14 episodes

The Best In The West is a West Australian only podcast where Cian Brennan interviews the best minds and talent that WA has to offer so we can create a better future for the state over the next 5, 10, 20+ years. If you’re a business owner, student, employee or in State Government in Western Australia – This podcast is for you and will help you understand what is really going on in WA. If you’re not, we will be talking about West Australian-only problems, impacts and potential solutions only so there is a good chance it won’t be of interest.

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The Best In The West is a West Australian only podcast where Cian Brennan interviews the best minds and talent that WA has to offer so we can create a better future for the state over the next 5, 10, 20+ years. If you’re a business owner, student, employee or in State Government in Western Australia – This podcast is for you and will help you understand what is really going on in WA. If you’re not, we will be talking about West Australian-only problems, impacts and potential solutions only so there is a good chance it won’t be of interest.

    WA’s Resurgence with Wyllie Groups’ MD Melissa Karlson

    WA’s Resurgence with Wyllie Groups’ MD Melissa Karlson

    What does the future of business, jobs and property look like for WA? When someone manages the level of investment that today’s guest does in the business she operates you know that this episode is definitely worth a listen.



    In this episode, I'm chatting to the Managing Director of the Wyllie Group Melissa Karlson. Melissa is a powerhouse of Western Australian business. The Wyllie Group is a family-run investment company with holdings in direct property such as the Perth Convention Centre, Hillarys Boat Harbour and North Kellyville Square in Sydney. They own listed and private equity both internationally and domestically, farming where they have 1200 head of black Angus cattle. Aside from her role in the Wyllie Group Melissa is also known for her work in helping raise money for the Perth Children’s Hospital. 



    If you are a business owner or property owner in Western Australia, you will hear some great advice from one of Western Australia’s largest investors

    • 38 min
    The Rise of Subiaco’s Legal Powerhouse with Aaron McDonald

    The Rise of Subiaco’s Legal Powerhouse with Aaron McDonald

    If you are a business owner in Western Australia then you will know how important it is to seek the correct legal advice. There are a lot of business owners who take on projects and are unable to deliver due to not having the materials and resources needed causing legal issues. 



    In this episode, I'm chatting with Aaron McDonald who is the current director of Pragma Lawyers. What sets Aaron’s firm apart from other traditional law firms is the fact that he charges based on value, steering away from time-based pricing where traditionally clients are charged by the hour or even by the minute. Value-based pricing is disrupting the legal industry as hiring a good lawyer comes at a more reasonable price than normal. 



    If you are in an industry where you’re relying on materials that haven’t arrived yet or resources and you can’t get enough people this is going to be a valuable episode to listen to. 

    • 34 min
    Rethinking Energy and Jobs with Senator Ben Small

    Rethinking Energy and Jobs with Senator Ben Small

    If we are to see Western Australia move forward we need to start rethinking about energy and jobs. One of the questions that I always ask on this podcast is what is the biggest problem facing Western Australia? And the answer more often than not is energy. Whether its energy from how it is going to affect our jobs and revenue in the future or energy in keeping the lights on in Western Australia. Energy is a bigger problem than what most of us realise.



    On the podcast today we have Senator Ben Small. Ben is currently representing Western Australia in Canberra representing the liberal party and was chosen by the liberal party to fill a casual vacancy following Mathias Cormann’s resignation. With Ben’s position in politics, representing Western Australia he would be the best person to start a discussion around how and why we should be rethinking Western Australia’s energy and jobs. 



    If you are interested in the energy market in Western Australia be it as a source of jobs, revenue for the state or Western Australia not being able to produce enough energy to keep the lights on then this is an episode that you will enjoy listening to. 

    • 41 min
    Is WA Friendly for Foreign Businesses? With Sally McDonald

    Is WA Friendly for Foreign Businesses? With Sally McDonald

    One of the most challenging things a business owner can do is pack up their business and lives and move across the world to start again. In today’s podcast, we are going to discover how our guest did just that.



    On the podcast today we have Sally Ann McDonald who is the CEO of McDonald Surveys, a surveying company that are leading rail engineering surveying in Western Australia. They work for FMG, Rio Tinto, Roy Hill, BHP, Arch Infrastructure, and all the big players. 



    Sally was born in Ireland and came to Perth, Australia in 2012. Sally’s story of how she came to Australia is one of resilience and risk because of how difficult and expensive WA can be for foreign businesses setting up in Australia. 



    The level of risk Ally Ann took and the faith she had in her staff is something to be admired.
     

    If you are a business owner in Australia who is from another country or maybe you are an Australian who is looking at setting up a business and moving overseas you will find today’s podcast to be of quality to you. This episode will be packed with learnings for you.

    • 36 min
    Entrepreneur’s in WA: Do they Exist with Roman Watkins

    Entrepreneur’s in WA: Do they Exist with Roman Watkins

    When you think of entrepreneurship, the first place that comes to mind is probably not Western Australia. The majority of people think that to be an entrepreneur in Western Australia you have to be in the oil and gas or mining sectors. However, today’s guest Roman Watkins proves that this doesn’t have to be the case for all Western Australian entrepreneurs.




    Roman Watkins is a successful entrepreneur and investor who is the founder of ‘Switch Glass’. A leading Australian independent glass processor. What makes Roman’s business unique is that he not only founded his business in Western Australia but manufactures from Western Australia as well. 



    Roman has been able to leverage his entrepreneurship and business to where he can maintain a healthy personal and family life. Today’s podcast episode is about showing you how it’s not all about working 80 hour weeks to run and maintain a successful business. You can still grow and maintain a successful business while working fewer hours doing so. 



    If you are someone who is running or starting a business or you work a nine to five, this episode is worth a listen as you’ll gain insight and understanding into what you need to do and how to go about achieving success as a business owner or employee in WA yourself. 

    • 36 min
    How to Grow your Network in Western Australia with Allan Dib

    How to Grow your Network in Western Australia with Allan Dib

    When it comes to growing your network, there is no better expert than Allan Dib. Allan is a serial entrepreneur and best selling author of The 1 Page Marketing Plan. Allan joins me as a guest host in today’s episode to talk about how to go about growing your network in Western Australia. 



    If you are a budding entrepreneur, a business owner or interested in growing your network in Western Australia, this episode is a must listen as you will learn the ins and outs of growing your network in the modern world.

    • 34 min

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