2016 TOP YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DRIVING THE GOLD COAST

2016 TOP YOUNG PROFESSIONALS DRIVING THE GOLD COAST

THE millennial work ethic isn't always cast in a positive light when compared to older generations, but these young professionals are proving otherwise. From multimillion-dollar transactions to civic advancement, five ambitious men and women are driving success for their employers and ultimately the Gold Coast. As finalists in the...

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SINK OR SWIM: HOW JEFF ROBINSON OVERCAME DEPRESSION TO INSPIRE OTHERS

SINK OR SWIM: HOW JEFF ROBINSON OVERCAME DEPRESSION TO INSPIRE OTHERS

FOR Jeff Robinson, the phrase 'sink or swim' is a mantra he once imbibed as a high-flyer in the business world, but it soon became a stark reality when, floating out to sea, he fought the will to live.

The former Gold Coast General Manager of AE Smith, the largest privately-owned air-conditioning and engineering firm in Australia, now...

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SOWERBY THE ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A PROFESSOR

SOWERBY THE ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A PROFESSOR

AFTER spending a decade building Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX:BLA) into one of Brisbane's biggest listed companies, founder Mark Sowerby is now poised to share his secrets to success with budding entrepreneurs. Sowerby, who announced last month that he was resigning as CEO of the Brisbane-based investment group to spend more ...

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MGI GOLD COAST EXPANDS

MGI GOLD COAST EXPANDS

LEADING Australasian acounting network, MGI, has bolstered its team by appointing Helen Whelan as director at its Gold Coast office.

Due to an expanding client base on the Gold Coast, Whelan, who was previously senior manager at MGI's Brisbane office, has been brought on to manage the growing Southport business.

"MGI is committed ...

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PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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7 POINTS FROM JULY'S DELOITTE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

7 POINTS FROM JULY'S DELOITTE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

DELOITTE Access Economics released its monthly Business Outlook today. It puts Brexit in perspective for Australia and explains how Australia is growing, despite some strong headwinds. Business News Australia has broken the Deloitte report down to seven points:

China matters more than Brexit

"Although a renewed burst of credit ...

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CIOBO WARNS CREDIT RATING COULD BE AT RISK

CIOBO WARNS CREDIT RATING COULD BE AT RISK

FEDERAL Minister for Trade and Investment Steven Ciobo has warned a Labor victory following this weekend's federal election could put Australia's triple-A credit rating at risk.   "You can say I am just being political, but there is a point where you can only get so much debt," says Ciobo, addressing a Young Profess...

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FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

A FAST-PACED game of whack-a-mole often evolves as a business begins to scale up.

Based on my past experience with Greencross (ASX: GXL) and my work these days on a number of companies including Shark Tank startups, it seems the faster you grow, the more chaos occurs.

For the unacquainted, whack-a-mole is the game you sometimes play as lit...

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FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

JAMIE Pherous, the founder of Corporate Travel Management (market cap $1.4 billion) said it well at the Brisbane Business News breakfast last week: "Business is simple, don't overcomplicate. Learn the rules of the game and play hard". 

Business is a little like a game of rugby, where you pass the ball backwards an...

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BRUCE LYNTON RALLIES FOR LOCAL CHARITIES

BRUCE LYNTON RALLIES FOR LOCAL CHARITIES

THE 2016 Bruce Lynton Charity Ball has raised $117,000 for local charities in its 16th year on the Gold Coast. Beneficiaries this year include Cancer Council Queensland, Guide Dogs Queensland, Youngcare, Men Of Business, 4 ASD Kids and Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation. Bruce Lynton Automotive Group dealer principal Beric Lynton ...

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OSCAR OSCAR'S SECRET TO STAYING A CUT ABOVE

OSCAR OSCAR'S SECRET TO STAYING A CUT ABOVE

IN THE business of luxury and looking good, Oscar Oscar might be considered a natural fit to jump on the social media bandwagon.

But the business, founded by Oscar Cullinan, isn't concerned about social influence.

In fact, Cullinan even goes so far to say it's a 'little bit of a false economy'.

"I'm not...

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FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

A DECADE ago I faced an important career decision which could have changed the course of my life. 

Option one, pack our bags and head to Brisbane to head up Greencross as we finalised plans to list on the ASX. Option two, seek endorsement by a political party to run for State or Federal Government in the local Townsville area. Lisa, my w...

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BREAKING THE RULES: HOW UECHTRITZ GETS THE DEAL DONE

BREAKING THE RULES: HOW UECHTRITZ GETS THE DEAL DONE

BERNIE Uechtritz may have pocketed an estimated $10 million commission from the record-breaking sale of WT Waggoner Ranch in Texas earlier this year, but that's not the reason the Aussie expatriate ranks the deal among the best of his career. "It's not the most financially rewarding deal I've ever done, but it was the mos...

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APPRENTICE STAR ANSWERS GLARING QUESTION: WHY?

APPRENTICE STAR ANSWERS GLARING QUESTION: WHY?

IN 2015 the first Australian Apprentice Andrew Morello took 153 different plane trips and spoke in 11 different countries.  He is head of business development at Mark Bouris' publicly listed Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management, owns three real estate offices in Melbourne, a jewellery company called Bellagio, and is a shareholder ...

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BOND UNIVERSITY HONOURS ITS HISTORY

BOND UNIVERSITY HONOURS ITS HISTORY

BOND University commemorated one for the ages today, with the unveiling of Founders' Corner.

Sculptures of Bond University's two founders - Alan Bond and Harunori Takahashi - were unveiled to recognise and celebrate their contribution to the establishment of the University, ahead of the institution's 27th anniversary later this mo...

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GOLD COAST, YOU ARE NOW GAINING GRAVITAS

GOLD COAST, YOU ARE NOW GAINING GRAVITAS

FIFTEEN months into his 35-year vision for the Gold Coast, demographer Bernard Salt says perceptions of Australia's holiday capital have already changed. "It has changed both on the Gold Coast and beyond," he says. "It has given a gravitas to the Gold Coast that was not there before." Salt, a KPMG partner, was ...

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TOURISM AUSTRALIA APPOINTS NEW HEAVYWEIGHTS

TOURISM AUSTRALIA APPOINTS NEW HEAVYWEIGHTS

MANTRA boss Bob East and tourism industry leader Andrea Staines have been appointed to the board of Tourism Australia. The appointments, announced by Federal Minister for Trade and Investment Steven Ciobo, mark the first Gold Coasters to serve on the board since its inception. Tourism Australia aims to support the Australian economy a...

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ERADICATING PLASTIC WASTE ONE HOUSE AT A TIME

ERADICATING PLASTIC WASTE ONE HOUSE AT A TIME

IT'S a scene that often confronts avid surfers as they head to some of the most idyllic breaks in South-East Asia - rafts of plastic waste lapping at the shoreline around a busy harbour. For Gold Coast surfboard shaper and the founder of Firewire, Nev Hyman (pictured below), it was a call to action that led him to establish a social e...

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WHEN AN OBSESSION LEADS TO SUCCESS

WHEN AN OBSESSION LEADS TO SUCCESS

GEOLOGIST Paul Messenger had an obsession with rum, but not in a bad way. Instead, he used that obsession to create a new boutique venture, Husk Distillers, which is making more noise these days with its Ink Gin than its rum. Messenger took three years to develop his bright blue botanical gin, which changes colour when mixed with toni...

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FILLING THE GAP IN CANCER SUPPORT FOR ADULTS

FILLING THE GAP IN CANCER SUPPORT FOR ADULTS

LOCAL businesses have thrown their support behind a new not-for-profit launched on the Gold Coast, aimed at helping people battling cancer over the age of 25. The Better Together Foundation creates special moments for cancer warriors and their families to escape the disease, like a Make a Wish Foundation for adults. Matthew McFarland ...

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STRAIGHT TALK: THE RISE OF A GOLDEN ERA

STRAIGHT TALK: THE RISE OF A GOLDEN ERA

PROPERTY developer and industry spokesman Stephen Harrison says the Gold Coast needs to continually reinvent itself if it wants to play on a world stage. The founder of Harrison Development Group says the city would benefit from a Kuranda Skyrail or a Gold Coast museum, highlighting that social infrastructure makes a huge difference to th...

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ELANDRA YACHTS PROVES MANUFACTURING NOT DEAD

ELANDRA YACHTS PROVES MANUFACTURING NOT DEAD

THE Australian automotive industry may be on its knees, but a fledgling new luxury boatbuilder is bucking the broader trend in domestic manufacturing. Gold Coast-based Elandra Yachts has put the call out to skilled marine industry workers to meet a rising production schedule at the company's Arundel facility. The luxury boatbuilde...

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BOND TO WELCOME NEW CHANCELLOR

BOND TO WELCOME NEW CHANCELLOR

AFTER searching far and wide, Bond University will soon usher in a new chancellor. 

The Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC has been nominated as the University's eighth chancellor, succeeding Dr Helen Nugent AO.

The chancellor role is undertaken without recompense.

Bennett retired as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia...

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COAST GEARS UP FOR NEXT ROUND OF GROWTH

COAST GEARS UP FOR NEXT ROUND OF GROWTH

THE Gold Coast is gearing up for its next phase of growth after re-elected Mayor Tom Tate declared a mandate to boost the city's infrastructure with a cruise ship terminal and an expanded light rail network. However, the pro-development mayor, who secured another four-year term with a big increase in his primary vote, is taking a conc...

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GOLD COAST BID TO LURE AMERICA'S CUP RACE

GOLD COAST BID TO LURE AMERICA'S CUP RACE

IN THE world of sailing, there has been no bigger prize than the America's Cup, and now a group of seasoned Queensland entrepreneurs wants to bring a key leg of the event to the Gold Coast. The Longhurst family, spearheaded by brothers Tony and Rodney, has teamed up with Brisbane hair salon king Steve 'Stefan' Ackerie to lure ...

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STRAIGHT TALK: THE 'GROWTH GUY'

STRAIGHT TALK: THE 'GROWTH GUY'

ROBIN Levison is best known for growing former ASX-listed mining services company Industrea from a $3 million minnow to a $750 million major ahead of a takeover by GE Mining in 2012. Now the seasoned turnaround specialist foresees the same sort of growth for the Gold Coast company he has headed for the past two years. The company is alrea...

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ROBINA'S 'PHENOMENAL' FUTURE VISION FOR 2050

ROBINA'S 'PHENOMENAL' FUTURE VISION FOR 2050

THE transformation of Robina from cow paddock to thriving Gold Coast urban village over the past 30 years is about to become even more dramatic by 2050. The Robina Business Alliance (RBA) has detailed a bold new future for the city's alternate CBD driven by the development of vacant land surrounding Cbus Super Stadium into a new City ...

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NEW OFFSHORE CRUISE TERMINAL BID FOR COAST

NEW OFFSHORE CRUISE TERMINAL BID FOR COAST

A MASSIVE jetty stretching out half a nautical mile off The Spit has been flagged by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate as the answer to the Gold Coast's stalled vision for a cruise ship terminal. The move has been prompted by ongoing interest in the Gold Coast as a lucrative destination by major cruise operators, despite the Palaszczuk Govern...

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TATE HARBOURS A 'PLAN B' FOR CRUISE TERMINAL

TATE HARBOURS A 'PLAN B' FOR CRUISE TERMINAL

GOLD Coast Mayor Tom Tate has officially kicked off his re-election campaign today with the promise of a 'Plan B' to the failed cruise ship terminal, one of the major policies that drove his last campaign. However, it was seniors who are the first big winners of his fight to win office for another term. Tate says he plans to e...

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STRAIGHT TALK: THE WITHERIFF TOUCH

STRAIGHT TALK: THE WITHERIFF TOUCH

JOHN Witheriff appears to be the boss of everything these days, but the lofty roles he holds are joined by a common thread, and that is to effect change for the better. Born and bred on the Gold Coast, Witheriff has strong ties to the local community with roles on a range of boards including chair of GoldLinQ, chair of the Gold Coast Suns...

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