Podcast by Luke Butler & Mike Rodrigues
#47 - Elliot Solomon, CEO, Solotel
This week we speak to Elliot Solomon, CEO of one of Sydney's finest pub groups, Solotel.
Elliot discusses his family's 100-year history within the Australian Pub industry and how their migrant story has influenced the diversity we see in the business today. He also examines the intricacies of behaving like a corporate company whilst "not being too corporate that we lose sight of what we are; a family business.'
We also learn about Solotel's new Japanese-inspired listening bar, Rekodo. Elliot tells us of the non-linear process of launching a new venue and the many inspirations and extensive research it takes. We also examine what going out looks like for the younger, inexperienced audiences post-COVID and what we can do to cater to them.
#46 - Kate Hemat-Siraky (nee Tones), Director Zest People Solutions
As a self-proclaimed "people person", Kate Hemat-Siraky is one of the lucky ones who has always known what she wanted to do in life: to work with people.
After an impressive career in People Experience (she hates the term HR), gravitating toward the food, beverage, hospitality, sport & events space, Kate decided to move back to the Sunshine Coast to open her own business, Zest People Solutions.
the thought process was that if she applied the same stamina and grit to her own thing, surely it couldn't fail. And in fact, she has never been busier!
Still working firmly in the hospitality industry, Kate also finds much of her work coaching people from different sectors and levels, from journalists, scientists, software engineers, sommeliers, and people & culture professionals.
In today's episode, Kate divulges pearls of wisdom around post-COVID dynamic changes, labour shortages, the importance of and steps to excellent employee experience, "Why Statements", human-centred design and strength-based leadership.
#45 - Aaron Heary, Chief Strategy Officer (and COO), Good Drinks Australia
Aaron Heary is a Gage Roads and Good Drinks original. Starting in 2004 as a brewer, Aaron quickly advanced to Head Brewer, before becoming General Manager of Operations in 2009. Five years later, Aaron was appointed to his current role of Chief Operating/Chief Strategy Officer. Professionally brewing since 2000, Aaron has successfully navigated the world of brewing and business. Aaron holds a Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London, while also receiving a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University.
Aaron is well respected within the brewing industry and as a qualified beer judge has been invited to adjudicate at the Australian International Beer Awards Melbourne, The Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show, and the Perth Royal Beer Show. Aaron served as Vice-President of the West Australian Brewers Association between 2015 and 2018.
#44 - Bianca Dawson, CEO, Sand Hill Road
As Chief Executive Officer, I lead our team in driving positive, productive culture and practices with a progressive take on our industry’s capabilities.
Together with our senior leadership team, I oversee and evaluate performance, design and implement business strategies, set propelling goals and ensure social responsibility while driving our values, culture and growth. Having joined Sand Hill Road in 2017 as Group People & Culture Manager, I am particularly passionate about the development of our people through our training, mentoring and wellbeing programs.
Hospitality calls for a unique brand of operations management. Born and raised in hospo, I have a unique understanding of the dynamic complexities of our industry and the challenges they bring. As part of my commitment to providing a genuine and enjoyable experience for both our customers and our team, I take a hands-on approach to the day to day operations of our venues.
In 2018, I had the opportunity to manage the extensive recruitment, induction and training of our 300-strong Espy opening crew. A true career highlight, my team and I devised compelling recruitment strategies and incorporated personality profiling with the keen objective of hiring on value alignment. Finding the right characters and facilitating the best training and support paved the way for strong engagement, enthusiasm, and, in turn, the successful relaunch of this iconic venue.
Ensuring an epic time every time comes from more than just our amazing pubs and products - it takes a diverse team with a genuine love for the industry. I am so proud to lead that team into the next chapter and push the boundaries of expectation for our customers, our people, our community, our venues and our brand.
#43 - Scott Boyes, Vice President Operations NSW & ACT, Accor
Scott Boyes is Vice President Operations NSW/ACT for Accor. Previously, Scott held the position of Regional General Manager of Accor in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
An experienced hotelier, Scott has worked in the hospitality industry since 1992, commencing his career with Accor Asia Pacific in 1994 upon graduation from the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.
In 2005, he was one of three people from Australia/New Zealand to be awarded the prestigious Accor Bernache Award for his achievements in financial performance.
#42 - Morgan Kelly, Global Lead Partner, Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Restructuring
Given the current state of play, we thought it could be valuable to offer some real insight into navigating significant financial challenges. Knowing your options is valuable.
Morgan assists in situations involving restructuring advisory, performance improvement and debt or capital raising, implementing solutions to manage financial or operational distress, maximise performance and assisting in obtaining finance through both formal and informal roles.
His key recent engagements include the Keystone Group, The Jamie Oliver Restaurant chain, AIPE (a major VET Provider), Sumo Salad Group, Napoleon Perdis, and other informal advisory roles.
Morgan has significant experience in hospitality, mining and mining services, property and construction and he leads the Hospitality and Tourism Industry Sector Specialisation for KPMG Restructuring Services nationally.
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