LAYING WASTE TO A BIG LOSS

Written on the 18 March 2010

TAKING on an ailing company running on a $4 million cumulative loss is no easy task, but when Simon Kalinowski bought Brisbane-based Mandalay Technologies he faced just that.

At the age of 24, having graduated just two years earlier at Southern Cross University (SCU) while managing a pharmaceutical distribution company, Kalinowski knew a business opportunity when he saw one.

“Through my leadership and ability to take the company through change, I redesigned Mandalay’s business model creating a 30-fold increase in revenue over the last 12 months and positioning Mandalay as a stand-alone company in its industry,” he says.

“It now services over 350 clients across Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.”

Mandalay services the waste management, quarry and logistics sectors with the software needed to carry out these operations. So while the company operates internationally, closer to home the company
provides a hand held tablet solution for data capture in waste management, conducted by the Isaac Regional Council in central Queensland.

Other Australian projects include IT network security for the City of Greater Geelong, software and hardware support for waste management company SITA Victoria, as well as data capture for the Townsville City Council. The bachelor of business graduate was awarded SCU’s Young Alumnus of the Year in 2009, for his business and philanthropic work with the university’s Healing Circle project, which aims to raise $7 million to fund five key priorities for indigenous people.

The project, which is run by SCU’s Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, brings together proven methodologies for addressing trauma and healing to help individuals shape their future and promote
progressive change.

“This is work about which I am truly passionate – it is crucial to invest in better outcomes for Indigenous people and I challenge other business organisations to get behind the project,” he says.

“It is slow and personal but it has the ability to profoundly affect individuals and communities who can become far more self-sustaining when they have gone through this process.

“What’s clear, above all else, is that change doesn’t happen while waiting for someone else to start first.”


Latest News

APOLLO REVS UP ITS RESULTS

APOLLO Tourism & Leisure (ASX: ATL) has hit its profit forecast in its maiden result as a publicly traded company...

JASMINE YARBROUGH AND TAMIE INGHAM TAKE MARA & MINE TO HOLLYWOOD

MARA & MINE entrepreneurs Jasmine Yarbrough and Tamie Ingham (pictured left and right respectively) slipped in...

HUGE PROFIT SPIKE FOR HELLOWORLD HEALS MERGER WOUNDS

HELLOWORLD (ASX: HLO) gripped the share market this morning after its announcement of a whopping 880 per cent increas...

PROFIT DROP AT SERVCORP

SERVICED office company Servcorp has seen its profit fall, citing New York City, Singapore and Saudi Arabia as the pr...

Related News

WHY EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANIES ARE BEATING ASX200 SHARE PRICES

EMPLOYEE-owned companies command a higher share price than their publicly listed peers, reaping a 17 per cent prem...

RISE OF THE MACHINES HAS WORKERS SWEATING

UP TO 3.8 million Australian workers are fearful their job may soon be terminated by a robot, a new survey has shown....

LESS TALK, MORE SMALL BUSINESS ACTION IN 2017

THE future growth and prosperity of Australian SMEs could be undermined if governments lose sight of the sector...

TEST DRIVE A POST GRAD AT BOND

THERE'S only one way to really move your career into the fast lane, says Bond University, and 'test driving...

Contact us

Email News Update Sign Up Contact Details
Subscriptions

PO Box 2087
Brisbane QLD 4001

LoginTell a FriendSign Up to Newsletter