About Our Speaker – Gavin Smith
Gavin Smith is the Chair and President of Robert Bosch Australia, a local subsidiary of the Bosch group that is active in the Mobility, Industrial, Consumer, and Energy & Building sectors.
Gavin is the inaugural chair of the IoT (Internet of Things) Alliance Australia, the peak body for organisations with an interest to accelerate the adoption of IoT in Australia.
With a career spanning 39 years, of which 29 years with Bosch, Gavin has great insights into how the Bosch Group has embraced the digital economy and how it is strategically re-positioning itself from Making Things, to being a Things and Internet of Things company. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and an MBA from Monash University in Melbourne. Amongst other role, Gavin is a Director of The Yield, an early stage IoT company specialising in Micro Climate for Agriculture, a Director of Alkane Resources and a Director of FMP Group.
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Over the past 12 years we have been designing and delivering our Annual Business Breakfast. This breakfast is by no means normal as 20 students from our leadership class take on all aspects of planning, marketing, budgeting, bookings, interior design, leadership, team work, menu, venue, and public speaking. This breakfast is the largest one we know of in our area with over 250 guests on average each year.
As part of the student’s skill and leadership development we use event management and business enterprise as a way of building assets in young people and this event will be another opportunity for them to grow. Bridge Builders deliberately invests into the lives of young people and challenges young people to invest time and effort into helping build business.
There are two main objectives for this event: We want to invest in Businesses and ask Businesses to invest in Bridge Builders. The first is done through having a quality guest speaker and time for networking with other businesses in the room; the second is to give each business the opportunity to consider investing in a local not-for-profit charity (Bridge Builders).