Three of our EO members have made the 2014’s Hot 30 Under 30 on the Smart company webpage in an article that was published on the 10th of June 2014. See the links below for their stories. Click here for the full list of the 30.
Company: A Class Business Finance and Finnovate
Like the Nike slogan, Chris Beath’s favourite saying is: ‘Just do it!’
He founded equipment brokerage company A Class Business Finance with his father in 2007, and two years ago established equipment finance brokerage Finnovate, an online comparison site “like Webjet or iSelect” in the same sector.
The two businesses turned over $70 million last year and Beath says he is proud they are pushing the boundaries and continuing to grow organically in an industry that has been stagnant for a while.
“I’m an international soccer referee and with everything I do, I have the right mindset and preparation,” Beath says.
An entrepreneur since he was a teenager, Gerard Murtagh started his first “real” business when he was 19.
At first his young age was his greatest challenge, as he struggled to be taken seriously.
“I was basically walking into offices and banks pitching what I wanted to do, but they would say I was only 19 and ask where my degree was.”
Now it’s a different story. Murtagh’s exporting businesses GRM Exports, IBT International and Sunshine Trading Company were a success, and Murtagh has since started another venture called the MouldMen.
MouldMen is a group of cleaning companies specialising in mould and pest removal, and the cleaning of rental properties which have been used to produce methamphetamine. Having launched in 2010, the group now turns over $10 million.
Now, the biggest challenge for Murtagh is keeping up with the growth and finding the right people to help the businesses continue to prosper.
Jesse Hunter’s online photography supplies company turned over $7 million in the last financial year.
“The business model has been to combine a strong e-commerce presence with a boutique retail presence, and the goal has been to give the customers the best of both worlds,” Hunter says.
“My plans are around increasing online relevance and innovation in the e-commerce based business, while expanding the reach and number of our retail outlets.”