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    Business Connect 24 April

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    Join us for our next Business Connect networking event on Wednesday, 24 April in Brisbane as we discover how excelling in sport can translate to building business success. 

    Hear from our member James Cooper, Director at Avid Sports and PGA golf professional golfer, Nat Cook OAM OLY, five-time Olympian and Director, Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee and Karen Marsden OAM, Gold Medallist 1996 Summer Olympics and Project Manager, Workforce Evolve, Business Chamber Queensland. 

    Join us to build new connections over drinks and canapes. 

    Date: Wednesday, 24 April 2024 
    Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm 
    Venue: 300 Queen St, Brisbane 
    Business Chamber Queensland member price: $55 per person (incl GST) 
    Non-member price: $90 per person (incl GST) 

    For members only. Click on 'discount code' on the registration page and enter the email address associated with your Business Chamber Queensland membership and hit 'apply'. This will apply member discount. Please contact the Business Chamber Queensland's marketing team at for any assistance. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket prices are GST inclusive. Terms and conditions apply. See here


    Natalie Cook OAM OLY, Director | Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee. 

    Nat is a five-time Olympian, Gold and Bronze Medallist in beach volleyball. A passionate athlete advocate, Nat has always been a champion of the transformational power of sport and the life lessons learnt pursuing your dreams. 

    Serving as a Director of Brisbane 2032, Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee, and holding a position on the World Olympians Association Board, Nat is a firm believer in the Games' potential to create enduring legacies for individuals, businesses, and society as a whole.

    James Cooper, Managing Director, Avid Sports 

    James has built an impressive reputation within the Australian sports industry as an energetic and innovative leader who has an ability to create and shape his environment. 

    James established Avid Sports in 2003 and since then have provided advice and management services to a range of leading sporting companies and facilities in the Asia Pacific region. 

    Through working with some of the world’s leading tourism and sporting brands – IMG, Hyatt, Medalist Developments, Novotel – he has developed a unique combination of expertise in creating, delivering and operating industry leading projects. 

    James has held senior management positions with Accor Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, IMG and Medallist joint ventures. 

    James has also worked with world-class golf course designers such as Peter Thomson, Ross Perrett, Karrie Webb, Stuart Appleby, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Graham Marsh and Wayne Grady. 

    Karen Marsden OAM, Gold Medalist 1996 Summer Olympics, World Champion 1994 

    Karen brings with her over 20 years of experience in project, asset, training and change management, and logistics.  She has worked across several industries including property development, information technology, and government. 

    Karen is best known for her tenacity and enthusiasm for getting the job done with gratitude, humility, and humour. She is passionate about translating the Workforce Evolve project vision and objectives into reality offering a tangible outcome to support business in Queensland. 

    In 1997 Karen was awarded an OAM for her service to sport; she was a key part of the Gold Medal winning Hockeyroos team at the 1996 Summer Olympics. 

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