UNIVERSITIES TO HOST G20 BUSINESS COMPETITION

UNIVERSITIES TO HOST G20 BUSINESS COMPETITION

BRISBANE universities QUT, The University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University will host a world-first business event as part of the G20. The G20 Global Business Challenge (GBC) brings together teams of students, researchers and industry members to develop solutions to water scarcity. Teams can reform a water-reliant business sector s...

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BEKIER OFFICIALLY TAKES OVER AS ECHO CEO

BEKIER OFFICIALLY TAKES OVER AS ECHO CEO

MATT Bekier (pictured) will officially commence his role as managing director and CEO of Echo Entertainment Group Limited (ASX:EGP) today, after passing regulatory approvals. The former chief financial officer replaced John Redmond in February, after he returned to the United States a year into the role. “This year is about fully impl...

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NEW CEO FOR WILSON MADE OFFICIAL

NEW CEO FOR WILSON MADE OFFICIAL

WILSON HTM Investment Group (ASX:WIG) has officially appointed Alexander (Sandy) Grant as managing director.
Grant has been acting CEO since July 2, following the resignation of Andrew Coppin. Chairman Steven Skala said in a statement that Grant’s leadership experience would serve him well. “Sandy Grant is a respected leader in...

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NEW CHAIRMAN FOR DOMINO'S

NEW CHAIRMAN FOR DOMINO'S

DOMINO’S Pizza Enterprises Limited has appointed Jack Cowin as non-executive director and chairman of the company, following the retirement of Ross Adler. Cowin hails from a quick service restaurant background, as founder and executive chairman of Competitive Foods Australia Pty Ltd. He established the company in 1969, which now opera...

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REDMOND TO DEPART ECHO

REDMOND TO DEPART ECHO

JOHN Redmond (pictured) will retire as CEO of Echo Entertainment (ASX:EGP), to be replaced by chief financial officer Matt Bekier. It comes as the company announced a 30.5 per cent drop in first half statutory profit to $46.1 million, blamed on increased wins by high-rolling gamblers and new regulatory costs. Normalised net profit after tax for ...

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FORMER US NAVY CHIEF JOINS CORPORATE TRAVEL BOARD

FORMER US NAVY CHIEF JOINS CORPORATE TRAVEL BOARD

RETIRED United States Navy Admiral Robert J. Natter (pictured) has joined the board of Corporate Travel Management (ASX:CTD) as a non-executive director. Engaged as a consultant to CTD since September, the former Commander in Chief of the US Atlantic Fleet is already familiar with the business. Chairman Tony Bellas says Natter’s...

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BUCKLEY TO LEAVE CARDNO

BUCKLEY TO LEAVE CARDNO

 LONG time Cardno (ASX:CDD) boss Andrew Buckley (pictured) will retire in March to be succeeded by executive general manager international, Michael Renshaw. Buckley, the chief executive officer and managing director, has guided the company for 16 years, from humble beginnings as a consultancy, to international infrastructure and envi...

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WITHNALL AWARDED GOLD MEDAL

WITHNALL AWARDED GOLD MEDAL

NEROLIE Withnall has been awarded the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Queensland Gold Medal Award. One of Queensland’s most respected directors, Withnall (pictured with Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley) has been an integral member of the Brisbane business community for many years, says AICD state president Keith De Lac...

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BRASH WORLD OF BRANSON

BRASH WORLD OF BRANSON

RESPECTED entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson opens up in an exclusive Q&A with Brisbane Business News. Virgin is the maverick start-up that changes the rules of the established game. When does the maverick turn into the establishment? It is not easy to start a company and to survive and thrive in the modern world. In fact, you’ve go...

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PROMOTION FOR SUPER CHEAP CHIEF

PROMOTION FOR SUPER CHEAP CHIEF

CHRIS Wilesmith (pictured) will be promoted to managing director of Super Retail Group’s (ASX: SUL) flagship brand Supercheap Auto. Wilesmith, SUL general manager of merchandise auto retailing for the past six years, will take the job from July 1. In a statement to the ASX, the company says Wilesmith has made a significant contr...

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ANOTHER AWARD GOES TO THERESE REIN

ANOTHER AWARD GOES TO THERESE REIN

A FAMILIAR face continues to prove she is far more than just a former First Lady. For a time she was mostly known as the wife of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Now, Thérèse Rein (pictured) rightly has a reputation of her own as one of the country’s most successful business operators. Rein is founder and managing director of rehabilit...

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KEEPING STAFF IS THE KEY

KEEPING STAFF IS THE KEY

FINDING the right people in an industry with high staff-turnover is part of the battle. Keeping them is what’s really important. Praanesh Prasad (pictured) is passionate about the staff at WorkPac, one of the state’s leading recruiters for the mining, construction and engineering industries. The company’s group chief executive ...

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HOW TO HANDLE GEN Y STAFF

HOW TO HANDLE GEN Y STAFF

A VOCAL construction industry figure has urged Queensland’s top builders to retain staff by exercising greater duty of care. Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) believes staff retention rates would improve if business leaders were more understanding. CEO Brett Schimming (pictured) reveals emotional and direct commands often prompt an aggr...

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DEACON AIMS TO PUT BITE INTO NEW-LOOK CHAMBER

DEACON AIMS TO PUT BITE INTO NEW-LOOK CHAMBER

JASON Deacon (pictured), president of the newly-amalgamated Gold Coast Combined Chamber of Commerce, says the new entity must be more than a “toothless dog”. Why did the Surfers Paradise-Broadbeach, Central Gold Coast and Nerang chambers need to amalgamate?

We all wanted to be taken more seriously, run professionally, and have the bu...

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FRIENDLY REPUTATION ON OLD-FASHIONED SERVICE

FRIENDLY REPUTATION ON OLD-FASHIONED SERVICE

AN INDOOROOPILLY electrical retailer is bucking the industry’s downward trend with revenue growth built on understanding and helping its customers. Retravision Indooroopilly may have operated for less than two decades, but word of the franchise’s giving nature is spreading across southeast Queensland. David Handley (pictured), who jo...

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TIME TO GIVE BUSINESS FAIR CHANCE SAYS MINISTER

TIME TO GIVE BUSINESS FAIR CHANCE SAYS MINISTER

Government has ridden business too hard in recent times and a change in culture has been promised by Minister Jann Stuckey (pictured). She explains her vision to Gold Coast Business News. How difficult has it been to get across all the issues in your diverse portfolio? All sections of my portfolio responsibilities are intrinsically linked –...

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CASHED UP TURF CLUB BUILDS A MAGIC FUTURE

CASHED UP TURF CLUB BUILDS A MAGIC FUTURE

AFTER a turbulent period, the Gold Coast Turf Club is back on track with a rich government grant and big plans for the future. Club chairman Brett Cook (pictured) outlines his vision for the Coast’s thoroughbred racing headquarters and the home of the famous Magic Millions.

The Gold Coast Turf Club (GCTC) has received a $35 million State Go...

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SETTING GOALS MIGHT JUST SAVE YOUR LIFE

SETTING GOALS MIGHT JUST SAVE YOUR LIFE

BEING successful in business is also about time away from the office. Missing goals can be more costly than some executives realise. It can even result in death. That’s the warning from leading executive support group, The Executive Connection (TEC). TEC regional chair Barry Upfold (pictured) says managers of small and medium businesses of...

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BILLABONG CLEARS TPG'S ACQUISITION WAVE

BILLABONG CLEARS TPG'S ACQUISITION WAVE

IT has been an exhilarating ride for the Gold Coast’s largest company after a spectacular takeover bid, freefalling share value, capital restructures and the closing of stores. But Billabong’s decision to reject a renewed $3.30 per share take-over offer from US private equity giant TPG Capital has stood the company proud in the face ...

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RAIL COMPANY TOOTS WITH PRIDE ON MEETING TARGETS

RAIL COMPANY TOOTS WITH PRIDE ON MEETING TARGETS

THE state’s biggest rail freight company is optimistic it can still deliver on its coal volume targets despite slow recovery from a summer of disasters. QR National (QRN) is tooting with confidence about meeting coal volume targets for the 2012 financial year. It comes after lingering impacts of the 2011 Queensland floods and industrial re...

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