Tony Romano is a retired senior executive of the Western Australian branch of the Bank of Queensland, after it was merged with Home Building Society and State West Credit. He had worked for over 35 years in the financial services sector. He currently works as a real estate agent and business broker for a property company. He is also a councillor for the City of Cockburn, Chairman of the South Metropolitan Regional Council and a board member of the Western Australian Local Government Association. Tony is the director of two private companies and involved in many other industry and community roles, including being the President of the Melville Cockburn Chamber of Commerce.
Dr Paull Weber
Paull is a senior lecturer and researcher at Curtin University of Technology in small business and entrepreneurship. He has 20 years of experience in Relationship Management (banking) and 9 years of tertiary teaching experience in the fields of Marketing Principles, Marketing Communications, Services Marketing, Small Business Management, Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Curtin University. He is an active researcher in small business management with special interests in small business benchmarking, performance measurement, owner work-life balance, effective entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial creativity, business incubation, industry clusters, not for profit stakeholder analysis and mature aged entrepreneurship.
Tony has run his own accounting and tax practice for 38 years until his retirement in 2011. He is a former Fellow of the Australian Society of Practicing Accountants (FCPA) and a former Chartered Secretary (FCIS). He served as a Councillor for the City of Melville from 1984 to 2011. He still serves on many community boards and committees.
John is a long time Fremantle resident and councillor at the City of Fremantle. John is the principle of his own real estate business and has been a Justice of the Peace for over 12 years, recently being appointed as President of the Fremantle branch of the JP Association. John has participated in a number of community boards and committees.
KIC is an industry association with the very large companies operating in the Kwinana Industrial Area as its full members. There are another 35 companies holding associate member status. The members are responsible for around $16 billion into the Western Australian economy. My job is to lobby in their collegiate interest, manage relationships with local, State and federal government ministers and public servants, maintain relationships with the nearby community groups, respond to government policy change.
Lisa Reed is a business consultant, workshop facilitator, coach, mentor, business speaker and author. Lisa provides strategic and operational business advice and guidance to corporate managers, business owners, and valued employees. She works with managers & teams across all sizes of business – from publicly listed to privately owned. Her business advice is well-credentialed (B.Comm, MBA, CPA, IIAA) and she draws from an experience base across Management, Marketing, Sales, Accounting & Finance, Procurement, Business Improvement, HR, Governance & Internal Audit disciplines. She leads a team of 7 independent small business specialists collaborating as Achieve More Online who have contributed more than $500k of in-kind professional services to WA’s SME community since 2010