompass 3 practices in Collie, Australind and Harvey. During this time Jasmine and her husband have brought into the world two beautiful children, to which Jasmine has been full time mother to as well as running the business. They look forward to raising these beautiful children in the country while making a difference to the world by providing Physiotherapy to the Southwest.
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Stephanie Rowland
Mills Oakley
Partner
Stephanie Rowland is one of five co-founding partners of the new Mills Oakley Perth office. Its establishment provides Perth business with an alternative legal offering based on delivering top tier legal services at an accessible price point. Since opening in 2015, working part time and in an unpredictable and cost-constrained local economy, Stephanie grew the Perth Corporate Advisory division. Within the first year, Stephanie expanded the team to 7 lawyers, growing and diversifying its revenue from a standing start after a parental leave hiatus. Mills Oakley’s services include corporate/E&R law, M&A, IP/commercialisation and technology law, as part of being a full service firm. At Mills Oakley, Stephanie has initiated strategic partnerships with Fringe World and WiTWA, the sponsorship of Innovation Bay, and she works actively with start-ups & investors in WA. Stephanie’s vision is to design & deliver legal services which facilitate WA’s emergence as a hub for Australian innovation.
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Ryan O'Connor
Absolute Balance
Director
Ryan is, and continues to be a leader within allied health. Ryan has gained national recognition with the governing body; Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as the inaugural winner of the Australian Exercise Physiology ‘Graduate of the Year’ award in 2009 as well as being published as a regular ‘Ask the Expert’ columnist in ‘Australian Men’s Fitness Magazine’.Ryan was an industry pioneer and advocate in his position as board member of ESSA WA from 2008-2012 and has been invited to present at many professional forums his innovative means for reducing injury and chronic disease as well as improved long-term health outcomes for clinical populations within the community.Ryan has extensive experience within the allied health sector through exercise rehabilitation within the compensable system as well as health and wellness initiative’s and proactive programmes targeting an ageing population and the comorbidities associated.
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Ingrid Cumming
Codeswitch Pty Ltd
Director and Chief of Engagement
Collectively Codeswitch has been recognised by industry and peers with the following:• 2016 Finalist AIM WA WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards Emerging Business of the Year• 2016 TEDXPerth Presenter• 2015 Winner 40under40 Indigenous Business of the Year• 2015 Winner Perth NAIDOC Business of the Year • 2015 Winner CEBA Small Business Awards• 2015 Finalist NAB Ethic Business Awards • 2015 Finalist Telstra Women’s Business Awards• 2014, TedXPerth Presenter –• 2014 Finalist Belmont Small Business Awards Indigenous Business of the Year• 2014 Finalist Belmont Small Business Awards Indigenous Business of the Year• 2013 Finalist - Small Business Awards 2013, Indigenous Business of the Year
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Melina Mellino
Perth Trail Series
Perth Trail Series
Melina Mellino is the Director for Perth Trail Series. She's been active in trail running communities in five different countries, organising runs from 5km distance to multi-day 100km events. Melina loves how much fun trail running is and sharing the experiences with friends.Competing at the highest level of soccer saw multiple interstate moves throughout her developmental years, leading Melina through to High School where her team won State Championships!After a couple exploratory gap years with international travel, Melina joined the military. The next 8 years consisted of developing life skills, goal setting and learning discipline. Her hardworking nature and positive attitude is reflected in the Perth Trail Series organisation. Melina aims to expand events into Regional WA, and showcase the Western Australian terrain and landscape with the world.
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Kim Radalj
P&N Bank
Senior Manager, Strategy
I am an economist at heart who is passionate about the role banks and financial markets play in the global economy. Economics does not give the answers but it provides a powerful framework for understanding macroeconomics and industry dynamics. For over half my career I researched financial markets during times of both rapid growth and extreme volatility of the GFC. This foundation gave me the versatility to adapt and to make sense of how external influences where shaping investment returns. I helped create a disciplined investment approach during my time with Commonwealth Private Bank. Since returning to Perth in 2011 I pursued a career in strategy development where I have assisted WA government departments position for change. In my time as P&N Bank's Strategy lead I have helped the Bank's Board and Executive team develop a five-year vision for growth at a time of significant change within the banking sector.
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Adam Mitchell
Adam Mitchell
Freelance Theatre Director
Adam Mitchell is an award winning theatre director known for his inventive contemporary theatre productions. He was the Associate Director at Black Swan State Theatre Company and continues to direct some of the company’s most successful productions. Production highlights include When The Rain Stops Falling, The Motherfu**er With The Hat and the Broadway Musical Next To Normal. He regularly directs at W.A.A.P.A., and has worked with Playwriting Australia, The Australian Theatre for Young People, Sydney and Melbourne Theatre Companies and is a member of the Lincoln Centre Directors Lab (New York).He has received The Equity Guild Award for Best Direction three times and recently received the Martin Sims and The West Australian Arts Editor Award. In 2017 his production of The Great Ridolphi will tour nationally and internationally.
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Kate Fielding
Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission (GEDC)
Chair
I am a company director and cultural strategist working in regional and remote development, and the arts and culture sector. I’m known as a builder of bridges, someone who brings different people together to find elegant, transformative solutions guided by evidence and fuelled by courage. I am compelled to lead, support and encourage change because of my belief that where we start in life – geographically, economically or culturally – should not determine whether we or our communities have access to opportunities to grow and succeed. I believe passionately in civic-minded action, in merit and talent, in effort, courage and humility. I fight to ensure these are the qualities that are encouraged and rewarded in our community. This is what I stand for. These beliefs have informed every step I have taken in my career, every decision I’ve made and everything I will strive to achieve in the future.
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Samuel Ong
Mustard Seed Podiatry
Director
I am passionate about change, improvement and challenging the status quo, but most importantly I am passionate about seeing people fulfill their potential. Through Mustard Seed Podiatry, I am able to encourage and help my patients fulfill their potential by removing any hindering physical barriers. I want to raise the overall quality of healthcare in Australia, so patients can get the best clinical care and results and customer service equivalent to 5-star hotels. In the first few months of my business, I have won the Belmont Business Awards Young Entrepreneur Award, been a finalist in Optus myBusiness Awards, and runner up in the CEBA business awards. I have also been selected as one of the top 3 podiatrists in Perth. I hope that by winning these awards along with the 40under40 award, I can inspire more people to chase their dreams and help them fulfill their potential along the way.
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Misagh Habibi
Complete Implant & Sedation Dentistry // NewSmile Dental Centre
Director
At six I was a refugee, by nine I’d attended school in four languages and by eleven I was Australian. I’m a world citizen and this mindset shapes my life.Since graduating as a dentist from UWA in 2000, I’ve obtained a Diploma (Sedation), a Masters (Oral Implantology) and Fellowship (ICOI). I’ve travelled extensively to learn from leading clinical experts, bringing the knowledge and skills back to my business and to teaching.I operate two businesses: Complete Implant & Sedation Dentistry is a niche clinic for advanced implant and sedation treatments, focused on full teeth replacement solutions and creating industry leading methods. NewSmile Dental strives to be WA’s leading dental practice, offering modern quality in a relaxed environment. Based in Subiaco and South Perth, it attracts patients from around WA, and is dental partner of the Perth Wildcats.I am developing a business association with a charitable community development ethos.
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Timothy Lyons
One Atmosphere
Managing Director
Tim Lyons is the founder of One Atmosphere and the inventor of Pegasus. He started One Atmosphere following 10 years in the ADF where he specialised as a Clearance Diving Officer. Tim was involved in many specialist activities including explosives, pyrotechnics, breath hold free diving (as a Submarine Escape Instructor) and Submarine Rescue. Tim’s underwater experience, fascination with energetic materials and passion for safety combined to produce a number of innovative solutions for challenging environments.
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Abbi Vermey
Acacia International
Acacia International
With 2.2 billion online around the world, people are now more connected, and searchable than ever before. While candidate identification is easier for organisations, it is the recruiting that is not so simple, which is what led Abbi Vermey to create Acacia International. Identifying a gap in the market Acacia takes this knowledge-based approach to meeting its clients’ needs and measures success by the quality of the individual placed, rather than quantity. Focused on finding top talent for mining operations globally, Abbi has built an organisation that has helped companies in 27 countries maximise the productivity and efficiency of their organisations. Determined to overcome the negative perceptions of recruiters and adding value to the mining industry, Abbi’s clear vision and leadership in creating a trusted brand has led Acacia to $1m revenue in its second calendar year.
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Dino Colica
Zazen Building & Design
Managing Director
Starting a business can be a daunting and stressful endeavour. When I decided to take the leap in 2009, I did so during an industry down turn, with minimum liquidity and facing fierce competition. 7 years, 2 children, a major heritage home renovation and 2 further industry down turns later, I am proud to be at helm of a successful multi-award winning custom building company.My aspirations for the future is to continue providing a true personal service to the WA community that wish to experience a quality, cost effective custom building solution.
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Adam Przytula
Armed For Life
Director
Adam Przytula has been involved with running sessions in schools and beyond for over 19 years. After coordinating other organisations and graduating as a Secondary Teacher in 2010, Adam created Armed For Life and began running sessions inspiring students, educating them in how to develop resilience and expand general health and wellbeing. In 2014, Armed For Life won the Telstra Australian Business Award in the Micro Business Category, and has also won a string of other awards over the last few years. Adam currently directs a team of 19 including administrators, speakers, and health professionals. Since inception, Armed For Life has worked with over 155 schools and spoken to over 200,000 students, and now provides 8 week long term holistic programs based on health and wellbeing as well as 40 different sessions including Resilience, Bullying, Stress Management, Self Esteem and more for school students, school staff, parents and corporates.
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Jamie Wilkinson
Cannings Purple
Director, Design and Digital
I’ve had a varied professional life. From UK broadcaster to podcaster to entrepreneur to director, I’ve been keen to strike out on new paths, investigating what’s possible with the current technologies. I came to Perth in 2014 and was fortunate enough to be asked to lead the digital growth of Cannings Purple. At a time when many were consolidating, I have grown the practice across a variety of sectors, building a high-performing team and increasing revenue each year.I instigated the first boardroom-level social media training program in Perth, oversaw a significant evolution in social media monitoring products at the business and led the successful #heartofgold digital strategy which helped to protect thousands of jobs in gold mining in WA.But ultimately it’s been my privilege to work with some of the best people in the business in Perth, something which I hope to continue for many more years.
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Siobhan Lancaster
Instatruck
CEO/ Founder
As an entrepreneur, I'm passionate about making things work more efficiently. My theory is if there is a better way of doing something, then the short term pain of implementing something for the long term gain is well worth it. This has been my mantra throughout my career and has led to great success when working as a lawyer at Allens and in corporate roles; including as Company Secretary/Corporate Affairs for $2.2b ASX Listed Extract Resources and as an entrepreneur and founder of Instatruck. I was thrilled when Instatruck, was awarded 2016 Winner of Growth Category for Innovator of the Year. I hope we can match many more owner operators who need more work for their trucks with customers who need an easier, faster and more reliable way of transporting their goods. If we could continue to solve transport headaches for customers, that would make me pretty happy.
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Keegan Crage
On My Feet Ltd
Founder & Chairman
Keegan founded an education business at 18 then worked at KPMG before joining Hire Intelligence where he’s been GM of the London and Sydney operations, Franchising and Marketing Controller and Managing Director. Keegan has invested in numerous technology businesses, completed 5 degrees along with executive programs at Harvard University and the University of Oxford, twice represented Australia in age group triathlon world championships, sat on the Australian Board of YPO International and is Founder and Chairman of On My Feet Ltd, an ACNC registered charity operating from 6 locations across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Australia and Cape Town, South Africa. On My Feet uses running to create self worth, a sense of purpose and pathways to education and employment for those dealing with or at risk of homelessness. The charity operates a Business School teaching university students and AFL players how to run a business with profits funding its homelessness activities.
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Adam Voges
Western Australian Cricket Association
State Captain
I am fortunate enough to play cricket for a living; to have my business and my livelihood founded in a passion of mine and one which has the power to evoke that passion in others. However, on many occasions, the achievements I have realised felt out of reach and only through hard work, resilience and determination was I able to achieve them.I have been honoured to not only represent my state, but captain it. And to slip on the Baggy Green and hit a century on Test debut was the realisation of a lifelong dream that began in my backyard as a child.Far more than just a cricketer, I am a proud West Australian, a loving father and husband and a man who has learnt far more than pragmatic skills from a game most Australians come across in their lives.
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Callum Ormonde
University of Western Australia
BioMedical and Nanotechnology Research Scientist/ PhD candidate
I have spent the past few years working in research to determine new ways to target cancers without the negative side effects commonly experienced by patients. My research benefits not only medicine but environmental and industrial science. A senior member of the Bionano group in WA, I act as mentor for incoming group members. My work has produced an entirely new means to harvest therapeutic molecules and has attracted attention globally from the financial publication Forbes and Time, who referred to my discovery as “a financial boon to the biotechnology industry”. Based at UWA and the Harry Perkins Institute, my work has also taken me to The University of California at Irvine. In 2015 I had the opportunity to increase awareness of my work in a discussion at TEDxPerth. My focus is creating drugs that alleviate patient suffering to improve chemotherapies now and in the future using nanotechnology.
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Nicholas Bodley
MTi GROUP
Engineering Director
As a kid I made things at home and tried to sell them at school, and it is still a source of wonderment to me that products I have created are used somewhere around the world every 20 seconds, and that I have developed a global manufacturing and marketing network.I’m happy to work through the night, tinkering with a new idea, testing a prototype or solving a problem. In my travels around the world to develop new markets I have been lost, robbed, trapped in elevators, threatened by armed troops, and have suffered food poisoning so often I honestly think I am now immune to just about every type of bug. Perhaps one of my next challenges should be to work out how to patent that.
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Gia Le
ACTON Dalkeith
Sales Executive
On 30th June 2015, I left the comfort and security of a flourishing corporate career by taking a leap of faith to pursue my vision of who I wanted to be and how I wanted to do it. By giving a voice to the entrepreneurs of our city to inspire the next generation of business leaders, I am now an influencer and role model in the entrepreneurial, real estate and digital community. I was familiar with the reputation of the generic real estate agent and I knew I could do better. My strengths have always been in making sincere and lasting connections with people. Combined with my creativity, I began establishing a network through Perthspective and utilised multiple social media platforms to build my audience. With great power comes great responsibility and I am a product of the great Australian dream.
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Keenan Haigh
Thinkin IT
Director
Being nominated for a 40under40 makes me proud of my accomplishments to date and humbled to be nominated amongst so many other deserving business people. Fronting Thinkin’ IT, Voyuer, 1800HELPDESK , and Optical Security, I am excited about the growth of these companies and the bright future in store for all of them. I consider myself to be dedicated and hardworking but know that my success is due in no small part to the massive commitment and effort my employees and the amazing support I’ve received from mentors, friends and family. In all my endeavours, I love that I also get the chance to have a positive impact on the WA economy and community.
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Daniel Jukic
Pro9 Systems
Managing Director
Daniel Jukic is the Managing Director of innovative building company Pro9 Systems. Pro9 Systems has engineered a highly advanced, precision building system which reduces the time and cost of constructing a residential home. The Pro9 wall panel has high thermal and acoustic insulation properties and has been engineered for strength and speed of build. The Pro9 panel also has a 60-minute fire rating, making it an ideal product for building in high bushfire risk areas. Daniel Jukic not only started the company, he is the inventor of the revolutionary wall panel and the mechanised installation processes which improve construction efficiency.Pro9 Systems is Daniel’s second business venture, after selling specialised engineering contracting business MIE Enterprises to global engineering firm FLSmidth. Daniel started MIE Enterprises with his partner Mal Withers when he was 23 years old and sold the company a decade later for $63.7 million.
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Lee Sanders
Computer Consultant Professionals
Managing Director
Fresh out of University and full of entrepreneurial spirit I took a calculated risk and started Computer Consultant Professionals, working from my Grandmothers house whilst I cared for her. Fuelled by a constant stream of Grandmas tea and biscuits, and driven by my passion for technology I began to build my IT business, focused on transforming my clients inefficient business systems through technology. Whilst CCP have grown and undergone many significant changes in the last 16 years, this commitment to efficiency has remained constant. The infrastructure and advice of our highly skilled technicians has been instrumental in the growth and success of thousands of businesses, proven in our own success and that of our clients. With the support of my 8 technicians and staff, CCP is showing continuous growth with big plans for the future as we refine our client list and expand our services further to increase profitability.
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Adam Barrell
So Media Group
Co-Found and MD
Adam has turned the initial passion of Tweet Perth into So Perth, WA’s fastest growing new media network - reaching over 1.5 million users per month through So Perth social network. Because of Adam’s individual success and industry experience he has also become one of Perth’s leading social media expert and trusted by media companies Australia-wide. Adam is also currently in the process to replicate the success of Perth over east, So Media Group will soon become Australia’s biggest privately owned premium content network.
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Jonathan Smith
Wattnow Electrical
Owner and Director
I grew up in the small remote town of Derby as a young Aboriginal boy. I commenced my electrical apprenticeship in 1998 at 15 years of age. In 2010 I gained my electrical contractors licence and registered my own business as Wattnow Electrical (which is a play on the words "what now!"- a popular Kimberley greeting). Today I employ nine other people and pride myself on providing an excellent quality electrical service to my home town and surrounding communities within the vast Kimberley region. I hope to inspire and empower other Aboriginal people to strive for more and consider gaining employment within the construction industry by providing work experience and apprenticeship opportunities. I believe in hard work, respect and self determination. I was very proud when Wattnow Electrical was announced the Western Australian Regional Small Business of the Year in 2016.
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Rafael Kimberley-Bowen
CFOcus / Techboard / Sealz
Founder/Director
Rafael plays an active role in helping build the future drivers of WA's economic growth, through a passionate focus on disruptive technologies and entrepreneurship, community engagement, CFO consultancy and angel investment.• Cofounder of Sealz (sunglasses which convert into goggles), announced as ProductHoist's Australian product of the year 2015 and 4th most innovative product in Anthill's Smart 100 2015, and Techboard (raising the profile of WA startups), where he built the Startup Ranking. • Runs a virtual CFO advisory solution helping WA's SMEs succeed.• Director Asia Pacific for Funderbeam, the world's first cross-border sharemarket for startups backed by the co-founder of Skype. • Youngest active member of the Perth Angels, and has made a dozen early stage investments.• Management committee of Perth Angels, eGroup and Perthcolator.• Organiser of Startup Weekend, mentor and judge at CSIRO's ON accelerator and Founder Institute.
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Andrew Lu
Jarman McKenna
Partner
Andrew Lu is a partner of the third largest WA based law firm, Jarman McKenna, legal advisor to the insurance and health industries, and passionate supporter of education and the Arts. Dr Lu established Jarman McKenna’s pro bono program, and the firm’s medical defence practice. Active in nonprofit governance, and a champion of board diversity, he is currently a director of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation and the Arts Law Centre of Australia. Among many appointments, he has also served as Deputy Chairman of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Art Advisory Board of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. An active philanthropist, he is a member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving program, a Life Governor of the NGA, Founder Benefactor of the NGV, Governor of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, Patron of Artsource, and Fulbright Ambassador. Andrew was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 2008.
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Renee Gardiner
Growing Change
CEO
I live and breathe social innovation and love working in the dirt. I have a deep sense of empathy, delight in connectedness and embrace responsibility. My career has taken me from fitting shoes and stacking shelves to searching for ancient settlements in Eastern Europe, before founding Growing Change, a social business combining small scale profitable agriculture with social care programs promoting mental health recovery. It is in this work that I have discovered my life’s purpose, creating social change through a new way of doing business.
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Kevin Pfleger
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Head of Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology
I am an internationally-recognised medical researcher dedicated to improving the lives of those suffering from ill health in our community. I study how hormones, neurotransmitters and pharmaceuticals work on the cells of our body at the molecular level, in order to develop more effective therapies with fewer side effects. My research is regarded as world-leading by my peers, but more than that, it has enormous potential to change the lives of those suffering from conditions such as chronic kidney disease. Through my discoveries and inventions, and my spin-out company Dimerix Limited running Phase 2 clinical trials, that potential is being realised. All of this has only been possible through an enormous team effort from equally dedicated researchers, business people and medical doctors. I now want to accelerate other medical researchers along this path, surrounding them with the mentorship they need to create the impact the community needs.
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Andre Shannon
Family Support WA Inc
Executive Officer
I am the Executive Officer at Family Support WA, a not-for-profit disability services organisation. Over 10 years in the role, I have taken the organisation from barely surviving to thriving, by reforming the organisational culture to focus on professionalism, transparency, improvement and respect for others. I have used my background in politics to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities and the disability sector, as an elected Director of Developmental Disability WA, an advocacy organisation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I have continued my active involvement in community service as a member of my local Lions Club, having joined Lions 22 years ago. I remain active in politics, serving as a member of the Executive of the WA Liberal Party.
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Eimear O'Brien
Advanced Hearing WA
Director/Audiologist
For over 3 years, I have directed Advanced Hearing WA based in Busselton. I am involved in every element of the business working as both a Senior Clinician and the director. My qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Human Communication Science from Curtin University and a Masters in Clinical Audiology from the University of Melbourne. Advanced Hearing WA is a hearing centre which offers the full range of hearing testing services, and a wide variety of hearing solutions for hearing impairment. Advanced Hearing WA bring a professional specialised service to Regional Australia.
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Andrew Whitehouse
Telethon Kids Institute
Head of the Autism Research Team & Disability Research Program
Professor Andrew Whitehouse is an internationally renowned medical researcher, who has helped make important discoveries regarding the causes and treatment of autism in children. His research has generated two books and over 150 scholarly publications, which has been supported by over $40 million in research grants. He is a recognised community leader in the disability sector, and has brought diverse group of stakeholders to generate new education, employment and recreational initiatives for children with disability. Professor Whitehouse is also a prolific science communicator, who has made a major contribution to spreading the opportunities that science provides for the community.
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Francois Witbooi
Redspear Safety Pty Ltd
General Manager
Francois Witbooi has worked as a senior executive in a range of industries across 4 continents. Initially trained as a concert pianist in Cape Town, South Africa, Francois is a winner of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. He graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2007 with a Master’s in Arts and Media management. Following this, he undertook a number of Executive positions, firstly at the Arts Council England and then the National Foundation for Youth Music. This was followed by serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the largest social investments firm in South Africa.More recently he worked in micro enterprise development in a number of communities across regional and remote Western Australia looking to secure inclusion into the real economy for many of Australia’s most vulnerable people. He was appointed as a Director and General Manager of Redspear Safety in January 2015.
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Kip Fitzsimon
MinterEllison
Partner
I am a projects, infrastructure and construction (PIC) Partner at MinterEllison who is passionate about the work I do, the clients I service, the industry in which I work, and the advancement of women in my profession. I set up MinterEllison's PIC practice in Perth and feel energised by the journey I am on with my team, what we have achieved so far and what we can achieve in the future. I am also proud to be a Partner of MinterEllison, a dynamic national firm that believes in and supports the advancement of women. I feel fortunate to have a fulfilling job, fantastic clients and an inspirational and supportive team.
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Ryan Beckmand
Sciosity
Founder & Managing Director
Ryan Beckmand is an award-winning tech entrepreneur involved in MedTech, Virtual & Augmented Reality (VR/AR), and Analytics, an international speaker on youth entrepreneurship & social impact, and a mentor for young innovators in WA. After working across nonprofits, university, and Government, Ryan began his entrepreneurial journey two years ago when he launched his first startup in VR/AR, Sciosity. Today, Sciosity is undergoing rapid expansion throughout Asia. Since then, Ryan has received awards across Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States, ranging from scholarships to accelerators in WA like Ignition, Curtin Accelerate, and SPARK, to overseas like the Business Innovation Award at the 2016 Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in Singapore. Outside Sciosity Ryan is heavily involved in a MedTech startup in the process of trialing and commercialising treatment devices for children with cystic fibrosis and chronic asthma, as well as projects combating hate crimes in the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) sector.
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Kerryl Bradshaw
Advisian
State Manager Western Australia
Kerryl Bradshaw is Advisian’s state manager for Western Australia, with an impressive track record for finding and delivering solutions to complex problems. Kerryl has delivered numerous innovative and strategic projects around the globe, including the Pilbara, Brazil, Africa, Asia and Europe. This includes greenfield infrastructure and operations, mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, regional precinct development, driving operational and value-chain efficiencies, and identifying and developing new technologies for operations.Having spent 15 years in the mining industry, and further in banking and corporate finance in both large global and medium sized companies, Kerryl has unique insights and leadership experience to drive Advisian WA to the pre-eminent position of trusted advisor and employer of choice.
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Aaron McDonald
Pragma Legal
Director
At the commencement of 2014 I founded Pragma Legal in Subiaco with a view to delivering high quality, client-focused and innovative legal services. After less than three years I employ 7 staff. As a team, we are committed to providing outstanding service for our clients: pragmatic results, not endless legal quibbling. Our focus on fixed-fees and early mediation, has been game-changing. This offers unprecedented transparency to anyone who needs our services so they will know exactly how much they will pay. This reduces cost, avoids protracted litigation and ends the emotional and business drain before it begins.Pragma Legal is regarded as an “up and coming” law firm. We were recently recognised as one of the fastest growing in Australia in Australasian Lawyer Magazine (October, 2016), were nominated as a finalist in the Australian Law Awards in 2015 and are listed in Australasian Lawyer Innovative Firms for 2016.
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Nathan Ebbs
Bennett + Co
Managing Principal
I think I demonstrate that with hard work and determination you can achieve success and your personal goals. That nothing good comes easy in life unless you are incredibly lucky and you have to work hard and learn from your mistakes. Success in business for me is about always adapting and growing and ensuring that you make time to help those around you in your business and your community no matter how busy you may be day to day.Balance is essential - it is hard to find a balance but the key is to always strive to find that balance between business and life outside. I am looking to firmly establish my firm as the best corporate litigation firm in Perth and to build on an already established brand in Perth.
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Kurt Gillam
Kelly Services (Australia) Ltd
Director & Executive Leadership Team Member
Kurt has recently become a Director and an Executive Leadership Team Member at Kelly Services Australia, a Fortune 500 company staffing the world for more than 70 years operating across more than 37 countries delivering temporary and full-time recruitment services. Now in a national role, he is the former State Manager of Kelly Services across Western Australia & South Australia with a strong grounding in the Recruitment Industry with over 13 years recruitment management experience within Australia and overseas.Kurt was first Western Australian winner of the Australian & New Zealand Recruitment Consulting Services Association (RCSA) PEARL Award in 2014 and a finalist in 2011, 2012, 2013. He is the current President of the RCSA WA. Kurt attributes his passion for building business and growing talent with his core values and willingness to follow the unbeaten path in his industry as the keys to his success.
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Peter Santa Maria
SPARK Co-lab
Surgeon and Director
Dr Peter Santa Maria is a surgeon scientist at The University of Western Australia who moved back to Perth from Stanford University in 2015. He is an ear, nose and throat surgeon in the Ear Science Institute and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He is an inventor of multiple patents including a regenerative treatment for the ear drum, and a device that keeps patients warm during surgery. As director of not-for-profit SPARK Co-Lab he is dedicated to helping scientists and doctors bring their medical discoveries to patients. In six months SPARK Co-Lab has already helped teams invent five new medical devices.
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Scott Thompson
Terrestrial Ecosystems
Partner and Principal Zoologist
Scott is an award winning environmental professional, business owner, husband and father. He has specialist knowledge in assessing and managing impacts on terrestrial vertebrate fauna, and has a passion for passing this knowledge to new environmental practitioners. Having spent the better part of the last 20 years undertaking fauna surveys and assessments, he has many stories and lessons to impart on the industry’s future generations. Scott’s transition from employee to business owner was driven by an employer’s failure to evolve, and his ultimate redundancy, but this experience is part of the reason he is successful today. He strives for perfection, reflects on any failures and endeavours to be proactive in maintaining an industry leadership position. Scott often works long hours in his business but gives a high priority to his family in an attempt to achieve an appropriate work-life balance.
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Andy Fethers
Swan River Sailing
Executive Officer
• I have raced in the Americas Cup, the pinnacle of world sailing, four times over an 18-year professional career. I hold 2 world sailing titles and have competed in 15 countries representing 7 nationalities. As the executive officer to SRS, I am responsible for a non-for profit organisation that will take over 6000 people sailing on the Swan River in 2016/2017. 4000 of these will be full fee paying local, national or in-bound tourism corporates searching for networking, team building, social or staff incentive outcomes. The remaining 2000 guests are subsidised school or university students, charity partners or athletes racing in SRS’s 5-6 annual community regattas including International, National or State youth, open, women’s and corinthian competitions.• SRS is a unique model in world sailing and continues to benefit Western Australia through visitation and participation. SRS continues to foster pathways for young athletes and support local charities.
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Pankaj Sharma
Toast My Curry & eKarma
Founder & Toaster
I am described as a simple, creative guy caught in a business suit. A weird combination of the right and the left brain booming with creative, innovative and out of the box ideas, which also make business sense. Being a self-starter, I am always proposing new concepts and ideas. Success for me is not only calculated in dollar value, but the purpose and impact it creates. I am however mindful about creating sustainable enterprises as I do not believe in seeking donations to do good social work and my present enterprises are driven with the same purpose. The direction I aim for is to make giving a part of daily life for everyone, not just another corporate social responsibility budget for a corporate giant or a tax saving method for the common man.My personal mantra is ‘mistakes don't stop me, they make me’.
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Toby Whittington
Green World Revolution Ltd. (TA: Green World Revolution)
CEO
I became a business entrepreneur when I left high school and stepped out on the street as a ‘living statue’. Believing anything is possible I became a fashion designer, with no training, selling $6000 bespoke creations to private clients. A life-changing shock when I found I couldn’t have children reminded me: “We didn’t come here to see the band, we ARE the band”. So stepping up to active engagement in making this world a better place, regardless of whether it was through my offspring or not, in 2012 I founded Green World Revolution. As CEO of this not-for-profit social enterprise, I work to grow jobs for long-term unemployed people to get off the dole through urban farming enterprises. We now supply 36 restaurants in Perth, all keen to help us achieve our social mission in an environmentally sustainable way.
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Brent Fairhead
Lawrence
Managing Director
After being raised in the country, my career started with a casual job offer by Joe Lawrence at my football club back in 1998. This opportunity ultimately resulted in an 18+ year career (still counting) at Lawrence Business Management.I knew nothing about Financial Planning, an area the business had branched out into. After building a successful Financial Planning arm to the business for over a decade, I took on the under-performing Finance Broking department in 2012. I took over as MD of the entire business in 2014 following a successful Management Buyout, moved into new premises in Mount Pleasant in 2015.Moving forward, our focus is on utilising technology to build more efficiencies in our practice. After witnessing the movie, music, advertising, hospitality and taxi industries get seriously disrupted, we can’t rest on our laurels. Clients will not pay for inefficiencies moving forward, so we need to adapt….and fast!
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Taliah Payne
Brierty
Aboriginal Engagement Coordinator
Taliah is a Nimanburu women with cultural ties to Nyul Nyul, Djugun and Yawuru Aboriginal communities. There are many that have contributed to her success as a resilent young woman and some of those influences have not been positive. Overcoming years of sexual abuse as a child, surviving suicide, managing the death of a parent in sudden and traumatic circumstance and being the primary carer for her two younger siblings. Taliah draws great strength from her late fathers advice to not let negative experiences change your true personality and this advice has allowed her to keep focused and remain optimistic. Taliah’s passion has been the empowerment of women and supporting the next generation through health, education and highlighting the importance of self belief and investment. Taliah is an active member of the WA working group for R U OK and an Ambassador and Board Member of Red Cross WA.