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Helping small businesses is my passion and a passion that stems from a young age.
My Dad still owns his small construction plastering company. I'd receive 50 cents for cleaning his desk as an eight year old. Pretty fair I thought back then.
My parents taught me the value of hard work and honesty. I grew up in a town built on small business. Daylesford in Victoria, a small country town best known for its natural mineral water, spas, cafes and yearly gay and lesbian festival. My first job at the age of 14 was in the local Daylesford Hotel. I was the only waitress on a Sunday and mastered the art of carrying three plates up several stairs to the top balcony. I then tried my hand in retail at another small, locally owned Jewellery store, whilst still working at the hotel. I remained in Daylesford until I was 18 and had the freedom to follow my dream for a life away from the small town I had always known. This is when I headed North to Queensland.
Those experiences from a young age taught me the importance of great customer service and communication. Now living on the Gold Coast, where I’ve called home for almost 13 years now, I see the same, but in a different way. A thriving, ambitious city, made up of so many small businesses, many gone big, and so much entrepreneurial spirit and pride in our city.
It was in this city I studied, sunk my teeth into a Marketing Internship with Gold Coast Tourism and landed my first ‘real’ career job as a Sales Executive at the then Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast. Before starting in the sales team I had a month rotating through each of the hotel departments. I loved this, especially after once thinking during year 12 that I might like to study Hotel Management. After eight months with Sheraton my dream job became available, Executive Australia Marketing with Gold Coast Tourism. Over the next four and half years I went on to enjoy some of the best times in my life so far with an amazing team and incredibly supportive manager who I’m still in contact with.
Following my time with Gold Coast Tourism, I landed another dream job I thought would never be possible, working in AFL on the Gold Coast with the Gold Coast SUNS.
I’ve learnt so much about local area marketing and the importance of brand reputation in my current role. I seen first hand how importance of creating a community of passion followers is to any business and now proudly have the talent of making anything happen within a short amount of time, with limited resources. This fast paced role has given me (a traditionally organised, planner) the ability to think quickly, respond faster and make shit happen when it's needed, while always trying to make it better than the last activation.
Throughout my time with the SUNS I've remained connected with the local Gold Coast tourism industry via an amazingly supporting networking group - Women In Tourism. I first started attending as a nineteen year old, before years later joining the volunteer committee and quickly becoming their leader in the President role with chance
timing bringing an opening.
This group has enables me passion and love for hospitality and tourism to stay alive - along with interaction with many small local Gold Coast business, which was one of my favourite parts of my previous role with GCT (now Destination Gold Coast).
With this love of small business and helping others, Marketing Bud was born. Here to support local Gold Coast businesses in need of marketing expertise without the large agency costs or the need to commit to a full-time resource.
I pride myself on my varied Marketing expertise to date from within large well-known brands across destination marketing, hotels, entertainment and events plus sports.
I believe the fundamental customer understanding, building a strong brands and effective marketing conversation within these industry applies well to many other services based businesses - where excelling customer needs and true engagement are key.
You can depend on me to have an honest conversation, deliver what’s required, connecting you to others local amazing creative Graphic Designers, Web-makers, Videographers and Photographers without taking a cut.
I love meeting new people and would love to connect over email or in person with a coffee.
Connect at firstname.lastname@example.org