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.
Mr. Kenneth Ting has a background in accounting, law and investment banking with a focus on the commercialisation of technology and public and private equity raisings. Mr. Ting joined Deutsche Bank in 1997 after 4 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance and Tax division. He was Vice President of Technology Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank and worked in Deutsche Bank’s Sydney, San Francisco and London offices.
Mr. Ting has a passion for technology and has worked with technology companies throughout his career. He has been involved in the completion of over $5 Billion in M&A, private equity and IPO assignments in Australia, USA and Europe. His industry specialisation is in the electronics manufacturing, software, IT services, telecommunication and Internet sector.
Mr. Ting holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law with First Class Honors from Adelaide University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr. Ting is currently an Associate Director of Nextec Strategic Capital, a Technology Investment Banking firm based in Sydney. He is also a director of an international telecommunications company which he founded in 2002.
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.