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April 1, 2003

Kevin Chambers is Managing Director of Kevron Plastics Pty Ltd, of Melbourne, Australia. He runs the company in conjunction with his brother Ron. Kevron was started by their father Ernie (a native of London’s East End) in 1952 and the company has celebrated its 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee this past year with much fervour. Kevron manufactures a range of plastic ID products, (keytags, keytag racks, luggage tags, etc) and has been the dominant force in this sector of the Australian market for decades

Kevin Chambers is Managing Director of Kevron Plastics Pty Ltd, of Melbourne, Australia. He runs the company in conjunction with his brother Ron. Kevron was started by their father Ernie (a native of London's East End) in 1952 and the company has celebrated its 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee this past year with much fervour. Kevron manufactures a range of plastic ID products, (keytags, keytag racks, luggage tags, etc) and has been the dominant force in this sector of the Australian market for decades

Saturday

November 1, 2002

Shane O’Reilly is managing director of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Guesthouse in Queensland, Australia, which has been in business for 77 years and is currently managed by the third generation of O’Reilly’s. The guesthouse, situated in Lamington National Park, a world heritage site, has 70 rooms and is rated 4-star; it also runs its own small vineyard – Canungra Valley.

Shane O'Reilly is managing director of O'Reilly's Rainforest Guesthouse in Queensland, Australia, which has been in business for 77 years and is currently managed by the third generation of O'Reilly's. The guesthouse, situated in Lamington National Park, a world heritage site, has 70 rooms and is rated 4-star; it also runs its own small vineyard – Canungra Valley.

Monday

February 1, 2002

Serial entrepreneur Richard Owens is Chairman of ROI Pty Ltd (the Owens family's property development business) and Managing Director of Oakvale Wines Pty Ltd, which includes vineyards and a winery situated in the Hunter Valley district of Australia. He settled into the wine business having sold his successful supermarket chain. Richard is married to Mary and has four children, who all work full- or part-time in the family business

Monday
Monday morning starts with measuring the size of a loading dock in one of the warehouses where we store wine. I wanted to prove to my staffthat there was a way to transport wine in and out of the warehouse without incurring the cost of a fork lift truck. The result? It is not possible and I will have to incur the cost. Not a good start. My staff are right and I'm wrong.

January 1, 2002

Family businesses in Australia account for 40% of Australia’s private sector output, but they are heading for a period of unprecedented change

A vast number offamily companies in Australia will have new owners or managers within a decade, This article is based on a recent study, The Australia Family and Private Business Survey 1997, conducted by myself and Claudio Romano, a fellow Director at the AXA Family Business Research Unit. Our research, which included a sample size of 1500 family firms, found that the family business sector has concerns for the future, is not planning effectively and is heading for a period of unprecedented change – namely changes in the ownership and control of family held corporations.

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