Lark Distillery and The Origin of Australian Craft Whisky with Bill Lark

Just shy of three decades since he became the first Tasmanian to be granted a distilling licence in over 150 years, Bill Lark – the Founder of Lark Distillery – joins the program for an insightful and inspiring episode on the Australian whisky revolution and how one man on a fishing trip started it all.

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Project Development and The People with Andrew Taylor and Paul Schulte

Andrew Taylor and Paul Schulte, Co-founders of ‘thepeople_’ join the program today. 

With over 18 years in hotel development, design, investment and operations, Andrew is responsible for leading the company and overseeing capital raises. He’s a trained lawyer, the Founder & Managing Director of Cre8tive Property – a boutique hotel advisory and development business – and the previous head of development for Starwood and Mirvac – both of which were acquired by Marriott and Accor, respectively. 

Paul, who carries over two decades of experience as the owner and operator of dozens of hospitality venues, was previously a director of hospitality group, Keystone and has created market-leading human-centric concepts across Australia and the US. 

Together, by reanimating and revitalising legacy properties, they’re activating spaces in new ways, while respecting regional heritage and working with the fundamental belief that dining should be fun.  

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Deputy and Global Workforce Management with Ashik Ahmed

Ashik Ahmed’s career is devoted to building technologies that create better, more efficient organisations. In 2008, along with co-founder Steve Shelley, he started Deputy, a global workforce management platform for employee scheduling, timesheets and communication.

Today, Deputy services more than 250,000 workplaces across 120 countries and Ashik’s mission is to improve the lives of shift workers and small business owners worldwide.

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Urban List with Susannah George

Susannah George is the award winning CEO & Founder of Urban List – Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent lifestyle publisher. 

Identifying a gap in the Australian market for an independently curated city guide, Susannah built the brand from her bedroom in 2011 and has since established a platform with over three million visitors every month.

10 years later, her dedication to digital publishing has led her to be recognised with several accolades and collaborate with brands like Mercedes Benz, Bank Australia, Intrepid and Rolling Stone.

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Data-Driven Customer Engagement and SevenRooms with Joel Montaniel

Joel Montaniel is the CEO and Co-Founder of SevenRooms, a fully-integrated, data-driven guest experience platform for hospitality operators. SevenRooms is venture-backed by Amazon, Comcast Ventures and Providence Strategic Growth and has been named on Inc.‘s Best Workplaces and Forbes’ Best Startup Employers lists. The company’s clients range from independent restaurants to global enterprises including MGM Resorts, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Topgolf and Live Nation. 

Joel’s experience is wide and varied from investment banking – dealing with Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) – to global AI-powered messaging technology. 

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Kaddy and The Beverage Industry with Mike Abbott and Rich Coombes

Co-founded by high school and university mates, Rich Coombes and Mike Abbott, who have each had previous entrepreneurial successes – Rich, with Batlow Cider, Capital Brewing and Will & Co Coffee and Mike, who co-founded Uber in Australia – Kaddy, was designed to evolve the antiquated methods of ordering and payment in the beverage industry and operate as a centralised platform to connect venues and retailers – to discover, order, invoice and pay.

Following an $800,000 angel investor raise in June 2019 and launch in September, June 2020 saw the business raise another $3.5 million dollars in an oversubscribed round to ultimately list names like KTM Ventures, SpringCapital and a previous guest and friend of the show, Stevan Premutico (the founder of Dimmi and me&u) all on their cap table.

Now, having grown to over ten times the size it was pre-COVID, Kaddy is rolling out across the East Coast of Australia with significant plans for the future.

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Ovolo Hotels with Girish Jhunjhnuwala

Girish Jhunjhnuwala is the founder of Ovolo Hotels – an international hotel group with eleven designer properties across Australia, Hong Kong, and soon, Bali.

Drawing on insights gained in the watch business, prior to Ovolo and as a regular hotel guest, Girish has steered away from the traditional ‘cookie cutter’ approach (with each property having its own story, design, and touch) and demonstrates his desire for a seamless and all-inclusive experience across key customer touch points.

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Banking to Baskin-Robbins with Ben Flintoff

Long before his current role as General Manager of Baskin-Robbins, Ben Flintoff worked in small business lending with a major Australian bank and further developed his finance career with a private bank in London, establishing a strong analytical foundation that led him to a holiday resort company in Canada, winery in Queensland and cafe and catering business in Brisbane. 

Ben’s passion for food and guest satisfaction ring through as he leads his team to create unforgettable memories through ice cream.

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Proof and Company with Paul Gabie

Paul Gabie is the Co-founder and CEO of Proof & Company, one of Asia Pacific’s leading independent spirit companies.

With over nine offices across China, Singapore and Australia, Paul has established one of the most highly regarded creative teams in the bar world.

Guiding the development of countless bars across Asia, five have ranked in the World’s 100 Best Bars in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In addition to engineering and law degrees, Paul holds also an MBA from IMD, in Lausanne Switzerland.

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Squad Ink with Terry and Matthew Squadrito

Identical twin brothers, Matthew and Terry Squadrito are the co-founders of Squad Ink, a design and branding studio based in Sydney, Australia. 

Founded in 2008, Squad Ink have helped shape some of the most successful forward-thinking food and beverage, destination and wellness brands in Australia including: Archie Rose, Felons, Sofi Spritz and The Grounds of Alexandria – just to name a few. 

As one voice (almost literally, you’ll hear today), Matthew and Terry share a combined storytelling passion that stems from a childhood learning of their rich Italian heritage, its food and culture.

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