As small to medium business located in the Kawana, or the greater Sunshine Coast region it is critical to be informed, connected and promoted as an organisation people know, like and trust.
Amongst the myriad of stresses that keep you awake at night is the need to build and develop relationships that will help you to obtain more clients and customers, link you to the resources you need in a timely manner and ensure you are positioned at the top for your area of expertise. There is a never ending list of demands on your time, energy and resources ... building meaningful connections does not need to be one of them!
So, that is why the Kawana Chamber of Commerce does not have a typical website, and instead has a dynamic and interactive B2B platform, Kawana Konnect, that allows us to:
Imagine being part of a community of businesses that genuinely wants to see each and every person succeed and celebrates their achievements along the way. Established in 1986, the Kawana Chamber is on a mission to promote and assist local businesses while building a better business community in the Kawana area - and we have fun while we do it!
Join the Kawana Crew and become a member or sponsor partner today!
Sam is a Sales Consultant at Sunseeker Caravans. Sunseeker has been a family owned, Sunshine Coast based company since 2013 and currently employs approximately 70 Sunny Coast locals across their dealership, which is based in Birtinya, and their Vision RV factory, which is based in Coolum. Sam has a passion for people, consulting and leadership. With a love of the outdoors, he utilises all of his skillsets and passions to help his customers to get on the road to achieving their own hopes and dreams. With an added passion of networking, he would love to help grow the Kawana region and sees a lot of potential in the area for individuals and businesses alike.
President and Membership Lead
Hamish has been employed by Aitken Legal since June 2012 when he started as a Law Graduate. He was admitted as a Solicitor in September 2012. He practices in all aspects of Employment and Industrial Relations Law from contracts of employment; enterprise agreements; determination of entitlements under awards, enterprise agreement and legislation; management of poor performance/misconduct issues; termination of employment; restructures and redundancies; and much more. He has extensive experience in representing clients in unfair dismissal and general protection claims, as well as other employment related litigation. Hamish has strong interest in undertaking workplace investigations and he also provides training to managers of clients on performance management; managing injured employees; workplace bullying/discrimination; risks in getting the termination process wrong; and much more. Hamish has a unique understanding of regional and rural businesses, having been schooled in Toowoomba and then working for a prominent primary producer for a number of years before turning to the legal profession. Hamish understands the specific challenges faced by employers who operate out of regional areas, and in particular, the challenges and particularities of regional workforces.
Daniel Albert is a Partner at Omnia Legal. He has been working in the legal industry since 2016 and is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland. Daniel has worked in and been exposed to multiple areas of law including Criminal, Family, Local Governance, Property, Business and Commercial. At Omnia Legal Daniel’s focus is in business and commercial law. He is passionate about building relationships with clients and ensuring that their matters are handled with upmost precision and ease. Whilst being the youngest member on the Committee, Daniel believes the Kawana Chamber of Commerce has a lot to offer the up and coming professionals and/or business owners of the Sunshine Coast.
Alister Eiseman is the Branch Manager at Pacific Motor Group, a partner of Kawana Chamber of Commerce. Alister has been with Pacific for over 10 years and is focused on Customer Service, Delivery and Business Development across several dealerships. Alister started at a young age, however, has successfully grown into the management role he currently holds. Alister is also committed to many community groups, networks and charities on the Sunshine Coast and takes a keen interest in supporting the community around him. Alister was named 2022 Sunshine Coast Young Professional of the Year.
Born and bred in the Netherlands, Jacqueline moved with her family to the Sunshine Coast in 2008. Her background is in Accounting and Auditing and she has over 25 years of experience working in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands. Together with her husband they own and operate Copecats Printers, a commercial printing business in Maroochydore, for the last 14 years. She is passionate about networking and is excited about being part of the Kawana Chamber of Commerce Executive team, supporting loal businesses and connecting with them.
Louise has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from QUT and is a current CPA member. Her accounting career began in public practice in Mooloolaba in 1995, initially as the junior secretary and then as trainee accountant until she completed her university degree in 1997. She continued in public practice to become a senior tax accountant until 2012 when she switched to the private sector within the franchising industrLouise currently provides accounting and business support for Smith & Sons Renovations & Extensions franchises in Queensland. In addition, she also runs her own business Accounting Matters which offers training for small business owners in bookkeeping practices and using Xero accounting software. Louise’s family includes her husband and four children and has lived in the Kawana region since 2006. With her family’s future in mind she supports the aim of the chamber to inspire, educate, and connect businesses to build the business community in Kawana.
A love for photography, as well as a passion for people and their dreams, is what makes Carlos tick. With vast experience in the photography industry, Carlos is an expert in his field: European fashion events, high society European weddings, top international tradeshows… without mentioning collaborations with companies such as Cosmopolitan Magazine, Vodafone and RE/MAX. Carlos last adventure involved moving to Australia and exporting his passion and experience to the southern hemisphere. As a trial blazer of the industry, Carlos believes in building long lasting relationships with his clients by getting to know them, understanding what they love, want and need.
Cassy Small is the Promotions & Marketing Manager for Grant Broadcasters QLD & NT, locally representing Hot 91 and Zinc 96 on the Sunshine Coast and Gympie Region. Having worked at the radio stations since 2014, Cassy has been instrumental in the creation of popular local events including the Hot 91 Ladies Oaks Day and Fire in the Sky, which has grown and evolved into a Grant Broadcasters signature event Queensland-wide. As a proud Buddina local for almost 20 years, Cassy is excited to be joining the Kawana Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and working closer to support the amazing local businesses in our area.
Brendon has been CEO of SCTA since June 2017. He has an extensive 22-year background in associations and charitable organisations. Brendon has been a pool and surf lifeguard and is a passionate advocate for water safety and drowning prevention. Brendon is a member of the Australian Water Safety Council and has served on a variety of not for profit and school boards including Water Safety New Zealand and a President of the International Federation for Swim Teacher Associations. He ran the Volunteer Program for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and has a background in banking and media having commentated at two Olympic Games and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.