Retail Speakers

Martin Butler

Born into retailing, Martin Butler is a true hybrid, part retailer, part marketer and he uses this unique combination to inform his thinking. During a distinguished career in advertising and marketing he has worked in top international agencies including the Grey and Saatchi & Saatchi networks. In the 1980s he became one of London's youngest advertising agency owners by launching his own company, ...

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Matt Newell

Matt Newell is a customer experience innovator who works with companies like Shoes of Prey. He is the recent recipient of two major awards ‘Store Design of the Year’ at the World Retail Awards in Paris and ‘Emerging Agency of the Year’. Matt’s keynotes and workshops on retail strategy, innovation, trends, human insights and marketing are interactive, insightful and entertaining. He speaks with a depth of knowledge that empowers his audience to revisit their way of thinking and challenge their current assumptions.

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Michael Bergdahl

Michael Bergdahl is an experienced international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. He developed his skills as a speaker, trainer, motivator, and coach with a lifetime of on-hands experience in the business world working at Wal-Mart headquarters with Sam Walton. He is a business speaker with substance, who is one part business, one part inspiration and one part storyteller. His ...

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Michael Hill

Michael Hill is Chairman and Managing Director of one of New Zealand's most successful retail companies - Michael Hill Jeweller. Thirteen years ago, the first Michael Hill Jeweller store was established. The concept was so innovative that it revolutionised jewellery retailing in New Zealand. Within seven years, there were 70 outlets spread throughout the country and into Australia. Some 10 years ...

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Michael Port

Called a 'marketing guru' by the Wall Street Journal, Michael Port lectures, trains, inspires and provides coaching and consulting services to business owners. Michael is the author of bestselling books - Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, The Contrarian Effect: Why It Pays To Take Typical Sales Advice, Do The Opposite and The Think Big Manifesto. Michael's company runs some of the largest ...

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Michael Sherlock

Michael is a high-profile business leader who transformed an ailing set of bakery shops in the late 1990s to position Brumby's as the 2nd-largest bakery franchise system in Australasia with over 320 bakeries by 2007. Under Michael's leadership, Brumby's share price rose from 56c to $3.40 in just over 3 years. ...

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Neer Korn

Insightful, informative yet highly engaging and entertaining is what Neer Korn's presentations are all about. Neer takes his audience on a journey through Australian society, peppering his insights with video quotes from Australians themselves that bring the presentation to life. More than learning and entertainment - it's all about creating a culture of instinct. ...

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Patria D. Jafferies

Patria Jafferies co-founded Dôme Coffees and is now the company's Managing Director. Initially a small, specialist coffee roaster, Dôme's success grew from its reputation for providing an outstanding range of fine coffees presented in stylish, high-quality packaging. It became necessary to develop the means to showcase the product, which brought about the original Dôme Café concept. Dà ...

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Paul McInerny

Principal and Leader of the Asia Pacific Marketing & Sales Practice @ McKinsey and Company, Tokyo. Since joining McKinsey in 2002 Paul McInerny has served retail, apparel, consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics, telecom and media clients across Asia Pacific on a broad range of topics including marketing, CRM, format development, multichannel strategy, pricing and consumer insight driven pro ...

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Penny Burke

Once the director of Australia’s largest advertising agency and responsible for iconic campaigns such as Pro Hart’s ‘Stainmaster Carpet’ and the ‘Not Happy Jan’ campaign, Penny’s vision is indelibly stamped into the DNA of Australian advertising. As the director of her own marketing communications firm, Penny works with multinationals, SMEs and at all levels of Government as an expert consultant and speaker. Her keynotes are compelling, witty and backed up by rigorous research and case studies.

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A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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