Author : Wollongongonline
||Kate Bryan and her husband Rod have never regretted their decision to purchase the Bartercard franchise for the South Coast and Southern Highlands in 2000, identifying the region as a prime market for the Bartercard Trading program.
The local network has grown to include over 350 local SMEs who are trading between T$800,000 and T$1 million monthly.
When meeting Kate for the first time most people are immediately impressed with her positive attitude and the meticulous care she takes with every single aspect of her job.
Kate’s eye for detail and husband Rod’s enthusiasm are a winning combination with the Wollongong-based franchise being a multiple Sales, Trading, Operations award winner within the Bartercard nation-wide network of forty branches. Kate herself has been inducted into the Bartercard Trading Hall of Fame – having traded in excess of T$40 million dollars throughout her career.
Born and raised in Wollongong, Kate would never realistically have considered living and working anywhere else permanently, although with an Arts Degree in Applied Language Studies (German and Japanese) she certainly had the skills to work internationally.
In fact, at one stage in her early career she travelled and worked as a Tour Guide for four years and it was only a serious knee injury suffered on a European ski-field that finally steered her back Down Under.
In recent years Kate returned to her university studies locally, previously studying at ANU. “I graduated in 2009 but my MBA at the University of Wollongong was one of the most challenging things I have ever undertaken based on the fact that I was studying while also running the business fulltime.” – Ed Note: Kate passed with Distinction.
Bartercard has been a major influence in her working life. Not only did Kate meet her husband Rod at work (Bartercard Sydney) she was first introduced to the Trade Exchange concept in Canberra, later transferring to a Melbourne branch. Kate also worked in Hong Kong as an Advertising Executive for an Asian-Australian Business Magazine, who was also a Bartercard member, which gave her the opportunity to see first hand how the system operates from a member’s perspective.
Kate is absolutely passionate about Bartercard and is quick to explain what the world-leading and largest Trade Exchange can do to assist local businesses.
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