Meet Our 2017 Speakers

The Property Buyer Expo has some fantastic Speakers this year, click on their profile picture to get further details:

Andrew Wilson

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Dr Andrew Wilson is Chief Economist for the Fairfax-owned Domain Group and 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.

Arthur Naoumidis

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After 20 years as an IT consultant, Arthur spent 5 years at JB Were and BNP Paribas building investment administration systems and businesses. Using his combined technology and investment administration background, Arthur founded the now ASX Listed Praemium (ASX:PPS) growing it into a portfolio administration business with 500 corporate clients (accountants, financial planners, stockbrokers, SMSF administrators and institutions) administering over $43 Billion. He also pioneered SMAs (Separately Managed Accounts) in Australia and launched them in the UK.

Ben Kingsley

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Ben is the CEO and founder of Empower Wealth Advisory – a specialist Property Investment firm. He has over 20 years experience in property investing, analysis and advisory work. Ben is a highly sort after property commentator and key note speaker in the property, money management and investment fields, featuring on Sky Business News, ABC News 24, Melbourne Property TV, Look at Property and is the author of many property investment, wealth management and personal finance articles and research reports in the major industry publications. He is the Co-Host of the very popular free podcast – The Property Couch. He brings a long history of successful business acumen that will provide a greater voice and awareness for PIPA.

Bryce Holdaway

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Bryce Holdaway is a partner at Empower Wealth, best-selling author and Co-Host of Location Location Location Australia on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel and The Property Couch Podcast. A qualified Buyers Agent and Financial Planner, Bryce holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Real Estate Agent License and Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning). Passionate about wealth building education, Bryce is a regular keynote speaker at the Home Buyer Expo and CPA development sessions, as well as a key property commentator in Money Magazine, Your Investment Property, ABC News 24, Today Show, The Project (Channel 10), 2GB and 2UE (Sydney) to name a few.

Chris Gray

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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.

Christina Lehnis

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With over seven years of experience as a marketing and communication expert in the real estate industry, Christina Lehnis specialises in strategic planning and marketing research

Daniel Noble

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CoVESTA is the brain child of Daniel. After more than 20 years working in the startup and venture capital space, he has a keen eye for identifying market gaps and opportunities – and CoVESTA was no different. He could see friends and family struggling to get on the property ladder and decided there simply had to be a better way. His mission was to combine his years’ of experience in the financial, property and technology sectors to find a solution, which is what drove him to create CoVESTA – a way for everyday Australians to get into property.

David McMillan

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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.
Since 2009, David has been specifically focused on helping medical professionals, expats, business owners and busy executives build effective property portfolios.

Effie Zahos

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Effie Zahos is the editor of Money magazine (Australia’s most read and sold personal finance magazine) and was co-host of the successful Money for Jam TV show on Channel 9. With 20 years experience in the finance industry, Effie started as a graduate trainee for one of Australia’s major banks. She then moved from corporate to TV in 1997, kick- starting her career in journalism as head researcher for Paul Clitheroe on Channel Nine’s successful Money Show. She now writes for Money magazine, specialising in consumer banking issues and is a regular on radio with her Word On Money segment, and on TV.

George Kanellis

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George Kanellis is multiple award winning finance broker with over 20 years in property and finance experience, he is also the founder of First Home Freedom. George helps young smart hardworking Australians buy their First Home and still have a life. He will share the systems and process you need to follow to allow you to be able to understand what you can buy and then provide the help you need to get you there as quickly as possible.

Ian Hosking Richards

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CEO of Rocket Property Group is one of Australia’s leading property experts, speakers and authors. Ian has personally built a property portfolio of over 40 properties worth over $20M in just 15 years. Ian has written about his real life experience and the strategies he used to create his portfolio in a simple and easy to understand book on the: how, the what, the where, and the why of property investing. The new book “60 minutes to Property Success” is to be released at the Property Expo.

Ian Ugarte

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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

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Margaret Lomas is the host of two weekly property investment shows on Skynews Business Channel
602; ‘Your Money Your Call’ and ‘Property Success with Margaret Lomas’, (now in its ninth year)
which she creates and produces. 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) and past board member of the Real Estate Institute of NSW (REINSW). She is a past Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year and Westpac Business Owner of the Year, and was voted one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015.

Mark Bouris

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Mark Bouris has established a successful career from building disruptive businesses to challenge the market and provide smarter solutions for consumers. Mark's current positions include Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road Group (ASX:YBR), Executive Chairman of TZ Limited (ASX:TZL) and Chairman of Anteo Diagnostics (ASX:ADO). He is also Adjunct Professor for Banking Finance and Business Law Tax at University of New South Wales Australian School of Business. In 2015, Mark was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the finance industry, particularly the home loan mortgage sector, to education, and to charitable organisations.

Naomi Findlay

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Dr Naomi Findlay PhD is a nationally renowned expert on making money from property, Naomi creates beautiful, healthy and wealthy spaces for you to focus and thrive in. As well as helping you leverage your property when selling, renting or holding it. Naomi is also internationally renowned speaker and thought leader on reflective thinking and learning, turning everyday experiences into game changing learning opportunities.

Neil Featherstone

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Neil has specialised in advising the retail pharmacy profession since 1985.

The nature of work undertaken for his clients includes business coaching, taxation advice, management strategy, finance applications, evaluation of businesses for purchase and sale, and litigation support (dispute resolution and family law). He has valued pharmacies for mortgage lending purposes for all of the major banks.

Nerida Conisbee

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Nerida Conisbee is the Chief Economist for REA Group and one of Australia’s leading property market experts.
Nerida provides regular commentary for SkyNews and a wide range of Australian media outlets including digital, print, television and radio. She also provides content for REA Group’s websites. Nerida presents on property market conditions to investors, occupiers and industry groups. She is also an adviser on property market conditions to major Government bodies such as the Reserve Bank of Australia and Treasury.

Paul Glossop

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Paul Glossop is the founder and director of Pure Property Investment (PPI). PPI was established with a focus on the fundamentals of property investing. Paul left behind the corporate sector to follow his passion, and educate others on all aspects of property investing. The company mission is to enable investors to experience a truly holistic approach. From the initial stages of establishing an all-encompassing property strategy to the acquisition of the property, Pure Property Investment is a true partner for its client’s throughout the entire journey. We specialise in sourcing properties Australia wide that are below market value, and primed with capital growth.

Peter Gordon

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Peter Gordon started out like many of his clients with a wish to own a property. I didn’t have big dreams of building a portfolio. I just took that first step and purchased one property. From that moment, I fell in love with property. I read books, went to seminar’s, and spoke to other investors. Over time I purchased my second, third and fourth properties and so began my story, my journey.
As the Founder of Investo Property my passion is property investing and helping to educate other people like you on how, why, and where to invest.

Peter Neale

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A business professional who is experienced in sales, marketing, leadership and general management. Peter's professional experience includes Property Development, Off the Plan Property Sales and Marketing, Mulit-Site Retail, FMCG, Telecommunications and Property Management.

Philippe Brach

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Philippe Brach, founder and CEO of Multifocus Properties and Finance, is a successful property investor who turned his passion for property into a unique investor-focused business. His 25-year background in corporate finance and accounting, as well as his experience as a property investor, real estate agent and finance broker, gives him the perfect profile to help investors in all aspects of property ownership.

Rich Harvey

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Rich Harvey, is a buyers’ agent, economist, and property investor. Rich has won over 25 major awards including the prestigious National Telstra Business award. Rich serves on a voluntary basis to improve the professionalism and standards within the buyers’ agents industry as the Chairman of the Buyers Agent Chapter of the Real Estate Institute of NSW and is also President of the Real Estate Buyers Agent Association of Australia (REBAA). Rich and his team at propertybuyer have purchased over 2000 properties for their clients. He is a regular speaker at property shows and a commentator for the major property magazines, Financial Review, Domain, Sky Business, Channel 7 and 9 and other leading media

Scott Kay

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As a Chartered Accountant and Tax Agent with over 13 years experience, Scott loves to help clients with the big picture and the small details. Working for a middle-tier firm for over 10 years, Scott gained a range of experience in small and large business, specialising in small businesses and individuals. Scott has extensive knowledge and real-life experience with business and investments having purchased his first property at age 23 and invested in shares, managed funds, options and CFDs. Scott was featured on A Current Affair for his writing educating young people about money and tax. He is the author of Increase your refund: Australian tax return tips for employees.

Siobhan Hayden

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Siobhan Hayden is the Board Adviser and Chief Operational Officer of HashChing, a leading mortgage marketplace that offers consumers the largest selection of pre-negotiated rates from banks and lenders. Since joining the company, Ms Hayden has been instrumental in helping to disrupt the Australian mortgage space, and has implemented a variety of initiatives to streamline HashChing’s market-leading technology. She has a wealth of specialist knowledge across trends, behaviours, customer patterns and technology, garnered through 20 years of experience within the Finance and Logistics sectors.

Steve Waters

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Steve has 15 years of hands on, comprehensive property investment experience and is himself an accomplished property investor with a substantial property holding. 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.

Susan Farquhar

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One of the country’s leading investment property experts, Susan Farquhar built Calla Property on a proven research methodology that achieves consistent capital growth for her clients. ‘Calla Insights’ is a detailed and holistic approach to building an investment portfolio and has been developed by Susan after many years of buying and selling property for herself and her clients. Backed by her MBA studies with mortgage and financial planning components, Susan is in a unique position to understand how individuals feel about money and debt and will empower them to make better finance choices.

Tim Morris

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Tim Morris is an IT Management Consultant, Property Investor, and Managing Director of RentingSmart - an online system designed for landlords to self-manage their own investment properties. The world is operating in an age of business disruption, and through his extensive knowledge of IT systems and a passion for maximising the wealth-building opportunities of his investment portfolio, Tim is adept at helping landlords to self-manage their own property portfolios, and in doing so is disrupting the traditional property management approach that investors and tenants are accustomed to.

Tyron Hyde

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Tyron began his career at Washington Brown in 1993 as a wide-eyed intern looking for a break in the industry. 20 years later, he is now the majority shareholder in the business. Over the past 20 years, Tyron has helped transform Washington Brown into one of Australia’s leading companies in tax depreciation reports. He is regarded as one of the industry’s leading experts in property tax depreciation and is regularly quoted in the media, is asked to speak at conferences, and has published numerous articles on tax depreciation for consumer and business publications.

Victor Kumar

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Nearly 15 years ago Victor and his wife came to Australia from Fiji with just $4,500 in their pockets. They worked hard as radiographers but realised this was not the way to prosperity. Victor embarked on a process of building wealth through property. He has amassed a substantial property portfolio, and is still actively buying and renovating property. His recommendations are based on what works in today’s market, not what used to be effective a year or more ago.

Walter Nanni

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My objective in life is to have a real good go at things and do my very best to my high standards and leave a place better than i found it. i really believe my purpose in life is to help people achieve and succeed when they themselves thought it was impossible.

Stage Hosts

Susan Farquhar

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One of the country’s leading investment property experts, Susan Farquhar built Calla Property on a proven research methodology that achieves consistent capital growth for her clients. ‘Calla Insights’ is a detailed and holistic approach to building an investment portfolio and has been developed by Susan after many years of buying and selling property for herself and her clients. Backed by her MBA studies with mortgage and financial planning components, Susan is in a unique position to understand how individuals feel about money and debt and will empower them to make better finance choices.

Josh Masters

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Josh is the Director and Founder of BuySide Buyers Agency, and the author of Why Property Why Now. He is also the creator of the mobile application for property investors called Suburb Investor. He currently oversees offices in Sydney and Brisbane and has been a finalist for Most Innovative Agency of the Year and Buyers Agent of the Year for 2015 and 2017.

John Molloy

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John Molloy is the Senior Residential Buyers Agent at Prosper Group.
While John brings to Prosper Group his 15 years’ experience in the real estate industry, the company itself has a distinguished 12 years under its belt sourcing and negotiating both Residential and Commercial property deals across Sydney and interstate.
John’s formidable knowledge of the Inner Sydney market and his natural rapport with countless sales agents, gives his clients access and an inside track on properties well before they hit the open market.