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Leading With Influence – The Art of Managing Over 100,000 People

With guestspeaker Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment in South Australia

Wednesday 5 May 2021 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Hilton Hotel – Fedoras Restaurant – 264 South Road Hilton

Welcome to the month of May, when we catch up with Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment in South Australia.

Erma Ranieri works passionately towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

With the role of the public sector being to serve and support South Australia to thrive, Erma leads sector-wide reform to modernise the public sector and continue to build on its value and service to the South Australian community.

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named a 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year as SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

With a key focus on flexibility, diversity and leadership development to ensure the public sector is positioned as an Employer of Choice, Erma continues to challenge cultural and structural barriers to drive innovative, collaborative and connected services for the community.

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you on 5 May 2021.

Yours in success,

The SOL Results Team

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The David Paterson Story – CEO of YMCA & Co-founder of Social Capital

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With guestspeaker David Paterson, CEO of YMCA & Co-founder of Social Capital


Wednesday 7 April 2021 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Hilton Hotel – Fedoras Restaurant – 264 South Road Hilton


Welcome the month of April, when we catch up with David Paterson, CEO of YMCA South Australia & Co – Founder of Social Capital.

Currently David Paterson serves as Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA in South Australia, which has some 700 staff working in communities across the State.

David Paterson specialises in purpose-driven growth, strategy and innovation. He has worked internationally across both the business and social sectors.

In his earlier corporate career he was:

• Chief Marketing Officer of Medibank Private, responsible for $3 billion in annual revenues and 3 million members;

• Global Chief Strategy Officer of an international digital marketing agency, with clients ranging from Cisco and Hewlett-Packard, to Toyota, General Motors, HSBC, Visa International, Pfizer, Singapore Airlines, Harvard University and No.10 Downing Street;

• Director of Business Consulting with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, with clients ranging from new start-up tech ventures to a Prime Minister’s task force.

In more recent times he has applied these skills primarily in the for-benefit space, including as:

• Chief Innovation Officer of World Vision, the world’s largest international development NGO, with some 40,000 staff across 90 countries, serving more than 100m people p.a.. Whilst at World Vision he and his team generated around $1 billion in funding for community development projects around the world;

• Professor of Innovation & Enterprise with the University of South Australia where he designed, from the ground up, a new honours degree in Innovation with the aim of developing the next generation of entrepreneurs and social changemakers.

He also maintains his consultancy firm, Cornerstone Strategy, continuing to take on strategic projects with potential for positive social and economic impact. Examples include:

• facilitating an innovation forum at the United Nations on the future shape of the humanitarian and disaster relief sector;

• advising on how to innovate the Australian international aid program;

• developing the future vision and identity of the Riverbank Precinct;

• developing an innovation framework for the State, on behalf of the then Premier;

• developing future growth and impact strategies for various key South Australian institutions;

David is a co-founder of The Bridge Project, a ground breaking program for young offenders. It has successfully reduced recidivism from an average of 60%, to less than 3%, across 3000 participants over 10 years. It won the Australian Crime Prevention Award.

David is a Williamson Community Leadership Fellow; the Co-Founder of Social Capital; Board Member of Sight for All; and a Founding Board member of The Committee for Adelaide Inc.

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you on the 7 April 2021.

Yours in success,

The SOL Results Team

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Breakfast at the Next Level

On the first Wednesday of the Month, some of South Australia’s most successful and motivated people get together over breakfast to discuss, learn, share and grow – personally and professionally.


Starting with a hearty helping of valuable information presented by leaders who are successful in their own right, you’ll collect insights that often take years to gain.

Add to that a bottomless cup of inspiration and motivation, and you’ll see why these exclusive breakfasts are one of the most powerful ways to fast track your life and business goals.

If you’re hungry for achievement and fulfilment in life, you can rely on the smorgasbord of practical, ready-to-use information you’ll get when you wake up to Breakfast at the Next Level to keep you powering forward.


How Angelique Boileau Became A Leader in Business Technology

Welcome the month of March, when we catch up with Angelique Boileau, Managing Director of Boileau Solutions.

Angelique Boileau has driven numerous successful initiatives leading to sound business outcomes and has established an excellent reputation at an operational, strategic and governance level. She was born in Budapest Hungary and arrived in Australia with her mother and sister in 1957 with a refugee status, escaping Russian occupied Hungary in October 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution against their Russian occupiers.

Angelique Boileau began her working career as a Flight Attendant with Ansett Airlines and since moving on has held positions in multinational, national and state-based organisations prior to commencing Boileau Business Systems Pty Ltd in Victoria in 1983.  In 1989 the company purchased then Rank Xerox Dealership SA and over the years expanded and developed the business into a leading Information Communication Technology company trading as Boileau Business Technology.   Boileau today is an innovative company providing “End-to-End” Technology Business Solutions to the business sector of South Australia and are the provider of choice for Managed Services in South Australia!

Over the years she has been acknowledged for her accomplishments by several awards that have been extended to her.  In 2020 Angelique was named a finalist for South Australian Senior Citizen of the Year and was the recipient of the City of West Torrens, Civic Award, the highest, for business and philanthropy in 2020.

Angelique has recently accepted the role of Marketing Director on the Board of the Flinders Rangers Ediacaran Foundation in 2019 and is extremely enthused and excited to be a member of a Board that will be a caretaker of the Nilpena Ediacara fossil site, a “Treasure and Huge Asset” that South Australia is so fortunate to have at its back door and now want to share is with the World.

Angelique has been a great philanthropic contributor to the State of South Australia at large. She works tirelessly in supporting the less fortunate in our community such as St Vinnies CEO Sleep out, 2021 will be her 10th year, Hutt Street Centre and Service To Youth Council. She is a strong supporter of the Arts such as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Australian Dance Theatre and her passion and work for conservation with the Zoos SA in preventing animal extinction around the world including Save the White Rhino program


Yours in success,

The SOL Results Team

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How Theo Maras Transformed The City Of Adelaide

Welcome the month of February a new start to a New Year, when we catch up with Theo Maras.

Theo Maras is the founder and Chairman of Maras Group, formed (in July 2006) following a separation from the Mancorp Group, a very well-known and respected property investment and development group which commenced business in 1980. Theo, who represented one half of Mancorp, has been instrumental in shaping development in South Australia since the early 1980’s.

Theo’s expertise is exceptionally broad and varied. His main skills rest in design and construction but he is also highly accomplished in issues relating to planning, leasing and management. He has been involved in almost all developments undertaken over the last four decades or so, both for Mancorp and Maras Group.

Importantly, Theo has successfully managed to entice and secure some big name operators, and others, previously not seen in the South Australian market place. No longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, today, Theo chairs Maras Group’s Board and sits on the Maras Group Advisory Board.

Theo is a genuine leader in the South Australian property market and community at large, and this is further supported by his extensive participation and involvement in the following: Chair, Design Review Panel, Central Market Arcade Redevelopment, City of Adelaide Member, Eighty-Eight O’Connell Development Project Reference Group, City of Adelaide Founding Member, The Foundation for Hellenic Studies .

In addition, and over many years, Theo has also served on a number of other Boards and Committees, just to name a few: Past Chairperson, The Foundation Australian Centre for Child Protection Past Chairperson, Heritage Foundation, The University of Adelaide Past Chairperson, Rundle Mall Management Authority .

Theo has received numerous honours, awards and accolades over many years including, Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Theo continues to make a hefty contribution to the community at large and his involvement in the organisations and positions held, as listed above, is testament to his desire to give back to the community.

Yours in success,

The SOL Results Team

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Dr James Muecke – Australian of the Year 2020

The Secret to Living is Giving – Sight For All
– The James Muecke Story

Welcome the month of December, when we catch up with Dr. James Muecke.

Dr. James Muecke AM, graduated with Honors from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1987. Following his internship, James lived and worked as a doctor in Africa and subsequently as an eye surgeon in the Middle East, battling malaria, wild animals, and rebel soldiers.

He founded Sight For All in 2008, turning his boundless energy into a fight against blindness in the Aboriginal and mainstream communities of Australia and some of the poorest countries of Asia and Africa. Sight For All’s comprehensive and sustainable projects are now impacting on the lives of over one million people each year.

His commitment to social impact and humanitarian endeavors has earnt him a number of awards including an Order of Australia in 2012, the Australian Medical Association’s President’s Leadership Award in 2013, and Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur for Australia in 2015. James is Australian of the Year for 2020.

James is a researcher, a teacher, an author, a musician, a photographer, and a film producer, and uses his many skills to deliver passionate, fascinating, and at times confronting presentations about his life, his work, philanthropy, resilience and social entrepreneurship.

A neurological condition impacting on his dexterity has forced James into a premature retirement from surgery. Not letting his disability slow him down, James has redirected his vigor to crafting films, and has a number of powerful documentaries under his belt and several compelling projects in production.

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you on 9 December 2020.

Yours in success,

The SOL Results Team

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With guestspeaker Brenton Ragless – Nine Presenter
The Influence of Media in Our Life – The Brenton Ragless Story – The voice of calmness in a turbulent world
Wednesday 4 November 2020 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)
Hilton Hotel – Fedoras Restaurant – 264 South Road Hilton or ONLINE via ZOOM
Welcome the month of November, when we catch up with Brenton Ragless, TV news anchor for Nine’s 6pm bulletin in Adelaide & occasional host for their national ‘Today’ show in Sydney.
Born in South Australia, Brenton has an extensive background in broadcast media, public relations, emergency services, weather, defence & tourism.
Prior to starting with Nine as their weather presenter in 2008, Brenton was a media spokesperson for the SA Country Fire Service, and a fire & emergencies reporter for ABC radio.
He graduated from a Masters Degree in Communication at UniSA in 2007, followed by a year in Public Affairs for the Department of Defence, both in Adelaide & Canberra.One of his first jobs after finishing Blackwood High School was voicing national forecasts for Telstra’s ‘Dial-it Weather Information Service’ before working full-time as a Radio Announcer on Adelaide’s 107.9 Life.
Over that same period, Brenton studied a Diploma of Business in Tourism, which led to casual work as a driver/tour guide for Grayline.
Outside of Nine, Brenton is a regular event host, speaker & commentator & still provides support to the CFS as an advocate for fire safety & prevention. He is also an Ambassador for the CFS Foundation, Professional Firefighters Foundation, Junction Australia, ‘Watch Around Water’ safety initiative, Jodi Lee Foundation, School’s Ministry Group, Masters Swimming & the SA State Aquatic & Leisure Centre.
He also lends a hand in the preservation & promotion of South Australia’s railway heritage and is a qualified steam train driver for the National Railway Museum.
The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you on 4 November 2020.
Yours in success,
The SOL Results Team

Creating Certainty during Uncertain Times with Stan Kontos and Peter Gardiakos

How to develop resilience, overcome adversity and be a better leader with Stan Kontos and Peter Gardiakos

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With Guest Speakers Stan Kontos and Peter Gardiakos

Creating Certainty during Uncertain Times

How to develop resilience, overcome adversity and be a better leader

Wednesday 7 October 2020 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Hilton Hotel – Fedoras Restaurant – 264 South Road Hilton

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At Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 7 October 2020, guests will be treated to a big helping of leadership inspiration. SOL Results directors and co-founders Stan Kontos and Peter Gardiakos will share tried and proven strategies about how to develop resilience, overcome adversity and be a better leader during uncertain times. Buy your tickets today, and get set to learn about establishing and maintaining a mindset targeted on personal and professional improvement and how it’s going to create incredible and lasting results in your life.

Peter Gardiakos is an entrepreneur, an NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner, a business owner, coach, mentor, and public speaker. He holds a Bachelor degree in Pharmacy and, over the past 30 years, has become a leader in the industry.

His areas of specialty include health optimisation, sustaining vitality and energy, and creating life balance, as well as business mentoring and culture development.

Currently, Peter is the director and co-founder of a number of privately-held companies in a range of sectors from health and self-development, to consumer-based retail, and mentoring, coaching and business services.

At SOL Results, Peter’s mission is to coach entrepreneurs and executives to use focussed strategic plans and learn how to measure the execution of strategies in order to create a culture of success.

Stan Kontos is also an accredited NLP practitioner and trainer. As an author, mentor, coach, and inspiration speaker, Stan’s purpose is to share his insights into how to live successfully and positively while achieving better life balance. Overcoming stress and mastering time management are among his areas of passion that he enjoys sharing with other South Australian business leaders.

Together on 7 October at this special breakfast event, Peter and Stan will inspire guests in creating certainty, develop resilience and overcome adversity to become better leaders during these uncertain times.

Get set to be inspired at this special breakfast event. You’ll be sure to return to your business and your relationships with new motivations and ideas about how you can be the most successful leader.

Don’t wait. Join the SOL Results team and South Australian business leaders on Wednesday 7 October 2020. Buy your tickets now to secure your place!

Yours in success,

The SOL Results Team

Making Diamonds out of Coal – The Bensimon Family Story


with guest speakers Albert & Toby Bensimon


Welcome the month of September with a hint of sparkle when we sit down to Breakfast at the Next Level with Shiels jewellery proprietor and chairman Albert Bensimon and his son, Toby Bensimon, Shiels managing director. After purchasing the Shiels business in 1977 from the widow of founder Jack Shiels, Albert and his team have grown the retailer from one store in the Central Markets area in Adelaide to a total of more than 40 outlets in all major shopping centres in Adelaide, Perth and, most recently, Brisbane.

The Bensimon’s commitment to quality at great prices has been the foundation of the Shiels business model. When Albert and his wife, Nyra, took over the original Shiels store, they invested in putting solid gold and diamonds into the offering, selling it at “exceptionally good prices”.

“Within three years, Nyra and I had started creating a chain business. Wherever Westfield went, we opened a store,” Albert said. Soon, Albert learnt that operating a multi-store organisation was completely different to managing one store, and required a different skill set.

“Chain stores require a different level of management. Earning trust from customers is easier on a one-to-one basis in a boutique store. On an overall basis, trust comes with good service, good prices, and good product. We’ve done that, and people come flocking through our doors in large numbers”.

Over the next 20 years, Albert became one of Adelaide’s best-known retail identities. His riotous ‘no hoo-haa’ advertising campaigns caught the attention of the Adelaide public, lifting sales during what was a tough time for the business. Albert says that being willing to take risks has been an important part of his entrepreneurship.

“Our business hasn’t always made money. It has gone through some difficult periods where it has actually lost money, so disrupting the market has sometimes been essential to our ongoing success,” he said.

Toby Bensimon began working for Shiels at the age of 15, and has learnt the business literally from the ground up – among his earliest tasks were vacuuming and cleaning windows. Since taking over the managing directorship from his father, Toby has been key to the growth of the Shiels. As well as making inroads in the jewellery trade, he is a co-founder of Podpac, Australia’s largest manufacturer of coffee capsules.

Among Toby’s biggest influences at Shiels has been turning the focus of the business’ marketing to the millennial age group.
“Millennials are our biggest customer group, but not at the exclusion of other age groups. For example, we recognise that Millennials dislike receiving phone calls. So, text-based conversations have been an important addition to our communications.

“We divide our marketing strategy according to the age group of our customers. Understanding our customers to that level is the difference between success and failure in an age where we can choose to communicate through multiple medias,” Toby said.

The culture of Shiels is also important to Toby. He says Shiels fosters a culture of acceptance.
“We truly value the input of people who are better at their jobs than (Albert and I) could ever be. We surround ourselves with people who are outstanding in their field, and we do well to listen to them.”

Albert agrees, saying “A third of our office employees have been with us for more than 40 years, since day one.”
“I think we are reasonable employers,” he continued, with a smile.

The Bensimons are working towards having stores nationwide, and lifting online sales.

In recognition of Albert’s service to business and to the community, Albert was made a member of the Order of Australia in this year’s Australia Day Honours List. In 1994, he established the Helpmann Academy to promote the arts in South Australia. He is a long-serving member of Rotary, and is a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his individual financial contributions to The Rotary Foundation.

Join us for this special event. Enjoy the morning with Albert and Toby Bensimon, and hear more about how they have stayed ahead of the competition to create their successful group of stores.