Mark Carter – Small Business Leaders Panel



After Mark Carter speaks on small business leadership at the Let’s Talk Business seminar, local business leaders from Cessnock City will join a panel facilitated by Mark Carter to highlight small business excellence in Cessnock City. Our business leaders will speak to their successes, barriers, and learnings in their own businesses.

High Achievers in Cessnock City on our Small Business Panel


Julia Allen , Owner and Financial Manager, Beyond Ballooning
Beyond Ballooning is family owned and operated by Stephen and Julia Allen and their son Nathan. Flying has always been their passion. All have worked in the ballooning industry either as Pilots and/or crew over the past 20 years. They decided to launch our own business to fill what they believed to be a gap in the market of delivering an experience and not just a balloon ride. Julia takes pride in delivering an exceptional experience and this has delivered outstanding results for the business, being highly decorated in business and tourism awards.

Bryce Gibson, Selling Principal/Auctioneer, LJ Hooker Cessnock and Kurri Kurri
Bryce Gibson started out as the $2 million student and rose to become the face of one of the region's most prominent real estate businesses. He recently became professionally recognised as a certified Professional Valuer.

LJ Hooker Cessnock & Kurri Kurri specialises in Real Estate sales and property management and employs 9 staff. The mission of their business is to help every customer and client achieve their property goals. By putting the customer first, and delivering the best possible result in the shortest possible time, they aim to create “customers for life”. The staff believe: “Real Estate is not about Property; it is about People”. Their mission is to give back to the people of Cessnock and do a lot of community and fundraising efforts.

Louise Jamison, Owner, Taste of the Country
Taste of the Country is a country style café located at Hunter Valley Gardens Village in Pokolbin. They have been trading at that location for the past 17 ½ years and have a staff of 15. Going  into their café is like walking into Nanas kitchen, with old fashion country style cooking and lots of it, made with love. The goal when they opened was to help young kids get their first job, and to work out where they wanted to be and help them achieve that. They are involved in a range of youth employment initiatives, and hospitality is a great industry to give someone with no experience in life a start.

Over the years the business has morphed into an 80 seat café producing over 400 meals a day. Nothing like they had originally envisaged and continue to grow. They also have several areas of improvement in: recycling, improving our bottom line, staff education and events to build up the quiet times of the year.

They have also won several business awards over the years including in 2004 and 2014 winning both the Hunter Region Business Award for the best Tourism business and Overall Business Leader. Owner Louise Jamieson also won 2004 Business Woman of the Year.

Damien Mueller, Owner, Chase Limousines
Chase Limousines is a Luxury Transport solution. They currently have 11 people in their business which is based in Kurri Kurri.  When they started the business it was intended to be a part time hobby. In 15 months it has become a full time business that keeps Damien busy 7 days a week.

Financing in small businesses is always an issue, but Damien has negotiated with vendors and have ran sales within the business and managed to raise enough funds to not require financing. The business is pursuing new areas of growth adding a budget range. By way of a Mini Bus and Sedans and applying for Government renders and contracts. Chase Limousines have been a Finalist in the Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards, Finalist for the Sassy Wedding Awards and Winner of the Brides Choice Awards. Damien says "The biggest part of our success is that we actually care!"

Olivia Palfreyman, Marketing Manager and Administration Officer, Palfreyman Chartered Accountant
Olivia is currently completing her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, and hopes to pursue a career in child welfare when finished. Outside of work and uni, Olivia plays an integral role in her local horse community. In 2018 she was awarded Cessnock's Young Citizen of the Year.

Cessnock's 'Young Citizen of the Year' 2018

Simone Palfreyman FCA, Principal, Palfreyman Chartered Accountant
Palfreyman Chartered Accountant offers a range of taxation, small business and SMSF advice services. They specialise in small businesses and are passionate about helping people to achieve their goals. They employ 6 staff. Palfreyman Chartered Accountant was founded by Simone Palfreyman after nearly 10 years working in high profile professional firms and lecturing at the University of Newcastle, seeking to find a balance between work and the family commitments of having two young children.

2018 Hunter Region Business Hub: Winner - Business Women of the Year / Finalist – Professional Practice of the Year ** 2018 Australian Accounting Awards: Winner – Advocacy Initiative of the Year / Finalist – Boutique Firm of the Year, Partner (Boutique Firm) of the Year & Thought Leader of the Year ** 2018 Women in Finance: Finalist – Principal of the Year, Regional Professional of the Year, Innovator of the Year & Thought Leader of the Year

William Warren-Davey, Owner, Primabolics
Primabolics Nutrition is a Sports and Nutritional Supplement company based in Cessnock. It employs 3 staff, the Directors Nicholas Morton and Will Warren-Davey, the founder and majority owner. They also have just put on a part time rep in Brisbane with plans for more full time personnel in the future.

Primabolics began in response to a need in the marketplace for premium quality supplements validated by science. A Hard lesson was when he decided to commit to the business, took out a personal loan to the tune of half his annual income. He sunk that into the most premium formula of a pre workout supplement. They started production, sample tubs were put out and feedback was so good he committed to the full order, some 2 pallets of stock. Within a month they had all clumped rock hard. Unsaleable. Its what motivated Will to formulate smarter, relocate production overseas, and his biggest obstacles taught him the most valuable lessons and made his products better in the process.

Will says, “I really have a burning desire to have the best supplements on the market”. He currently has four products on the market which are sold in supplement stores around the country. Primabolics is tracking to have a product range of 6 products by 2019 first quarter, total of 11 SKU's and to be stocked in approximatley 100 accounts nationwide. Not bad for a little supplement company hailing from Cessnock City!
Primabolics were nominated for new brand of the year by Australia's largest supplement retailer this year.


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