Local knowledge makes all the difference for one of Australia’s best insurance brokers
Local Leaders
Perhaps it is because Lara Morgan was born and raised in Canberra that she is so good at what she does. Working as an insurance broker, her local knowledge is essential when talking to clients about their business needs. She has a complete and thorough understanding of the environment in which ACT businesses operate, and the culture of the nation’s...
Local businesswoman endorses small business pathway to a successful career
Local Leaders
If you want something done, ask a busy person, so the saying goes. If that is the case, Nadia Pessarossi must get an awful lot done. "Sometimes life gets hectic and I don't want to miss anything so I have to plan my days carefully," she says. Now an associate partner at Rubik3, one of Australia's fastest growing and youngest...
How farmer Jock built a superhighway to the world
News
Atop hill or down valleys, for many farmers and residents living in south-west NSW, there was always looming exasperation when it came to mobile phone and internet coverage. It seemed that once a black spot, always a black spot. And that felt a bit like the cart, led by a blinkered horse, lumbering clumsily along a rough track while just...
Enabler Interactive is changing attitudes to disability in three dimensions
Local Leaders
Huy Nguyen graduated as an engineer from the Australian National University in 2014. In the same year became Canberra’s Young Australian of the Year. Huy calls himself a ‘humanitarian engineer’, working to find solutions for people with a disability by using his engineering skills, innovative technology and a personal passion for change to find technological solutions to barriers faced by...
Entrepreneurial couple finds success in solving contractors’ pay problems
Local Leaders
The path to building a highly successful business does not usually start with a career ending injury, but as a testament to Ian and Maria Lindgren's vision they both saw an opportunity arise out of misfortune and took brave steps towards it. Ian and Maria are the founders of PayMe, now one of Australia's leading contractor payroll and salary packaging...
Faces of Canberra: Taso Nicolaidis
Local Leaders
A good legal practitioner can use the law to help and enhance the lives of their clients. This has certainly been the experience of solicitor Taso Nicolaidis. Born and raised in Canberra, Taso completed his legal studies at the University of Canberra and Australian National University before managing a busy personal injury practice for five years with a focus on...
Galia’s flexible approach to leadership makes Synergy shine
Local Leaders
Yoga on the grass outside the office might not be the very first thing you associate with the CEO of a dynamic professional services company. But Galia Cornish from Synergy is not your average corporate leader. The professional services firm is certainly a significant player in the Canberra market: it turns over around $85 million per annum and employs 325 people...
Tom’s customer-focus a water tight recipe for success
Local Leaders
Ten years ago, Tom Martin was a young man with a plan. A plan to build a successful plumbing business from scratch. Tom now owns Water Tight Canberra, a plumbing, drainage and gas fitting company servicing Canberra and surrounding areas. Tom and his business are a testament to the value of planning, preparation and hard work, recently recognised by winning...
Amy Wilson: From retrenchment to dream job
Local Leaders
Retrenchment can be one of life's more stressful events and the question 'where to next?' can be difficult to answer. For Belle Property real estate agent Amy Wilson, the answer came when she was selling her house. Amy's life took a new direction after she was retrenched from her role as a graphic designer with the CSIRO. "I was pregnant...
Rubik3 values most its culture, a challenge and change
Local Leaders
Fast-rising Canberra professional services firm Rubik3 grew its year-on-year revenue by 98 per cent in 2019, an extraordinary effort after achieving 130 per cent growth in the previous financial year. Rubik3 is the Australian Growth Company 2019 Business Services Growth Company of the Year. Ranked by The Australian Financial Review as the country’s second-fastest growing firm, Rubik3 has achieved more growth...
Putting people first is good for business
Local Leaders
For Local Leader Dean Hill, good business is all about helping people. Driven by a desire to help and to be a part of the community, Dean is changing the focus of recruitment. With a business philosophy grounded in years of working in different industries, Dean is now the CEO of Effective People, an Australian-owned and operated recruitment company based...
Bucking the trends: Finding Effective People will boost your business
Local Leaders
What’s the secret to running one of Canberra’s top recruitment companies? If you ask Ian Lindgren, who has owned recruitment agency Effective People alongside wife Maria since 2015, the answer may surprise you. While other recruitment businesses rely on generous commission structures and measure success by the number of candidates placed in roles, for the Lindgrens, it’s all about people...
Sofia Ligeros is a cut above
Local Leaders
Sofia Ligeros knows the power of going that extra mile. It’s her determination that makes her a great cultural fit for Independent Property Management. Sofia’s magic combination of professionalism, empathy and high-energy levels enable her to make such a difference to landlords and tenants. Like the prospective tenant she met around a year ago who was desperate to find a...
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