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Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 6th October 2021, when we welcome Andrew Downs, Founder, Owner & Executive Director at Sage Automation Group.

Andrew began his working life in 1980 as an apprentice electrician for Bridgestone Australia, in the automotive manufacturing industry. In 1994, he started his own company, SAGE Automation from the family backyard shed.

Today, SAGE Group of companies forms Australia’s largest independent System Integration service provider with 10 offices nationally and three in India, employing more than 470 staff and with revenues of $110 Million per annum. Andrew is passionate about leadership and strategy and has recently completed the Owner President Management course at Harvard Business School. Andrew was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Central Region – Technology) in 2004. Andrew loves his role as ambassador for SAGE, he serves on a number of privately owned company boards. He is also a member of the Australian Industry Group Defence Council.

Andrew Downs sits on the Board at SAGE Group Holdings as the Executive Director and is a Board Member of My Modular Non-Executive Chairman, Your DC Non-Executive Director, CAMMS Non-Executive Director, Ai Group Training Non-Executive Director and Container Deposit Solutions Non-Executive Director and SA Leaders Advisory Board Chairman

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you.

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What it takes to become a Global CEO – Learn universal principles from Grant Kelley, CEO of ASX listed Vicinity Centres

With guestspeaker Grant Kelley – CEO of Vicinity Centres


Wednesday 1 September 2021 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Hilton Hotel – Fedoras Restaurant – 264 South Road Hilton

Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 1st September 2021, when we welcome Grant Kelley, CEO of Vicinity Centres Limited and the Chairman of Holdfast Assets, with over 25 years of global experience in real estate investment, corporate strategy, funds management and private equity.

Grant Kelley joined Vicinity Centres in January 2018 as CEO and Managing Director.

Vicinity is one of Australia’s leading retail property groups with $26 billion in retail assets under management across 66 shopping centres, making it the second largest listed manager of Australian retail property. It is one of Australia top 50 largest public companies with a market capitalisation of $9.7 billion and 26,000 security holders.

Grant began his business career at Booz Allen & Hamilton before moving to Colony Capital, the world’s third largest private equity real estate fund. At Colony, Grant was initially responsible for the operating performance and strategic direction of its Korean and Japanese businesses, and then later appointed Chief Executive Officer Asia Pacific. In 2008, Grant founded Holdfast Capital Limited, an Asian-based real estate investment firm, which was acquired in 2010 by Apollo Management, one of the world’s largest alternative investment managers. He then became Co-Head of Asia Pacific for Apollo Global Management, leading the firm’s real estate activities in the region.

In 2014, Grant was appointed CEO at City Developments Limited, a global real estate company with 103 locations in 29 countries and one of Singapore’s largest companies. Listed on the Singapore Exchange, CDL’s portfolio comprises residences, offices, hotels, serviced apartments, integrated developments and shopping malls.

Grant graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws degree, has completed a Master’s degree in Economic Sciences from London University and has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Grant is Chairman of the Adelaide 36ers, Chairman of Holdfast Assets, a Director of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia, a Governor of Pulteney Grammar School, a Council Member of the Asia Society Policy Institute and a member of the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council (South Australia).

Grant is a proud South Australian farmer, with a background in winemaking and sheep farming, and a self-confessed sports tragic with a passion for basketball which is useful since he owns the Adelaide 36ers.

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you.

Buy your tickets now to secure your place!

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COVID-19 UPDATE – date change

We are happy to announce we have been able to postpone the event Breakfast at the Next Level from 4th of August till WEDNESDAY the 11th of August, hopeful that by then restrictions will be eased further and we can welcome ALL of our loyal sponsors, annual members and supporters in a safe environment.

So update your calendars…
Wednesday 11 of August 2021, same place same time

Please reach out if you do have any further questions or concerns


Turning Adversity into Strength – The Nick Lee Story & Jodi Lee Foundation

With Nick Lee – Director at Health Minds & Chair at Jodi Lee Foundation


Wednesday 11 August 2021 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 11th August 2021, when we welcome Nick Lee, a corporate health expert and the Chairman of the Jodi Lee Foundation. He is also the Co-Director and Partner of Healthy Minds, a program that aims to provide people with optimal mental health and wellbeing.

With a beautiful family and working as a director of multi-national consumer goods company, Nick Lee had good reason to be happy and optimistic about his future. That changed in an instant when his wife Jodi was diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer at the age of 39. After battling with the disease for 2 years, Jodi passed away in 2010.

We all face critical hurdles in our lives, but when we do, it is how we react that determines our future health and happiness. After Jodi’s death Nick made the brave decision to leave his job and use his experience to do all he could to stop others suffering a similar experience.

He established The Jodi Lee Foundation to inspire others to protect themselves against bowel cancer and make positive choices to improve their health. The work of the Foundation has saved many Australian lives.

As the Founder of The Jodi Lee Foundation, Nick developed a passion for corporate health and a strong desire to improve the health of ordinary Australians. Joining Tom Nehmy at Healthy Minds presented a perfect opportunity for Nick to fuel his passion. Nick has a wealth of corporate experience and is an accomplished speaker using his powerful story to motivate and inspire others to take action to improve their health. Nick is able to relate his own personal experience to current thinking about mental health, coping with stress and making the right choices when confronted with critical hurdles in our lives.

Nick was a 2015 SA Australian of the Year finalist, and was awarded the 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (Central Region) by Ernst and Young.

This breakfast event is not to be missed! Join us to hear from Nick Lee on his life story, and how he has used his corporate business experience in the not-for-profit sector, successfully driving the growth of the Jodi Lee Foundation.

If you’re looking for inspiration to improve your team’s performance, your business or your own career, mark Wednesday 7th July 2021 in your diary and purchase your tickets for Breakfast at the Next Level featuring SOL Results Mastercoaches Manuel Karkafiris and John Ngatia.

At this special workshop event, Manuel and John will share valuable knowledge to motivate you to go beyond what you believe to be your capabilities. The presentation will include:

• Crucial conversation on communication

• Stepping up and delivering critical messages

• Understand your communication style

• How do you react under conflict

• Proven step by step process to get your message across

• Getting the best out of yourself and your team

• How to achieve your stretch goals

• Tapping into all the resources you need to accomplish your goals.


These insights are derived from Manuel and John’s own business successes, and skills & strategies that the gentlemen have used themselves to create continuous growth in their lives.

Leadership Tools for High Performance, Getting the best out of yourself & your team with Manuel Karkafiris and John Ngatia

Developing a positive mindset is crucial to personal and business success, says Manuel. It’s a practise, and requires commitment to ensure excellence becomes a habit.

“Our mind is a powerful organ and if we use it right, the results can be amazing,” he said.

Passionate about helping SOL Results clients to achieve success, balance and fulfillment in life, Manuel applies his internationally-accredited teachings of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to improve performance in all areas from career and finances to relationships and health.

“I have seen people’s lives turn around because they begin to focus on the good things in their life rather than the negative in every situation,” Manuel said.

Professionals including psychology PhDs, doctors, chief executives and chief financial officers have benefitted from working with Manuel to achieve business success, all the while focussing on the power of positive thinking.

Likewise, John Ngatia’s mission is to inspire people around the world to live a life of joy, great health and financial abundance. A dynamic and compelling speaker, John is renowned for his ability to motivate his audience to personally enrich the quality of their life – physically, mentally and financially.

With more than 15 years of experience in accounting and business, including both small businesses and large multinational corporations, John will help you to grasp strategies to adapt and apply to your own business and in your workplace.

John has successfully mentored high profile business owners, executives, doctors, surgeons and sports personalities. He was presented with Africa Media Australia’s African-Australian Person of the Year award in 2015, recognising his endearing and charismatic personality and his ability to capture his audiences’ attention and enable them to improve their lives.

This breakfast event is not to be missed! Join us at July’s thinktank to hear Manuel and John talk about how they have achieved business success, and take onboard a wealth of tips to help you to do the same in your life and career.


Wednesday 2 June 2021 | 7:00AM – 9:00AM (networking starts 6.30AM)

Hilton Hotel – Fedoras Restaurant – 264 South Road Hilton

Join us at Breakfast at the Next Level, on Wednesday 2 June 2021, when we meet Marie Shaw QC. She is a pioneer and trailblazer in the legal profession as well as a lifechanging force lovingly shaping at risk youth into extraordinary community leaders.

With a burning passion focussed on improving community wellbeing, Marie’s work as the Co-founder of Ice Factor Program for at risk and disengaged youth -since 2005, is making a profound difference to the lives of young people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. It currently supports youth in 17 high schools in S.A through the discipline and teamwork, training and playing competitive ice hockey.

Starting in 1975 as a young clerk, working for Moran & McRae, Barristers & Solicitors, Marie worked hard during these years and as a result she became a partner in 1982 and commenced practice as a Barrister at the Independent Bar in 1985.

Over the next four decades, Marie made a powerful impact in the High Court, Federal Court, Supreme Court, Industrial Court, Family Court and the various Tribunals.

In her early years, growing up in Warrachie, Eyre Peninsula, Marie had burning willpower to achieve an education. Coming from a small country town, Marie felt she had to fight her way to the top, leaving her with a sense of not fully belonging.

Once at Loreto College boarding school, Marie made an admission that she could use hard work to overcome a sense of inadequacy and low self-esteem. She joined a school debating team, which won her an American Field Service Scholarship to live in the US for a year. After returning home, Marie concentrated her new experiences into something positive, and that ambition still frames her life today.

Meeting her future husband Phil, a police cadet at the time, her path into law was opened. Her longstanding marriage to Phil is a rare achievement among barristers, a first marriage still going 44 years later.

At that stage they had two children Marie and Phil decided to move to the country, to Bute, wanting her family growing up as she had.

After two years they bought a small farm at Mallala, which they still own today, and had their third child, diagnosed with dyslexia in her early years. It was the start of a difficult journey that brought Marie indirectly to her great passion, which is the Ice Factor. She is a dedicated philanthropist and devotes most of her spare time to the Ice Factor program which helps troubled teenagers, for whom the system is ready to give up on.

Marie has seen countless kids in court and knew what they had been through to get there – a trail of neglect, dysfunction, alcohol and drugs. She thought ice hockey might help these kids who couldn’t cope with school. The first 15 “Ice Factor kids” were from Parafield High and they were from “the dungeon” where they went during the day instead of normal lessons. Some were homeless and addicted to drugs, and had been in trouble fighting or stealing cars. That was the first pilot project 12 years ago.

Helping others is what Marie loves, and it is the Ice Factor program that drives her and gives her a sense of her own value. “This program is preventing so many kids from ending up in the criminal justice system — and not costing the state $100,000 a year,” she says. “So many of them go on to have very strong and productive lives.”

Marie has unlocked some of the secrets to a fulfilling life and how our callings can leave a lasting legacy for our family and community

The SOL Results team looks forward to welcoming you.

Yours in success,

The SOL Results Team

Join us at Fedoras Restaurant – or join via Zoom

Join us at Fedoras Restaurant – or join via Zoom

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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