True Business Stories

True Business Stories

Fantastic stories and insights from business leaders

Episodes

April 18, 2024 33 mins

James has had a long career in agriculture running both chicken and duck processing businesses. He now runs his own consultancy and is working as an advisor to WrkPod - his sons business in the Philippines.   

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Nat has a great story on how he has become the driving force for development change in Geelong as the Director of Urbis Geelong. Nat is passionate about what he does and where he lives.

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Jennifer is the CEO of the Geelong Manufacturing Council. Jennifer has had wide experience across Australia and Asia and is passionate about the potential for new and innovative manufacturing businesses.

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March 29, 2024 29 mins

Carmel is the founder and Director of the Proven Group,   https://theprovengroup.com.au/  that like so many businesses started at the kitchen table.  Carmen has grown from writing resumes to providing a full spread of HR services across Victoria and wider. A great story.

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Nadja has a great story starting with growing up in East Germany and taking a Gap Year to see Australia and stayed.  A career through news paper media has led her across the country to Geelong and she is now the Editor of Geelong Advertiser. A really interesting story. 
https://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/ 

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Michael wanted to be an architect but ended up starting a computer science degree and ended up joining Gartland as a commercial property trainee agent. The rest is history. Michael has taken Gartland https://www.gartland.com.au/  forward including launching a digital marketing agency   https://www.affiliatestudios.com.au/

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March 8, 2024 34 mins

Lisa Sweeney as the CEO of Business in Heels is all about championing women in business and life. Lisa started her career with a degree in agriculture but then moved into retail in store operations and then buying women's fashion. 
Lisa has taken https://businessinheels.com/ to new heights with a passion that is evident in this pod cast.

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March 1, 2024 26 mins

Fi started her career as a nurse, this plus being involved in health boards, led to her quest to better understand governance and to the founding of Govern With  https://governwith.com/ 
Fi is not only an incredibly smart and articulate person but her passion for good governance and her governance tools are a must for any board.

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True Business Stories has chatted with over 70 business owners and leaders over the last year or so. We have loved learning about so many businesses. In this the wrap for the year we highlight the key learnings that we have gained and are relevant to businesses.

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Bill Winter is the founder and other half of True Business Stories. He has a wealth of experience in running his own businesses and being a non - executive director.  Bill is on a path of continual learning and loves working with family businesses to help them meet their goals.

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November 24, 2023 27 mins

Aaron Finch runs DirectBor, that was started by his Grand father with a small boring machine. He now deals with major drilling contracts as the leader in boring.  DirectBor was the winner of the Business of the Year for the Geelong Business Excellence Awards in 2023. 
A great story, sitting under our noses, here in Geelong.

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November 17, 2023 25 mins

Jarod has always had a passion about design and building and this path has now taken him to being the Director for the Plan Group delivering on exciting projects across Geelong and Ballarat.

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Mathew has gone from playing brass instruments with the Salvation Army to being an Associate Director for KPMG in their new office in Geelong. Matthew has a passion for Geelong and is the driver behind the Economic Blueprint for Geelong.

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Rachel Patterson was appointed General Manager of Geelong Broadcasters in January 2023, after a long career in radio. Geelong Broadcaster keep us informed and entertained via Bay 93.9FM and K Rock.  Rachel would be one of the nicest people you could ever meet. Enjoy listening.

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October 27, 2023 32 mins

Kody Thompson has a fascinating story.  Raised in Country Victoria and starting out as a youth Pastor, Kody has used his passion and values to create an outstanding business in the Philippines. Enjoy listening to his journey. 

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October 20, 2023 25 mins

As one half of the True Business Stories podcast team, Bill Winter wanted to do a more thorough interview. Mark grew up in India and has had a long retail career and now enjoys helping other businesses.  

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October 13, 2023 28 mins

Xavier grew up on the family farm and then headed off over seas to travel and work in  many different industries. He came back to farming and his desire to ensure his practices are sustainable has led to his free range chicken business. A story of determination and passion.

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Gail has had a great journey working across roles in many well known brands in business and aviation. Gail now runs the Geelong Community Foundation and brilliant concept that through sound investment of donations and bequeaths can make grants to help the community.

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September 29, 2023 29 mins

Tim found him self in his early twenties thrust into running the family business due to the poor health of his Father. Tim has a great story of making every opportunity to learn and recognising he needs to reach out to others to help him self grow.

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September 22, 2023 31 mins

Lyndal has had a fascinating journey as a teacher across a wide range of roles in schools and business and across the world. Her quest to make learning accessible for all has led to her own business making engaging, inclusive and accessible learning design outcomes for businesses, not-for-profit and government organisations. 

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