Chair since: 2006
Groups: TEC 66, TECR 222

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TEC mentor Ron Tomlian

Ron, a well-known Adelaide-based marketer, established his own strategic consultancy in 2001, specialising in branding and strategic marketing planning, strategic planning and implementation issues.

Since then, Marketing Counsel has assisted a wide range of organisations in understanding their environments through conducting appropriate research and subsequently responding to these through strategic planning and brand development, including guiding the internal cultural change often necessary.  Clients include city and local councils, professional service providers, government organisations, manufacturers, utilities, financial institutions, charities and industry associations. He is also actively involved in helping companies develop a strategic insight into their clients and consumers through Squareholes Market Research, a company he helped found in 2005.

Ron has extensive knowledge of the concepts of marketing and how best to develop a marketing and entrepreneurial perspective in others.  He is currently lecturing in marketing in the MBA program of the International Graduate School of Business at the University of South Australia and marketing, service quality and consumer behaviour for the Masters of International Hospitality program of the Le Cordon Bleu School in Australia (through UniSA) and Japan (through Waseda University as Associate Professor).

In terms of background experience, Ron was previously the Executive Manager, Marketing and Communications with the Adelaide City Council where he lead a group of government agencies in developing “Adelaide Is… A Guide to Marketing Adelaide”.  Prior to this he was Chief Executive of the Australian Institute of Management (SA) where he helped establish an articulated pathway structure for the Institute’s management education products. His marketing career began with the energy industry, which culminated in his time as Marketing Manager with ETSA Power.

Apart from his history of government affiliations, Ron has an active involvement in both the business and not-for-profit sector.  He has been an SA Business Ambassador since 1999. He is also currently on the boards of the following organisations:

American Chamber of Commerce in Australia – Chairman of SA Chapter and National Director
Channel 9 Telethon – Director since 2001 and now Deputy Chair

Group experience:

As a TEC Chair, Ron has a passion for encouraging leaders to become more strategic, self aware and maintain an active openness to new ideas through life-long learning.

Ron’s members are CEOs who want to grow to become significantly more successful, have less stress in their lives and significantly improve their personal relationships.

Recognising the importance of the effectiveness of the CEO in terms of an organisation’s success, CEOs that will fit well into Ron’s groups will have a similar passion for developing themselves and the teams around them.

What to expect:

  • Dialogue with other CEOs, owners and corporate leaders through interactive, engaging sessions
  • One-to-one meetings with Ron himself… a “reflective guide”
  • Intensive analysis of organisational issues, strategies and solutions
  • An understanding of different leadership and management styles
  • Improved effectiveness as a leader and enhanced personal relationships
  • An expansive network of reliable sources, referrals and experiences
  • Greater confidence in leading your business in an increasingly changing global environment
  • Growth of your business… your revenues, your profits and the value of your business

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