Our goal and vision
It’s quite simple really.
Our job is to work with those in the agribusiness sector who are absolutely focussed on building highly profitable,
client focussed and self-managing businesses.
They are the committed entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior managers of farm businesses and product/service providers
in the food and fibre value chain—who are as passionate as we are about expanding into focussed, market driven
enterprises that meet their own needs, while meeting those of their clients.
Why do this?
ABDI was established because over the last 27 years, its Founder and Director Gordon Stone has worked with a range of people throughout the rural and regional food and fibre sectors, who have been doing innovative things. These are the people who make Australian agriculture iconic, and make us world leaders in this space. Many are the silent achievers who do so much and in many cases get less than is due to them. Our job is to change that.
Agribusinesses – farmers and their service providers – are the essence of supplying the high quality food we eat and the goods we use in our everyday lives. And it is the firm belief of Gordon and the ABDI team that it’s only fair they GET THE BEST POSSIBLE FINANCIAL RETURN on effort expended. That’s where we come in. ABDI’s focus is on working with the top, forward thinking agribusiness operators to achieve those goals.
We want you to be crystal clear about what you want out of life. We want you to create the specific business which can be the vehicle to achieve what you want. Our End Game is to focus those we work with on creating a self-managing business they can leave in the hands of others to run, or to sell to one of the many investors out there seeking involvement in Australian agribusiness.
So who are we?
Our senior team is lead by Gordon, as the business founder, with his wide ranging experience across the meat, livestock, horticulture, grains and cotton (and some dairy and new crops) sectors in Australia, Asia and the USA and his experience as a business mentor, facilitator and workshop leader. It includes Mark McNamee with his sales and marketing, agronomic, business coach and international corporate experience. Perry Mardon provides insights into business development in mainstream business complemented by a detailed understanding of ’what makes people tick’. Other team members provide support in sales, marketing, web and internet development, events, publicity and strategic business development.
What ABDI can do for you?
What we do
Have you always thought that making more money, expanding the business and providing a better life for your family, simply comes down to working longer hours or selling more product? This is an outdated mindset, and one that ABDI knows must change.
The point of difference comes from what we call …”internal profitability”. This is about looking more closely at your business efficiency and realising you can make as much money, if not more, from your enterprise, by running a smarter and better operation.
How we do it
Group programs—our experience is that putting a group of like-minded agribusiness people in a room where they step away from their business for 1-2 days to Work ON their business is the #1 support we can provide. Our on-going business mentoring helps in the change and transition process from where you are now … to where you want to be.
We do this through our Agribusiness By Design 1 Day workshops, the Agribusiness CEO Mentoring Program, and other specialist programs such as Niche Market Development. Depending on client needs, we undertake specialist advisory tasks where we work directly with senior business personnel to mentor them through the change and transition process.
Meet the team
Gordon Stone – Founder and Director
Gordon has operated in the agri-business sector since 1991 and has exceptional skills in strategy and business management. His clients have included companies / organizations including Landmark, smaller companies and larger public organizations including University of Southern QLD and Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. Gordon is an Adjunct Professor at USQ and is a master group facilitator
Mark McNamee – Marketing Professional and Sales Coach
Mark is a strategic thinker and marketing professional who also is a skilled group process facilitator. While Mark has an agronomy background, he has worked as a Sales Coach and Key Account Manager at some of Australia’s largest agribusinesses. He brings an understanding of how corporate agribusinesses manage their sales and marketing operations.
Perry Mardon – Business Growth Consultant
Perry has over 25 years’ experience as a high level business growth consultant. In that time, he has focused on systems development and training business owners in using processes to support their growth plans. His extensive work in developing their team / human capital provides an excellent resource to clients.
David Stone – Operations Manager
David comes from a background of Project Management and Studies Coordination in Environmental Consulting for the engineering sector. He worked on major domestic and international projects, and small local projects. He brings with him a systems approach to business management, and is responsible for managing the financial, human resources and training program development and delivery aspects of ABDI. He is also Gordon’s son, and an example of succession in practice, with aspirations to take over the family business.
Damian Street – Corporate Adviser
Damian is a professional corporate adviser, full time investor and business owner / entrepreneur who has a wide experience in a range of sectors including property, manufacturing, service companies and retail (with some agribusiness). He is currently the Chairman of the ABDI Advisory Board, and provides his professional services to ABDI’s clients. He has key skills in and advises on the following areas: (1) Engaging investor ready businesses with aligned investors (2) Corporate Governance (3) Strategy development (4) Financial management (5) Business Development planning (6) Franchise Conversions (7) Restructuring, and (8) Shareholder Value generation activities.
Call us now to talk through your needs:
(07) 4615 2255