GenAngus 2021 Speakers

The program is designed for individuals seeking further knowledge, skills and confidence on a range of elements associated with conducting a successful business no matter what your background. The program has key elements of key business skills success, marketing and communications, Breeding and Genetics for Beef Cattle,  teamwork, leadership and creating key networks and as such an exciting line up of speakers have been invited.


 

Simon Quilty – Global Agritrends

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Simon graduated from a bachelor of Melbourne University Agricultural Science in 1987. His first job was as a research officer with the Victorian Farmers Federation Pastoral Group for four years and was involved with bringing farmers and the meat processing sector together in Victoria with initiatives like establishing a direct shipping service from Victoria into Japan to open up the Victorian chilled beef market in Japan.

Simon moved into the meat trading and processing sector in 1990 working for Louis Dreyfus Australia for four years – spending part of his training in North America – at the time LDC was the largest single buyer of export beef in Australia. Simon’s career moved to ConAgra Foods who at the time owned Australian Meat Holdings and DR Johnston where he worked for seven years and once again resided overseas – his involvement with meat trading remained until 2010 with his own trading company and established his own brand names in various countries.

In recent years Simon has moved into the risk management sector and developed derivatives and meat swaps that are used by companies in both North America and Australia on managing price risk in processed meat and livestock. Simon spent two years working as a consultant with FC Stone in started up the livestock and meat desk and in 2015 co-founded the Southern Aurora Group.

Today he is an independent meat and livestock analyst and also brokers swaps on behalf of large financial institutions in Australia and the US and brokers physical meat products around the world (namely from Australia, NZ and India) working with large international companies that have interests in China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the US.

In the last two years Simon has spoken at 62 Australian and international meetings and conferences on global meat trends giving his thoughts and views on where meat and livestock prices could head giving detailed analysis behind demand and supply trends across key global markets.

In 2020, Simon established Global Agritrends Downunder subscription business with the US parent company, Global Agritrends founded by Brett Stuart and Richard Fritz. Global Agritrends looks at beef, pork and poultry trends across the world and gives in depth analysis two to three times a week on what current global events are impacting the market.

Simon also has a very active meat and livestock consulting business and works closely with medium size to large meat processors, live cattle exporters, Australian feedlotters, backgrounders and Australian farmers and importers in China, Japan and the US.

 

Heidi Wright – Founder & Director, Wright Social Pty Ltd

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Heidi Wright is the Director of Wright Social Pty Ltd, a resourceful and strategic team of social media experts specialising in Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn Marketing for the agri-rural sector. Our purpose is to help organisations that add-value to the agriculture, food and fibre sectors to GROW, through providing ongoing access to world-class social media strategy and tactics, executed in a way that aligns with their core values. Heidi shares a connection to grass roots agriculture with a passion for authenticity unique to every single business and client.

 

 



Deanna Lush – Co-Founder & Managing Director, AgCommunicators

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Deanna Lush is a strategic communication specialist focused on primary production, natural resources and agri politics. As a journalist, editor and media adviser by trade, she is now Managing Director and Co-Founder of AgCommunicators, a consulting company helping organisations dedicated to rural and regional Australia achieve their goals and reach their potential. The company offers expertise in communication and marketing, education and training and a range of specialist project skills. In addition, Deanna and her husband Steen Paech farm 4500ha about 80km east of Adelaide.

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Angus Street – CEO, AuctionsPlus

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A global agribusiness executive with success achieving business growth objectives within start-up, corporate and rapid-change environments. Angus has extensive experience with technology systems, which require deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries, opening of new markets through strong sales and trade marketing as well as growing businesses through innovation, process improvement and transformational technologies. CEO of AuctionsPlus, Angus is focused on taking the $2.3 billion GMS business to the next level. Angus wants to add value right along the supply chain and sees online marketplaces as a key enabler of success. Passionate about helping businesses evolve to stay ahead of the pack through the use of digital technology, Angus believes that with a little country music, genuine conversations and a motto of ‘the sum of us beats the one of us’ we can shape the future of the Ag sector.

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Tom Gentle – Founder and Director, Think Digital

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Founder and Director of Think Digital, self proclaimed Digital Crusader, Educator & Entrepreneur. An advocate for regional, rural and remote Australia.   Think Digital is an XR Studio that creates Immersive Technology (Virtual Reality + Augmented Reality) solutions for Agriculture to assist with Marketing, Education, Training and on Farm Productivity gains. Clients include Governments, Industry Bodies, Universities & Corporates

FarmVR and FarmAR Apps are used extensively in education, to teach kids where their food comes from and to inspire them to consider a career in Agriculture. Tim’s 14 metre Mobile Classroom, travels throughout Regional, Rural and Remote Australia delivering digital education and XR Experiences at Ag shows, events and conferences, and recently featured on ABC Landline. He has over 20 years of experience in Marketing and the Digital world. Tim’s energy, enthusiasm and industry knowledge has been shared in well over 2000 workshops both internationally and across Australia.  Tim has also architected over 1000 websites for an array of customers. Tim worked with his Dad on the family dairy farm in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria for many years, before starting up his own business in Digital Marketing.

His vision is to help feed the world! Learn more about Tim. www.think.digital | www.farmvr.com | www.timgentle.com

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