The people who make everything happen
Our management team consists of an elected committee who are all volunteers and two employed office staff. The committee is responsible for governance and strategic direction while Radi and Melanie in the office handle all day-to-day activities such as answering membership enquiries and attending to the endless details involved in organising and publicising our events.
I like socialising. I always have, I always will. I love interacting with people and getting to know their stories. I am a ‘tell you how it is’ kinda guy who likes to get straight to the point without all the fluff! I enjoy problem solving & growing businesses with digital marketing. I run regular talks, workshops and meetups on Google, Social Media and all things Digital Marketing. I live in Perth, Western Australia, enjoy wine, food and the sun.I’m the founder and director of Concise Digital a 35 strong team of digital marketers. The WSBA has a passionate group of people behind it, all of whom are small business owners themselves, and with them, I look forward to helping other small businesses in the Perth Western Suburbs grow their businesses and networks.
I joined in 2007 and became a committee member soon afterwards. I’m extremely proud to have been involved in our transformation from the Subiaco Business Association into the force we are today. The journey has been personally rewarding and serving on the committee is a great way to give something back to the community while networking with other professionals. As a strong believer in the importance of long-term business relationships, I gain great satisfaction from the way WSBA attracts and holds so many members and helps them connect with each other.
CBSW Tax & Business
My accounting firm joined in 2013 with the aim of finding new clients. It was a smart decision that has paid commercial dividends. What has especially appealed is that we meet high-calibre people who come from diverse industries and represent everything from start-ups to established companies. We’re also very impressed with the quality and frequency of events and WSBA’s community feeling. The way members relate to each other fits perfectly with my philosophy of creating real working partnerships with clients, something I know other members also aspire to achieve.
My law firm joined WSBA as an Alliance Partner because we could see the huge potential benefit of a business association with a Western Suburbs focus. I quickly realised it was well-run, well-organised and had a leadership group that would make a membership worthwhile. So much so, that I decided to join the committee. Everyone in business has a million demands on their time, so choosing one organisation out of the many available businesses, professional and networking groups is an important decision. Choosing WSBA was the right decision for me.
As the Director of my own PR agency, a passion for supporting other business owners has been integral to my success. Streamlining how a business presents to potential clients—utilising social media, showcasing an event or expansion, clarifying marketing strategies—is ever-changing in today’s market. For some, the process can prove confusing. The good news is this fascinating field is my area of expertise, and aligning myself with other business owners is something that’s always been important to me. Networking with like-minded professionals, celebrating the power of collaboration: these are fundamental aspects of ensuring a sustained professional presence, and continued competitive advantage.
Successful business is not a solo endeavour. I feel the WSBA understands and celebrates this belief by creating situations that are enjoyable, while also providing and cultivating priceless connections within the local business community.
My hope is to bring a fresh and vibrant approach to the committee. A unique perspective that will benefit members in many ways. We must take advantage of every opportunity to promote ourselves online and offline. Face-to-face contact with other business owners is still fundamental to securing and facilitating productive relationships. Most importantly, we must be open to the idea of assisting each other. Together, as a thriving professional collective, we can grow our companies in ways that may have seemed unimaginable when trying to move forward alone. Whatever your industry, let’s do this!
Having been a member of WSBA for a number of years I felt it was time I gave back to the Association by joining the Committee. The fellow members of the committee are all passionate small business owners and their stories are quite inspiring. But they are not alone. They are just a small sample of the many wonderful members of the WSBA.
Connecting, collaborating and supporting other business owners in the WSBA is why I have joined the committee. I hope we continue that work and to grow the WSBA into an even bigger network and provide further opportunities to support small business in the Western Suburbs.
The Brand Foundry
Living and working in the Western Suburbs, I originally joined WSBA in 2020 to get to know like-minded business owners in my neighbourhood. I now want to support other WSBA members, and hope I can give back to the community by supporting others the same way I have been supported whilst growing my own branding agency, The Brand Foundry. Throughout my career, I have managed and designed for breakthrough brands – so I’ve always been in the business of helping other businesses succeed. The moment I joined WSBA I felt a warm and welcoming energy, and I knew I was in the right place. I’m enjoying meeting new members at every WSBA event! Growing my own business has been the most fulfilling experience I’ve had, and I’m only getting started! Otherwise, what can I say… I’m French-Canadian, I love fitness and healthy food.
As a long term resident and having worked in Subiaco for many years, including, owning a gorgeous small business, I am passionate about my ‘hood’ so the opportunity to join the WSBA was irresistible. I believe the cornerstone of success is great service and connecting with like minded & positive people with a mutual vision to create genuine and collaborative relationships. I found that matching philosophy, with the WSBA committee. They are warm, positive, engaged and genuinely care about growth and business success within the Western suburbs. As the old adage goes, so often, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, in my personal experience it’s always peppered with a little bit of each. Through our events program, I relish the opportunity to assist in building awesome collaborative connections and to support your business within our talented, diverse member & guest community. Who doesn’t love a good party? I look forward to welcoming you to one of our networking events very soon.