Four entrepreneurs who have built hugely successful businesses right here on the Gold Coast will share their insights at the YP Gold Coast Entrepreneurs Lunch this Friday afternoon.
Simon Beard – CEO and Founder of global streetwear brand Culture Kings, Mike Kellett – former bodybuilder and founder of health food company Macro Mike, Michelle Doherty – founder of international skincare brand Alpha-H, and Aimee Engelmann – CEO & Founder of Australia’s premier outsourcing specialist Beepo, have been announced as the panellists for the third annual event, which will be held at Edgewater Dining this Friday, 1 March.
Attendees will hear how each of the four panellists transformed their vision into reality and built multi-million dollar businesses from the ground up.
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Here is a brief bio about each of the panellists:
Fresh out of high school and working at Carrara Markets, Simon Beard probably wouldn’t have believed you if you said his future customers would include Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky and Cristiano Ronaldo. But an entrepreneurial spirit was sparked selling Schoolies merchandise on the Gold Coast, and before too long, Simon and wife Tahnee were establishing a business that would go on to become one of the world’s most renowned streetwear brands. The couple started Culture Kings in 2008 with a humble shopfront on the Gold Coast, which a decade later has exploded into a primarily e-commerce business with a VIP client base that includes some of the biggest names in music and sport. The company employs 500 people and operates eight shopfronts across the country.
After dealing with his own personal digestive issues for years, Mike Kellett began exploring and testing a range of plant-based, macro and allergy-friendly whole food recipes and quickly discovered a gap in the market. Following a $10,000 personal investment into the business, Macro Mike was born. Macro Mike has become a pioneer in the health food industry, and has experienced rapid growth, expanding from two products to over 50 in less than two years, stocking in 500 stores nation-wide and through its e-commerce store.
After struggling with chronic cystic acne throughout most of her teenage years and 20s, Michelle Doherty was introduced to Alpha-H when the brand was in its infancy. Within days of using the range she saw immediate and sustained visible improvements. She fell in love with the brand so much, that soon after she quit her job and bought the company. Over 20 years later, Alpha-H is now a globally-recognised brand, stocked in over 25 countries. In 1995, the range consisted of just four products – today there are over 60 products in the Alpha-H range. The resurfacing treatment Liquid Gold is regarded as a “cult” beauty product, with two bottles sold every minute of every hour.
An increasing need to outsource elements of her own work to Asia is what encouraged Aimee Engelmann to start Beepo – a premium outsourcing business that connects local companies to offshore providers, who deliver everything from payroll services to graphic design. With 400 staff across Australia and the Philippines, and a client base spanning Australia, New Zealand, US, Asia and Europe, Aimee has plans to capitalise on the booming trend of offshoring, and grow her staff to 5000 in the next five years.
For more information on the YP Gold Coast Entrepreneurs Lunch, or to buy tickets, visit: ypgc.com.au/