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Mr. Ross Hepworth

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Business and Workstyle Expo Chair

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Sunshine Coast Business Expo Chair ..., 9 Mar 2015 [cached]
Sunshine Coast Business Expo Chair Ross Hepworth said the event coordinators had raised the bar yet again, welcoming renowned media personality Lisa Wilkinson and CareerOne CEO Karen Lawson to the speaker line-up.
"We're celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Expo this year and believe the jam-packed program of keynotes, workshops, presentations, interactive panels and more intimate boardroom briefings is a terrific way to mark such a significant milestone," Mr Hepworth said.
"Collaborative consumption - also known as the 'sharing economy' - is where consumers are less concerned about owning products; they are keen to rent, lend, swap, barter, gift and share products and services to bring their day-to-day costs down," Mr Hepworth said.
"This trend is becoming more and more prominent and will significantly change consumers' spending and purchase habits, as well as recruitment processes within businesses in the coming months and years."
Mr Hepworth said the drawcards at this year's Expo were not limited to the keynote speakers, with time management and performance improvement experts FranklinCovey on board to deliver their first ever presentation to Sunshine Coast audiences.
"Best known around the world for their training modules based on Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, FranklinCovey will deliver a workshop at this year's Expo about how you can rule your technology rather than letting it rule you," Mr Hepworth said.
Mr Hepworth said the Expo program also includes the Digital 'Business Leaders' Panel, which will explore how businesses can improve productivity and boost profitability through the effective use of digital tools.
"Other highlights include sessions with Barry Bull, Yvette Adams, Alistair Horscroft, Liz Rivers, Lisa Harrison and Stephen Clark as well as a number of skills workshops for jobseekers," Mr Hepworth said.
"It was always going to be a challenge to produce a speaker line-up that reached the high benchmarks set in previous years, but Lisa has raised the bar yet again," Mr Hepworth said.
Mr Hepworth said he was delighted to have the Jobs & Skills Market as part of the event and while the full Expo program was still under wraps, business people could look forward to the announcement of a second keynote speaker in the coming weeks as well as the release of the full schedule of workshops, interactive skills seminars and business-to-business networking events.
"The program is looking fantastic and we're delighted to have attracted some fabulous sponsors and exhibitors such as the Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Coast TAFE, Westfund, the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland, Sparx Digital, RDA Sunshine Coast, The Innovation Centre, the University of the Sunshine Coast, the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, Small Business Solutions, Mudrunners, Immanuel Lutheran College, CNC Promotional Products, Hendrey Chiropractic and many more," Mr Hepworth said.
Sunshine Coast Business and Workstyle Expo Chair Ross Hepworth said the upcoming Expo was set to be bigger and better than ever before, with organisers looking to add a 'jobs and careers' feature in 2014.
"While confidence is building amongst businesses on the Sunshine Coast, there are still plenty of newcomers to the area and members of the local workforce that are focused on securing and maintaining secure jobs in the region."
"Many community members are also looking to gain qualifications in the fast-growing allied health industry, so we're working hard to address this when developing the 'jobs and careers' element of the Expo."
Mr Hepworth said organisers were also looking at incorporating a 'business pitch' competition in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre, which aimed to help innovative start-up businesses get off the ground.
"The Sunshine Coast is fast becoming somewhat of a hub for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, with a substantial number of locally-based businesses leading the way in industries like clean and health technology and ICT," Mr Hepworth said.
"It's important we get behind these businesses and offer them a helping hand to get up and running, and we thought a 'business pitch' competition might be a great way to showcase these entrepreneurial ideas and pick some lucky winners."
Mr Hepworth said Expo organisers were also considering a venue change to accommodate the event's growth.
"The Expo has been held at a number of great venues over the past few years, and we're looking forward to testing out another local facility this time around," Mr Hepworth said.
"With last year's event attracting more than 3,000 attendees and the Expo continuing to grow from strength to strength, we're looking at venues that have that have the capacity to hold increased visitor and exhibitor numbers."
Mr Hepworth said the Expo went beyond the traditional 'booth and customer' model, incorporating an interactive element to keep attendees engaged.
"The 2014 Expo is set to include interactive forums and workshops, as well as presentations from well-known and respected keynote speakers," Mr Hepworth said.
Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce President Ross Hepworth said the Expo, to be held at the Big Pineapple on 10 and 11 May, would include presentations from finance expert Ross Greenwood and former America's Cup champion and businessman John Bertrand.
We always knew it was going to be difficult to top the stellar presentations from Ita Buttrose and John Eales last year, but Ross and John have continued to set the bar high with the breakfast and lunch events scheduled," Mr Hepworth said.
Mr Hepworth said the Expo would showcase the products and services of more than 70 local enterprises, with exhibitors in the health, design, IT and education industries included in the businesses taking part. A number of budding entrepreneurs will also be provided with the opportunity to exhibit their wares via the 'Start-up Ecosystem' and 'KidzBiz' booths.
"The newly renovated Big Pineapple venue has provided us with the space to feature more exhibitors than ever before," Mr Hepworth said.
"This year's exhibitors include the Sunshine Coast Council, Innovate Media, CNC Promotional Products and Think Office Technology, and we're excited to introduce a community booth that will allow local not-for-profit organisations to promote their services in the Exhibition Hall free of charge."
"We're also finding local businesspeople are particularly interested in the health hub booths, which will provide information about the employment and business opportunities on offer at the new Kawana health precinct."
Mr Hepworth said an update regarding business and employment opportunities arising from the Kawana Health Precinct would also be delivered at the 'Future of the Coast's Workforce Forum,' to be held on Day One of the Expo.
"The forum has been designed to examine trends regarding employment, future occupations and increasing numbers of fly-in, fly-out workers on the Sunshine Coast," Mr Hepworth said.
"Respected macroeconomist David Rumbens will take the stage and use his considerable experience in the analysis of future workforce and skill needs to determine where the Sunshine Coast workforce is headed in the years ahead."
Mr Hepworth said while the Expo incorporated numerous workshops and presentations, it wasn't all work and no play for attendees.
"There is a cocktail party on Friday evening, which will allow attendees to relax over a drink, enjoy entertainment from local performer, Alys Longmate, participate in local food tastings and network with other businesspeople," he said.
"Attendees can also make their mark on the Welcome Canvas that will be designed by internationally acclaimed Aboriginal artist Lloyd Hornsby, and offered for sale at the conclusion of the Expo."
Mr Hepworth said Expo organisers had also introduced a number of activities for families this year given the new format incorporating a Saturday into the program.
TEDxNoosa | Team, 17 May 2015 [cached]
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Ross Hepworth, CEO, ..., 7 Dec 2011 [cached]
Ross Hepworth, CEO, Sunshine Coast TAFE
SUNSHINE Coast TAFE identity and business ... [cached]
SUNSHINE Coast TAFE identity and business leader, Ross Hepworth, has today been elected as president of the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce.
Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE director Ross Hepworth has been elected new president of the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce.
Cade Mooney
SUNSHINE Coast TAFE identity and business leader, Ross Hepworth, has been elected as president of the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce at today's Annual General Meeting.
Mr Hepworth who is best known for his role as Director of the Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE is deeply committed to advancing economic performance at both a local and a regional level.
Elected unopposed to the position, Mr Hepworth is looking forward to the opportunity to help business and industry through the next phase of development both within Maroochydore and beyond.
Mr Hepworth is a strong advocate for the small business sector and said that the businesses that the Chamber represents are the heart and soul of the Sunshine Coast economy and the real generator of the lifestyle we all enjoy.
"I will be working hard to ensure that the work we do with and on behalf of those businesses is not only what our members want but that it provides a platform for the decision- makers in our region to recognise the value we bring and the meaningful contributions we make", Mr Hepworth said.
Mr Hepworth will be joined on the Chamber's Executive Committee by six other members of the local business community including Dustin Welch, Toni McCulloch, Helen Wright, Craig Allingham, Mark McGill and Peta Yujnovich.
In a tribute to the achievements of the out-going President, Myles McNamara, Mr Hepworth thanked Mr McNamara for his considerable contribution and extraordinary dedication on behalf of the Chamber.
"In particular, I congratulate Myles and the previous Committee for their efforts in keeping the planning and economic future of Maroochydore on the agenda," said Mr Hepworth.
Mr Hepworth also confirmed signature regional business events such as the Sunshine Coast Business Expo and the Excellence in Business Awards would continue to be part of the Chamber's focus for the next 12 months.
Ross Hepworth ..., 11 Jan 2012 [cached]
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