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.