Karl Bullers – Board Chair
Karl is the Managing Director of the Carnegie’s International Group, a company that operates bars and restaurants in Perth/Fremantle and also in Asia. He has worked with the Group for the last 20 years and at board level for 15 years. During this time he has seen the business interests go through the ups and downs of economic turmoil and increasing competition. He is the co-owner of commercial buildings including the iconic National Hotel. In 2011 he acquired the mostly derelict, burnt-out National Hotel and negotiated purchasing and funding the acquisition, restoration, developing the concept and overseeing the ongoing operation of the venue. His family now live in and love the area of Fremantle, valuing the heritage, atmosphere and lifestyle. Karl is a strong advocate for the responsible development of Fremantle and passionate about the future and makes a significant contribution to the board with his proven track record in business, sound understanding of financial principles, passion for heritage and history and a desire to see Fremantle prosper well into the future. He is receptive to new ideas and believes that open and frank discussion can only help tackle the issues. As with any business he believes it is essential to keep delivering activities and promotions and pursuing the ones that work. In his eyes Fremantle BID is a young organisation that supports traders to work together to bring a bustling and vibrant local economy in which business can flourish.
Henry Liascos is a business owner and has a long history in the hospitality industry. He was the Director of the successful beach front cafe, The North Cott from 1986 to 1993, is the Director of Cicerellos Fremantle, Cicerellos Mandurah and Char Char Bulls. Henry is the Director for the Bathers Beach House /Restaurant and Bar. This is part of the Fisherman’s Co-op Building redevelopment under taken by himself and Tony Unmack with completion set for the first week of November. Henry sits on the Fishing Boat Harbour Traders Group who meet regularly and work together to improve the area and attract new customers. He is passionate about Fremantle and will bring a range of strategic, business development and public relations skills to the BID Board.
As a working Director of The Blue Budha for the past 7 years Chad has actively supported the growth of his business. The Blue Budha has owned and operated a store in Manning Arcade, recently adding a store on South Terrace and over the last 19 years has grown to 9 stores across WA and a distribution centre. Chad has a dedicated interest in maintaining a strong business and retail precinct in the Fremantle CBD and surrounding area and wants to see Fremantle become more of place of interest for anyone considering opening, relocating or establishing a business. He believes that Fremantle has a lot to offer but like any area it needs leadership and support from the local community to ensure its potential is met. Chad understands many of the challenges affecting businesses in today’s economic climate and brings strong skills in retail management, business development and background in Real Estate (Licensee and Mortgage Broker – Certificate IV in Finance & Diploma in Property).
Clint has a qualification as a tradesman in furniture making and cabinetmaking. He attended school at St Brendan’s in Beaconsfield and Seton Catholic College. He did his apprenticeship at Fremantle Furniture Factory in Henry Street Fremantle and currently lives in South Fremantle. Clint has been in business for 17 years and his Port Jarrah Furniture gallery has been trading on High Street for Fourteen years. He also has a workshop in Beaconsfield and employs three staff. My wife Kasia works on Saturdays in the gallery and I do the Sunday’s. Clint is very concerned for all of Fremantle retail traders given the challenging economic environment we are currently experiencing. He is pleased to have the opportunity to be a contributing voice representing Fremantle businesses.