Date posted: July 30, 2015

 My first month in the role of SA State Manager with FBA has been amazing.  I have been warmly welcomed by the dedicated SA committee and overwhelmed by the passion and commitment demonstrated by the family businesses and advisors I have spoken with in my first few weeks.  Every day I hear more stories about family businesses doing great things in South Australia.  I look forward to welcoming more of these businesses to FBA over the coming months. On the topic of greatness; congratulations to the following FBA members:

Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards – Awarded top marks in this year’s Advertiser Top 100 Wines for their 2010 DJ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Haigh’s Chocolates – The iconic business celebrated 100 years in business in May.

Gilbert’s Transport Services – Peter Gilbert has now racked up 50 years in the transport business and continues to run a successful enterprise with his wife Lorraine.

It’s fantastic to see FBA members amongst the contenders for this year’s SA Food Industry Consumer Award (Beerenberg, Feast Fine Foods, Nippy’s, Robern Menz). Vote for your favourite before 25th September, visit the website

Upcoming FBA Events:

4th August – Adviser breakfast – Rob Chalmers, CEO of Adelaide Research & Innovation will talk about how businesses can innovate and solve problems though linking with world class researchers here in Adelaide.

13th August – Helping the NxG to Succeed – A panel of business leaders from both generations will share their insights into what is needed to help the next generation lead their business into the future.  Facilitated by Lowen Partridge, this event is a must for both incumbent and emerging family business leaders.  

22nd September – Family Business Essentials Course –Understand the key elements of a successful family business and how it applies to you. This course is for all family members involved in strategically guiding and managing their business. 

National Conference
This will be my first experience of the FBA National Conference. I have heard rave reviews about this event including the high quality speakers and immeasurable value of the networking with other delegates. I encourage you to take a few days out of your business and soak up the learning opportunities on offer at this major annual event.

NextGen eChallenge Opportunity 

The University of Adelaide eChallenge is offering the opportunity to develop the next generation of family and non-family leaders of your business and the chance to win $10,000 cash. Each team is assigned a mentor and provided access to online resources and workshops to help develop a winning business plan. Contact Zrinka Tokic on for more information or visit the website.