Meet Brisbane’s bravest CEOs!

Gino D’Arienzo

QPF Finance Group

A self-confessed food lover, Gino D’Arienzo launched well known Brisbane restaurant, Pane e Vino, in the CBD in 1995.

Gino took pride in the day-to-day business of the Italian restaurant for 21 years, thriving on seeing customers try new things and experience real Italian cooking in a relaxed, nurturing environment.

During this time, he also launched a successful property development and investment business which has seen the creation of a market leading, boutique product that has been involved in the design, build and marketing of over 300 units and townhouses. This passion for property investment is what lead Gino to join the QPF Property Finance team in 2016 as a Mortgage Broker. Now able to look after another aspect of the property business Gino can assist with all your finance needs whether you are a seasoned investor or first home buyer. Seeing someone walk into their new property for the first time is what keeps Gino going.

During his spare time Gino loves to relax by challenging his body in the sport of triathlon and hopes to complete his first ironman in 2018. On the more relaxing side, travel with his family and friends is the way he enjoys his downtime. And while places like Greece and Italy are his favourite overseas destinations he wouldn’t live anywhere else but Brisbane.

Genevieve Dee

Cooper Grace Ward

Genevieve Dee is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and a Partner at Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers.

Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers was established in 1980 and has quickly become one of the largest independent Brisbane based law firms, with a team of more than 220. Genevieve practices in all areas of family law and enjoys working together with clients as they make a fresh start after separation. Genevieve’s focus is on providing clients with practical and strategic advice to assist parties to resolve matters amicably, avoiding litigation where possible.

Genevieve has been a supporter of WLS since she was admitted to practice and considers the work the organization does to support women and children in crisis, is invaluable.

Genevieve enjoys being involved in all aspects of law, having served two terms as a Councilor of the Queensland Law Society, she is the immediate past chair of the QLS Specialist Accreditation Board and a former treasurer and committee member of the Women Lawyer’s Association of Queensland.

While Genevieve admits to being nervous about the prospect of Dancing on the stage at City Hall in May 2018, she says the chance to be involved in the event to help raise much needed funds for WLS was just too good to pass up. In her spare time, Genevieve is mum to 18 month of old twin boys. She is hoping they leave her with enough energy to get through a dance routine!

Lisa Foley

DA Family Lawyers

Lisa Foley is co-owner and Managing Director of DA Family Lawyers, a boutique family law firm in the Brisbane CBD.  Lisa has worked exclusively as a lawyer in family law, domestic violence and child protection law for over 12 years. Lisa is a qualified collaborative law practitioner and is a current board member of the Family Law Practitioners Association.

Lisa has a special interest in international family law matters, including matters falling under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.  Lisa was actively involved in the well publicised “Italian sisters” international child abduction case and advises many parents on international child abduction.

Outside of the law, Lisa is a group fitness instructor at Fitness First.  She teaches a body balance class which is a fusion of yoga, pilates and tai chi.  Lisa has two young boys, both under the age of 4.  Aside from spending time with her loved ones, Lisa’s favourite thing to do is dance.  She doesn’t profess to be the greatest dancer but nonetheless loves it.  When she learned that she would be taking part in the Dancing CEOs she kicked off her shoes and danced around the office.  Lisa is so excited (and overwhelmingly nervous) about taking to the stage for Dancing CEOs 2018.

Amanda Manton

Luv & Co. Estate Agents

Born and raised on a coffee plantation in Mt Hagen, PNG, Amanda has always been connected to property, community and Indigenous affairs. Her mother is of pacific islander, Pilipino and German heritage and her father is a mix of Danish and Australian

With a genuine passion for property, art, music and design, Amanda has been able to balance her love of Indigenous Arts with her love for property. Luv&Co.Estate Agents is a company that Amanda shares with her three business partners, Fiona Greene, Ben Price and Peter Willmott.  Luv&Co. EstateAgents specialise in residential property, with an emphasis on supporting local small business and donating a portion of their sales commission to local charities such as Women’s Legal Service and Bartholomew House.

In addition to her Real Estate Directors’ role, Amanda is assistant Curator of the ‘Indigenous Arts BluesFest Exhibition’, which features community artists’ works, back Stage at the East Coasts Blues and Roots Festival, Byron Bay. Amanda has been contracted in this role for eleven years delivering Indigenous Art to high profile clients. Some of the musicians Amanda has shown and sold Art to include – Josh Stone, ZZ Top, Ben Harper, The Doobie Brothers, The Zac Brown Band and Patti Smith.

Amanda is currently on the Rotary Planetarium Board of Directors as Director of Public Relations.

Other Interests include – painting and singing. Her original song ‘Welcome to Country’ was featured on the Virgin Airline Indigenous Home playlist in 2011.

Amanda lives in New Farm, she has two children Blake and Nina who are 19 and 18 years old. While Amanda is a little apprehensive about the prospect of dancing on a stage in front of a large audience, she says that the opportunity to raise funds for Women’s Legal Service was both a pleasure and a privilege.

Kurt Royan

The Post Lounge

Kurt Royan is General Manager and shareholder of The Post Lounge, a film and television post production facility that specialises in Feature Films, TV Series, Commercials, Corporate & Online Content, and Animation.

Most recently, The Post Lounge has completed post production on the acclaimed comedy series The Family Law for Matchbox Pictures and SBS, and Ronny Chieng: International Student for Sticky Pictures and ABC.

Having designed the custom-built facilities in Woolloongabba, and now a chic, new space in Collingwood (Vic), Kurt continues to expand The Post Lounge’s unique brand of creative production and personal service into new locations and sectors alike.

With a natural leadership ability and care factor second to none, as General Manager Kurt makes sure that his staff and clients are nothing less than ecstatic about every job that goes through the facility.

Kurt is very much a believer of the ‘lead by example’ approach to running The Post Lounge, and the skills he hopes to transfer to the dance floor will be his passion for the industry, dedication to the craft, and of course more than a little bit of fun.

When Kurt isn’t at work he tries to keep fit by competing in the (ridiculous) sport of obstacle course racing. You may have seen him dancing up a storm at a variety of night clubs around Brisbane, though he is famous for only having three dance moves. He hopes to correct this fallacy by participating in Dancing CEOs. His vice is jam and cream donuts.

Sarah Broad

MaximusPR

Sarah Broad is Founder and Managing Director of MaximusPR, a boutique PR and marketing agency. What started out as a solo adventure has evolved into a thriving team working with local, national and international clients across a range of industries.

Founded in 2015 to meet the growing demand for professional public relations and communications support for growing businesses, MaximusPR’s point of difference is its collaborative approach to client relations.

After more than 12 years working behind company lines, Sarah moved full circle back to the land of consulting where her career first commenced. What began as a passion to work with some of Australia’s leading brand and companies, has developed into a business focused on empowering companies to stand out by connecting ideas and inspiring action.

Every aspect of the communications mix, from investor relations to social media and crisis communication to event management and more, is carefully considered at MaximusPR. With an in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience across a variety of industries including consumer goods, property, retail and food and beverage, the team is passionate about tailoring their approach to suit a range of businesses and needs. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach!

Often told she looks like Reese Witherspoon, Sarah’s passionate about what she does and can literally talk underwater! In addition to running MaximusPR, Sarah tutors and mentors at QUT and keeps herself busy with two kids under 4.

Suanne Lowery

Fitness Forever

Suanne Lowery is co-owner of Fitness Forever, a boutique personal training and nutrition business launched in 2010.  With a life-long passion for health and fitness, Suanne was destined to work in an industry where she had the ability to help all members of the community to lead an active and healthy life having suffered from chronic asthma all her life. Originally based solely in Brisbane, Suanne has now expanded her nutritional services to include Melbourne (VIC).

Suanne’s business focus from conception was on the prevention/maintenance of chronic health conditions and the belief that everyone has the right to exercise and lead a healthy life that is nutritionally balanced.  Suanne is honoured to have had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients who suffer from conditions such as dementia, stroke, cerebral palsy, blindness, Aspergers, heart conditions, multiple sclerosis, obesity, diabetes, auto-immune conditions and mental health conditions; depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia.

As an experienced Master Personal Trainer, Suanne is also an Accredited Nutritionist with a passion for food, cooking and dinner parties.  With her clients, she shares her holistic approach to wellness through nutritional advice focusing on the individual and treating the body as a whole.

Fitness Forever has won prestigious awards within in the industry including 1 of 19 “Gold” and 1 of 3 “Quality Improvement” Awards in the National Fitness Australia Quality Awards which is a testament to Suanne’s passion to her clients and health beliefs. Aside from Fitness Australia, Fitness Forever is also associated with Nutrition Australia and the Australian Natural Therapists Association.

As a qualified trainer and assessor, Suanne has also had the privilege to teach the Certificate III & IV in Fitness to aspiring personal trainers at a leading Brisbane college, sharing her own story of success and passion for the industry while creating an awareness of the increasing demand for training clients with special needs.

In her spare time Suanne loves to challenge herself, particularly fundraising for a good cause including a 35km fundraising walk that she is currently completing. After dancing during her youth, Suanne is excited to once again hit the dancefloor and is very honoured to be fundraising for Women’s Legal Service.

Kim Parascos

iVolve

Kim Parascos is the co-founder and CEO of iVolve Pty Ltd. With a background in electronics engineering, Kim started her career in the tech world after graduating with degrees in Engineering and IT. Kim and David Eagles founded iVolve back in 1995 as engineering consultants specialising in control systems.  Together they have built the company into an international solutions provider for Fleet Management Systems focused on the minerals value chain. Since iVolve’s launch, Kim furthered her studies by attaining an MBA through the Australian Institute of Management.

Over the past 22 years, Kim has been responsible for the ongoing growth of the company through the successful commercialisation of new products focused on improving efficiencies in the industrial sector. Kim has single-handedly secured major deployments in ports and mines both across Australia and internationally. This success is a tribute to her ability to build and manage an excellent team based right here in Brisbane.

To support the company’s ongoing expansion, Kim has secured numerous strategic partnerships and distributors. Through leveraging these partnerships Kim is currently driving expansion into the North American market with an iVolve office opening soon in Boulder, Colorado.

Stepping away from business, Kim also has a keen passion for the cultural side of life as a supporter and regular attendee of the Queensland Ballet.  An avid foodie and home cook, Kim and her husband David make a formidable team in the kitchen, proudly taking out the inaugural (and only) iVolve My Kitchen Rules competition in 2013.