Jon Giaan

Jon Giaan MYI

Jon Giaan MYI

Knowledge Source Founder and Managing Director Jon Giaan has successfully assisted countless investors in learning and applying the wealth-creation strategies espoused by the company he founded in 2000. Prior to creating Knowledge Source, Jon established a property investment portfolio worth $35 million through the use of strategies he developed while educating himself on the subject of investing in real estate properties. Jon, the definition of the self-made multimillionaire, has since worked to share his insight and expertise with as broad an audience as possible through Knowledge Source as well as through his written work, which includes a popular book called “The Millionaire Phenomena,” which was published in 2005.

1. What do you do for work?

I serve as the managing director of Knowledge Source, a company I founded over 15 years ago.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

As a self-taught investor, I am keenly aware of the many difficulties new investors face as they strive to achieve financial freedom. Knowledge Source allows me to guide those new investors and provide a blueprint that will help them succeed as investors.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

I experienced quite a few hardships before amassing my current level of wealth through property investing, and my professional role essentially revolves around the idea that my experience and the experience of other experts can help newcomers enjoy a much smoother path to lifelong prosperity.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia?

I enjoy the fact that it is a modern city that understands the importance of its unique history and culture.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to visit the many art museums located throughout the city and enjoy watching a good tennis tournament every once in a while.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

For many of the same reasons I enjoy living in Melbourne — the arts, history, and culture — I also enjoy visiting Athens, Greece.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Footy is my preference out of the three, but I would definitely prefer to attend the Australian Open if given the opportunity.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Although I do not agree with all of his viewpoints, I have always admired Peter Singer’s unyielding commitment to his beliefs even when faced with harsh criticism.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Make sure you become a second- and third-time visitor as well! Australia is simply too large and too interesting to experience during a single visit.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Most of the visitors I have encountered during all my years in Australia have been nothing but thoughtful and polite. There have been a few, however, who must have expected a much more raucous atmosphere and subsequently tried to rile people up. It was all in good fun, but it surely caused them to look a bit foolish.

Dymphna Boholt

Dymphna Boholt MYI

Dymphna Boholt MYIAs the founder of I Love Real Estate and an internationally renowned speaker and mentor, Dymphna Boholt has helped countless investors achieve their personal financial goals through sound advice and practical strategies. Ms. Boholt was born in Central Queensland and grew up on a small-town farm before heading off to study finance and economics at the Australian National University in Canberra, and she now lives on Australia’s Sunshine Coast on a vast and unspoiled 32-acre property.

Featured for her investment acumen in the immensely popular “Secrets of Property Millionaires Exposed,” Ms. Boholt has since taken on a number of her own writing projects, including a series of books on asset protection and investing. She is also the co-founder of Wildly Wealthy Women, and her work as an investment mentor has earned her widespread acclaim and international recognition.

1. What do you do for work?

I actually have quite a few projects going on at the moment, but my principal focus is on the mentoring programs I have developed to help thousands of students achieve their financial goals through property investing and portfolio building.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

I’ve personally benefited from the guidance of a mentor and wanted to pass on what I had learned to others seeking to achieve a similar level of success.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

I’ve been able to help so many of my students free themselves from professions in which they had to exchange their time for money. With just a little guidance, these students have enjoyed the endless benefits that come with financial freedom and long-term financial security.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living on the Sunshine Coast of Australia?

I love that I am so constantly confronted with nature’s beauty and I feel incredibly fortunate to live on such a fantastic property.

5. What do you do for recreation?

My family and I like to go for hikes and have recently taken up bird watching.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I spent some time working in Bangkok, and while I did enjoy my time there, I would like to travel to Venice in order to really become immersed in the Italian culture.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I enjoy attending rugby matches, but only every once in a while.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

The person I admire most and who had the most profound influence on my professional career is Dr. Dolf de Roos, but he was actually born in New Zealand and is probably best known for his work in the United States.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

The cities are all amazing and are absolutely worth visiting, but you haven’t really experienced Australia until you’ve spent time in the diverse natural settings we have throughout the country.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Someone asked me where the annual Yahoo Serious Film Festival was held, but I was completely unaware that there was ever such a film festival, let alone an annual one.

Sam Ovens

Sam Ovens MIAU

Entrepreneur and consultant Sam Ovens is the founder of OVENS International, a company he originally founded out of his parents’ garage and ultimately grew into an international consulting firm capable of generating over $10 million in profit over just four years. During that time, Sam also managed to create another wildly profitable business — SnapInspect — that he eventually sold for substantially more than he initially put into it. A digital application designed to streamline property inspections, SnapInspect is now used in 16 countries and clearly demonstrated Sam’s unrivaled ability to recognize a need within the market and quickly fill that need through his entrepreneurial acumen.

1. What do you do for work?

I continue to run OVENS International, which is a digital marketing consulting firm that also provides e-learning and training programs.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

It was initially a decision made out of a desire to take control over my professional career after a poor experience in the corporate world.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

Through the e-learning and training programs offered by OVENS International, I have helped aspiring consultants generate incredible wealth in a short period of time. So far, we have nine millionaire consultants and 136 more six-figure consultants.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Australia?

Living in Australia has reminded me how fortunate I have been as an entrepreneur since I am able to split my time between New York, New Zealand and Australia.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to go fishing, swimming and diving.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I recently visited the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, so I’d like to see more of that area the next time I have an opportunity to travel.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Rugby is the best out of those three, but I prefer to spend my free time out on the water.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

My entrepreneurial ventures have mostly been inspired by the innovators of Silicon Valley, especially Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Scuba diving is one of the most enjoyable experiences available in Australia, even if it means having to earn your certification either before or during the visit.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

I’ve been asked about Lord of the Rings more times than I’d care to admit, and on more than one occasion a tourist has asked me how to get to Mordor, the Shire or Rivendell.

Rachel Kramer

Rachel Kramer MYI

A QA testing tools expert specializing in JIRA test case management, Rachel Kramer currently supervises a wide range of business operations in her role as business development representative for QASymphony. Rachel’s company is responsible for creating software testing and test management tools capable of performing remarkably well at an Agile pace, making it possible for developers to quickly deliver exceptional software regardless of the industry in which they are operating. Rachel, a graduate of Emory University who originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia, now splits time between the United States and Sydney, Australia.

1. What do you do for work?

I’m the business development representative for QASymphony.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

Software development was always an interest of mine, and I immediately recognized the potential associated with QASymphony and the many projects it has since undertaken.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

The tools we provide to development teams increases efficiency in so many respects, which results in the delivery of quality software at an Agile pace. This is great for the individual development teams and the company they are working for.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, Australia?

The people have been so kind and welcoming that it already feels like home.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to go for long walks through the city, but hiking has always been my preferred recreational activity. Fortunately, there are plenty of trails just outside the city and the beach is also quite close to where I live.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I love the Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington, British Columbia. It is just so lush and verdant, and there are so many mountains to climb.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I’ve become a big fan of rugby since I’ve been here, but my sport of choice is Ultimate Frisbee.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Andrew Morton. He was one of the principal developers of the Linux kernel that is used on a worldwide basis.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

You can do all the touristy stuff, but make sure you make time to really get to know the locals.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

I have been asked some really strange questions during my relatively brief time in Australia, but the oddest exchange I ever had with a tourist involved a perfectly reasonable question about directions. After telling this gentleman how to get where he wanted to go, he turned to his travel companion and said he couldn’t understand my Australian accent! Of course, being from Atlanta, I don’t have anything resembling an Australian accent, so I just laughed it off.

Darren Pawski

Darren Pawski MYI

Darren - 20160223-1Darren Pawksi serves as the managing director of Synergy Financial Solutions, a company geared toward assisting clients in adopting a comprehensive and highly effective approach to financial management. With nearly 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Darren is uniquely qualified to help clients achieve a sense of financial empowerment through the principles and services made available through Synergy Financial Solutions. A consummate professional who cares deeply about the long-term security of all of his clients, Darren holds a diploma of financial planning from Deakin University and is currently close to completing his master’s degree in finance and banking from Edith Cowan University.

1. What do you do for work?

My professional role is as the director of Synergy Financial Solutions, where I oversee company operations and assist clients in developing a long-term plan for securing their financial future.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

The overwhelming majority of people understand the importance of financial management and are aware of the benefits associated with developing a thorough and detail-oriented strategy, yet it seems that a significant portion do not yet have a plan in place. I felt that my experience and expertise could help to change that.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

A strong financial plan creates a sense of security and stability that can have a powerful impact on every aspect of an individual’s life, so it gives me a great deal of joy to contribute to creating that sense of security and stability.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Perth, Western Australia?

Swan River is easily my favorite place to go in Perth, especially when the sun hits the skyline along the river in just the right way.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I don’t go as often as when I was younger, but I still enjoy paddling out into the ocean to surf on my longboard.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d really like to go on an extended tour of South America. The natural beauty of the rivers and mountains has always been of interest to me.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I still like to play rugby on occasion, but I think I’d rather watch and play golf as opposed to anything else.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

I’ve read a lot of Henry Lawson’s work over the years, and I’ve always aspired to some of the principles he espoused in his poems and short stories.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

I think every visitor should spend a lot of time outside of the city centers, and, if possible, should camp out a few nights to connect a bit more closely with nature.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

I haven’t had too many strange questions sent in my direction, but I have fielded questions about the rationale behind our colorful currency a time or two.

Marlon Kobacker

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marlon kobacker hbyjmMarlon Kobacker is one of the clean energy industry’s most frequently sought-after sustainability advisors and currently serves in a variety of positions in which he is able to provide guidance regarding both financial and sustainability issues to business owners, builders, property managers and asset managers. Marlon currently serves as a director with Sustainable Future Group and as a Principal with Clean Energy Corporation Australia, and he also continues to serve as a sustainability advisor with EarthRights International. In addition to his extensive professional experience, Marlon is a highly respected lecturer, writer and consultant regarding a whole host of subjects associated with the achievement of sustainability performance goals.

What do you do for work?

I am a Principal with Clean Energy Corporation Australia. My main responsibility is to provide guidance regarding sustainable building and design.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

This is a critical time in which sweeping changes need to be made to the way we use energy, and I felt that the best way to encourage the necessary changes was to pursue a career in which I could demonstrate how green energy could be implemented without adversely affecting economic goals.

In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

My work has put me in a position to address what is likely the most critical issue of our time, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that clean energy is the best solution we have available for addressing global climate change.

What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, New South Wales?

I’ve always loved the vibrancy of the city and the fact that it continues to attract so many people from all over the world.

What do you do for recreation?

I love to play Ultimate Frisbee, so we have a group that gets together every so often for a game.

If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d like to spend more time in the Pacific Northwest in the United States. It seems to be so unique in just about every way imaginable.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I have nothing against any sport, but surfing is my personal preference.

Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Peter Garrett’s environmental activism had a profound influence on me as well as my decision to pursue my master’s degree in sustainable design from UNSW.

What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

I meet a lot of travelers who only did a minimal amount of research about the country before arriving, so I would advise all of those planning a trip to thoroughly research the areas they’ll be visiting before they finalize their travel plans.

What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

The funniest things I’ve been asked about Australia are whether or not we have electricity, whether I have a pet kangaroo and if I have ever wrestled a crocodile! Hilarious.

Andrew Charlton

Andrew Charlton MYI

Andrew Charlton MYI

As the director at AlphaBeta Advisors, Andrew Charlton is able to offer clients the kind of insight and expertise one can only acquire through vast academic and professional experience. With a doctorate in economics earned from Oxford University and previous experience as the Australian Prime Minister’s Senior Economic Advisor during the world financial crisis, Andrew is uniquely suited to advise clients of AlphaBeta on a wide range of issues in order to develop practical plans for continued prosperity. A Rhodes Scholar who is also the author of “Ozonomics,” and “Fair Trade for All,” Andrew has served as Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits and has represented the prime minister at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

What do you do for work?
I’m currently involved in management consulting and serve as the director of AlphaBeta Advisors, where we advise our clients in developing plans for generating long-term prosperity.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
I’ve long had a natural affinity for economics, and I learned very early on that necessary changes are unable to occur unless the underlying economic issues are addressed first.

In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
My current role puts me in a position to help clients analyze economic and strategic factors in order to achieve the outcome they are seeking regardless of the industry in which they are operating.

What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, New South Wales?
There are countless reasons I love living and working in Sydney, but I suppose it is the music and culture that appeal to me most.

What do you do for recreation?
I enjoy reading and writing, and I am also quite fond of hiking as well.

If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
I’ve always had a wonderful time during every opportunity I have had to travel abroad, but I will always be especially fond of England.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
Cricket, though I also enjoy attending horse racing events as well.

Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
I’ve always admired Allan Fells and his work as the chairman of the ACCC.

What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
Try to seek out the more authentic experiences Australia has to offer. There are a lot of places that don’t necessarily appear in all of the travel guides that are really worth experiencing firsthand.

John Pryor

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Followers of international rugby competition are surely familiar with the work of John Pryor, who has spent the last four years serving as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Japan Rugby Football Union, the team responsible for one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Rugby World Cup. While his exploits in preparing the athletes of Japan’s national rugby team have earned him widespread acclaim, his work as the director of JointAction has yielded similarly impressive results for workers in a wide variety of industries. The company aims to improve occupational health by offering educational programs regarding an array of preventive and corrective measures.

What do you do for work?

I’m quite fortunate to have been able to manage two professional roles with both the Japan Rugby Football Union as well as with JointAction. I have spent the past eight years with JointAction, serving as its director, and I have been the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Japan Rugby Football Union for the past four years.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

My academic background includes a master’s degree in biomechanics from Southern Cross University, and I have been involved with athletics and strength training for as long as I can remember, so both of my professional endeavors allow me to apply my education and experience in a manner I find rewarding.

In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

I think my contribution to Japan’s success in international rugby competition has had a very positive impact on popularizing the sport throughout the country, and my efforts with JointAction have allowed many people in a variety of occupations to develop a deeper understanding of how to improve their overall health and wellness.

What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, New South Wales?

From a practical standpoint, living in Sydney makes it incredibly easy to travel as often as I do. What I enjoy most, however, is the tremendous opportunity for outdoor lifestyle. I hit Dee Why beach almost every morning with my son Wilson. My wife, Bec, and I also do quite a bit of walking in Kuringai National Park. Sydney offers a truly unique combination of beach and bush opportunities, whilst still living In a major capital city.

What do you do for recreation?

I like to stay fit, first and foremost. But the ocean pools, in my opinion Sydney’s greatest assets, are a favourite of mine. I spend a lot of time at ocean pools and swimming in the ocean.

I am to get back into boxing and martial arts this year, which I have been too busy to do lately.

If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

India. I have a fascination with it. My wife and I spent a week in Mumbai. I love the chaos, the cultural diversity and many other things difficult to articulate. I want to go back soon.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Just rugby for me. But I really respect rugby league. I believe it’s the toughest sport in the world.

Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Probably Weary Dunlop and Fred Hollows (born a Kiwi). These were really selfless men committed to devoting their lives to other people’s welfare.

From a coaching point of view, my favourite is Percy Cerutty. He was ahead of his time.

What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

I’d suggest coming with an open mind toward experiencing some of the more interesting and unique parts of our culture. And when I say that, it should be inclusive of Aboriginal culture. Most Australians know little about it.

What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Someone once asked me if my training methods for rugby included boxing with Kangaroos. I thought it was a joke so I just laughed, but he was apparently quite serious and pressed me for an answer.

Dr. Raouf Farag

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Dr Raouf Farag HBJThe residents of Australia’s Central Coast are fortunate to have access to the services of Dr. Raouf Farag, a gynecologist and obstetrician practicing out of his longtime office location in Gosford, New South Wales. Dr. Farag has always provideda wide range of obstetric care for women throughout the entirety of their pregnancies, and he has long been considered one of the area’s leading experts on all aspects of the IVF procedure. With the assistance of a caring and compassionate staff that includes several midwives and sonographers, Dr. Farag treats his patients with a great deal of care and has worked tirelessly to ensure he and his staff are attentive to the unique needs of each and every patient.

 

What do you do for work?

I own and run a medical practice focusing on obstetrics and gynecology. I myself am an obstetrician and a gynecologist, and I specialize in IVF treatments as well as high-risk pregnancies.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

I felt that it offered me the best opportunity to help people in a very deep and meaningful way. It has proved to be a wonderful decision, and there is not a single day in which I do not feel incredibly grateful for choosing the medical field I did.

In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

In general, the field of medicine allows doctors to generate a great deal of good for others. My role in particular has enabled me to help so many couples start or add to their family.

What is it that you enjoy most about living in Gosford, New South Wales?

The whole Central Coast is just so amazing, and Gosford in particular has so much to do and so much to see that it is hard to identify just one thing. I think the mild climate is the most appealing aspect, especially since I tend to prefer outdoor activities.

What do you do for recreation?

I usually take long walks or hikes through the parks or along the beach. Avoca Beach is fairly close, and there are some very nice national parks nearby as well.

If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d like to see Kyoto in the winter. I’ve heard the temples are absolutely stunning and that winter is particularly serene.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I like them all, but if had had to choose one it would probably be cricket.

Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Jim Lawson was really instrumental in establishing public health programs throughout Australia, and his dedication to addressing the medical needs of the public while also creating programs aimed at prevention has always been a source of inspiration for me on both a personal and professional level.

What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Make a plan to stay in the country for as long as possible. There is simply so much to do and see that a short vacation is not enough time to really get a sense of everything that makes Australia so unique.

What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist from outside the country has ever asked you about Australia?

I’ve actually had a number of people ask about our chemists, specifically why they aren’t called pharmacies instead.

Dymphna Boholt Gives Her Wisdom for Real Estate Success

Dymphna Boholt real estate adviceBefore you begin putting resources into real estate, it is common sense that you get instructed in the imperative ideas. There are many approaches to get taught and manufacture your insight base and in a ton of cases, it’s not about what you know but rather who you know. On the off chance that you are attempting to get your foot in the entryway of real estate, what you know and who you know could play out to support you.

Real estate investor teacher and author, Dymphna Boholt would agree that in order to succeed in a real estate environment, having connections would be highly beneficial to you as you grow in your real estate business. You’re going to want to develop a strong and sturdy foundation in the early beginning of your real estate career. As the saying goes, a structure built on sand is subject to collapse. You can prevent this by getting as much knowledge as you can. According to Dymphna Boholt, it wouldn’t be a bad a idea to spend the first year or two working to learn rather than working to earn.