Meet the Team

BNI Adelaide North Regional team

Directors

Simone Douglas

Executive Director

Simone Douglas is the Executive Director for BNI Adelaide North, Publican & Licensee of the Duke of Brunswick Hotel, Co Founder of the Hospo Owners Collective and CEO of Social Media AOK.

A bestselling author with her first book “Seriously Social – turning your online game into real-world gain” and now her second book “The Confident Networker”

She is also Deputy President of the State Chapter Committee of the Franchise Council of Australia and serves on the franchise advisory council and the marketing advisory group for BNI Australia.

In her role on BNI Adelaide North’s member support team she is committed to ensuring that every member has the full support of the entire BNI Adelaide North Family so that their BNI Membership forms a successful element of their business growth strategy.

She does this in a number of ways not least of which by making meaningful connections within her network that create mutually beneficial outcomes for both the members and her wider community.

Michael Sampson

Director Consultant

Michael is the Managing Director of Equidel and has worked in the property space for around 8 years.

Michael has a data analysis focussed to the Australian Property Market and understands the mistakes investors can make. Michaels model of mitigating risk has led to strong year on year growth with many clients continuing to come back to Equidel to continue growing their portfolios.

Michael also credits the growth of Equidel to the members of BNI in South Australia. As a five year member, Michael has held top 3 leadership roles during the successful years of BNI Advantage which won ‘chapter of the year’, 3 years in a row. Michael has also been a Support Director for 2 years and at one point, helped BNI Storm reach the top 10 out of all the countries BNI chapters.

Consultants

Deb Ashton

Support Director Consultant

BNI A Team

Deb Ashton is a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Registered Nurse and the directorthe director and CEO of Synergy Holistic Health in Payneham, a practice which she has run for 15 years. She has also lectured at Endeavour College and spent many years mentoring students into becoming successful practitioners.

She specialises in helping people live well with autoimmune conditions, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory conditions, such as Fibromyalgia and Digestive disorders such as Coeliacs Disease and IBS.

She is currently writing a book called the The Ashton Autoimmune Protocol to help people educate themselves about how to understand the impact of their health condition on their lives and how to prioritise their own well-being to live a full life.

Maria Mignone

Support Director Consultant

BNI Achievers

Maria started Conveyancing while working at Hindmarsh Building Society after many years in the Banking industry and a short stint being self-employed.

Throughout her 30+ years experience either in banking or conveyancing, Maria has gained a vast working knowledge and thorough understanding of many aspects of the conveyancing industry.

This knowledge includes residential conveyancing, family transfers, deceased estates, business and commercial transactions, property division and community title applications. Maria also has extensive knowledge in Leasing and drafting Contracts for private sales.

Along with her understanding of conveyancing, Maria has a commitment to maintaining attention to detail, is consistently thorough, and always works to ensure her clients best interests are paramount. Maria enjoys meeting her clients and making sure their settlements are met on time.

Maria speaks Italian (her dialect anyway).

Maria is a member of the Institute of Conveyancers and retains the accreditation of Certified Practicing Conveyancer (CPC). This accreditation is renewed annually and can only be renewed with continued professional development throughout the preceding year.

Adam Nettleton

Support Director Consultant

BNI Apex

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Kris Esposito

Support Director Consultant

BNI Business Plus

Kris Esposito is Director of Dynamic Loans Financial Services Pty Ltd which he started in 2007. With 17 years of industry experience and over 2500 transactions to date there isn’t much he hasn’t seen or done.

Dynamic Loans motto is Simpler Better Faster. With that ethos he strives to simplify the process for the customer while doing it better and faster than his competitors all the while providing quality customer service and outcomes.

He now specialises in the SME and medico space where he can provide much needed high level service to those customers.  

Kris has held a BNI membership for 6 years and was a founding member of BNI Elite. He has served as all facets of the leadership team and now spends his time helping other chapters with growth and support.

Thomas Hendrick

Support Director Consultant

BNI United

Tom Hendrick has been a member of BNI Elite since 2018.

Tom was a tax lawyer with Adelaide’s largest law firm, until he left to start Adelaide Speaking Training.

Tom helps businesses and individuals achieve outcomes when they speak, with less preparation time, and with more confidence.

At the age of 15, Tom delivered a one-hour stand-up comedy show in front of his whole school. He won a series of auditions and competed at the Australian Public Service Great Debate, hosted by author and radio host Adam Spencer. Tom also has a growing number of speaking awards from various associations.

Adelaide Speaking Training provides personal and group speaking training using a method inspired by personal fitness trainers. If going to the gym can affordably transform your health, where are the gyms for changing how we communicate?

Tom’s aspiration for Adelaide Speaking Training is to get people running towards the microphone, not away from it.

Michael Eid

Support Director Consultant

BNI Storm

Michael Eid has been a Chiropractor since March 2012 and partner at The Chiropractic Works, Norwood since November 2016. He is passionate about helping optimise their health and performance, reduce injury risk and improve recovery.

He has been involved with BNI over the last 5 years holding various leadership team roles, and is always willing to lend a helping hand 

Michelle Forte

Support Director Consultant

BNI Elite

Michelle Forte is the Director of Eye Dropper Designs and a member of BNI Achievers, Adelaide North since 2017.

Michelle has a passion for creativity. This complements her role within Eye Dropper Designs – providing web design, graphic design, photography and video services to her clients.

Michelle enjoys living and breathing the givers gain philosophy and as a result, often finds herself as a role model and support for others within her BNI and broader networks. Within BNI, Michelle has enjoyed helping others through the Visitor Host Coordinator, Education Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Membership Committee member and Vice President roles.

Ambassadors

Simon Latta

Ambassador

BNI Elite

Simon Latta is Director of Gilberts Accounting Pty Ltd, which he has owend and operated for 15 years, but worked with as a Senior Accountant, for over 30 years.

Being with the same firm shows his commitment to tasks that he believes in. As a registered tax agent, application to rules in place is paramount.

For over 7 years Simon has filled most leadership roles within his BNI chapter, which he co-founded. He also contributes further to BNI through his role as an Ambassador to another chapter.

He always looks to apply a pro-active approach to ensure beneficial connections are made within his network.

Kristy Saunders

Ambassador

BNI Business Plus

Kristy has 11 years of experience in the real estate and property sector and is excited to be able to assist her clients in all facets of the property industry, with a focus on property investment and a passion for helping her clients to buy property.

Energetic, professional and passionate are just a few attributes describing Kristy’s enthusiasm and personality. Kristy is eager to satisfy all of her clients on a first class level, ensuring their experience is positive and memorable.

Kristy provides all her clients with the best possible service, considerate advice, informed market feedback and goes the extra mile to achieve premium results. She believes that Real Estate is about people and about trust. The buying or selling of a home can bring about so many emotions and Kristy’s empathy and understanding throughout the entire process, leaves her with long term clients and raving fans. Those who have utilised her services are more than willing to refer her to their family and friends.

Kristy’s passion for Real Estate has come from fifteen years of growing up in a family owned Real Estate business. She understands the importance of customer service and is ready to work together with her clients to achieve their desired outcomes.

Kristy’s real estate philosophy is simple – to provide a very personal service through close communication, during every phase of a property transaction.

Matt Thomas

Ambassador

BNI A Team

Matt Thomas in Managing Director of Adelaide Dream Homes, a Prestige Custom Homes and Renovations company that is generations in the making.

Himself a 5th generation Carpenter/Joiner in South Australia, began his trade making furniture to building houses, even though he was on site as a three year old (with the scars to prove it).

The tradition extends back 11 generations into the UK.

His team of highly skilled artisan trades to expert Managers in Construction and Project Coordination, mean the high level of touch and detail is present from first discussions with clients.

Matt has been with BNI for coming 7 years and has thrived in the Givers Gain, and connecting great people to other great people, and says “it’s just a way of life”.

“I’m committed to helping new and old team members have as great an experience as possible in BNI, and positive, focussed people get great results, sometimes it is just a tweak and it all opens up”.

Matt coaches footy in the Hills Football League in the Central Senior A Grade Men’s competition and his sons U7’s, in his leisure time, “same principles, just faster”.

Sergio Silvestri

Ambassador

BNI Apex

Sergio Silvestri is the Director of Complete Workflow Solutions. Sergio has worked internationally as well as here in Australia. In each role across several industries, he’s been tasked with finding a better way of doing things. He now takes this experience to help Aussie businesses grow by becoming more efficient at what they do. Not only that, the systems Sergio and his team create with clients are designed to help them now and sustain their growth plans for the future.

Sergio’s goal is to enhance what you already do and help you do it better.

By taking small, simple, cost-effective steps, we can help you make dramatic improvements to your business – without the upheaval big changes create.

Alice Pennington

Ambassador

BNI United

Alice founded Paliant Design, a graphic design studio based in Adelaide in 2008. She loves design and all the creative challenges it provides and has been honing her skills for over 20 years. Through this she has been fortunate to develop some incredible long-term relationships with her clients, ultimately becoming an extension of their team.

She is passionate about branding, the personality, functionality and how consistency plays a pivotal role. As we are surrounded by everything design, inspiration is everywhere.

Alice has been involved with BNI for a year and has served as visitor host, and currently is part of the membership committee for the A-Team.