Mr Bouris has been involved in the finance and property sectors for over 25 years. In 1996, he founded Wizard Home Loans – which became one of Australia’s largest non-bank lender. From 1996 to 2004, Mr Bouris introduced four substantial capital partners to that business. The money was raised with subscription from Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd, E Corp Limited, Deutsche Asset Management Ltd (representing four Australian industry funds) and ABN Amro Australia Limited. All of these entities became equal shareholders in the group holding company Australian Financial Investments Group Ltd. Each of the above shareholders had two board seats and Mr Bouris was executive chairman.
Australian Financial Investments Group Ltd made a major acquisition in 2002 from ABN Amro Australia Limited when it acquired Australian Mortgage Securities Ltd (AMS). AMS was a global leader in issuance of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities. Following the acquisition of AMS, Mr Bouris chaired that part of the business and attended the global road shows in raising those funds. In 2004, General Electric acquired the Australian Financial Investments Group Ltd and its subsidiary company Wizard Home Loans Ltd, from companies associated with Mr Bouris, Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd, E Corp Limited, Deutsche Bank Asset Management Ltd and ABN Amro Australia Limited. Mr Bouris was retained as non-executive chairman by General Electric until February 2009 when his tenure terminated.
In July 2004, Mr Bouris was appointed Adjunct Professor (Banking & Finance and Business Law & Tax) at the University of NSW and also sits on the Australian School of Business Advisory Council Board. He is also an industry leader on consumer protection issues, having chaired the Federal Government’s enquiry into E-Commerce and consumer protection in 2001.
Mr Bouris is the founder and chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial advisory firm. The primary function of YBR is providing financial advice and accounting services. Yellow Brick Road (YBR) owns a number of accountancy practices and one legal practice. In addition, it owns financial planning businesses and insurance broking businesses. YBR advises a range of clients from small business to large business in most aspects of finance, tax, fund raising, accounting standards and audit. Mr Bouris is a fellow at the Institute of Chartered Accountants and YBR has 40 professionally qualified staff in its Sydney Head Office.
John has extensive global business experience, having spent most of his 20 year career in the development of international businesses in Asia, Europe and the US including establishment of major strategic alliances and partnerships, technology licenses and driving market entry strategies through new product innovation and commercialization.
John specializes in the field of strategic business development, innovation management and product commercialization. He has a post graduate qualification in international marketing and has received skills development from graduate schools in the US and in Europe in the areas of value based management and innovation management.
John successfully co-founded and built TZ from the ground up into a global publicly listed technology company before exiting the Company in early 2007. He returned to TZ in a consulting capacity to support the new Board of TZ Limited in 2011.
John also has significant executive management experience having spent a decade in his earlier years working for a major multinational manufacturing corporation in a range of senior roles across marketing, business development, strategy development, technology management and business unit general management.
John has an honours degree in Engineering and was awarded the City of Sydney’s Young Engineer of the Year Award for his contribution to the profession in 1987.
Graham’s career spanned four decades, with particular emphasis on funds management and financial markets. Graham was an Executive Director of the Armstrong Jones Group for 12 years, the last four years as Joint Managing Director. Other previous roles include Finance and Deputy Managing Director of Aquila Steel, General Manager Finance and Investments of MMI Insurance Limited and Director Head of Equities with Schroder Darling Management Limited.
Graham has served on the Board of a number of public and private companies. He is currently Chairman of Device Technologies Australia Pty Limited and an Independent Non-Executive Director of 360 Capital Group.
Paul Casey brings over 30 years’ experience in international travel and tourism and early stage investing. Mr. Casey was President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines from 1997 to 2002. Prior to that he led the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) as President and CEO. Prior to HVCB he held a succession of senior management positions at Continental Airlines and Thomas Cook.
Mr. Casey has run a travel software start-up in Bangkok, was the CEO of an investment firm focused on rolling up travel related businesses in China and is involved in restructuring a number of travel and tourism projects.
He is also an investor in and adviser to several Hawaii early stage companies.