MENTORING WITH MEANING

MENTOR BIOGRAPHIES

Alpa Patel
Lawyer
Sajen Legal

Alpa is a lawyer practicing in the Business and Corporate Law team. Alpa attends to all matters of a business and commercial nature. Her focus is on corporate structuring, restructuring, asset protection, corporate governance, business transactions, retail and commercial leases, trademarks, intellectual property, partnerships as well as mergers and acquisitions. She is highly experienced after having successfully operated businesses in both Australia and New Zealand.

Alpa completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor Bio Medical Science, at Victoria University of Wellington and is member of the New Zealand Law Society. Alpa has admission in both New Zealand and the Supreme Court of Queensland. Alpa is also a proud member of the Queensland Law Society. Prior to joining Sajen Legal, she worked at a private law firm in Wellington, advising on matters related to commercial, property, trust and estates. Alpa also has in-house litigation experience from working in the public sector.

Alpa has a vast knowledge of business practice and always tries to find practical solutions for clients.

She enjoys fine art and spending time with family and friends.

Antonia Gapes
Associate Advisor
Patersons Securities Limited

I respect that clients have worked hard for their income and through attentive client service; I aim to ensure that clients’ portfolios are achieving their goals and building their wealth. I provide tailored information to clients based on their personal level of interest in the market. I am always working to minimise financial stress for my clients to ensure they are in the best possible financial position as they journey through life. I enjoy working with first time investors, established SMSF and those somewhere in-between.

Sandy Riba
Owner Manager
RibaKasteel Chartered Accountants

Sandy Riba is a qualified accountant who has worked in public practice for more than 20 years.

Managing her own accounting practice and making a significant contribution to small business locally, has been a major life-long business goal.

Sandy, with her business partner, launched RibaKasteel Chartered Accountants in Maroochydore five
years ago, determined to start an accountancy practice that could provide personal support and guidance to clients, changing their view of the relationship with their accountant.

Starting a business from scratch while raising two children requires courage and determination. Together with Sandy’s business partner, they created a successful business on a marketing spend of less than $500 in the first year. Sandy knows what makes a business successful, and is very pleased to share her knowledge to make a difference.

The firm grew quickly specialising in the medical and allied health, legal and professional services sectors. Sandy attributes this growth to their affordable fixed fee packages, and working closely with small business owners helping them overcome the challenges in their business, and coaching them on how to keep better control of their business finances.

Linda Ireland
Owner Manager
Mortgage Choice

Linda first joined Mortgage Choice in 2004 as a franchisee after being out of university for 1 year having completed her Bachelor of Business. She had been investing in property since she was 18 and has had a strong interest in property investment, property development, finance and business ever since.

Linda’s Mortgage Choice franchise was the fastest growing Mortgage Choice in history at the time of its opening and has been in the top 10 in Australia from its inception and is a multi-award winning business at an industry level.

In 2009 Linda started up a sister company, an administration support business with her husband that supports other brokers across Australia called Insight Processing. Insight Processing not only offers support to Mortgage Choice franchisees but other broker groups nationwide. Linda prides herself on being an advocate for the entire broker community and the importance that the broker role plays.

In 2013 Linda expanded the Insight business to a licensee model which now supports a large community of women that are able to work from home and drive very successful, flexible businesses across Australia and an even larger broker community that use their services.

Due to Matt and Linda’s strengths in systems and processes they developed a software program that their head broker group, Mortgage Choice Pty Ltd purchased back in 2014. Their software and systems are now integrated in to the Mortgage Choice Franchise model.

This journey hasn’t been without it’s challenges and steep learning curves but Linda attributes her success to a strong commitment to her industry and the people she works for and with.

This journey hasn’t been without it’s challenges and steep learning curves but Linda attributes her success to a strong commitment to her industry and the people she works for and with.

Linda holds a Diploma in financial Services (Financial Planning) as part of her ongoing love of study and works with other small businesses mentoring, consulting and speaking.

Rosanna Natoli
Channel 7

News is a very big part of Rosanna Natoli’s life and it has always been. She wanted to be involved in television news since she was a young girl.

“I love the adrenalin rush of a late breaking story. Whether it’s a hard hitting exclusive or heart wrenching story, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of news writing.

“People are always stopping me in the street to talk about the news. They are fascinated by it,” Rosanna said. “It’s obviously important to them.”

She has a Bachelor of Science, majoring in psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Communication – Journalism. Rosanna achieved excellent results.

She began working as a journalist for Sunshine Television News (now Seven Local News) in Bundaberg, then Maryborough, before gaining a position in Maroochydore. There she became a presenter.

She also teaches at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Journalism. Her students love her hands-on approach and the way she weaves her experience into her workshops.

Dr Brenda Jamnik
Organisational Change and Development Pty Ltd

Dr Brenda Jamnik’s experience encompasses working with leading national and international companies as well as government organisations to identify and achieve their future business needs.

She achieves this by facilitating, developing and implementing strategies to build and strengthen their human, systems and relationship capabilities and financial and intellectual capital through cultural and organisational change and relationship development.

The diversity of Brenda’s assignments range from providing advice and recommendations on community initiatives as member of advisory councils to the Ministers for Business and Women; assessing the reason for global fragmentation and providing recommendations to the United Nations and being invited to speak nationally and internationally (Asia, Europe, America, South America) on Leadership and Leadership development.

As a Leadership specialist, Brenda also supports businesses to develop their skills and assists them in identifying and achieving their strategic goals. Some of the businesses include ANZ Bank, Whites IGA, Huds and Toke and Suite 3. In a voluntary capacity she also mentors five Business owners, as well as University students and is the Chair of the Professional Development committee of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network.

Brenda has recently developed a strategic partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast Global Projects Development International Projects Group to make a positive difference to the lives of people in developing countries through capacity building. Recent projects include developing the competency based training framework or Indonesia, capacity building of Papua Early Childhood educators to optimise the use of minimal resources and increasing the skills of Entrepreneurs in PNG to have a positive multiplier impact on the jobs and PNG economy.

Tim Eldridge
Eldridge Marketing Pty Ltd

Tim helps businesses design their narratives.

A well-designed narrative makes it easier for executives to create sales and marketing tools to build their brands and businesses. It also gives employees more clarity about what they are there to do and guides CEO’s on their approach to public speaking. If you lead a business that is having difficulty getting its message across, or your story needs a tune-up, Tim can help.

The people who develop logos, websites, advertising, social media support, exhibition stands, collateral materials and other marketing tools love clients with a clear and compelling story to tell. If you are one of these talented people and your client doesn’t have a clear and compelling story, Tim may be of some help to you too.

Tim has a holistic view of Business Narrative Design™. He doesn’t just think about the value propositions for products and services – his ten-point ‘Topic Planner’ helps business leaders map, align and integrate all of the chapters in their firm’s story from manifesto to messaging and beyond.

Before becoming a freelance business narrative designer, Tim worked in the corporate world. He spent 23 years with two of the world’s biggest advertising agencies – Saatchi & Saatchi, and Ogilvy & Mather. He feels privileged to have worked with some of the world’s best-known brands and businesses such as Procter and Gamble, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Delta Air Lines, Schweppes, Danone Groupe’s Amoy, Haymarket Publishing, Mitsubishi Motors and many other great firms.

Tim was born and raised in rural England and has travelled all over the world. He lived in London, Hong Kong and New York before moving to Australia. Tim is a Fellow member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Marketing, holds a Diploma in Marketing from the same institution, and has a B.A.(Honours) Business Studies with a marketing major.