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Executive Stories is a podcast series created by a corporate lawyer hell bent on having great conversations with his clients and everyone else in between. Executive Stories mantra is that when we are all better connected we are happier and more fulfilled, and the best way to achieve this is through the power of conversations and stories
 
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Envest is a private, entrepreneurial, equity investment business that focuses on investing and supporting insurance and financial services businesses. In this episode of Executive Stories’ M&A and Deal Maker series, I speak with Partner and MD Greg Mullins, who shares some sage advice on the long game, knowing when to bow out of a deal and only foc…
 
Ask any tax advisor about their role in M&A, and they’ll tell you they are fundamental to the process. Pilot Partners’ Murray Howlett is no exception—in this episode of Executive Stories, we find out why. It may not be the sexy side of M&A and deal making, but tax is something you can’t afford to overlook or get wrong.…
 
From Sydney to New York and back to his home shore of Queensland, 10 years at Credit Suisse afforded Evan Kilpatrick some awesome buy and sell side experiences, working with big name clients on some incredibly complex deals. Tune in to this episode of Executive Stories to hear about the pure passion and adrenaline that comes from running some hugel…
 
In episode three of the M&A Dealmaker Series, Brad chats to Deloitte Transaction Services Partner Rob McConnel. With a career like Rob’s, there’s hardly a stone unturned, but it’s the people side and why he enjoys working with Queensland businesses that will make you want to tune into this one.
 
In this episode of the M&A and Deal Makers Series we talk with Warwick Face, Corporate Finance Partner at Pitcher Partners about: Being a sell side M&A specialist Alignment of fees with client interests Importance for sellers to deliver on their ‘story’ The numbers don’t lie.Von brad.vinning
 
She’s back this season to talk to me about the highs and lows of the M&A world; from identifying the rush of deal fever, to fighting through deal fatigue; maintaining standards while getting deals over the line; the precarious nature of international transactions and much more. It won’t take you long to see why Sharon is so successful in her field.…
 
Gavin Tye is the lead sales at RedEye Apps. We all know the acronyms B2B and B2C but how much do we know about B2E (business to enterprise). We cover this plus: how to also adapt your sales approach when selling to a large a enterprise the importance of building long term sales relationships why culture is everything for the RedEye sales team how G…
 
In this episode we dive deep with Aleksandar Svetski, CEO of Amber, into: Making a fortune and losing it; Impact of family on goal setting; What really happened in the breakdown of iRecruit; What Aleks really thinks about ICOs notwithstanding Amber is playing squarely in the cryptocurrency evolution; Do people judge CEOs for startup failures The im…
 
Tim Walmsley is the CEO and Founder of BenchOn. What I love about this conversation is how Tim lets us into not just the problem BenchOn is solving, but the personal side of it all. Things like what it’s like working with his wife Katie in what is a small team and the impact of this on life at home. If you work closely with a relative then my chat …
 
Sally is one of those people so passionate about what she does and understands her “why” so well that it pervades all that she does – you can hear it in her voice. That may no co-incidence as Sally is a Voice and Presentation Coach to corporates and broadcast journalists alike. Many of the first and second impressions we create are a result of how …
 
Like many of my guests, Ben tried to have a normal job but that wasn’t the life for him. Ben is an entrepreneur, non-executive director, techo and deal maker all wrapped up into one package. Ben speaks about the art and skill of raising money, knowing your numbers backwards and not being afraid to invest in creating a solution to a problem that is …
 
Michael is the go to guy for infrastructure advisory work around rail, port, water and energy for bulk commodity producers. That’s the power of being super niche. As Director and part owner of Balance Advisory, Michael is grateful to see the recent doldrums of the resources sector behind him. But being super niche does mean though you are tied to t…
 
Brad is the Founder & CEO of the Citrus Ad Platform. He is startup founder, marketer, digital innovator and hands on leader who enjoys building great products, but most of all great teams. His career began in the arena of elite sport playing football for the Adelaide Crows before entering into the world of business. He started his first tech compan…
 
Nick Heaney is CEO of Skrilla, an e-fantasy gaming website that recently completed an initial coin offering (ICO). Take any of those and consider “who wakes up one day thinking that’s what I want to do for my career”?! Probably no one is the answer. And that is the prelude into what drove Nick to abandon his cushy life at PwC doing management consu…
 
Have you ever really wondered why and who decided gold would be a stable store of value? And what about crypto currencies like Bitcoin – are they theoretically any different? And for all of you out there with diversified portfolios, do you hold any gold bullion – and if not should you? This week on Executive Stories, I chat with Paul Engeman, Direc…
 
Richard Brimblecombe is the CEO of StockCo, the largest specialist livestock financier in Australia. When listen to Richard speak you can see there is a real urgency in what he is doing and that he has no intention or resting on laurels when he achieves his next lofty goal. There is always something more ambitious on the horizon which invariably in…
 
Alan Jones is the current QUT CEA entrepreneur in residence for the Collider Program 2018. What does that even mean? And what is a well known VC from Sydney hanging out with #startups at QUT? Alan and I grabbed a few rays of sun in a Brisbane city park for bit of a pop up podcast where he tells me all about it and his new VC fund M8 Ventures. Nothi…
 
For those that know me, they know I love wine. It is a passion of mine and it’s the reason I know my latest guest on #ExecutiveStories with Lloyd Heinrich, CEO of The Wine Society. We, of course, had to conduct the interview over a few glasses of wine (Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir and a Deep Woods Single Vineyard Cabernet – which was amazing …
 
This week on Executive Stories we chat with Stuart Clout, the CEO of thedocyard, an online deal M&A management system. Stuart is a former lawyer turned tech entrepreneur who set about forming thedocyard when he couldn’t find a solution in the market place to run his M&A deals better. M&A deals tend to be weighed down by Word checklists buried in re…
 
Justin Fischer is the CEO and Founder of Brüllen Pty Ltd, a business that manufactures and exports soft service ice cream and frozen yogurt machines. You may recognize his name or his business from the Married at First Site TV show. Justin’s appearance on MAFS is certainly a talking point in our conversation but we also delve into how he started hi…
 
We all know Dr Glen Richards as the founder of Greencross Vets, not to mention he is also one of the Sharks on the TV show “Shark Tank”. Glen’s entrepreneurial journey is inspiring and impressive and probably why we all know him so well. My conversation with Glen delves slightly from his conventional story. We start our chat taste testing a Monday …
 
Ben is the CEO of eagle.io, a cloud-based data acquisition and streaming analytics platform for environmental and industrial monitoring and control applications. Sounds complicated? I agree. Don’t worry Ben gives us the rundown of what eagle.io’s technology does and explains what the internet of things means in real terms and how software like eagl…
 
This week on Executive Stories, I chat with Joel Edmondson, CEO of Q Music. I loved my chat with Joel because it’s not often you get to delve into the creative side of life. We chat: music and the arts – should STEM by STEAM? politics (why not?!) economic impact music has on the economy; and the controversial lockout laws and the effect they have o…
 
Susanne was my first guest to join me for an Executive Stories Live Stream. For those that missed the live stream you can watch it here http://www.executivestories.com/live-stream but I am guessing the reason you are reading is because you want to listen to the podcast version. Back to Susanne, founder of Families in Transition, a management consul…
 
This episode of Executive Stories delves deep into conversation with Ray Merlano, the General Manager of Data#3. Ray still has his American accent but after 35 years here feels as Australian as Vegemite. He started off in science and math and it is this background in STEM which says has helped in thrive in the role of an executive at Data#3. Ray is…
 
This week on Executive Stories, I chat with Remy Brassac, the tongue and cheek title of “Head Honcho” at Rumble Creative & Media. Remy’s: had to make big decisions as a business owner which saw his previous fly to new heights when facing a downward spiral during the GFC; decision to sell his previous business to multi-national mega firm Clemenger a…
 
Jason is a young entrepreneur who is using his passion and determination to continue to grow his successful businesses. Jason co-founded Just Digitial People 2013 as he saw a gap in the market with online recruitment. His role within JDP as Co founder, is to lead the business forward, keep the energy high, collaborate with recruiters, build meaning…
 
Cameron is an energetic leader who enjoys corporate strategy and finding ways to grow. He is passionate about people and thrives off what teams can achieve when they work and develop together. Cameron has been on an interesting journey to his role as COO of Trademark Vision. Setting out to be an engineer then moving into aviation, Cameron soon foun…
 
Chris Adams is the man that has done it all. From humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania, Chris has gone on to work with the likes of entertainment and media industry pioneers – Steven Spielberg, Al Gore and Jeff Scholl of Ebay to name a few. Listen to Chris as he recounts his experience at Facebook in its infancy – and what it’s li…
 
Jock Fairweather is no run of the mill guy. Having grown up in PNG, excelling in his studies at the London College of Fashion, working as a shoe designer in Geneva and then founding Little Tokyo Two in Brisbane – it’s clear that whatever Jock puts his mind to, he will succeed at. That’s not to say it’s all been smooth sailing. Trying to forge his s…
 
Sharon is a lawyer turned deal maker and now MD of InterFinancial. Whereas some of my guests are only too willing to jump down the microphone with their story, Sharon was a reluctant guest at first. As we discover, the reason for this is that Sharon is a very humble person looking to sing other’s praises before her own. Sharon has had a wonderful j…
 
When I pitched Dominic for this interview he knew little about me or what I would publish from our interview. Most guests are a little self conscious about how they may present when played back. Not Dominic. He is a savvy operator who believes that if you are open and honest and only talk to topics you know about there is nothing to fear! Dominic s…
 
Anna is a vivacious, fun and the perfect guest to kick off Executive Stories for 2018. She has experience in events, finance, project management and startups and has completed her Masters in Entrepreneurship through the University of Otago where she wrote her thesis all about crowdfunding and her startup, PledgeMe Her official title is PledgeMe's '…
 
Jade Collins is on a mission – to successfully run a profit making business that aligns with a social cause. Her website, Femeconomy, achieves this and more. As Co-Founder and Director Jade encourages women to use the power of their purse to support brands with women in leadership, in order to create gender equality. Jade recounts what it’s like to…
 
For a lot of CEOs, the financials of their company is what drives them. For Ben Korst, CEO of Montserrat Day Hospitals, his approach is different. Ben recounts what it takes (with no prior experience) to step into an industry of highly skilled medical professionals, grow a relationship with them, and do so with his signature larrikin humour. Ben ta…
 
Mitch Lally, Managing Director and creative genius at Mitch Lally films, is an award winning wedding cinematographer. He has a unique vision for crafting powerful wedding films which has given him opportunities to work with passionate clients and capture celebrations all over the world. Mitch provides youthful insight into his journey from freelanc…
 
Eddie is a BDO Tax Partner in Brisbane but he is also a non-executive director at numerous companies and not-for-profits. Eddie’s role as a non-executive director sets him apart from all my others guest who are founders or executives. The differences don’t just stop there. Eddie isn’t your standard accountant or non-executive. He prides himself on …
 
Dr. Jane Thomason is the CEO of Abt Associates-Australia but many listeners will know her better for her relentless pursuit Janes. Jane has ridden a wave of success establishing JTA International in 1999 and later merging into Abt Associates while never losing her passion for wanting to improve the lives in under developed nations including Indones…
 
Katrina is a Co-founder of Civic Ledger, an Australian start-up that uses the best of emerging technologies such as block chain to transform a wide range of business process challenges faced by public sector markets. What’s great about this episode of Executive Stories is Katrina’s ability to explain what a blockchain company does and what it’s lik…
 
Paul is the General Manager of Pacific Data Systems, a company that provides solutions in the areas of environmental monitoring, data acquisition, scientific and industrial instrumentation remote computing and systems integration. Paul’s general to the role of General Manager is an interesting one as he was more or less thrown into the position whe…
 
Phil Smart started his professional career in 1976 by completing a Carpentry Apprenticeship and then held a General Builders License in both Queensland and New South Wales. After starting off as a builder Phil's foray into the recruitment industry began in 1994 as the financial backer and strategic adviser to a recruitment organisation, which is st…
 
If you’ve ever wondered what its like and how to do a corporate turn around then this interview with John Bourke, Managing Director of Kitchen Connection is for you. John’s story is a very personal one that leads us down an emotional path that I think neither of us expected. John reminds us that: Homing your skills at a big corporate can equip you …
 
Matthew is not only cofounder of foundU, he is a really down to earth guy that is passionate about his industry and his clients. His decision to pursue a goal of building from the ground up a world class end-to-end tech solution for labour force management has lead him on a wild journey. Matthew’s journey began about three years ago when the founde…
 
Wayne is the cofounder and CEO of RedEye, a Brisbane software as a solution tech company with offices in Brisbane and Las Vegas. You are unlikely to meet another CEO with as much passion for startups, his people, his family and his home town Brisbane. Wayne doesn’t pull any punches and calls it as it is, meaning we get right to the heart of topics …
 
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