Dear family and friends,
Finally, the launch of Heart 2 Heart (Real People, Real Stories) and I am so excited to bring you my very first interview for Inspire Library with Peter Irvine. I first met Peter at a networking function many years ago and I remember how down to earth and relatable Peter was when he was sharing his story. I immediately approached him and thanked him for sharing how faith has made a difference in his business life. You see for me, I thought faith and business were kind of two separate things and Peter really showed me that they are very much one of the same thing and infact, God wants us to be wealthy. Wealthy more than just financially (of course that helps) but wealthy in wisdom, knowledge and in all areas of life (Spiritual, Mental, Vocation, Familial, Physical, Social, Financial). I have since then become really good friends with Peter and he has personally helped me in growing my own business. In sharing my story with Peter, I have learnt a great deal from him and thought that I would share it with everyone…so sit back, relax and open your heart and mind ready to be inspired.
Here is a little bit about Peter taken from http://www.peterirvine.com.au/
“To see business people come alive to their full purpose and incredible potential in life.”
“To input into the lives of business leaders through practical teaching materials, books, CD’s, DVD’s, speaking engagements and consultancy advice coming from a solid base of trailblazing experience in the advertising, franchising and retail arenas. To see businesses lift to a new level in marketing, franchising and community involvement. Inspiring and helping business leaders establish a purpose beyond themselves that motivates and stretches them.”
Co-founder of Gloria Jeans Coffees franchise.
On the team that launched McDonald’s in Australia.
Keynote Speaker & Business Consultant.
Peter has had over 40 years experience in business at a high profile management level. Peter first started his professional career as a junior at DDB Needham, Sydney – which became the second largest advertising agency in Sydney.
Over a span of 33 years at DDB Needham, Peter acquired an extensive portfolio of business expertise, commencing in media planning and buying, progressing to Media Director for Sydney and National Campaigns, then onto General Manager and finally ending his career at DDB Needham as Managing Director.
Whilst at DDB Needham, Peter was part of the team who launched McDonalds in Australia.
In 1996 Peter branched out into franchising and in conjunction with his business partner Nabi Saleh, established the Gloria Jean’s Coffees franchise in Australia.
Since they opened their first coffee house in November 1996, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has grown to be the largest specialty coffee retailer and one of the fastest growing franchise organisations in Australia. Today there are over 466 Gloria Jean’s stores and kiosks across Australia and over 877 coffee houses in 38 countries worldwide.
In January 2005, Peter and Nabi purchased the international Master Franchise brand and supply and roasting rights for all countries.
Gloria Jean’s Coffees has continued to grow, demonstrating excellence in franchising and setting the standard internationally for Australian franchise models. This was recognized in 2005 when Gloria Jean’s Coffees won the PricewaterhouseCoopers Excellence in Franchising – ‘Franchisor of the Year’ Award.
Gloria Jean’s Coffees has also won a number of other awards including:
2006 ‘International Franchisor of the Year’ FLA Singapore
2006 American Express ‘Supreme Reward for Best Retailer’ and Bank of Queensland ‘Best Franchise Award’
2007 ‘Western Sydney Exporter Award’ Premier’s NSW Export Awards
2007 ‘Food Franchisor of the Year’ Excellence in Franchising awards PricewaterhouseCoopers
2008 ‘Innovation Award’ at MYOB excellence in Franchising awards
2008 ‘Western Sydney Exporter Award’ Premier’s NSW Export Awards
2009 BRW ‘Fast Franchises Award of Excellence’ (placing achieved over seven consecutive years)
To learn more about Gloria Jean’s Coffees awards and achievements:
Peter Irvine is a regular speaker at industry forums and events, including Franchise Council of Australia events, the National Retailers Convenation and the BRW Franchising Round Table, where he talks about a range of franchise and business industry issues including legislation, motivational business advice and his signature speech – “20 things that will catapult or hinder you from achieving your vision.”
Peter is available for speaking engagements and consults to a wide range of businesses.