The Business Excellence Forum & Awards 2017

Surfers Paradise QLD

Feb 5 - 7, 2017

"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" the theme for 2017’s premier annual event for entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific region.

One of FIVE international events delivered globally, the 2017 Asia/Pacific Business Excellence Forum inspires business owners to ask more of their business and themselves and importantly provide the answers to deliver real results.

Connect with hundreds of fellow business owners from around the Asia Pacific region and share the experiences of global achievers that have become household names in their fields.

Two massive days that will leave you inspired, renewed, connected and armed to drive your business to new heights.

Whatever you do, don’t miss this exclusive event.  Tickets are limited and will sell out fast, Register TODAY.

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Richard Maloney

CEO | Employee Engagement Advisor for Business Coaches, HR and L&D Managers & Business Leaders, Engage and Grow

Bio: Richard Maloney leads a team of 94 employee-engagement experts in 49 countries! He’s worked with more than 60 businesses globally… and eight elite Australian sporting organizations… with a combined 30 premiership wins along the way! He’s been recognized as a finalist in the Australian Optus Business Awards in two categories; Business Leader of the Year and Export Business of the Year. And, he’s the author of this book; ͞The Minds of Winning Teams – Creating Team Success Through Engagement & Culture.

Brad Sugars

Founder & President of ActionCOACH, Entrepreneur & International best selling author.

Bio: Founder & President of ActionCOACH, Entrepreneur & International best selling author. ActionCOACH Founder and Chairman Brad Sugars is recognized as the leading Business Coach in the world, and is renowned for his brash and results-orientated Aussie style that has guided thousands of entrepreneurs to greater profitability and success. Brad is also a best-selling author, with his latest book, ‘Buying Customers’, a number one best seller, hailed as a breakthrough guide to getting more customers into any business, Brad’s mission is to deliver business training and education to as many people as possible with the ultimate goal of having a Business Coach in every Business.

Major-General John Cantwell


Bio: Ex Commander of All Australian Forces in the Middle East, Ex-Commander of RMC Duntroon, Ex-Deputy Chief the Army, Public Speaker, Author of Exit Wounds and A Careful War. Starting as a private soldier he rose through the ranks to become a Major General. Along the way he held and excelled in a diverse range of command and senior management appointments, including Commanding Officer of the Royal Military College at Duntroon, Commander of the 1st Brigade comprising combat units totalling 3000 troops, Deputy Chief of the Army, and most recently he was the Commander of all Australian forces in Afghanistan and the wider Middle East area of operations. Cantwell served in three distinct wars: combat duty in Operation Desert Storm in 1991; as the Director of Strategic Operations of the Multi National Forces in Iraq in 2006 (for which he was awarded the United States Legion of Merit); and as the Commander of Australian forces in the Middle East in 2010. Major General Cantwell is a skilled and engaging public speaker. His compelling interview for the Four Corner’s television program A Careful War in 2010 dealing with the conflict in Afghanistan won wide praise. He lectures on command, leadership and crisis management to a variety of defence, business and academic audiences.

Ita Buttrose

Legendary Media Editor, Businesswoman, Best-selling Author, 2013 Australian of the Year and Committed community & welfare contributor.

Bio: Legendary Media Editor, Businesswoman, Best-selling Author, 2013 Australian of the Year and Committed community & welfare contributor. Ita Buttrose is a truly exceptional Australian: a legendary media trailblazer, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and 2013 Australian of the Year. Twice voted Australia’s most admired woman, Ita Buttrose was the youngest ever and an unprecedentedly successful Editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the founding editor of Cleo, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia as Editor-in-Chief of the Sydney Daily & Sunday Telegraphs, and the first woman director of News Limited. Ita currently co-hosts Studio 10 on Network TEN. An accomplished communicator with a wealth of experience across a broad range of industry sectors, Ita has worked behind the scenes and in the public eye for major corporates, small business, governments and charity. When she speaks she does so with on-the-job knowledge and experience to deliver a speech that informs, entertains and inspires her audience. Her lively wit is a joy and there is never a dull moment at question time. Not surprisingly she is much in-demand as an entertaining speaker, an accomplished facilitator and a superb master of ceremonies.

Leanne Faulkner

Mental Health Advocate for Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owner

Bio: In 2004 Leanne founded her own small business, Billie Goat Soap. Leanne grew Billie Goat from a kitchen based hobby and today Billie Goat Soap is sold in over 2000 stores around the country. Leanne has been awarded multiple small business accolades earning her the respect of her peers and attention of the media. Although there were many rewarding elements to starting and growing the business, it also came at a personal cost to her mental health. Billie Goat Soap was sold in 2012, and today Leanne advocates for the development of mental health resources specifically designed to support small business owners. She was awarded the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) Business Champion Award for 2015 in recognition of the work she has done in the small business sector to raise awareness of mental health issues and resources needed. She is currently the Project Coordinator of the Heads Up For Small Business mental health initiative working with both beyondblue and COSBOA. Her website, Fortitude at Work has been named in the Smart Company Top 20 business blogs for the second year in a row.

Matthew Michalewicz

Global Software Entrepreneur and Innovator, Current CEO of Complexica A.I. Software. Global Public Speaker and Author of Life in Half a Second + more.

Bio: Global Software Entrepreneur and Innovator, Current CEO of Complexica A.I. Software. Global Public Speaker and Author of Life in Half a Second + more. Matthew Michalewicz has 20 years of hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, innovation, and success psychology. He has established boards that include former heads of state, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and Fortune 500 CEOs, and has a track record of starting businesses from scratch and selling them for tens of millions of dollars. He is currently the CEO of Complexica, a provider of Artificial Intelligence software that helps large organisations increase revenue, margin, and customer engagement through automated analytics. A frequent guest on numerous television programs, Matthew’s business achievements have been recognised by countless publications including Time Magazine, New York Times, Newsweek and Forbes. Matthew is the author of several books, including Life in Half a Second, Winning Credibility, Puzzle-Based Learning, and Adaptive Business Intelligence

Paul Dunn

Chairman of B1G1, Author, International Speaker.

Bio: Chairman of B1G1, Author, International Speaker. Paul is a 4-time TEDx speaker. He is a Senior Fellow in one of the World’s Leading Think Tanks and holds a Lifetime Service Award to the Accounting Profession in the UK. He was honoured as a Social Innovation Fellow in his new home of Singapore. He was one if the first 10 people in Hewlett Packard in Australia. He then created one of the Australia’s first computer companies and then The Results Corporation where he helped develop and grow 23,000 small and medium scale business enterprises. Paul continues to push the boundaries. He recently featured in Forbes Magazine alongside Sir Richard Branson in a global piece on ‘disrupters’ in business. He is Chairman of the B1G1: Business for Good, a company that’s already enabled businesses to create over 110 Million giving impacts around the world.

Paul Henshall

CEO, ActionCOACH Australia and New Zealand

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