Business By the Book: Peter Irvine

Date(s) - October 7, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Law Courts Inn Restaurant

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As Managing Director of the second largest ad firm in Sydney, he was the Aussie version of Mad Men.  Then he seized on an opportunity that would change his life… and those around him.  

Peter has had over 40 years experience in business at a high profile management level. Peter first started his professional career as a junior at DDB Needham, Sydney – which became the second largest advertising agency in Sydney.

Over a span of 33 years at DDB Needham, Peter acquired an extensive portfolio of business expertise, commencing in media planning and buying, progressing to Media Director for Sydney and National Campaigns, then onto General Manager and finally ending his career at DDB Needham as Managing Director.

Whilst at DDB Needham, Peter was part of the team who launched McDonalds in Australia.

In 1996 Peter branched out into franchising and in conjunction with his business partner Nabi Saleh, established the Gloria Jean’s Coffees franchise in Australia.

Since they opened their first coffee house in November 1996, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has grown to be the largest specialty coffee retailer and one of the fastest growing franchise organisations in Australia. Today there are over 400 Gloria Jean’s stores and kiosks across Australia and over 800 coffee houses in 39 countries worldwide.

In January 2005, Peter and Nabi purchased the international Master Franchise brand and supply and roasting rights for all countries.

Gloria Jean’s Coffees has continued to grow, demonstrating excellence in franchising and setting the standard internationally for Australian franchise models. This was recognized in 2005 when Gloria Jean’s Coffees won the PricewaterhouseCoopers Excellence in Franchising – ‘Franchisor of the Year’ Award.

Today Peter Irvine is a regular speaker at a wide range of business, community and industry events both in Australia and overseas. These include talks as well as business and leadership workshops. He gives practical tools and a vision to grow in every area of life. He is the author of ‘Win In Business’ – 20 keys to catapult you towards your vision and, more recently ‘Building your Business, your People, your Life’ and has produced a range of business training tools.

What is Business by the Book?

The first Wednesday of every month is Business By The Book, where people from the business community come to be inspired and empowered by amazing leaders who fearlessly share their triumphs and tribulations and how their faith in God has positively impacted their personal and business lives. It’s a great place to connect with others over a quick lunch while getting equipped by some of the best leaders in the marketplace. Everyone is welcome.

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