Our Board of Directors consist of local business owners who volunteer their time to contribute to the success and day to day operation of the Business Chamber. Introducing this year’s Board….
Hima Gupta – 3E Accounting
Hima Gupta has been a Member of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand since 2010. Hima has working experience in Accounting industry of over 21 years. Hima is working currently in capacity of Director of 3E Accounting Solutions Pty Ltd since 2016 and specialise in providing consulting to small and medium businesses in tax and accounting matters. Hima is a current Board member of the Sutherland Shire Business Chamber and is currently serving the board in the capacity of President. She has been involved with Sutherland Shire Business Chamber including pre-merger Menai and Sutherland Shire Business Chamber since 2016 and has served in various capacities on the board for the past 5 years and is very passionate about helping small business connect with each other and help them achieve their business goals and growth. Hima is a Justice of the Peace NSW.
Jeanne Zweck – Mint Marketing
Jeanne brings 30 years of strategic marketing experience, including as founder and CEO of Mint Marketing, Australia’s industry-leading agency servicing the infrastructure sector’s largest players. Specialising in branding, communications and bids, Mint has been instrumental in winning over AU$30 billion worth of tenders for major consortia. Jeanne works collaboratively with CEOs and directors – across small, medium sized and major corporates – facilitating workshops to distil brand identities, provide strategic direction and develop actionable plans. Before establishing Mint, Jeanne was Group Marketing Manager for Woods Bagot, repositioning the firm as a global thought and design leader in architecture.
Jeanne was recently awarded Sydney Metro’s Outstanding Business Leader in the 2021 Business NSW Awards. Jeanne is passionate about assisting not-for-profit organisations in promoting education, sustainability and advocating for diversity – areas where she leverages her marketing acumen to make a difference. She was instrumental in bringing the Global Summit of Women to Sydney, with 1,250 delegates from 65 countries and launching Richard Branson’s B Team Australasia. In giving back, Jeanne is a sponsor of the Cronulla Sharks Waterpolo Club, a mentor for the Australian Marketing Institute and judge for its 2021 National Awards for Excellence, and a member of the National Association of Women in Construction, Women on Boards and UN Women.
Frank Farrugia – Jones Partners
Frank has 12 years’ experience in the business advisory sector and has worked in the Sutherland Shire region for 4 years. Frank’s passion is to assist directors of small to medium enterprises to reach their goals with an aim to deliver strategic and innovative solutions. Frank’s clients value his drive, enthusiasm, ethics, honesty and desire to consistently exceed expectations.
Frank’s key strength is his ability to provide honest and timely solutions to the issues he faces. He also keeps up to date with industry innovations and is happy to share his knowledge with his industry connections.
Kirsty Fox – Spitfire Accounting Solutions
With over 20 years experience as a business owner and accountant, including 15 years as a registered tax agent, Kirsty’s focus is on helping tradie businesses be more streamlined, profitable, and for the tradie to have time off. Working collaboratively with clients to help them create the business they want, Kirsty is proactive in keeping her clients in the know, determining their needs and how she can work with you to meet them.
Passionate about the community, Kirsty is the current Treasurer of the Sutherland Shire Business Chamber, and was the Treasurer for the Gymea Chamber of Commerce from 2018 – 2021. Outside of that Kirsty is a supporter of rugby and a lover of red wine and chocolate.
Joanne Costanzo – Nina’s Chocolates
Joanne brings a wealth of food business and retail experience to share; from over 12 years operating retail stores, to 10 years leading food manufacturing businesses, and 4 years consulting for retail precincts and shopping centres. She is thankful to have worked for companies including Qantas, Toyota, Independent Prepared Foods, Sydney Opera House, GPT, Lendlease, Westpac, Westfield and the Sydney Airport Corporation.
Currently Joanne represents the Shire’s Retail industry, encouraging investment and economic development as part of a Sutherland Shire Council initiative. This passion for synergistic business growth has only increased by working with the local iconic brand of Nina’s Chocolates among the Gymea & Engadine businesses.
Feeling grateful to be part of the small communities that make up the Shire, as well as running Shire based businesses for 12 years, Joanne is keen to find more ways for small and medium businesses to maximise working together for growth and longevity.
Joel Curtis – Endeavour Wellness
Joel is the owner and Principal Psychologist of Endeavour Wellness and holds a Masters’ Degree in Sport Psychology. He has been running his business in the Sutherland Shire since 2009.
Joel is passionate about supporting people in their life and business. He is involved in several local networking groups and has a strong focus in building connections with Shire business.
As a Board Director Joel loves the opportunity to help increase chamber membership and help people find the connections they need from within the local business community.
Jeremy Fleming – Stagekings
Jeremy Fleming is the Founder and CEO of Stagekings, this Sutherland Shire based company is responsible for some of the most well-known temporary event structures of the past 6 years. Building stages and sets like the Opening Ceremony for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the set for Ninja Warrior, the replica Edinburgh Castle at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney, Shakespeare’s Pop up Globe Theatre in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and Ultra Music Festival.
Over the past 18 months, Jeremy has been navigating Stagekings through the most difficult time the event industry has ever experienced, since the complete shut-down of the industry at the outbreak of Covid-19. This prompted a pivot to manufacture work from home office furniture to keep Stagekings in business. By doing this he has reemployed staff, as well as employing more than 70 more out of work event crew to help in the manufacturing of over 40,000 pieces of furniture and now stands as a successful brand of its own – IsoKing. On top of this during the lockdown Stagekings has donated over $100,000 to charity, including Support Act – the Heart and Hand of Australian Music, through the sales of the IsoKing desks.