Meet Our 2017 Speakers

The Property Buyer Expo has some fantastic Speakers this year. Hover over their images to find out more.

Dr Andrew Wilson


Dr Andrew Wilson was the Chief Economist for the Fairfax-owned Domain Group. He is one of Australia’s leading housing market experts. He is a regular housing market speaker and adviser to the Federal Government funded, Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network. Dr Wilson’s experience spans senior property and construction research positions within industry, academia and government. He has published research in various academic journals and industry publications, covering a wide range of residential property and construction issues. He is also one of Australia’s highest profile housing market commentators, appearing regularly through a variety of media.

Ben Kingsley


Ben Kingsley is the CEO and founding Director of Empower Wealth, and Chair of Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA). A qualified Property Investment Advisor (QPIA), he holds a Real Estate Agency Licenses in VIC, NSW & QLD, a Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management, Diploma of Business and has become one of Australia’s leading experts in property investing for wealth creation. 20 years experience in property investing, finance and wealth creation, together with a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, issues and trends, has positioned Ben as a genuine expert in property finance and money management.

Bryce Holdaway


As Partner of specialist property investment advisory firm Empower Wealth, Bryce’s philosophy is that property investment is “simple but not easy”. In his role, he works with buyers looking to buy their next family home and first time investor’s right through to experienced property portfolio builders who are seeking to create a life changing retirement lifestyle. Bryce is also the co-host of The Property Couch Podcast which has quickly become the number 1 podcast for Property Investment in Australia.

Chris Gray


Chris Gray is the CEO of Your Empire which builds property portfolio’s for time-poor professionals, searching, negotiating and renovating on their behalf. He is the host of ‘Your Property Empire’ on Sky News Business Channel and was the Real Estate Judge on ‘The Renovators’ on Channel Ten.

As a qualified accountant, mortgage broker and buyers agent, Chris is the independent authority in educating buyers, sellers and investors about residential property in Australia. Chris started buying property at the age of 22, semi-retired at the age of 31 and currently holds over $10m of property in his personal portfolio.

David McMillan


During his 16 years in the property industry David has worked as a property valuer and property adviser to private clients, financial planners, accountant, finance broker’s, major banks and governments. He has been involved in more than $500M worth of transactions mainly across Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia & Queensland.

Frank Valentic


Frank Valentic is the Director and Officer in Effective Control of Advantage Property Consulting and is considered to be one of Australia’s leading Buyer's Agents and Vendor's Advocates. Frank’s infectious enthusiasm for the Real Estate Industry began over two decades ago when he started building his own property portfolio. Having previously been a semi-professional soccer player and teacher, Frank was well and truly equipped to transfer his passion to a career in 2000 when he and his wife Michelle established Advantage Property Consulting.

Ian Ugarte


Ian Ugarte is a full time property investor, consultant and real estate advisor. He is also Australia’s leading micro apartment, rooming house and boarding house specialist. Ian has spoken to over 50,000 people over the past 5 years in the property development, micro apartment and personal development fields whilst also being a private mentor and coach where he is known for his personal style of challenging peoples’ thought processes and perceptions.

Margaret Lomas


Margaret Lomas not only the host of two weekly property investment shows on Skynews Business Channel, but also a best-selling author of 8 Property Investment books. In addition to being the Founder and Director of Destiny Financial Solutions, Margaret is the past chair and current board member of the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA).

She is a past Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year and Westpac Business Owner of the Year, and her company was a recipient of the Australian Business Award for Best Value. Margaret is a qualified financial adviser and investment property adviser; she is Senior Associate with FINSIA – the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Nerida Conisbee


Nerida Conisbee is the Chief Economist for REA Group and one of Australia’s leading property market experts. She provides regular commentary for SkyNews and a wide range of Australian media outlets. With more than 20 years of property research experience, her experience covers residential and commercial property from both an investor and occupier’s perspective. Over the past 12 months, she has presented at major industry forums including those run by the Property Council of Australia, Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), CoreNet Global and IPD. She is also an adviser on property market conditions to major Government bodies such as the Reserve Bank of Australia and Treasury.

Steve Waters


Steve is a professional negotiator, property strategist and licenced Real Estate Agent who has successfully negotiated more than 3000 transactions from one bedroom units to multilevel apartment blocks and renovated over 100 properties adding massive value and also substantially increasing rental yields. It is this level of experience that provides confidence in Steve’s ability to find a suitable property and negotiate a great deal.