Archie’s passion is to help Canberra thrive on all levels
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After graduating from the Australian National University, the big city lights of Sydney briefly attracted keen young lawyer Archie Tsirimokos, but it wasn’t long before he decided to remain in Canberra where he raised a family and cemented himself as one of the region’s leading commercial lawyers. Archie started out as an articled clerk with Vandenberg Reid, before working his...
Holiday job ignited extraordinary career path for Detlev’s electrical services boss
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A school holiday job of stripping machines for spare parts sparked Grae Munro’s passion for appliances and electrical. He attended Erindale College, where he began working at Detlev's electrical services as a casual employee on weekends and school holidays. His first role was entry level, stripping machines and managing minor workshop repairs. That’s when he first discovered his interest in the electrical industry......
Eight things you didn’t know about Independent’s Mark Wolens
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A people person at heart, Canberra’s Mark Wolens is an avid traveller who loves getting away whenever he can. Even though COVID-19 has slowed him down in this regard, he is looking forward to the day when international borders reopen and he can get overseas again. Region Media sits down with Mark to get to know him beyond his professional capacity...
Does zero-alcohol have to mean zero fun?
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During the course of Alan Tse's life, his relationship with alcohol has turned 180 degrees. From a young man immersed in the fast-paced, heavy drinking culture of financial consulting, he's now running a successful business that advocates for alcohol-free drinks to be included in corporate celebrations and life more broadly. "Back then, I thought I was living the dream," he...
In-house physio addresses COVID-19 rehab delays
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For many years, Canberra orthopaedic surgeon Dr Damian Smith had thought about expanding his practice to include an in-house physiotherapy service, but it was the COVID-19 pandemic that finally kicked him into gear. While Dr Smith carried out his elective procedures during most of 2020, COVID-19 restrictions often meant his patients had limited access to preoperative and postoperative physiotherapy at...
Young blacksmith Freddy Gaffey, 12, forges his own backyard business
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At an age when most kids are glued to their screens, Freddy Gaffey is out the back in the cubby he's converted into a blacksmith shop working at his homemade forge. The year seven student has set up his own sculpture and blacksmithing business, Freddy's Forge, and already employs his younger brother Jim to remove nails from the horseshoes he...
Detlev’s smart homes changing the lives of NDIS clients
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Detlev’s Electrical is working on some pretty big construction projects, but the Canberra-based family business is now leading the way when it comes to changing people’s lives using home automation. While their booming commercial and residential departments have landed the company some shiny industry awards over the years, Detlev's managing director Grae Munro says their most recent project is making...
A furniture franchise that retains its family feel
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When Peter and Gill Bond bought into the growing OZ Design Furniture franchise back in 2002, they knew they wanted to continue to offer Canberrans personable and friendly service that would keep customers coming back for more. The couple now say that after 18 years in the trade, even as the business has grown beyond expectations, OZ Design Furniture Fyshwick...
Sarah Townsend’s wealth of experience helps businesses
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You can have a rewarding career and live regionally – that's the message from allinsure's newest senior account executive, Sarah Townsend. When she is not working, this Yass resident loves to explore the country where she lives with her husband and two children. Sarah says she loves the country lifestyle, open space and peace the regional area has to offer. She...
Eight things you didn’t know about VERV Property’s Charlie Evans
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A passionate and experienced property manager, Charlie Evans is the head of residential property management at VERV Property, one of Canberra's most progressive boutique real estate businesses. As a licensed agent for ACT and NSW, Charlie is able to capably execute legislative requirements and is devoted to delivering outstanding service to her clients. Many people know Charlie in her professional...
Rusty flying high with Flying Vs and a passion for great guitars
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From flying P-3 Orion aircraft in the air force to making Flying V guitars, there is a reverb around Russell 'Rusty' Vance's custom-made guitars that are making a big noise in the Australian and international music scene. While working in the Royal Australian Air Force, Rusty had a posting to RMAF Base Butterworth in Malaysia and found he had a...
Faces of Canberra: Luke McAuliffe, Luton Properties
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What comes across talking to Luke McAuliffe is that he is very clear about the responsibility he carries for his clients. “When you present as a professional, you should be professional, you’re handling their biggest asset. These are things that people lose sleep over – it’s a life-changing decision they’re making." His empathetic approach to his clients has brought him...
Faces of Canberra: Amanda Gordon
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Amanda Gordon's voice is calm on the other end of the phone. It's a trait that is vital to her role in property management. Conflict resolution, and ensuring a good experience for both tenants and landlords is her aim, and she works every day to make that happen with her team of property managers at McIntyre Property Group. Amanda was...
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