30 Seconds with David Kells

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1. David, where did you grow up?

A small town called Cowra, in the central west of NSW.  It was a town of roughly 8,000 people when I left. 

2. What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

When I was younger, I was a part owner of an event production company and part-time DJ.  It wasn’t an overly successful first foray into business, but it was good fun and I learnt a lot of valuable (and expensive) lessons! 

3. What did you want to be when you were a child?

I wanted to be a stockbroker.  I had really no idea what it was, it just sounded like a good thing to do!

4. Where did you study?

I studied at Cowra High, University of Technology, then onto the Chartered Accountant Program and finished at what’s now known as Finsia (Financial Services Institute). 

5. Give us a brief career history?

After qualifying as an accountant, I had a stint at Westfield and then moved back into Corporate Finance.  From there I worked up to a role in Investment Banking for Nomura focussing on large consumer and retail companies, before making a decision to work with mid-sized and growing businesses.  This was mostly driven by a desire to work with business owners. 

6. What do you do at BridgePoint Group?

My role as the Director of Advisory is to assists growing companies with mergers and acquisitions, raising capital (equity or debt) and helping business owners realise their business’ value.

7. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

“It’s better to regret something you did than something you didn’t do” – in other words, give it a go!

 

To read David’s Tips for Success – getting what you want from your bank click here

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