Speakers List 2018

Andy Sephton - Managing Director at The Consultants' Community

Over the course of his international career, Andy Sephton has worked across multiple industries and with all types of businesses from one-man start-ups through to some of the largest companies in the world. As Managing Director of The Consultants’ Community, he now works with business owners to help them develop and grow their companies by ensuring they are getting the advice and help they need.

Alex McNaughten – SMB Alliance Manager, Asia Pacific & Japan at Cornerstone OnDemand

I am a highly competitive, motivated and energetic professional with a passion and vision for success. I specialise in partner and channel management alongside new business development. I have strong experience in technology space and am enthusiastic about delivering valuable and trusting business outcomes through technology based solutions. I am motivated by the concept of being a natural relationship builder and maintain lasting business relationships based on mutual value creation.

At Cornerstone, we specialise in cloud-based human capital management software. I manage the success of the Channel and Alliances program for the small to medium business market in the Asia Pacific and Japan region. I work with our partners to jointly go to market whilst complimenting their core product and service offerings.

Outside of work, I have a keen interest in Design Thinking, self-improvement and psychology. Being a fitness enthusiast means I recognise the value of sport, and have played 11 a side football under Albany FC for many loyal years.

Interested in learning how Cornerstone can help your growing business meet the expectations of the modern workforce? Or simply just interested in finding out more about Cornerstone?

Let’s talk – here’s my calendar link to make finding time easy.

Tim Millar - FIMC, MAICD CEO, Cashflow Manager

A highly respected and experienced management consultant, Tim has worked with hundreds of organisations to assist them to manage their growth, address impediments to success and achieve their full potential – this can involve anything from advising on a complete organisational turnaround and restructure, to conducting ongoing one-on-one business coaching. Tim’s professional career includes senior roles managing some of Adelaide’s leading and emerging companies. He has worked with numerous private and public-sector organisations in a diverse range of industries. 

As founder of Intrinsic Australia, a small business coaching program delivered through professional accounting firms, Tim recently merged with Cashflow Manager strengthening both operations and assuming the role of CEO.

Louie Ramos - Co-Founder/Director Digital Strategy & Performance at Digital Presence

Louie Ramos is Co-Founder, Digital Marketing Strategist, SEO Expert and Director of Digital Presence. With more than a decade of experience in online marketing and SEO, Louie has an impressive track record of growing the impact and reach of businesses of all sizes through increasing organic traffic, enhancing customer engagement and significantly boosting online conversions.

Website: https://www.digitalpresence.com.au

Malcolm Joosse – Director & Founder at Hotline IT

Malcolm established Hotline IT as a one-man-band in October 1993. He previously worked as a Network Engineer for several large government departments. Malcolm saw the need in the SME market for IT Support, as businesses were becoming more reliant on business computing, so started his own business. Malcolm is focused on product development and looking after some of our clients.


Website: www.hrblock.com.au/

Nick Butler – Network Administrator at Hotline IT

Nick has a strong history working as a System Admin/Technician, and worked as one for a number of years prior to joining Hotline IT in April 2005.

Simon Marmot -  Marketing Accelerator Coach from Marmot Inc

Simon Marmot, The Marketing Accelerator Coach from Marmot Inc. Marketing. For 25 years I have been working in Sales, Advertising, Marketing and mastering digital transformations for businesses globally. I was the Marketing Director of Mamamia, WHO & TIME Magazine, and the Founding Head of CUDO which was the fastest Australian start-up and business in 2011.

Kristi Mansfield - Director of CX Strategy and Transformation at Oracle

Named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015, Kristi is an influential innovator and commentator on Customer Experience, data analytics and entrepreneurship. 

Kristi has more than 20 years experience leading marketing and sales for software companies and was previously the Managing Director of Fifth Quadrant, one of Australia’s foremost Customer Experience management consulting firms. She is a regular speaker and published author on the future of Customer Experience, Digital Disruption and Social Innovation. 

David Wilmot – Managing Director, Ubecoin

Managing Director, Ubecoin

Over 20 years business experience in negotiations, sales, security management, strategy, marketing and start-ups. Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Ubecoin Group. Co-Founder and Managing Director of Free Trade Barter Pty Ltd. Founder-CEO AR Cards Pty Ltd, a proprietary augmented reality solutions platform delivering smart business card solutions. Founder-CEO Barista2U Pty Ltd, a mobile coffee franchise. David has held senior management positions in Corpeyewear Pty Ltd as a National Sales & Marketing Manager and security management for the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.

JORDAN WANG Managing Director, Dale Carnegie

Managing Director, Dale Carnegie

Jordan Wang is Managing Director for the Dale Carnegie operation in New South Wales. He is known for his enthusiasm and consultative approach to support clients with innovative solutions as they develop strong processes, teams and leaders for the future. Having worked with Dale Carnegie globally for over 10 years, he is passionate about increasing employee engagement and building company culture to produce measurable business results.

Leigh Ann Healy, Regional Director, H&R Block

Leigh Ann Healy, Regional Director, H&R Block

Leigh Ann is responsible for over two hundred city and country H&R Block retail offices throughout NSW, Queensland and ACT, and is actively involved in the continual rapid growth and expansion of H&R Block, overseeing the opening of over fifty new locations to date. She has been working with small businesses for over 30 years, with experience across numerous industries including agriculture, insurance, real estate, building and construction, electrical, renovations, rentals, accounting, dentistry and the share economy such as Airbnb. This experience has seen her develop a passion for supporting and mentoring small business through goal setting, team development, relationship building, growth and profitability, all with a focus on tax. In other words, she certainly is fascinated by numbers.

Sarah Xiberras, Sales Manager, Officeworks

Sarah Xiberras, Sales Manager, Officeworks

Sarah started as a Business Specialist with Officeworks where she received back to back accolades as NSW Business Specialist of the year, and her work ethic and passion led to her advancement within Officeworks. In Sarah’s first year in a management role, she led her team to be the Officeworks Business Team of the year.

Prior to Officeworks, Sarah worked as a sales professional in the IT industry, where she learnt the craft of solution selling and this was where her love for the customer journey began.
Whilst completing a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications, Sarah worked as a retail store manager where she received the store of the year award.
Sarah has managed to come full circle, by combining her passion for the retail industry with solution sales.

Sarah is a loving wife and self-confessed soccer mum to two beautiful boys, to whom she wants to show, with hard work, we can do anything we set out to achieve.

Malcolm Joosse – Director & Founder

Malcolm Joosse – Director & Founder

Malcolm established Hotline IT as a one-man-band in October 1993. He previously worked as a Network Engineer for several large government departments. Malcolm saw the need in the SME market for IT Support, as businesses were becoming more reliant on business computing, so started his own business. Malcolm has a genuine love of IT and all things technical. His bubbly, passionate and enthusiastic personality has got Hotline IT to the size it is now. The customers love him! With Michelle now at the helm, Malcolm is focused on product development and looking after some of our clients.

Gui Faria, Entrepreneur

Gui Faria, Entrepreneur

Graduated in ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management with a B.S. in Economics, his last position before coming to Manila was as General Manager for UBM Novomania in Shanghai, China. During the first decade of this millennium he was in Tokyo, Japan, where he had various positions: Overseas Manager for E-Four Corporation, Marketing Manager for Pirelli and Commercial Diplomatic Affairs/Trade Manager for the Embassy of Portugal. As an entrepreneur he has started various successful businesses and is presently the Co-Founder of PenbrothersInternational and a Managing Partner of Upteam Corporation (a 500 startups portfolio company).


Anna Sheppard – Managing Director Bambudda Group

Anna Sheppard – Managing Director Bambudda Group

Working with more purpose makes a profit, improves brand reputation and is a vital part of business sustainability. The bigger brands are evolving towards more ethical products and attracting the conscious consumer. Millenials are the least of your worries the next generation long for purpose and are holding everyone accountable from their workplace to where they choose to buy their groceries. How are you going with your Corporate Social Responsibility?

Rick Chrisholm

As a 7x founder of companies and 30x businesses such as Innovest, AI Machine, A-Ball Entertainment, Lightsounds, LSW and Light-Emotion, with revenue in excess of $300 million, Author of Business Success for Life, Rick is known as the SME and Start-Up Guru.

Unlike many trainers and mentors, he actually walks the talk and has many businesses under management in such areas as Innovation, Events management, Importing, Distribution, Retailing and E-commerce.

His BIG passion however is Business Education via the recently launched world’s-first Streetsmart and Savvy – “Business Ownership Practitioner Course” and the Innovest Start-up Accelerator. Whilst Rick has experienced great success, he has also endured many failures. Rick has faced and overcome the exact same challenges you are facing now and can help you grow and scale your business by making sure you don’t make the same mistakes he has.

Be sure to collect his info and make contact after the show. Find Rick here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-chisholm/​

Rum Charles - Principal Consultant with the Australian Institute of Soft Skills Training (AISS Training)

Rum Charles is the Principal Consultant with the Australian Institute of Soft Skills Training (AISS Training).

Rum understands the importance of soft skills. No matter how great your business, you still need to communicate your value to customers. Yes, we live in a digital world, but the human element cannot be underestimated, think – Richard Branson, Elon Musk or Naomi Simson from Shark Tank, they are all great communicators.

Customer Service and Accounts Receivable are the twin pillars for success, both require outstanding communication skills.

Come along to hear how collecting the money is the key to truly great profitable relationships.

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