Larry Kestelman is a serial entrepreneur whose limitless enthusiasm for business has bred a winning culture throughout the expanding portfolio of companies over which he presides.
A Ukrainian migrant, Kestelman's rags-to-riches life story has made him a beacon for achievement in Australia's business, technology, property, and sporting landscape.
While he's best known as the face and founder of telecommunications and utilities provider, Dodo, the passionate Executive Group Chairman has most recently become synonymous with his vision for success and sophistication.
In addition to his impressive business credentials, Kestelman is widely involved in the community and has won a variety of awards and recognitions for his achievements in supporting multiple charities and initiatives.
As a business operations specialist, Boris brings with him a unique set of skills that bridge the gap between inspired visionaries and the high level execution of strategy and business operation.
It was during the rapid growth of telecommunications company Dodo, when Boris first realised his talents for business operation. Over a span of almost a decade as Operations Manager then General Manager, Boris oversaw enormous growth at Dodo and was responsible for delivering revenue in excess of $200 million a year.
In his capacity as General Manager of Dodo prior to its acquisition by market heavyweights M2 Group Ltd (now merged with Vocus), he was instrumental in delivering organic growth to the business through increased sales and customer retention in core telecommunications products, as well as by leading the expansion into a wider range of essential services including power and gas, and car, home and contents insurance.
Boris believes that knowledge and information are central to operating a successful business and this conviction proved central to his role facilitating the $204 million sale of Dodo to M2 Group Ltd.
After the acquisition, Boris joined M2’s executive team bringing with him nine years of experience and operational intelligence as Consumer Director. It was in this role that Boris stepped up to become responsible for a business unit of more than a half billion dollars with interests in telecommunications, energy and financial services.
Leading a team of over 2,000 employees, Boris successfully improved the business’ strategic development, oversaw the sales, marketing and operational functions and delivered unprecedented growth in subscriber numbers.
Now as Chief Operations Officer at LKG, his role oversees a vast range of LK Property developments. Boris brings with him the management nous and leadership that is essential to successfully execute on the group’s largest and greatest property project worth more than $800 million, Capitol Grand.
Also part of his remit with LKG is his directorship on various investments at venture capitalist firm, Oxygen Ventures where his strong background in leading product innovation and delivering on financial performance is tapped by emerging start-ups.
Working across property, sport, media and technology, Ben Hall has carved a career as a leader in sales, marketing and delivery. His infectious enthusiasm for the industries in which he has worked has seen him become a prominent leader in his current position with LK Group.
Ben's flair for marketing and his entrepreneurial abilities were evident early on, when at age 21 he started his own business in the events and entertainment industry. It was as a young entrepreneur that he cut his teeth in the business world and learnt several valuable lessons around relationship and stakeholder management.
With newfound business skills in tow, Ben took up a position with AFL club, St.Kilda, as the General Manager of Marketing and Membership. In what could be described as one of the most difficult jobs in the AFL, Ben spent eight years working across membership, merchandise, events, sponsorship, and marketing and communications. During his time at St.Kilda, the club achieved record growth in all measurable fields.
Ben moved to Aussie Farmers Direct into a similar role as the one with St.Kilda. Working in the FMCG space opened Ben's eyes to managing P&Ls and gave him first-hand experience in the difficult nature of door-to-door sales and managing a large call centre.
It was this role with Aussie Farmers Direct, combined with his previous experience and the lessons he learnt in leadership, that attracted the LK Group.
Ben now heads up the marketing across the LK group, which can be a challenging task, but one that he is equal to.
Looking at Ben's career, it is a logbook of success. He has generated over 50 unique partnerships with some of the country's biggest brands including Harvey Norman, Amex, Bupa, Good Guys, Australia Post, Fitness First, and Jenny Craig.
Ben prides himself on his ability to get the deal done, but he understands that this requires the help of his team. He therefore takes ownership of their development and ownership of the job to bring opportunities to bear.
Highly skilled and with a natural affinity for problem solving, Robert Rink's ability to view problems from a different frame of reference has enabled him to carve a very successful career as a Chief Financial Officer.
Admittedly 'green' when he began with Dodo in 2003, Robert learnt early on that if his career was to progress, he would be required to think on his feet and act quickly to meet the demands of a rapidly-changing business.
Over the course of three years, Robert developed the finance team at Dodo through a 500% growth period. He also set up the finance function for five Dodo World retail stores and led the implementation of an entirely new financial system. Robert counts the integration of this new system as one of his proudest moments.
And he takes great pride in all of his work. From redesigning workflows at the Heat Group post Dodo and assisting non-finance executives to interpret financial information, to successfully leading the full year and half year audit process for the L'Oreal finance team.
He trained and mentored the New Zealand Corporate Finance Team in their first year-end close using SAP and over the years he has encouraged and motivated his team to also take pride in their work and achieve their highest aims.
Robert returned to The Dodo Group in 2011 and facilitated the sale of Dodo by heading up the tax compliance and structure of the deal. Upon completion of the sale, he was offered the position of CFO with LK Group. The sale brought together all of Robert's skills and experience in tax, compliance and business structure, along with his ability to find out-of-the-box solutions to the most pressing problems.
Robert now has a powerful skillset, and backed by his finance team, he is meeting every challenge that LK Group presents, especially those associated with the acquisition of businesses in a vast range of industries including property, finance, investment and sport.
Chair and Founding Member, Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders
Anita heads one of Australia's largest and most successful philanthropic giving circles which funds humanitarian projects of the Red Cross focussing on supporting women and children.
Membership of the Society of Women Leaders starts with an annual donation of $10,000 and each woman in the circle votes on where she wants the pooled funds to be allocated. She has also set up a think tank program where members and their contacts can provide pro bono support and advice to the world's largest humanitarian organisation. By bringing the philanthropic, corporate and not-for-profit sectors together, new levels of collaboration and breakthroughs are achieved in solving complex social problems.
Anita worked in the commercial sector for 12 years in Australia, UK and USA before returning to Australia in 2008 to focus on international aid and humanitarian pursuits.
She has an Economics degree from Monash University.
She is a passionate advocate for humanitarian projects and believes that everyone has something of value to bring to the conversation about making our country and our world a fairer, kinder and better place.Request Donation