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Leo Di Pinto
Vice-President


I’m excited to be forging a career in the Real Estate industry. I grew up in Italy and am relatively new to Australia however it didn’t take me long to recognise that real estate is an integral part of every Australian’s life. It’s a topic that everyone discusses whether it’s talking about their first home, their first investment or commercial opportunities. The fact that I’m in real estate is a real conversation starter and I seize every opportunity to discuss the topic I’m so enthusiastic about.

Working in the industry allows me to play to my strengths. I’m a people person and every moment of my day is spent talking, listening and meeting people. I’m excellent at solving problems and I’m continually finding solutions for clients. This is particularly the case in the commercial property area where it’s essential to understand what’s required at every stage of a project from approval right through to development. I’m also an expert in zoning laws, project management and identifying and utilising sources needed to navigate the complex process.

I have a head for business and excellent organisaitonal skills, both beneficial in my role. I’ve studied economics and business and am committed to maintaining a hands-on interest in these disciplines. My organisational skills come from a background in organizing sporting and cultural events.

There’s an advantage in being relatively new to Brisbane. I have a thirst for getting to know my adopted city and its people. I see opportunities everywhere, from New Farm to Morooka and Robina to Wynnum. I’m proactive about meeting new people and building networks. I also enjoy staying connected to my Italian heritage and am an active member of Brisbane’s Italian community. 

Ian Reynolds
President

Chamber President and strong advocate of using technology to drive change, Ian has invested in a number of local early-stage tech companies that demonstrate capability to drive massive disruption of core industries, have founders that are prepared to knuckle down and get things done and that have very little spend on CapEx. Basically SaaS.

An ex- Investment Banker and Foreign Exchange Market Maker (London), Ian now advises financial institutions, tech investment firms and digital currency SaaS platforms on how to understand and adopt new technical advances in both trading / investing in blockchain-based digital currencies.


Jane Prentice
Chairman


Jane was elected to the House of Representatives for the Federal Seat of Ryan as the Liberal National Party Candidate on 21 August 2010.

Prior to her election to Federal Parliament, Jane served for 10 years as Councillor for the Brisbane City Council ward of Walter Taylor.

Jane has had the pleasure of calling our community home for 34 years. Together with her husband Ian and children George and Caitlin, the Prentices have lived, worked and raised a family in Ryan. Maintaining and enhancing the Ryan way of life is what drove Jane to stand for public office and what she fights for everyday.

In Council, Jane was a member of Civic Cabinet, with the portfolio of Public and Active Transport and Economic Development Committee. In this role, Jane had responsibility for one of Australia’s largest bus fleets and a $100 million investment in bikeways, as well as a range of initiatives focused on delivering better transport and economic growth opportunities for Brisbane residents. Delivering and implementing the infrastructure today that our community needs for tomorrow is critical for Ryan’s future.

Jane also served as Leader of the Opposition in Council between 2007 and 2008 and Opposition Spokesman on Water and City Business. In 2006, Jane was appointed by the Lord Mayor to chair the City’s Water and Sewerage Infrastructure Assets Review.

Before entering public life, Jane owned and managed a successful convention and event management firm and was responsible for organising many of Queensland’s largest events.

Jane was honoured to be elected as the Federal Member for Ryan at the August 2010 Election and again in 2013. She is committed to achieving real results locally and building a better future for Ryan as a strong voice for our community in the Federal Parliament.

Dr Marcus Smith
Economist

Marcus is an experienced Applied Economist with a history of working in data analytics and evidence-based government policy development, the higher education industry, consulting, advocacy and small business management. Marcus holds a PhD in economics from Griffith University with a research specialisation in evaluating investments in renewable and natural resource assets under uncertainty. He is highly skilled in analytics, accounting and financial management, econometrics, statistics, quantitative finance and financial engineering.

Marcus currently works as an economic consultant and content contributor. He was formerly the Chief Economist at Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland based in Brisbane. In this role he was the principal of CCIQ’s Data Analytics site and analyst of the Pulse survey of Queensland business sentiment, publishing evidence-based articles relating to Queensland regional studies of employment, economic conditions and development, as well as state and national trade. 

Marcus continues to work as an Adjunct Lecturer of Finance at James Cook University and was the Subjects Coordinator, Lecturer and development manager of the finance curriculum across the Townsville, Cairns, Brisbane, and Singapore campuses from 2014 to 2017. Prior to this academic appointment, he held was a Senior Economist at Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries working on projects associated with the Reef Plan initiative focused upon evaluating the adoption of best management practices within the Queensland sugar industry. He also worked as a private consultant providing economic advice contributing to the development of the 2016 Burdekin Water Quality Improvement plan. 

Sebastian Mazza
BWCC Ambassador

I have over 25 years experience in the financial services industry specialising in creating financial strategies that assist in achieving clients objectives.

I am a Chartered Accountant and Accredited Financial Planner, with extensive experience across a wide spectrum of accounting, business management, sales, international business, supply chain and logistics management roles.

I have a successful commercial record in improving and developing start-up businesses in the United Arab Emirates and Australia and an extensive and developed a network of finance service providers, procurement partners, clients and logistics partners throughout my career to date.

I look to apply a commercial and systematic approach to problem solving and creating workable solutions for my business and clients.

Sebastian Mazza CA AFP®
Authorised Representative No 427457

Wealth Depot Pty Ltd ATF The WealthCare Strategies Unit Trust ABN 24 361 556 873, Authorised Representative Number 427456 of Hunter Green Pty Ltd, Australian Financial Services Licence No. 225962.

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