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#057: Mark Pesce | Futurist & Inventor

Mark Pesce is a futurist, speaker, inventor, multiple award-winning author and podcaster, educator and entrepreneur. He is also a keynote speaker for the 2019 World Plumbing Conference. Mark has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years and is a sought-after keynote speaker for major conferences and leadership gatherings. Bringing clarity, understanding and insight. From virtual reality to education, finance, manufacturing, transportation and communication,...


#056: Rob Gell AM | ReThink Sustainability

Rob Gell is a coastal geomorphologist by training; he taught Environmental Science and Physical Geography at Melbourne State College and Melbourne University, then for thirty-one years presented television weather. He is also a keynote speaker and the MC for the 2019 World Plumbing Conference. Rob has extensive experience in environmental communications and marketing, business strategy and sustainable development project design- responding to the need for business to be informed about new...


#055: Tristan White | The Physio Co

Tristan White is the Founder and CEO at The Physio Co, a unique healthcare business that, in 2014, ranked No. 1 on BRW’s list of Australia’s 50 Best Places to Work. The Physio Co has ranked as one of Australia’s 50 Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years (2009-2018) along with being one of the Best Workplaces in Asia from 2015-2018. In 2004, The Physio Co was born with just one team member, Tristan himself. Today in 2019, The Physio Co has over 150 employees which has been built on...


#054: Jeremy Streten | Business Legal Lifecycle

Jeremy Streten is a lawyer and author of the book The Business Legal Lifecycle. Jeremy has been featured on TV many times having experience in the areas of property law, conveyancing, retail and commercial leases, wills, probate, estate planning, litigation and dispute resolution, debt recovery, building and construction law, commercial and corporate law including liquor licensing, corporate restructuring, recovery and insolvency. Jeremy’s passion is to help entrepreneurs and small to...


#053: Shayne La Combre | World Plumbing Council & PICAC

Shayne La Combre is the CEO of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) and the current Chair of the World Plumbing Council. Shayne has been a Board Member at PICAC since 2011 and has been instrumental in the continuous expansion of the training organisation which now has several facilities throughout Australia including their newest campus located at Narre Warren in Victoria, Australia. The site will be the first net zero energy education and research facility in Victoria....


#052: Rohan Sykes | Phoenix Workplace Safety

Rohan Sykes is the Founder of Phoenix Workplace Safety. Rohan has turned a horrendous workplace accident that left him with burns to 35% of his body into the motivation for starting his own speaking, training and consulting company of which his clients include the likes of BHP, Origin Energy, Boral, Thiess, Shell, Mazda, Toyota, Nestle and Ford. This episode is the journey of the real-life consequences of Rohan’s 100% preventable workplace accident. The event, however, was just the...


#051: Jon Hollenberg | Five by Five

Jon Hollenberg is the Founder of Five by Five, a website design company operating out of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. He has worked with more than 500 Australian and international companies including the likes of Porsche, Qantas, Jetstar, Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge. In addition to growing a team of some 20 plus employees who build great looking and high performing websites, Jon is also an accomplished speaker and has presented at many seminars throughout Australia. He has also...


#050: Vanessa Robinson | The Chase and Tyler Foundation

Vanessa Robinson is the Founder and Executive Director at The Chase and Tyler Foundation. Vanessa started the foundation in honor of her two boys, Chase and Tyler, who were killed from carbon monoxide poisoning originating from a faulty gas heater in their rental home. She knew almost immediately that something had to be done to raise awareness for the dangers of the odorless, colorless and tasteless poisonous gas. In the initial stages of getting the charity started Vanessa contacted...


#049: Peter Lalor | BlueRock

Peter Lalor is the Managing Director at BlueRock. When Peter started BlueRock it was a pure accounting firm. That firm has grown and now employs nearly 200 staff across divisions they’ve added including finance, bookkeeping, law, insurance, private wealth, self-managed retirement funds and a digital arm that specialises in turning data into real business value. It’s all done, however, in quite a unique way. BlueRock is about as far from the typical brown tie and beige wall environment...


#048: Sean Stryker | Stryker Training

Sean Stryker specialises in business growth and has worked with many of Australia’s most well-known companies including Coates Hire, News Limited, Harvey Norman, Bunnings, Pacific Brands, BlueScope Steel, Galaxy Entertainment Group, LJ Hooker, Amcor, Super A-Mart, iiNet, BlueRock and Bakers Delight. In addition to consulting to some of Australia’s biggest companies, Sean also works with many smaller businesses including those in the trade sector. His back to basics approach helps his...


#047: Adam Sand | Roofing Business Partner

Adam Sand is an online marketer unlike many who operate in the trade space because he actually owns and assists in running a successful roofing company – Sargeants Roofing out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. After Adam applied and perfected the 15 plus years of experience he gained marketing in a variety of industries which included building and selling an app for the Sunbed and tanning salon sector, to his company Sargeants Roofing, Adam has since begun helping other Roofing contractors...


#046: Tony Nash | Booktopia

Tony Nash is the Founder of Booktopia. He started the online bookstore as an evening side project with a $10 a day budget in 2004, the company has continued to grow at a rapid rate ever since. Booktopia employs 160 people and sells one item every 6.9 seconds. In Christmas 2018 they were shipping 30,000 individual items per day. Revenue for FY2018 is $115 million. In 2016 & 2017 they were voted Australian Book Retailer of the Year. During this chat, we covered: To find out more...


#045: Josh Kelly | RevuKangaroo

Josh Kelly lead the marketing team at one of the top 5 plumbing companies in the United States, Phoenix based, Parker and Sons. He has helped grow the business from a $6m turnover to in excess of $100m in the past 13 years, they now employ more than 500 people. Off the back of Josh’s success at the Family owned business, he founded and is now building RevuKangaroo, a tech company for services businesses. Basically, Josh has systematized the online strategy that helped (and still is)...


#044: David Makin | Axil Coffee Roasters

David Makin, along with his partner Zoe, Founded Axil Coffee Roasters. Dave completed a bachelor of Business in catering and hotel management before spending a fair bit of time in the service industry. He worked for a coffee company and ran several cafes before turning his attention to the competitive side of coffee making. He became the runner-up in the World Barista Championships, is two-time Australian Barista Champion and four-time Victorian Barista Champion. Axil's speciality...


#043: Leath Nicholson & Veroshan Sripragasan | Nicholson Ryan Lawyers

This episode features Leath Nicholson and Veroshan Sripragasan of Nicholson Ryan Lawyers. Leath graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Master of Laws (Commercial Law) from Monash University. He was admitted to practice in Victoria in 1997 and since then has practised extensively in corporate and commercial law and dispute resolution. Leath co-founded the firm now known as Nicholson Ryan in 2008 and has acted for a range of clients, including...


#042: Matt Reynolds | Technology in Plumbing

I was recently asked to present my thoughts and ideas about the changing technology landscape in a talk for the Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association. Here's the recording... During the talk, I covered: To find out more about the Master Plumbers, head to You can find me on Facebook. If you enjoy Trench Talk, please remember to hit the subscribe button inside your chosen podcast player, more episodes can be found at Enjoy Trench Talk...


#041: Peter Daly | Master Plumbers

Peter Daly is the CEO of the Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association. Peter is a civil engineer by trade and spent some 17 years at the RACV before joining the Master Plumbers in 2018. The Master Plumbers is Australia’s largest plumbing industry association and an industry leader for more than 125 years. It is a trusted source of information, advice and expertise for members, the industry, government and the wider community. Master Plumbers has approximately 160 employees...


#040: Chris Smith | Happy HR

Chris Smith is the Founder of both Yolk Agency and Happy HR. Chris left home at just 14 years old and started washing cars to make his rent payments. It wasn’t long before the intuitive entrepreneur expanded his business in a somewhat unusual way - baking apple pies for his clients whose cars he was cleaning. He eventually found his way to a commercial kitchen and began training under some of the world’s most well-known chefs. In 2000, aged 23, Chris hung up his chef’s apron to establish a...


#039: Theo Venter | Just Another Day

Theo Venter is the only known man to survive a 22,000-volt electrical shock and a motivational speaker focusing on workplace safety. An electrical linesman by trade, Theo has worked in the high voltage business for over 23 years. After leaving his home country of South Africa, Theo and his family immigrated to Australia where his trade was in high demand. He commenced work as a contractor in Australia working on a major electricity network where he had a huge workplace accident while...


#038: Sachi Wickramage | i4Tradies

Sachi Wickramage (@sachiwickramage) is a Jury Member of the United Nations’ World Summit Awards Global Contest, a panel that selects and promotes the world’s best Disruptive Digital Innovation Technologies with a Positive Impact on Society. He is also appointed as the National Expert for Australia by the UN WSA to spearhead the World Summit Awards Australian Chapter. In addition to all of that, Sachi is the Chief Operating Officer at i4Tradies. Prior to joining i4Tradies in 2017, Sachi...