John Tsoulos is the lead Presenter for Global Business Camps. Having worked closely with businesses from different parts of the world, he has vast experience in applying business development programs producing excellent results.Click here for more information on John
2021 Key Note Speakers
John Dwyer (known as “JD” by most of his clients) is a marketing enigma. He is the CEO of The Institute of Wow and lives by his company’s mantra….”Delivering the Unexpected!”
When it comes to creating sales for small businesses, his “thinking” is refreshingly unconventional. John thinks “way outside the square” and brings proven wow factor ideas to the table for small business owners. Over the years John has worked with News Ltd, Madura Tea, 7 Eleven, KFC, Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Bros and Fox. As an in-demand marketing consultant, John has worked with numerous long-term clients, including the Greater Building Society. John recommended the Society change their approach radically to look unlike any other bank.
He scored a remarkable coup by signing retired comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, as the face of a major campaign for the Greater. The news made worldwide headlines, as Seinfeld had only previously ever worked with American Express and Microsoft – giant brands clearly in a different league to the little-known regional bank in Australia. A classic example of John’s ‘wow factor’ thinking, the campaign tripled the banks market share again in its first two years.
Yes, this ‘marketing maverick’ certainly ‘thinks differently.’ He provides his clients with way outside the box thinking.
David Smith is a chartered accountant with a technology bent. He is a board member, mentor and coach to many small and medium businesses. For over 25 years he was a practicing accountant with the firm that is now BDO, Sydney and assisted many small business. In his time with that firm he created a successful software business that was sold to MYOB in 1999.
With his partner Mark Holton, he now runs Smithink 2020 which conducts workshops and conferences for accountants including the only independent technology conference and exhibition for the accounting profession. He is a regular speaking on topics relating to the future of the accounting profession, business strategy, process improvement, innovation and the impact of technology on business.
He was the 2003 President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is a director of Countplus Limited, the ASX listed aggregator of accounting firms.
Mark has developed specialised skills in the area of adult education and training with extensive experience in both private and public sector industries in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and North America.
Mark will work through ‘Understanding the financial consequences of every business decision before you make them using cash flow story (proprietary software)’. This is a brilliant session that helps you understand the returns that you should require from your specific business decisions and investments.
Mark sits on the Board and is Honorary Treasurer of Ronald McDonald House at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead and the Gold Coast Academy of Sport. He is also the Chairman of The New South Wales Central Coast Academy of Sport and The Donnica Clarke Foundation.
Adam Houlahan is an International Keynote Speaker specialising in LinkedIn strategies for entrepreneurs, and CEO of the highly successful boutique agency, Web Traffic That Works. He lives in Australia’s iconic tourist destination the Gold Coast Queensland and is considered to be one of Australia’s leading experts in harnessing the power of LinkedIn for business. People globally have sought his skill and insights to leverage the power of LinkedIn for their business.
He is the author of three Amazon best-selling books Social Media Secret Sauce, The LinkedIn Playbook, Influencer and co-authored a Fourth international best-seller Better Business, Better Life, Better World. He believes real and meaningful change comes through the world’s entrepreneurs. His purpose is to provide their businesses with powerful tools to grow and accelerate their global footprint. And that together we can make an important impact!
Heather is a renowned and much sought after international speaker who has travelled around the world sharing her message and frameworks with audiences on four of the seven continents.
Despite the hustle and bustle of daily life, Heather believes that all anybody really wants is to love and be loved, and to be known, loved and “got” for who they truly are. This is fundamentally what drives all aspects of her work and company.
Heather is a leading authority in Values Based Leadership and is a respected thought leader in the international arena of consulting, business and corporate innovation and coaching.
Heather has enormous respect for the importance of structure and clear process and blends this elegantly with a capacity to work with the fluid dynamic of each unique group, regardless of age or context. She is humorous, energetic, powerful, inspirational, challenging, insightful, intuitive, and concise. She also has that unique ability to engage with individuals in the context of a large group, as well as addressing the needs of the group as a whole.
We see The Royal Family from womb to tomb. Just like in our own family we attend their weddings, funerals, hospital stays, births, and vacations. Indeed we are truly fascinated by them, we feel a part of them and they are more like us than we might like to imagine.
Someone who knows the Royal Family more than most is our special international guest speaker. Between 1995 and 2010 Andrea Ricci was the Royal Family’s Butler their exclusive sympathetic in house therapist at both Kensington and Buckingham Palace.
Currently, on a national speaking tour we truly appreciate Andrea joining us what promises to be a profoundly moving after-dinner keynote presentation.
Carlie Towns was a single mom raising two children when she was diagnosed at the age of 38 with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare retinal disease that causes a loss of sight. Her diagnosis was even more heart breaking after Carlie was assured by doctors that she would not inherit the same disease her inspirational father, the late Ched Towns – a motivational speaker and triathlete -had before his untimely death attempting to be the first blind man to climb Mt Everest back in the year 2000.
In early adulthood, Carlie struggled with mental health issues and now as a mother of two children she speaks openly about her challenges with unnerving gratitude, perspective and optimism.
Carlie inspires her audiences to see their own lives in a different way so they too can fulfil their true potential. As a disability advocate Carlie now lives a life of vision where her blindness opened her to a whole new world of opportunity, humour and self fulfillment. Carlie knows it’s how you respond to adversity and taking responsibility for your own life that is the first step towards achieving your true purpose and believes the best is yet to come.
Dr. Geoff Wilson
Dr. Geoff Wilson
Born in Kenya in 1970, Geoff’s wild journey includes his family’s near death escape as a young boy, standing strong to charging elephants at the tender age of 12, having a machine gun held to his head in Egypt at 18 while crossing the Sahara Desert by bicycle to sailing the world’s seas and successfully fleeing pirates (twice).
With notable world records ranging from the longest land journey by kite of the Sahara, to kiteboarding from Australia to Papua New Guinea, to the fastest solo unsupported crossing of Antarctica in history – he draws on incredible experiences to create insights for us in our business and personal lives that can once again create clarity and purpose where previously we felt stuck.
Everything Geoff does is driven by purpose. His signature expeditions always align to a charity and he ensures that his businesses contribute an enormous amount to the local community. Geoff’s experiences in the wild places combined with his passion for business with purpose and philanthropy make him a living endorsement of his personal motto ‘all in or not at all’.
Intensely aware of the urbanization effect in today’s society as people become more detached from their ‘wild roots’, unsatisfied with their mundane routine, Geoff’s goal in life is to inspire men and women worldwide to make life a purposeful and adventure-filled journey every day – whether it be in the office, on the production line or in the wilderness.
His captivating and inspiring messages re-invigorate, motivate and provide leaders with a framework to strive to new heights – both personally and professionally. Geoff is an incredibly powerful, yet down to earth, motivator for your team and or stakeholders.
Geoff’s motivating stories draw reference from a wide range of his expeditionary adventures leading teams across treacherous stretches of land, ocean and ice. Coupled with his lessons as an entrepreneur, business leader and family man – Geoff is able to tailor a genuinely meaningful message to suit your specific audience and organizational objectives.
Danny McMaster is a super impressionist who has won the admiration of Morgan Freeman, Ray Martin, Eddie McGuire, Alan Jones and countless other celebrities.
Danny has an extraordinary and ever-expanding repertoire of over 300 dead-on characterisations. With minimal props and remarkable accuracy, right down to the celebrity’s gait, their facial expressions and even their most subtle mannerisms he moves rapidly from Michael Caine to Homer Simpson, Sylvester Stallone, John Cleese, Joe Cocker and Kermit The Frog… and that’s just for starters!
Danny’s “must-see” performances have been experienced by governments, corporations, clubs and associations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and America. He has performed at clubs and theatres, and on radio and television, appearing on shows including Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show on the 9 Network.
Danny McMaster interjects topical subjects into his show, too, often including an event that may have occurred that day. Sometimes members of the audience will shout out requests, which prompt him to come up with a new character on the spot and then he’s off ad-libbing and making people chuckle, guffaw and downright out-loud belly-laugh. Every show is a marvelous blend of nonstop humor, great music and a touch of drama… and you’ll never know who’ll show up on the stage!
2018 Key Note Speakers
Glen is the founding Managing Director of Greencross and was a co-founder and Director of Mammoth Pet Holdings Pty Ltd (Petbarn) before it merged with Greencross.
At 27, Glen bought a small vet practice in Townsville and within 10 short years, had developed five vet clinics and a large format pet store in Townsville as well as two veterinary hospitals in China. From there, he went on to build a multi-million dollar integrated pet care empire, which now operates more than 160 veterinary hospitals in Australia and New Zealand.
Greencross is also Australasia’s leading specialty pet care retailer, with more than 250 stores operating under the brand names Petbarn and City Farmers in Australia and Animates in New Zealand. The company employs over 5500 employees including veterinarians, nurses, retail team members and managers.
Glen is currently Chairman of Healthia Pty Ltd and People Infrastructure. As well as being on the board of ASX listed companies Greencross and Regeneus his favourite area of interest is helping to scale up health and allied health companies. He is actively involved with Monserrat Day Hospitals, SmartClinics medical centres, and Clinician Connect.
Glen continues to help foster early stage businesses including his Shark Tank investments through active mentoring, investing and strategic planning sessions. He regularly does public appearances and speaking engagements in the business community to share his scaling up story and his V4P message (Vision, Planning, People, Patience, Passion).
A devoted family man, Glen is married with his three daughters aged 17, 16 and 9, and still lives in Queensland. His love for animals continues with two dogs, two cats, and four horses to keep the family company.
Follow him on Twitter: @DrGlenRichards
Mandy is the CEO of Courageous leaders and as a leadership trailblazer who put courage into action to achieve significant “firsts” in her career, Mandy now inspires both men and women to be courageous in the way they lead themselves and others.
Starting her career as an audit junior straight from school at one of the Big Eight Accounting Firms she blazed a leadership trail to become the first female partner in Australia at PKF (now BDO) followed by admittance as a partner, at KPMG, Sydney in 1995. She was the first partner to take paid maternity leave in KPMG Sydney (they wrote the policy days before she went off on leave) – blazing the trail for the many female partners who now both take maternity leave AND return to a part-time partner role.
This career success was anchored in her strong business skills, ability to develop trusted relationships and the courage she brought when expressing her leadership mastery while consistently challenging the status quo.
Mandy is a passionate, energetic and inspiring speaker who captivates the audience with her style of delivering intriguing and practical content with enthusiasm and realism. Her empathetic style and ability to intimately understand the ongoing pressure faced by business leaders is clear and grounded in her personal leadership experiences.
David Caruso has been a successful SME Business owner for over 29 years.From a sole operator based in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, David successfully grew his small business into a thriving multi million dollar a year success story. This business was the recipient of many local and international awards including:-
- Business Swap International Business of the Year
- NSW & ACT Business of the Year – 2 Years
- Australian Hire Company of the Year Award Finalist – 2 Years
David’s extensive background in the business world provides his clients with an unique advantage. His practical business growth strategies have been applied across a wide range of industries and organisations.
David’s knowledge also spans into the world of online marketing where he shares cutting edge business approaches.This was evident when he was awarded an 14 month tender from the Australian Government to conduct an extensive series of Online Marketing seminars for Small to Medium Enterprise Business owners as part of the NBN Rollout.
He is funny, irreverent and educational and puts business principles into a vocabulary that everyday SME Business Owners readily understand.
David has recently completed his commitments as a paid advisor to the NSW Government and has recently retired from the Board of Directors for Business Swap Australia, a professional and personal development organisation dedicated to SME Business Owners.
David authored the book Cheese Pizza, a compelling story about a business owners journey for answers to tough business times of and personal relationships breakdowns.
Andrew works with us on “Building a high performance team….improving your leadership skills” in his fun and dynamic working session.
He has worked with small businesses for over 30 years as a business coach and development specialist. He is a none executive director of Greencross Limited, Australia’s largest and fastest growing veterinary company; and coaches CEO’s in private companies across a range of different industries including engineering, construction, professional services and hospitality.
In that time he has helped improve practice profitability and morale in hundreds of firms across Australia, UK, and the USA.
Steven Eager has a significant executive background with numerous CEO and management roles in large accounting, legal, financial services and consulting organisations prior to founding MYP. A regular contributor at conferences and in the media, Steven has worked extensively with the SME sector.
His passion is in aligning the relationship and objectives of clients and their advisers to deliver authentic and sustainable value + outcomes. Steven’s premise is that if you are doing what most of your industry or competitors are doing, you are already in decline. Time to think and execute differently.
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