Simon Flowers is a Principal of LBW Business + Wealth Advisors dealing with Taxation, business advisory and superannuation matters. He is a fellow of CPA Australia, Chartered Tax Advisor with TIA, Affiliate member of CNAAZ, Member of NTAA and an Authorised Representative of Lonsdale Financial Group Ltd. Simon has been a Principal of LBW for over 10 years and prior to joining LBW was a manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Melbourne. Simon has been involved in the judging of the Geelong Business Excellence Awards for the past 11 years (5 as Chairman of the judging panel). He has also been a member of CPA Victorian Public Practice Committee (including Chair), a past member of the ASIC Business Advisory Committee, past member and past chair of the CPA VICPAC taskforce and has represented CPA Australia at ATO meetings. He has also presented at CPA events on tax and superannuation matters. Simon is currently a CPA Quality Assurance reviewer with CPA Australia. Simon has a Bachelor of Business from Deakin, Diploma of Superannuation Management, Diploma of Financial Planning and Maters of Tax through University of Melbourne.
Anita Trengrove - Barwon Timber
Professor Barry Cooper - Deakin Business School
Barry J Cooper is Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean - Engagement in the Deakin Business School at Deakin University. He has previously been Head of the Accounting Schools at Hong Kong Polytechnic (1987 – 1991) and RMIT University (1993 – 1997) and also National Director – Member Services of CPA Australia (1998 – 2000). He returned to RMIT University in 2001 before moving to Deakin University in 2007, becoming Head of School (2010 - 2014) before taking on the Associate Dean role in 2015. Barry is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the global accounting body, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He is also a former member of Council and Past Global President of the ACCA, an international professional accounting body with over 200,000 members. During his career, Barry has also worked in chartered accounting and run small businesses in building and agriculture.
Bill Winter - Business Advisor
Bill Winter is an experienced and respected family business advisor, strategic planning workshop facilitator, private company director, past business owner, NFP board member and chairman of a round table of regional business owners. Bill sits on family business boards as an external advisor. His background includes business ownership, corporate CEO, private company interim CEO, dispute mediator and a listed mentor at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is vice Chairman of the Food & Agribusiness Network G21 Region and is Chairman of the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce National business awards. He always encourages private business owners to enter business awards as it enables them to better understand their purpose and future vision. He is a facilitator for Business planning workshop at Small Business Victoria and has presented throughout regional Victoria.
Daryl Starkey - Starkey Leadership Services
Daryl has held various CEO roles in not for profit organisations over 25 years including 15 years as CEO of Karingal (now genU).
Currently Daryl is Deputy Chair of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network Regional Integrated Council, an advisor to a private equity company, a leadership mentor, a judge for the Geelong Business Excellence Awards and a Board member of Bethany Community Support and also the Rotary Club of Geelong.
Jason Butcher - Arthur Reed Photos
Jessica Cotter - VIVA Energy Australia
Jodie Dunn - Envisage HR Solutions
Jodie Dunn, Director and Principal HR Consultant of Envisage HR Solutions, has over twenty years of HR / Management and Recruitment experience in various Senior HR, Consulting, Management, Advisory and Recruitment Management roles. Jodie’s philosophy is simple. She is passionate about People. She is a well-qualified, experienced, and business focused professional with a proven ability to mentor, coach and drive optimal performance and productivity of a team at an operational and strategic level. Jodie works closely with her clients on Retention Strategies, HR Audits, DiSC Profiling, Organisational Restructures, Employee Engagement Surveys, Performance Reviews, Career Progression Plans, Workforce Strategies, Developing HR Strategies, Performance Management Strategies, Improving Culture, Leadership Mentoring and Coaching and Recruitment to name a few. Jodie has led many successful teams, and combined with her HR, Leadership and Recruitment Consulting skills, guarantees her clients receive wide ranging HR Services.
Keelie Hamilton - The Gordon
Nicola Wojcik - WorkSafe
Paul Gray - Harwood Andrews
Paul brings experiences as in-house counsel, private legal advisor and business owner to his role as a Principal Lawyer with Hardwood Andrews. He has previously managed the legal function for Telstra’s marketing and media portfolio, enterprise and government sales and legal technology transformation. Before that, he managed a heady mix of operational and strategic matters as the inaugural manager of a start-up sports engineering business with operations across Asia, Europe and North America. Aligning with his philosophy that good professional advice can be transformative to business, being involved with the Geelong Business Excellence Awards provides an opportunity to celebrate the talent and hard work that enable businesses to grow from good to great.
Tez Kemp - La Madre Bakery
Tez Kemp is the managing director and owner of La Madre Bakery, a supplier of award winning artisan breads and pastries to the hospitality industry since 2003. In 2018, Tez and his team at La Madre undertook one of the largest relocations of an artisan bakery in Australia with the entire operation moved to a purpose built state of the art facility in South Geelong. Prior to taking the helm at La Madre, Tez was based in London where he spent ten years in Sports Marketing representing blue chip brands McDonald’s, Hyundai, MasterCard and Emirates in Europe, Middle East and South Korea. A three-time category winner, La Madre was inducted into the GBEA Hall of Fame in 2013. Tez has been on the GBEA judging panel since 2015.
Tina Perfrement - City of Greater Geelong
Tony Spence - Prestige Jayco
Glenda Dowling - Barwon Disability Resource Council
Glenda Dowling has over 18 years’ experience at Barwon Disability Resource Council (BDRC) involved in access issues and was formerly involved in the event industry. Glenda has been a key team member of the then BDRC/Alcoa Access Awards and assisted development of a model for accessible event organisation. Glenda’s access work has also included assistance for business and compilation of BDRC/City of Greater Geelong’s Access Map and Mobility Directories.
Justin Dry - Vinomofo: Co-Founder and CEO
Justin Dry is an Entrepreneur, Investor and Co-Founder + CEO of Vinomofo, one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies.
Launched in April 2011 from a little garage in Adelaide, Vinomofo now operates in Australia, NZ and Singapore where it has grown quickly to over $50m in annual revenue, 500,000 members, and a team of 100.
Winners of Fastest Growing Company at the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 Awards 2013, Online Business of the Year at the Australian Startup Awards 2014, Best Startup at the SmartCompany Startup Awards 2014, Online Retailer of the Year 2015 at the ORIA’s, Telstra Business of the Year - Victorian Telstra Business Awards 2016, Hot Innovator 2017 at the Power Retail awards and Hottest Aussie Online Retailer and Ecommerce Company of the Year in 2018, Vinomofo is focused on expanding globally in 2018. Justin is a proven game-changer in the wine industry, taking on retail giants and challenging the ‘Bowties and BS’ attitudes of elitist wine snobs.
Awarded Spotify Young Entrepreneur of the Year at The Australian Startup Awards, Justin is a BRW Young Rich Lister and has been named one of the Top 50 People in E-Commerce 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Internet Retailing.
Justin is a regular on TV and radio shows which have included Squawk Box - CNBC Asia, Bloomberg Asia, Sky News Business, The Business - ABC, Channel 9 News, Insight – SBS, The Entrepreneurs Show – Sky Business and was one of the stars of the film ‘The New Hustle’ – a feature-length documentary that follows the personal journey of three of Australia's most successful startups.
Outside of his business endeavours, Justin is a self-confessed wine nerd and islomaniac.