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The 40under40 winners

Joanna Ammon

As the first female in the taxi industry in Australia to be appointed as a Deputy Chair and take office as a Chief Executive Officer, Joanna Ammon oversees some 3500 taxi drivers and 1500 taxi owners. Ms Ammon launched the inaugural "WA Cabbie Day" which included a new driver award program to raise the profile and recognition of taxi drivers. Before taking on her current role, Ms Ammon was a management and staff development consultant to the mortgage banking and transport industries.



Peter Barile

The Company Business Manager of Dome Coffees Australia, Peter Barile leads and manages the Café Operations function for the Dome Group in Western Australia. His most recent accomplishments include the opening of Dome Cafes in South Perth, Warrick and Burswood Casino. Mr Barile holds a Certificate in Computer Programming from Mt Lawley TAFE. His community involvement centres around Sorrento and Karrinyup schools through donations and the facilitation of work experience.



Julia Beeck

Julia Beeck has strong personal involvement in the professional development and training conduct-ed within Market Equity as Director of the marketing business. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and has spent 10 years in her role building Market Equity from a two-person operation which she co-founded in 1992, into a national consultancy with 50 full time staff turning over $6 million annually. The business provides strategic information and advice to private sector business and government agencies.



Edwin Bollig

The Bollig Design Group is a multi-disciplinary Design Company created by Edwin Bollig and providing services in Master Planning, Architecture, Urban Design and Interior Design. Mr Bollig has spent seven years in his present position as Managing Director of his business and has gained a Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Architecture from Curtin University. His professional member-ships include the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the Property Council of Australia where he sits as a Committee Member.



Christopher Brennan

Agripork Australia Managing Director Christopher Brennan remains the principal shareholder in his business that produces pork products for selected domestic and export markets. Dr Brennan has recently launched Select Pork, WA’s first branded pork product, a marketing move that brands his company’s pork as high quality and consistent. He graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Dr Brennan is also an active member of the Wongan Hills community.



Morris Burch

IRC Chief Executive Officer Morris Burch has spent four years with the company that specializes in risk management, performance improvement and engineering.

The business started off with one employee in 1997 and now has over 40.

A consultant safety engineer Morris has worked for such varied employers as Apache Energy and the Royal Australian Navy, Mr. Burch also lectures at the University of Western Australia in the Masters of Oil and Gas Engineering course.



Matt Callahan

As the Business Development Director of QPSX Limited, Matt Callahan is responsible for developing the strategic direction of the company, alongside the CEO, and for the process and performance criteria against which the business is operated. Mr. Callahan has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of WA and is due to complete a Master of Business Administration this year. Mr. Callahan says his most significant business achievement has been listing and building Asia Pacific’s only Intellectual Property licensing company.



Sally Capp

Sally Capp has spent seven years with legal firms, in both commercial legal work and management, before joining the Australian Heritage Group Ltd at the foundation of what is now a listed investment bank focused on the financial services industry. She became Managing Director in November 2000, having gained considerable insight into management with her previous employer Freehills. Ms Capp has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.



Justin Coppin

Managing Director of JGC Accounting and Financial Services Pty Ltd, Justin Coppin says he has based his career around a value of fairness. His most significant personal accomplishment is being the youngest Certified Practicing Accountant holding a Public Practice Certificate in Australia. Holding a Bachelor of Business Degree from Edith Cowan University amongst four other degrees and certificates, Justin’s company currently employs 22 staff at three locations. Justin is the Edith Cowan University Strategic Alliance Partner 40under40 award winner.



Bruce Davis

Bruce Davis is the McDonald’s State Manager, Western Australia and has been working with the organisation for 15 years. Appointed to his current position two years ago when just 30 years of age, Mr. Davis was the youngest ever person to reach such a senior position with McDonald’s in the Australian group’s history.

He has a Bachelor of Business (Double Major Accounting and Business Law)from Curtin University and Executive MBA from Mount Eliza Business School (Monash).



Paul Farrell

NGIS is an Australian solution provider of special information technology to vertical sectors in domestic and international markets.

Paul Farrell is the State Manager WA and Director of the company, a position which includes management of all Asia- Pacific operations.

Mr. Farrell has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Western Australia and is one of seven IT professionals recently awarded a scholarship by IT conglomerate EDS.



Peter Fraser

Peter Fraser is General Manager and Director of Lobster Australia, part of the Kailis & France Group, a position he has held since 1995. Coming from a background in accounting with London-based media group BBC, Mr Fraser joined Kailis & France in 1988 in a role preparing monthly accounts

for its frozen and canned foods division. Over the past seven years, Lobster Australia’s production volume has risen more than four fold and Mr. Fraser has become an industry heavyweight, including board membership of the WA Fishing Industry Council.



Steven Goh

At 34 Steven Goh has spent five years as Chief Executive Officer of Sanford Limited. From an idea to a listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange that today employs 140 staff members, Mr Goh believes it takes inspiration, skill, passion and a burning desire to overcome any challenge to build something. He studied for a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia, spent two years in stockbroking before founding Sanford Securities in 1996. Mr Goh is the is the University of WA Strategic Alliance Partner 40under40 award winner.



Rohan Hardie

At age 31, Rohan Hardie has held the position of Group Accountant and General Manager – Wholesale Division for Hugall and Hoile Ltd for the past four years. Mr. Hardie has a Bachelor of Business Degree with a major in Accounting from Edith Cowan University. He started his accounting career as a freelance consultant before working in the settlements industry, and then in a business which supplied equipment to the mining and industrial sectors. Mr. Hardies’ work ethic sees him leading by example, with a passion for his work and a willingness to learn and succeed.



David Hogan

Scoop Magazine is the highest quality state based magazine in Australia. Founded, owned and managed by David Hogan, the Subiaco-based business has 12 employees and has operated for more than four years. Mr. Hogan spent most of the early nineties in Japan becoming

an Executive Recruitment Consultant, sourcing and matching local Japanese executives with international companies based in Japan. A business level Japanese language ability speaks for itself, as does a Masters of Business Administration from Murdoch University. He is also the winner of the Murdoch University Strategic Alliance Partner 40under40 award.



Andrew Horabin

Andrew Horabin is a Founding Partner, Manager and Key Presenter of multi-award winning Ovations Edu-tainment, a training and entertainment company.

With a corporate clientele as its basis, Ovations has also created Western Australia’s first and most comprehensive Personal Development Program for school students.

In 2000, Mr. Horabin was also awarded the title of Australia’s Songwriter of the Year from a field of 2500 entrants.

Mr. Horabin’s community work is largely in youth issues and with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.



Jacqui Jordan

For the past three and half years, Jacqui Jordan has run her own events management business Jacqui Jordan Events, using a wealth of experience gained in the hospitality industry to build her own business from scratch.

Before starting out on her own, Jacqui established the marketing department of Mustard Catering and had worked around the world with the Sheraton Hotel group.

Ms Jordan has a Distinction in Marketing from Edith Cowan University as well as completing post graduate studies in marketing, advertising and consumer behavior from the same institution.



Fiona Kalaf

Commonwealth Bank employee Fiona Kalaf’s role as Head of State Office sees her develop and manage the business planning process for the Bank in WA.

In 1998, Ms Kalaf developed the multi award-winning Wesfarmers Arts Sponsorship Program and in 2001 was appointed to the State Government Marketing Reference Group.

With qualifications as diverse as a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Business Administration (Advanced) from Curtin University of Technology, Ms Kalaf’s career is built on firm foundations.



Kate Main

Kate Main is the Western Australian Coordinator of the not-for-profit Australian Open Garden Scheme, owns her own landscape design company Kate’s Garden, and is the gardening presenter of Channel 7’s Nuts and Bolts program.

Holding a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia, Ms Main worked in financial services marketing before studying for a Certificate of Horticulture Studies’ at Midland TAFE.

Ms Main wins regular publicity in WA publications and says he has gained much from her involvement in television presenting.



Cameron Manifold

As Chairman, Director – Advanced Well Technologies Pty Ltd, Cameron Manifold has spent 15 years in the oil and gas industry since acquiring a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining and Petroleum) from the University of Queensland in 1985.

Mr. Manifold has spent some five years with the engineering consultancy company AWT as one of four founding partners of the business which today employs 25 people and turns over $5 million annually.

He is committed to providing the highest standards possible in terms of safety and environmental awareness in the conduct of the business.



Troy Pickard

As South Asia Area Manager for mining equipment manufacturer Metso Minerals, Troy Pickard involves the development, execution, management and evaluation of marketing related strategies and campaigns for 14 countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Pickard has a Bachelor of Business Degree from Edith Cowan University where he was heavily involved in administration as a student, including a year as ECU Student Guild president.

He is currently a councilor for the City of Stirling.



Cameron Rhodes

At 24, Cameron Rhodes became a manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewater-houseCoopers) one of the largest chartered accounting firms in the world and which he counts as amongst his most significant accomplishments. Today, Mr. Rhodes is the General Manager and Company Secretary of Great Southern Plantations Ltd and last month was also appointed a Director. A Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Mr. Rhodes manages 24 fulltime staff and is currently negotiating future contracts worth up to $2.5 billion.



Louise Roberts

Managing Director of Kicks the Fitness Club in Hillary’s, 25-year-old Louise Roberts owns and runs her own business, achieving a lifelong ambition.

Ms Roberts took over the business when it was in administration and no longer wanted by its landlord, turning it around in 18 months.

Ms Roberts has completed courses at the Australian Institute of Management and has obtained a Bachelor of Business degree from Edith Cowan University and has also served on the Fitness WA Board for two years.



Michelle Saunders

As Principal of Andersen, a global firm in professional services, Michelle Saunders supervises 50 staff in the Perth Office’s Taxation Division. During her career with Andersen, she has been involved in a wide range of accounting and taxation consulting assignments for private businesses and individuals. She also headed her division’s People Strategy Team, a role focusing on fostering a culture which encourages innovation. Ms Saunders is Finance Director of the West Australian Opera Company and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. An independant achiever, she has a strong commitment to working effectively with a team.



Nara Srinivasan

Nara Srinivasan is the Head, School of Justice and Business Law for Edith Cowan University.

After 10 years at the university, Mr Srinivasan is directing projects to: improve corporate governance in several South East Asia nations; improve aviation security standards in the ASEAN region; and to help women in SMEs in Vietnam and Indonesia.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Master of Arts (Sociology and Crime) from the University of Malaya, and a Master of Philosophy (Criminology) from Cambridge University.



Tanya Stolk

Having spent six years at Cake Box, Managing Director of the business, Tanya Stolk believes her interest in food science and food safety has helped take the business to a new level.

Ms. Stolk has spent four years as a partner and Managing Director in the company that creates and manufactures cakes, biscuits and muffins for the hospitality industry, weddings and special occasions.

Having left school at 14 to go into the food business, Tanya is currently undertaking a degree in Environmental Health at Curtin University to assist in the growth of Cake Box.



Marie Stoner

Scientific Director of Clinical Cell Culture – C3 Marie Stoner has a Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Science and Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Curtin University.

Marie believes her most significant business achievement has been to transform a small cell culture laboratory into a start-up bio-medical company.

Within one year of start-up, C3 was negotiating with international companies for worldwide licensing rights to its products. Ms Stoner is a member of several advisory committees and her work has been published in several international peer review journals.



Suzanne Strapp

For over nine years, Suzanne Strapp has directed South West Audiology and Hearing Services.

Ms Strapp founded the business in 1992 and has continued to develop it as Senior Audiologist at the Bunbury based business which has an annual turnover of more $300,000.

Her qualifications include a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and a Post Graduate Diploma in Audiology from Curtin University.

Ms Strapp has completed numerous courses and workshops and was a State Finalist for the Telstra Small Business Awards.



Andrew Thorburn

Holding a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Durham (UK), Andrew Thorburn has spent the past two years as State General Manager, Sales and Services of the Common-wealth Bank in Western Australia.

With a 10- year banking career that began in New Zealand, Mr Thorburn tries to ‘make a difference’ through having a clear vision and maintaining strong planning.

At age 34, Andrew came to WA to become the Bank’s youngest ever State General Manager. He is also a director of the Australian Direct Marketing Association.



Catherine Turner

Catherine Turner works for Jones Lang LaSalle as Marketing Manager at Forrest Chase and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City.

Having spent 11 years in the shopping centre industry, Ms Turner hopes to ensure future success for companies and retailers through her knowledge, creativity and expertise.

She also trains Jones Lang LaSalle’s marketing staff in her role as State Marketing Manager, a position she has held for six years, during which time her team have picked up a total of 26 State Property Council of Australia Marketing Awards.



John Van Der Wielen

John Van Der Wielen has a Graduate Diploma and Certificates of Management from the University of Western Australia and was the youngest State Manager Fortis/VACC insurance operations ever appointed. Now the Managing Director of St Andrew’s Insurance (Australia) Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the Bank of Scotland,

Mr. Van Der Wielen opened this new and successful insurance company in Australia during a time of consolidation in the industry. In a voluntary capacity, he developed a mutual fund to help protect consumers when motor dealerships fail.



John Wall

John Wall is the Director and Owner of L J Hooker Business Solutions.

The company in an international specialised recruitment and training franchise for L J Hooker Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Wall studied for a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing and Public Relations at Curtin University.

His professional recognition includes WA Auctioneer of the Year 1999 and 2000 and numerous other real estate and marketing awards.

Mr. Wall also has a passion for public speaking and hopes in the future to apply his techniques to arenas outside real estate.



Geoff Ward

Geoff Ward’s most significant business achievement has been leading the development and challenge of Woodside’s corporate strategy during a period of rapid growth in his role as Manager, Strategy and Planning. In this role, Geoff also played a key role in managing Woodside’s response to Shell’s takeover bid in late 2000. Mr. Ward, who holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, is responsible for the development of the company’s corporate strategy and business plan. Geoff also acted as assistant coach of the Men’s Division of the UWA Hockey Club.



David Wartzki

David Wartzki’s retail experience started in the fast food industry during high school in 1984, and it has virtually never stopped since then, aside from a few years on the suppliers’ side of the ind-ustry as product-ion manager at a wholesale clothing company. Today he owns and runs souvenir chain Aust-ralian Reflections which has five stores, a warehouse and 21 staff. An active member of the Apex Club of Perth, Mr Wartzki also contributes to many community service projects. Mr Wartzki is also the winner of the City of Perth Strategic Alliance Partner 40under40 award.



Tabitha Wellman

With a proven ability to exceed sales targets, Tabitha Wellman, Director, Business Development of Conan Group, an IT management consulting and training company is now a half owner of the company she created. Her role is focused on the development of new business in the consulting, training and IT marketing divisions, recruitment of resources, and identification of future revenue channels and the creation of business alliances. Prior to establishing Conan Group, Ms Wellman worked for another IT firm, Gartner Group, as an account manager. At 29, she was the youngest ever member elected to The WA Club Board.



Angela Whittington

Winner of the Curtin University of Technology 40under40 Award, Angela Whittington studied extensively, including a Masters of Management (Marketing). Her professional experience includes marketing work and market analysis for Hamersley Iron in Perth and Europe. With many small business achievements in horticulture, her most recent accomplishment was to purchase whitegoods retail franchise Kleenmaid Cannington, a business which turns over $5 million with just 6 employees. Prior to that, Ms Whittington was managing director of large independent wholesaler/exporter The Produce Place. Ms Whittington is also the winner of the Curtin University of Technology Strategic Alliance Partner 40under40 award.



Justin Willis

Justin Willis is a Partner and Director of Andersen Corporate Finance Limited in Perth and also chairs the firm’s national Mining & Energy Practice Group. Mr. Willis has been lead adviser in major international transactions in a mergers and acquisition capacity and has specialised in the corporate advisory field since 1985. Mr Willis has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment amongst other accreditations and is involved with the Securities Institute of Australia as a member of its WA Regional Council and National Taskforce – Finance Sector Business Unit. He is also member of the Board of Directors of the Starlight Children’s Foundation for Western Australia.



Bradley Woods

As Executive Director of the Australian Hotels Association (WA Branch), Bradley Woods values setting a good example for staff and industry and leading from the front.

Mr Woods is the high profile face of the AHA in WA, representing the commercial and political interests of the hotel and hospitality industry in Western Australia.

Mr Woods is a member of the National Expert Advisory Committee on Alcohol as the local industry representative on this national body.

He graduated from Griffith University in 1992 with a Bachelor of International Business, majoring in Economics and Industrial Relations.

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