Daryl Wilson - Economic Development Coordinator, Wyndham City Council
From humble beginnings Wyndham BizNet has grown to be one of the most envied business networking organisations anywhere in the state of Victoria.  Wyndham BizNet is at the heart of our city's business community and there is little doubting that it has been the single most significant catalyst in the establishment of long term business relationships as well as ongoing friendships for many members of our fantastic business community.  If you are seeking to connect with businesses in the City of Wyndham then I strongly recommend that you put the next meeting date in your diary.  I look forward to exchanging valuable ideas and information over dinner at Wyndham BizNet.

Colin Moss - General Manger, Fairfax Community Network
I have been attending Wyndham BizNet meetings for almost 10 years.  I have found this to be one of the most effective and relaxed business networking groups I have been associated with.  The fact that is has been operating so long is testimony to how well the committee run this networking group.  The guest speakers are engaging and relevant and the environment is friendly and social.  Whilst I live in Wyndham, most of my time is spent working out of the area so attending these meetings not only gives me an opportunity to catch up with old acquaintances but also to meet new people and find out what's going on in the area.  Wyndham BizNet is also a very effective forum for inviting new business clients to assist them with making business contacts in the area.  I can highly recommend attending a meeting if you haven't already done so!

Shane Bourke JP - Shane Bourke Consulting Solutions
I have had the honour of attending Wyndham BizNet meetings from the very beginning, being one of the first guest speakers in September 1998, just two months after the formation of BizNet.  When I am able to be at a BizNet meeting (I have been a member for many years), I feel comfortable and know that I am in a safe and nurturing environment with wonderful like minded Wyndham business people, who just want to be there to network their business, learn new ideas and enjoy the fellowship of each other.  As a five time Mayor of our City, I applaud the work that the BizNet committee has completed over the last decade plus, ensuring Wyndham business people have a pivotal umbrella organisation to share their thoughts, dreams and aspirations for themselves, their employees and their families.

John Redmond - Director, Redmond Repetition Engineers
My family and I have been involved with Wyndham BizNet since their inception in 1998 and I have also spent time on the Committee.  We have benefited greatly from being members of Wyndham BizNet and it is fantastic to see how local businesses have been able to support each other in this relaxed networking environment.  Many of these businesses have been successful in winning particular categories in the Wyndham Business Awards held yearly and Wyndham BizNet are to be congratulated for their sponsorship in these Awards and for supporting our local business community.  The meetings are always well organised due to the efforts of the President and the Committee who are so committed to the cause.  They always manage to engage interesting speakers covering all topics making BizNet the success it is today.

John Dyne - Managing Director, Homestead Financial Group
I am an active participating member of Wyndham BizNet and have been for approximately 8 years.  This local business networking organisation is much more than a group of Salespeople looking for their next lead.  It has a strong, committed executive team who follow the organisations charter and consequently continually provide an interesting program and opportunity for people to "support" each other in business.  it is not an organisation of executive socialites, it is, however a group of like-minded folk who see the benefit of sharing their time, knowledge and experiences over a meal and discussion.  I look forward to another fruitful year!

Rohan Braddy - Chief Executive Officer, Mambourin Enterprises
I personally have been regularly attending BizNet meetings since I commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer of Mambourin Enterprises Inc in early 2002, and Mambourin's relationship with BizNet goes back even further, as my predecessor also regularly attended meetings since BizNet's inception in mid 1998.  We have at least one representative at most meetings, with colleagues such as our Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager also regularly attending.  There are three main reasons which keep us regularly attending meetings over such a long period of time.

It's great for business.  Over the years, Mambourin has established, grown and maintained several significant business opportunities as a direct result of our BizNet involvement.  For example, only recently we secured a contract with a fellow BizNet attendee worth hundreds of thousands of dollars annual turnover.  This contract led to a massive expansion of our business and helped us employ at least six new people.

Professionally I have learnt an enormous amount from attending BizNet meetings over the years, both from the formal presentations that take place each month, but also more informally from talking with and learning from other business professionals.  These conversations take place in a relaxed environment, and I am always impressed by how willing people are to help, even direct business competitors.  There is clearly the atmosphere that 'your success is our regions success.'

Personally, I enjoy the collegiality of the dinner meetings.  I always come away having had a most enjoyable meeting and a lovely dinner.  I greatly value the many friendships that I have made through BizNet.
I would encourage any business person to join BizNet, attend regularly and take the view that you get out of it what you put into it (and more!)

Colin Twigg - Principal, Twigg Family Law

I have been a member of BizNet since early 2000.  For a very modest cost I have attended numerous well organised meetings at excellent locations, heard great guest speakers and forged a number of valuable and enduring business connections and friendships all in a convivial networking environment.  I would thoroughly recommend BizNet membership as an essential marketing tool for any business proprietor in the City of Wyndham.

February Wyndham BizNet Event
Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Hoppers Club
180-200 Pannam Drive, Hoppers Crossing
VIC 3029

Happy New Year to our members and visitors!

May it be our best year yet and with close to 200 members there is plenty of conversations to be held. What better way than to kick off our year at BizNet.

February's Dinner will be held at the Hoppers Club located at 180-200 Pannam Drive, Hoppers Crossing. Our first Guest Speaker for 2020 will leave you with wanting to know more.

Introducing Darren Hodge............. An unsung hero born right here in Wyndham.

From a young age Darren dreamt of one day becoming a paramedic. He fulfilled that dream by starting this role on the day of his 21st Birthday.

His career in ambulance had been rich with opportunities, working in many different operational roles that include Advanced Life Support Paramedic and MICA Paramedic. In 2004 he reached his ultimate goal after becoming a MICA Flight Paramedic working on one of Victoria’s Ambulance helicopters.

The role on the helicopter has seen him performing rescues in Bass Strait, attending the most serious accidents in the state and he was also deployed to the Black Saturday bushfires. He found himself in the middle of the 2005 Bali bombing whilst trying to get married, an incident he describes as the most horrific experience of his life.

A love of teaching the next generation of paramedics has seen him enjoy teaching roles with several universities. Darren has been a senior lecturer and unit coordinator with Monash University since 1997.

In 2019 Darren released his professional memoir, ‘A Life on the Line’, the goal in writing the book was to provide some insight into the world of a Flight Paramedic. He has delivered his stories to a range of industries that include;

  • The Grand Trauma Round
  • Qantas
  • Telstra
  • Paramedics Australasia

Darren will have his book available for purchase and will sign copies / take photos on the night.
Let’s get together and enjoy a relaxing night and enjoyable dinner at the Hoppers Club.

Membership is not compulsory however there are additional benefits in joining at minimal cost. Guests may attend two meetings and will then be required to become a financial member on their third visit.

Come along and bring your colleagues - you are sure to meet someone you know, and if not, we will introduce you to like-minded people from a variety of industries and backgrounds.  
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