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  • Alice Langford
  • Alice Langford

    Alice Langford – Manager – Greater Brisbane Small Business Advisory Services, Career Employment Australia Inc

    Alice is Manager of the Greater Brisbane Small Business Advisory Service as well as the Brisbane Metro Business Enterprise Centre and is also rolling out the highly acclaimed AusIndustry program to support small businesses in the Greater Brisbane region (Redlands, Brisbane, Logan and Moreton Bay) to; increase collaboration through mentoring and business development programs; improving digital literacy; improve business skills and management capability; providing access to business intelligence and linking business to knowledge networks that link to global networks and trade opportunities.

    Alice is also President of the South West Chamber of Commerce. She has a passion for small business and regional development, especially to support businesses to understand the possibilities for growth and develop pathways to success.  Alice has worked in regional development previously and sits on the State Board of Economic Development Australia and is Executive Board member of the Polish Association of Queensland. Alice has set up the Business Excellence Roundtable initiative in collaboration with the Lord Mayor’s small business and multicultural initiatives. 

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  • Scot Farley
  • Scot Farley

    Scot the Principal Designer has been developing products and managing projects from idea to market for over twenty years and is highly skilled in managing product development projects and specifically first to world and disruptive technology projects.

    F3 is a progressive company focused on the development of highly Inventive product solutions for Entrepreneurs and Industry.  They use state of the art technologies and customised strategies to ensure the Research and Development process is as seamless and cost effective as it can be. 

    The Principal Designer has been developing products and managing projects from idea to market for over twenty years and is highly skilled in managing product development projects and specifically first to world and disruptive technology projects.

    F3 employs specialised Patent Strategies and project plans to suit each individual client and project and is able to provide a complete, customised and turnkey solution for their clients.  

    The Principal Designer is an Inventor and Entrepreneur himself and unlike many other Industrial Designers practices what he preaches on a daily basic.  This gives the company many valuable insights into how projects should be run for the best overall results and also accounts for the highly Inventive and world changing projects that have come out of the F3 Office.

    F3 gets its satisfaction from the commercial success of its clients and does not actively seek out design awards but rather focuses on trying to achieve a successful outcome for the project and client.
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  • Tony Curl
  • Tony Curl

    Tony is a Coach that empowers and aligns people to their purpose and their passion and coaches actions to align. He has had 30 years corporate leadership experience and has now launched his own business coaching business owners and leaders. He is a Certif

    Tony has spent over 30 years in senior corporate leadership roles, accountable for profit and loss operations for businesses of between $40 and $300 million. His greatest passion lies in the development of his team and the development of individuals and he has built a legacy of leaders. He is certified with International Leadership Expert John Maxwell and is a member of the Mentorship within the John Maxwell team. He is also certified by Dr Steve Maraboli in his acclaimed coaching and influencing coaching program Psycho-Neuro-Actualisation. He is the first coach in Australia certified in this program.

     

    Within his previous corporate roles, Tony led additional projects and programs surrounding Building Commercial Capability, Future Leaders and Safety Leadership program. He also supported national projects defining roles within the Leadership structure.

     

    His business has a focus on transforming leaders and in doing so transforming their lives and those around them.

    Specialising In:
    Leadership Development, People development, Coaching, Retail, Commercial Disciplines

     

    Certified John Maxwell Team Coach
    Certified Psycho-Neuro-Actualisation Practioner
    Engaging Speaker tailoring messages to suit.
    Member of Toastmasters International.

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  • Andrew Spyropoulos
  • Andrew Spyropoulos

    Andrew is a serial entrepreneur, stepping into new or low performing organisations and implementing the marketing and operation strategies required to build multi-million dollar businesses. Success has come from knowledge of the market, friends and collea

    Andrew is a serial entrepreneur, stepping into new or low performing organisations and implementing the marketing and operation strategies required to build multi-million dollar businesses. Success has come from knowledge of the market, friends and colleagues who have supported me, and respect for customers and the people who work in the business, creating synergies for win-win outcomes. My job is to work on the business, and make the connections with those who will benefit by association with our business. 

    My connections extend through China Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other nations in Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America and the Pacific.

    My success has been made possible by people giving me a hand up when I needed it and my goal is to do the same for those with whom I am associated

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  • Helen Cowley
  • Helen Cowley

    Helen is very passionate and committed about providing solutions and improving small business results. Helen founded her own business consultancy 18 years ago, because of the many requests from other business owners who knew her. She has 34 yrs experienc

    Helen is very passionate and committed about providing solutions and improving small business results. Helen founded her own business consultancy 18 years ago, because of the many requests from other business owners who knew her.  She has 34 yrs experience owning various businesses at the same time as bringing up 5 children and balancing them both. These business interests have varied from service and wholesaling to earthmoving and construction and retail fashion. Helen is committed to continuous learning having completed an MBA specialising in Entrepreneurial and Venture Development, has a Dip. Business Management as well as Cert IV in Training and Assessment(TAE).

    She keeps up to date with both industry and community though many roles and various membership involvements. Life member of Logan Country Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Jimboomba Chamber of Commerce (1999-07 for 8 years)and involved in South East Regional Chambers, Commerce Qld and a number of other networks. Helen was appointed as Beaudesert member for Moreton Ministerial Regional Community Forum( Feb 07-April 09) and is President of Logan West Community Projects working with the long term unemployed (earning her a volunteer medallion in 2002).  Helen was previously Qld Chapter manager for Micro Business Network inc Home Based Business Australia a role that enabled her to be Guest Speaker for Northern Territory Gov. October Business Week as well as encourage many small business owners to develop and be recognised by entering the Australian Micro Business Awards program.

    Helen mentors, coaches and trains business owners to recognise the challenges and opportunities improve their business learning and profitability and utilise their own skills, goals and resources. Helen is positive and proactive in supporting business owners with her broad general experience in different industries, qualification and her many contacts though out Queensland. 

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  • John Moodie
  • John Moodie

    ​It is now over 30 years since John Moodie; Director of Echelon Events delivered his very first workshop.

    ​It is now over 30 years since John Moodie; Director of Echelon Events delivered his very first workshop.

    Since that time he has developed, delivered and/or facilitated literally thousands of seminars and workshops. He has delivered hundreds of keynote presentations; frequently with an audience size of over 200, however he has and will work with groups ranging from 1 to 8000!

    John has been self-employed for over 25 years, having started his first successful business at 26 years of age. There he specifically handled all Management, recruitment, sales and training. This business became a multi million-dollar organisation. In this time he became a sought after speaker for the industry and regularly travelled Australia delivering workshops and seminars to business groups.

    Looking for a change he became a Senior Advisor to the Small Business Development Corporation. In this role for some 10 years he advised thousands of business owners and developed numerous workshops on topics such as Marketing, Business Planning, Understanding Financials etc. He then delivered these workshops to over 4000 business owners. He was also responsible for organising, running and being MC for over 100 large seminars (500-800 attendees) with prominent identities as guest speakers.

    John established Echelon Events 10 years ago. His ideas and concepts on leadership and how to create change, along with building a dynamic customer focussed culture in your organisation will excite you. More importantly John will work with you to turn your vision into reality. A reality of handling people challenges, building successful teams and inspiring people to peak performance.

    John’s ability to focus on practical strategies comes, not from theory or untried concepts, but from years of achieving sensational results in his own enterprises. These practical strategies are proven to not only dramatically improve your bottom line but to help you to be a leader in your own field.

    You can be sure that each of John’s discussions and presentations will focus around the real life solutions and strategies that allowed him to successfully lead a team of over 1000.

    He gets excited about helping you to create the best culture for your organisation.
    John uses a variety of presentation, workshop and educational formats that are proven to be stimulating and effective. They are interactive and provide a dynamic,
    fun and conducive environment for adult learning to take place. Activities encourage participation keeping the program interesting and involving in an atmosphere of fun.
    Thought provoking and never dull, he is happiest when stimulating, challenging or even persuading people to achieve their personal best.

    Other Roles and Activities

    Business Advisor Network – Director

    The Business Advisor Network brings together over 100 independently accredited advisors, coaches and mentors.  All have extensive senior-management experience in private and/or public enterprise businesses, so they know what it's like 'at the coal face'.  All have achieved success in their own careers and businesses. We run workshops and seminars on a national basis, provide referrals to the specialists and have an extensive range of business tools.
    Professional Memberships
    Associate of the Australian Institute of Learning Professionals
    Accredited Queensland State Government Business Consultant

    John currently works in five specialist areas, namely:
    Workshops, Keynotes, Facilitation, Business Re-Engineering and Mentoring.

    Workshops/Key Skill Areas include:
    Persuasive Communication, It’s a lot more than words!
    Creating Compelling Goals, for your Business and your Life!
    Creating a Customer Focus Obsession in your Business!
    Leadership, Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People!
    Skills for Negotiating with Challenging People!
    Creating the Best Culture for your Business!

    Facilitation Clients include:
    Commonwealth Government Departments
    Private Schools
    Local Governments
    Local Govt Association
    Several Associations
    Law Firms
    Accountants

    Business Re-Engineering and Mentoring

    John has written numerous articles for Training Programs and e-zines.
    His project work includes developing diagnostics and systems for business interventions where he and colleagues have the capacity to totally re engineer a firm.

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  • Rod Richards
  • Rod Richards

    Author and Business Consultant - Rod Richards is the founder and owner of Richards Consulting, a consulting firm that specializes in practical and innovative solutions for small business entrepreneurs. Beginning his career as a shop assistant, he ascended
    Author and Business Consultant - Rod Richards is the founder and owner of Richards Consulting, a consulting firm that specializes in practical and innovative solutions for small business entrepreneurs. Beginning his career as a shop assistant, he ascended the ladder through many levels of management before finally launching his own successful business. In 15 years, Rod has worked with over a thousand businesses, helping many of them grow into sustainable levels of operations and win local and national acclaim.

    In his practice, Rod strives to achieve the highest standards through trust, integrity, care, approachability and honesty while inspiring business owners to lead healthy and fulfilling lifestyles and pursue their passions. He believes that mentoring is a necessity for all businesses to achieve great things and is passionate about connecting with the greater business community through his one-on-one sessions, workshops, and numerous media appearances.

    Rod is an endorsed Skills Mentor for Small Business Solutions Queensland State Government, the DEEDI Mentoring for Growth Program, DEEDI Business Planning presenter, and DEEDI Productivity Hubs mentoring program.
    Australian Government initiatives include the Young Entrepreneurs Program, Getting Down to Business 2 Program, Succession Planning Program and New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).
    To learn more about Richard visit www.richardsconsulting.com.au
     
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  • Franz Braun
  • Franz Braun

    Franz brings many talents to the Round Table. He has particular strengths in building up Companies and People which are experiencing corporate/financial difficulties. He has experience in technical, manufacturing, financial and international business fiel

    Franz brings many talents to the Round Table. He has particular strengths in building up Companies and People which are experiencing corporate/financial difficulties. He has experience in technical, manufacturing, financial and international business fields.
     
     
    KEY AREAS OF EXPERTISE 
     
    Business Strategic Planning 
    Business Leadership Development 
    Turnaround Situations 
    Market Research 
    Cost reduction 
    Customer Relations 
    Budget / Forecasting 
    Supply Chain Management  
    Operational Performance and 
    Productivity Improvement 
      
     
    SKILLS  
    Broad experience in business controls and procedures. 
    Demonstrated high level of cultural awareness. 
    Proven financial and analytical skills. 
    Excellent written and oral communications skills. 
    Excellent technical and practical "hands on" skills. 
    Technical background in machining maintenance. 
    Several years in diplomatic corporations as Honorary Swiss Consul in West Africa. 
     

    Entrepreneurial by nature and traveller by choice, able to see the "bigger picture", thanks to more than 40 years of experience in different industries and countries all around the world. Specific skills in Product, Performance and Marketing Management, Business and Stakeholder Performance and Analysis, Business Growth and Development.
     
    Possesses excellent public relations, customer service and people management skills coupled with a wide understanding of cultural backgrounds. Has enjoyed 
    undertaking business dealings within the Asian arena over the past 15 years, has regularly visited China over the past ten years, and regularly conducted business with Chinese companies during that time. He also spent 16 years in various countries in Africa.

     

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  • Kerry Xynias
  • Kerry Xynias

    Fashion Business Specialist Facilitator - Over 25 years experience in fashion houses in London and USA and local and Australia wide networks and knowledge

    Fashion Business Specialist Facilitator - Over 25 years experience in fashion houses in London and USA and local and Australia wide networks and knowledge

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  • Chris Jeffery
  • Chris Jeffery

    Chris Jeffery is an accomplished business and information communication and technology (ICT) professional with a history of commitment to excellence through ongoing knowledge and skill development

    Chris holds a dual-degree in Business and Information Systems, as well as a range of industry certifications and has become an Australian Computer Society Certified Professional and a Microsoft Certified Professional. Chris has worked in government, education and small business industries in the public and private sectors. He has held roles as a trainer, consultant, vendor relationship manager and client service manager.  
     
    Chris has been operating his own business, CyberGuru, for over nineteen years as Proprietor/Chief Guru, providing computer solutions to small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals in consulting, design, support and training. He enjoys working with clients to enable and empower them to get the most out of their technology.  
     
    Chris was awarded the 2012 Young ICT Professional of the Year by the Australian Computer Society Queensland Branch for his initiative and leadership in promoting and serving the ICT community in Queensland. 
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  • David Bateson
  • David Bateson

    ​David started out in sales and marketing roles in large corporates in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, and has worked in fields as diverse as publishing, printing, legal, accounting, HR and pharmacy.
    David started out in sales and marketing roles in large corporates in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, and has worked in fields as diverse as publishing, printing, legal, accounting, HR and pharmacy, including stints at tech and disruptive startups in these sectors.

    He realised the power of marketing and PR while working as a sales consultant for a retail franchise group in 2004, when two group outlets opened thanks to industry media coverage resulting from marketing and publicity strategies he devised and executed, netting the client ~$450,000 in revenue.

    Since that time he has worked in the marketing and publicity arena, running successful marketing campaigns and generating millions of dollars worth of publicity for clients in a wide range of industry sectors.

    Despite his corporate background, his enthusiasm is with the SME (small-medium enterprises) and startup environments. Having run several of his own businesses both in the UK and in Australia, David understands the sales and marketing challenges faced by SME’s.
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  • Dr John Cokley PhD
  • Dr John Cokley PhD

    Dr John Cokley PhD is a nationally-accredited business trainer who has owned and successfully operated small businesses in Australia since 1982. John’s businesses have included a publishing company, wedding photography and a bookshop.

    He has led innovation-award winning teams in new product development since 2001 and researched business strategies in the UK, the US and Asia. He also brings senior experience in large organisations such as universities and media publishers, has delivered seminars around the world – including in the United States, Wales, Ireland, France, China, Fiji, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Iran – and published the revolutionary business success book Shopping News in 2015.
     
    John’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (QUT), a Graduate Certificate in Education (JCU), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD from Griffith University). He is current with all new marketing, financial and leadership strategies as he is also completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Griffith University.

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  • Martin Millane
  • Martin Millane

    Martin has over 30 years of experience at senior management or executive level with corporate companies within the health industry, but he discovered that his calling was to use his experience, skills and knowledge to support SME’s.
    He has extensive experience working with SME’s in both health and other industry segments, coaching and educating businesses on growth opportunities covering important critical success factors. The standard process is initiated by conducting a business health check which highlights the client’s skill or knowledge needs. He is then able to focus on these gaps and introduce various strategies and tactics that will energise clients to drive their business to meet their goals with enhanced confidence.

    Martin also is contracted by the Australian Government through the Australian Small Business Advisory Service to mentor start-up businesses and businesses who wish to grow.

    Martin is very passionate about the important contribution small medium businesses make to the economy and society, and has complete focus on supporting them. He has a number of qualifications that compliments his life, career experience and skills that are a huge asset to businesses, senior managers and line managers.

    Key skills

    Working with small to medium enterprises

    Business coaching and education

    Business health checks

    Strategy and tactics

    Writing and or reviewing marketing/business plans

    Senior management support

    Business management

    Marketing and Sales Strategy

    Territory management (sales representatives)

    Category Management

    Merchandising

    Store Layout

    Leadership and team development

    Formatting the selection criteria, interview guide and induction processes
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  • Nathan Watkins
  • Nathan Watkins

    I am proactively engaged with my clients to provide the best advice when they most need it and I find great satisfaction in assisting business owners reach their business and personal goals


    Professional business advisor with over ten years experience in finding out what people want. I have consulted to varied industries from manufacturing to medical practices and been involved with businesses from start up to successful succession or sale of the business.

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  • Sathiya Ramakrishnan, Ph.D.
  • Sathiya Ramakrishnan, Ph.D.

    Sathiya is a Coach and Speaker. He is passionate about bringing the best version of people through empowerment. His current business has a focus on transforming the lives of individuals, businesses and leaders to create a world with empowered people
     

    Biomedical Scientist with 12 years of experience working in Health & Life Science industry. Research projects that I worked include those identifying a cure for Metabolic Disorders (Heart Disease & Type II Diabetes), Neurological Disease and Cancer.

    A scientist by training, Sathiya holds a PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences from The University of Queensland. He worked as a research scientist in the fields of Neuroscience and Metabolic Disease at Harvard University, USA. He has a big passion for community development and community health. His current business has a focus on transforming the lives of individuals, businesses and leaders to create a world with empowered people.  

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