Beach Business Breakfast Show

Podcast interviews with our members

We bring you real life examples of what worked in business and marketing, the hits, and what didn’t work so well, the misses. We ask questions like: how did you get your first customer, why did you start a business, what do you do that makes clients keep coming back to you, whats a day in the life of your business and more.

Interviews are hosted at the Merewether Surf Life Saving Club by Dave of Ownright Finance and Jez of Jezweb.

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S7 E7 – Faith of Foccale Safety Management

Faith has had first hand experience of the potential dangers in a manual handling workplace and has worked in a variety of businesses including textiles and manufacturing. When Faith emigrated to Australia to she began working at a cotton gin and from there her interest in safety and the consequences of safety processes in the […]

S7 E6 – Jenny of Kaleidaskin

Jenny founded Kaleidaskin which is a skin clinic that specialises in Anti-aging, Pigmentation, Acne of all levels, Acne scaring, Stretch Mark Reduction and Permanent Hair Removal and Tattoo Removal. With over 30 years in the skin care business she can provide knowledgeable advise for your skin problems. Jenny continues to pursue further education at University […]

S7 E5 – George of Send Out Cards

Today George is the host of the daily Merewether surf report but he grew up in Africa where he spent his formative years where he found a love of surfing. In 1981 he decided Australia would be the best place to move to because of the lifestyle and beaches. Importantly at the time Newcastle was […]

S7 E4 – Gav of Newcastle Insurance Group

Gav travelled once he was free to do so through out he world, eventually taking up a job offer in Auckland, New Zealand with a retail insurance agency and met his wife. As time progressed he decided to return to Australia and work in insurance for high net worth clients homes and vehicles in Sydney. […]

S7 E3 – Kellen of Fortune Property Finder

Kellen grew up in Perth, Western Australia and studied a business and marketing degree at the University of Western Australia. After more than a decade of working in higher education for international students Kellen took an opportunity to move to Newcastle to further her work. As her familiarity with Newcastle and the property market and […]

S7 E2 – Elaine of Unravelling Red Tape

Elaine grew up in Newcastle, Merewether and has spent much of her career in the capitals of Australia. With her education beginning at the University of Queensland followed by time working with the tax office and government in Brisbane, Sydney, France, Luxembourg, the European Commission in Brussels and Australian Government in Canberra Australia. The best […]

S7 E1 – Margaret of Yoga at Merewether

Margaret moved her life from the Chicago to Australia and married surf club president Nick on Merewether Beach. Margaret brought her enthusiasm for fitness and yoga with her to the sun soaked beaches of Newcastle. Margaret along with David and other members of the Merewether Surf Life Saving Club founded Yoga at Merewether; a thriving […]

S6 E1 – Paul of Drop Bear Collective

Paul Kitney recently established his creative agency in Australia and has a digital business card startup. The Drop Bear Collective was founded in mid-2017 in Newcastle, NSW Australia, by Paul to showcase his interactive Digital Business Cards (DBCs), which are now also fondly referred to as Drop Bear Cards (DBCs) or Drop Cards for short.

S5E5 – Kate of Rollercoaster Parents Network

They say life is a rollercoaster. Well parenting sure can be too. Kate helps parents and kids that are having trouble communicating and getting along to find purpose, direction and function as a family. Kate established Rollercoaster Parents Network, we find out why and what motivates her. Play this episode now below and subscribe on […]

S5E4 – Nathan of Safe Hands Property Management

Nathan took his move to Newcastle seriously and marketed himself to local real estate agents, found the one that fit him and enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to be part of Safe Hands Property Management and PRD. Play this episode now below and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.

S5E3 – Callan of AdorantiBell

Callan is an Accountant at AdorantiBell Accountants. We avoided the accountant jokes and chat about social media posting, networking and a conversational approach to marketing communications including a rugby club sponsorship and why they embraced that opportunity. Play this episode now below and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.

S5E2 – Susie of Juice Plus and Divorce Mentor

Dave and Jez catch up with Susie has a depth of expertise in hospitality and has become a life coach as Divorce Mentor and is actively marketing Juice Plus products. Play this episode now below and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.

S5E1 Mel – Love Parenting

Air BnB host and parenting problem solver, Mel helps create space for parents to slow down and reflect on what they want for their family, then gear them up to go out and create it! Join Dave and Jez as we find out how Mel arrived at her exciting new business venture, Love Parenting. Play this […]

S3E3 – ACN with Lyn

ACN is the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications and essential services including Home & Business Phone, Mobile, Broadband Internet, Digital Phone Services and video phones, Energy, and Home & Business Security. ACN’s successful past and promising future have not gone unnoticed. The company has been featured in a variety of highly respected business publications […]

S3E2 – Test and Tag with Jim

Your safety is the business of Jim’s Test & Tag. They will not compromise your safety and of your business. They work to reduce the risk and improve your business compliance through effective hazard identification and creation of credible OHS records. They take your worry out of remembering to stay compliant. These following are the […]

S3E1 – Create a Transformation in your Business with Melanie

Melanie Nicholson grew up in Brisbane. When she was 17, she joined the Air Force for six years. She did logistics and physical work while in the Air Force. The reason she joined the Air Force was because she wanted to have an adventure and she also got inspired by the movie Top Gun. Melanie […]

S4E5 – Funda Business Credit Solutions with Nathan

Before Funda, Nathan was a heavy vehicle technician. After that, he went doing his own business. He ran a heavy equipment business for 10 years but later passed it on to another family member. Afterward, he finally got into Funda. Funda Custom Credit Solutions is a finance company in Newcastle, New South Wales. It offers innovative and […]

S4E4 – Be Efficient with Gavin Monument

Gavin Monument is a Process Improvement Consultant with a strong engineering background in both motorsport and rail industries. Having spent 30 years working for the McLaren Formula 1 Team and later seven years with a freight locomotive manufacturer as a Lean Continuous Improvement Engineer, he has built up a wealth of knowledge in both light […]

S4E3 – Design your Kitchens with Shane

Shane is a freelance kitchen designer. He has been in the kitchen for more than 20 years. He went into a management career with McDonald’s at Edgeworth and by the age of 21, he became the restaurant manager. He did not realize that he’s already been doing kitchen designing for most of the time. With […]

S4E2 – Rock ‘n Roll like it’s the 50s with Debbie and Talia

Debbie Ray is a rock ‘n roll 50s-style dance teacher. She’s been doing this for 10 years already. Before she ventured into teaching, she was from Muswellbrook doing clerical works in an office. When asked about her transition from clerical works to a dance teacher, she said she has been dancing her whole life, she […]

S4E1 – Throw out old paper checklist with Chris of Paperworks

More than bookkeeping; Chris is helping businesses save time and improve accuracy using systems like Formitize to turn old paper forms into dynamic digital forms for tablet use. Chris founded Paperworks to help small businesses with their bookkeeping and he has widened the service scope to include customer database crm setup, admin support, sales support and […]

S2E8 – Carol of Isagenix

Carol has had something of a health revitalisation and she has considerable enthusiasm for the Isagenix range of products. We probe for some understanding of how Carol found her way to the business opportunity and referrals to find clients.

S2E7 – Martin of Martin Sully Design

Martin has a lot of experience in print and graphic design as well as his photography. It was quite interesting to find out something of his past work and to understand the potential benefits of having your photographer also your designer.

S2E6 – Rob of Inner City Winemakers

Creating a cultural hub and social space for wine and cheese tasting in Newcastle city is both bold and visionary. Though the Hunter Valley is full of cellar doors, vineyards, restaurants and everything a foodie could wish for there are far fewer such options in the city. Rob has established a true destination with vip […]

S2E5 – Tony of East Coast Independent Property Inspections

Tony has the independence to run his own business and yet still has many benefits that come with a franchise type of structure. There are many potential worries when buying or selling a home and increasingly he finds that providing a factual and completely independent report to a vendor gives them the opportunity to remedy […]

S2E4 – Rosemary from Old George & Dragon Offices

Having worked in and run businesses in hospitality Rosemary saw an opportunity to convert her guesthouse accommodation to shared serviced offices in East Maitland, Australia. It is a growing region with many new residents and businesses being established and with an ideal location situated within a few minutes walk of coffee shops, cafes and transport […]

S2E3 – Tracey of Beresfield Golf Course

Relying on just dedicated golfers to grow the social side of a golf club would not be a recipe for success. Fortunately, Tracey and her husband have many years experience in attracting non-traditional golfers to participate in sports at a golf course. Innovations include the foot golf, played with soccer balls, and the mini-golf that […]

S2E2 – Emily of Rumble Social Media

Handling customer feedback on social media, encouraging sharing of positive experience and photos on instagram. It’s all part of the role of Emily when she is helping a client, whether it is a cafe, restaurant, property developer or other small business with their social media marketing.

S2E1 – Annette of One Agency

With the rise and rise of real estate listings online it is increasingly viable for real estate agents to be mobile and virtual. She started with no database, contacts or leads and built up successfully through referrals and networking. Annette goes into great detail with us about her compelling transition through a number of careers and […]

S1E21 – Jacalyn Price of ACN

Jacalyn is determined to take her no-nonsense approach to saving money on utility bills, coupled with an obvious and genuine care for her clients by providing referrals and services through ACN. Dave and Jez get to know Jacalyn and what motivates her on this path of entrepreneurship and the value of the mentoring and community […]

S1E20 – Tristan Ius of CareTrac

Professional athlete and cyclist Tristan takes us through his course from cycling full time to a career in the fitness industry and business development with CareTrac. CareTrac is an Australia wide activity network of health and fitness centre’s offered to organisations to provide employees with a convenient & cost effective opportunity to participate in regular […]

S1E19 – Tom Harris of New Era Print

30 years in accounting and a successful exit found Tom joining a friend in business and taking on the OKI range of printers and copiers. Starting on the Central Coast and then expanding into Newcastle; New Era Print is a thriving business that is in great demand and can save on the print costs for […]

S1E18 – John Grew of Ask Property

Though his brick laying career was cut short when John realised maybe he was not well suited to the role he has transitioned from studying accounting, retail management, direct sales and more. With an interest in property development and construction John has decided to help people with the growth of property and building. Ask Property […]

S1E17 – Cathy Feenan of Life By Design Coaching

From corporate life, running a cardboard recycling business and the pressure of that put a huge strain on Cathy and her family. With the sale of the business and the gradual creation of a successful network marketing team Cathy found a real enthusiasm for life coaching and mentoring. Listen in as Dave and Jez get […]

S1E16 – Zsolt Bircsak of Fifo Capital

With years of working in the top end of Australia in the mining industry Zsolt decided it was time for a change; time to setup his own business. After looking at the possibility of establishing a gym franchise in Darwin and deciding against it he found the opportunity to start as a Fifo Capital franchisee […]

S1E15 – Kelly Lawson of Coaching Quad

Kelly’s focus areas are business and project collaboration with individuals and business. Specialising in pattern detection of unwanted beliefs and behaviours. Focuses on strategy, goals and actions to create what you ‘do’ want, and not what you ‘don’t’ want. With experience and training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Kelly has learnt to become ‘non judgemental’ […]

S1E14 – Kim Rudder of Link SM

LinkSM founder Kim Rudder reached that certain point in life where one begins to question the deep and meaningful things – am I on the right career path for me? With a successful sales career and looking for a new focus Kim decided to combine her enthusiasm and communication skills with social media. It is a […]

S1E13 – Alan Stevens The Celebrity Profiler

A remarkable example of a man who has reinvented his career and purpose a number of times through life and has embraced change, challenges and maintained curiosity of ideas and possibility. Alan is the Celebrity Profiler ( and Australia’s leading personality and business profiler. He has been featured on National TV profiling the likes of […]

S1E12 – Rod Dawson of Hunter Mortgages

Imagine being an irrigation engineer and farmer in Zimbabwe and then moving your family to Australia to start a new life. Rod has a keen enthusiasm for property investment and helping others with their finance for property purchase. Rod’s personal experience with Send Out Cards lead him to start referring others to use the service […]

S1E11 – Leah Stevens of Fox Stevens Conveyancing

Transitioning from Adelaide, South Australia to Newcastle, New South Wales for a change of lifestyle lead Leah to challenging new roles with prominent local law firms and subsequent interest in conveyancing and property law. Leah was determined to have the flexibility that comes with self employment and with over 30 years in conveyancing between them, […]

S1E10 – Sophie Potter a Virtual Assistant

Sophie has embarked on a journey of self employment while working from home. Though many people may have considered a leap like this far fewer will take the steps to do so. Her clients could be geographically anywhere and in any business with administrative tasks that they need help with. As she describes the role […]

S1E9 – Patrick Hancock of Crest Financial Services

With commercial banking experience in Sydney and London and years of university study Patrick has a depth of experience that would be well regarded in any financial institution. His decision to move back to Australia and work with Crest has given him the satisfaction of close client connections and a strong technical team so that […]

S1E7 – Di Garis of Total Financial Security

From education in schools to successful and enthusiastic property developer now educating others on how to embrace financial rewards of investment properties; Di Garis is a remarkable and experienced trainer and investor. Interviewed by Dave and Jez for Beach Business Breakfast Show.

S1E8 – Jim Garis of Garis Group

From a small local accounting firm preparing tax returns completely by hand on paper in Stockton (Newcastle, NSW), Jim Garis has grown his accounting firm to embrace digital systems and marketing, focusing on small businesses and with a wider client base from Hamilton, Newcastle. In Jim’s words: The Garis Group is a professional family owned and […]

S1E6 – Wayne Lennan of Insurance for Living

Wayne made an early switch in his career from real estate into financial planning and life insurance. With decades of experience Wayne has made it through financial booms and crashes with a successful business, Insurance for Living. His area of greatest insurance is financial risk insurance which can help people through health crisis. Have you […]

S1E5 – Tracey Wong of Business Growth Centre

Tracey Wong brings many years of experience in golf and leisure business to her role with Business Growth Centre. She is thoroughly enjoying being part of the business incubator environment, helping new businesses get established. Have you ever run radio ads? Did they work? Tracey shares her experience of running radio ads for the golfing […]

S1E4 – Financial Planner Bill Sacmaroski of Platinum Wealth Solutions

Bill began working in the Financial Services Industry in 1990 and spent the next 10 years in the general banking environment. In 2000 he transitioned into Financial Planning as he had a keen interest in helping clients with their investment needs. Since then he has been helping clients achieve their financial goals as well as […]

S1E3 – Phil Spillane of Belle Property

Phil has many years experience in realestate and training and considerable achievements in his profession. With qualifications in both Business Management and Sales Training is well positioned to lead Belle Property in Newcastle. Phil is a member of the Beach Business Network. David and Jeremy interviewed him to find out more about what he does […]

S1E2 – Buyers Agent Richard of Fortune Property Finder

Richard of Fortune Property Finder shares insights into the path that lead him to starting a business as a buyers agent and his diverse experience in mining and horticulture. Referrals are the primary way that Richard is introduced to new clients and maintaining relationships with mortgage brokers and others is essential. Have you been to an […]

S1E1 – Website Designer Jeremy of Jezweb

Welcome to the Beach Business Breakfast Show, we’d love to have you join us at Merewether Beach for business networking each month. David interviews Jeremy from Jezweb in the first of the Beach Business Breakfast Show episodes. Jeremy describes a solid marketing flop on how to send out marketing postcards and get no response and […]