Perth’s pretzel queen turns business into lucrative and highly delicious brand

10/08/2022. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

Founder of Pretzel Australia, Brittany Garbutt

Five years ago, Curtin graduate Brittany Garbutt (BA Creative Advertising & Graphic Design, Photography and Illustration, 2014) took the plunge and splashed $100,000 of her hard-earned savings on launching a humble pretzel business.

Just 23 at the time, and fresh out of University, Brittany was looking for an exciting avenue to satisfy her craving for creativity.

With confidence in her ability and a strong work ethic, the savvy millennial bought a sea container, painted it pink and plonked it in the heart of Northbridge.

Within four months the creative director’s gamble paid off, and Pretzel Australia was born.

Pretzel’s sea container in the heart of Northbridge. Photo: Jarred Reinke.

Customers began flocking to the bright pink sea container in droves for their hit of the popular German baked treat, and it didn’t take long before Brittany realised she needed more hands.

Today, the 28-year-old is enjoying sweet success with 11 Pretzel stores across Australia, a business turnover of more than $5 million a year and over 300 staff.

And the fun doesn’t stop there, with Brittany also the founder and owner of Voodoo Café in Perth and Chubby Boy Breakfast and Bar in Inglewood.

The highly popular cinnamon glazed pretzel is a crowd favourite.

Strong work-ethic

Originally from South Africa, Brittany moved to Perth when she was four years old with her Mum, Dad and brother.

“I think that’s where my hardcore work ethic came from. Growing up in South Africa, it wasn’t easy. The money division is enormous.’’ she said.

“My parents are the hardest working humans I know, and they’re smart people. I learnt a lot from them.

“When we came to Australia, I guess I didn’t take anything for granted and I wanted to make the most out of all the opportunities that came my way.”

Brittany says she works hard and doesn’t take opportunities for granted.

Growing up in Perth’s northern suburbs, Brittany’s insatiable appetite for vision and flair led her down a creative path from a young age.

From sewing, photography, painting, baking cupcakes and even making cushions, Brittany was always on the lookout for ways to keep busy.

“I started working when I was 11. At first it was just doing the local paper round, but after two years of making only $30 a week I wanted to earn more,’’ she said.

When Brittany was 14, she scored a job making pretzels at a local pretzel shop in Whitfords.

“I was a very nosey child. I wanted to know and learn as much about pretzels as I could and it turns out it came in handy,’’ she said.

“Years later when the owner retired and closed shop, I thought where am I going to get an amazing pretzel from now?”

Thankfully, Perth foodies didn’t have to wait long.

With the owner’s blessing, Brittany revived their delicious Pretzel recipe, giving it her own fresh and modern twist.

The pepperoni pretzel is one of the amazing savoury options at Pretzel Australia.

Curtin scholarship

After obtaining the highest ATAR score in WA for design in high school, Brittany was awarded a scholarship from Curtin to study Creative Advertising & Graphic Design, Photography and Illustration.

Brittany said receiving the scholarship was life changing and enabled her to save her infamous $100,000.

“While at uni I worked a few jobs in hospitality and did photography at various venues around Perth. Money is really great in hospitality, especially if you’re working on weekends,’’ she said.

“I was also a visual merchandiser for David Jones and sold children’s balloons on eBay. I was always thinking of ways to make and save money. I love to work, but it’s important to also love what you do.”

Following graduation, Brittany worked as a freelance designer before sinking her teeth into Pretzel.

While all Pretzel stores are styled differently, each have a distinct pink vibe.

Pretzel is born

Investing all her life savings on a shipping container may seem crazy to some, but for Brittany, it was a case of no risk no gain.

“The shipping container concept came about because most venues wanted a five-year minimum lease and that was quite terrifying to me. I couldn’t commit to five years and then spend a fortune fitting out a shop,’’ she said.

“Fortunately, I didn’t have uni debt thanks to my scholarship, and yes I could have invested it in someone else’s business or put a down payment on a home, but I believed in my concept, so I invested in myself

“I secured a little spot in Northbridge for the sea container and figured if it didn’t work, I’ll just pick it up and move it elsewhere.”

After four months, Brittany contemplated giving up.

“The first six months was probably the worst six months of my existence. It was awful. I was working 19 hours a day every single day of the week. And it was just me,’’ she said.

“In those first few months I learnt the real work ethic necessary to be able to do something like this. When you challenge yourself to do something crazy it’s intense but it’s also a skill you gain.”

In her first year of operating, Brittany opened her first Pretzel shop at Whitfords Shopping Centre.

Pretzel Australia has outlets in Perth and Melbourne.

“It was really nice to open my first store in the same shopping centre where I worked as a teenager. It was great to see my journey go full circle. That was pretty cool,’’ she said.

When it came to branding Pretzel, Brittany said pink was an obvious choice.

“I just thought, yeah why not? Let’s make everything pink,’’ she said.

“In the past pink had connotations of being quite girly and feminine, but nowadays pink is an attitude, it’s the new black I always say.”

Brittany said finding happiness in any moment of existence was key in her busy schedule.

“People often ask me why Pretzel? Like what problem does it solve? And I just laugh and say none. It’s 100 per cent just for fun,’’ she said.

“There are so many things happening in the world, and people are concerned about so much, it’s nice to create a space where they can just come in, enjoy the pink interiors, eat carbs and sugar, and have fun.

“It’s a vibe”.

There are now 17 sweet and savoury delicious Pretzels to choose from on the menu.

When asked if she still enjoys eating pretzels, Brittany is quick to disclose her obsession.

“I can’t stop eating them. I’m actually addicted to the chipotle sauce it is seriously life changing,’’ she said.

“I’ve actually been known to sneak into my Northbridge shop at 1am in the morning, which is like five minutes from my home, and make myself a pretzel.”

Driven by financial freedom and a desire to fuel her artistic side, Brittany has masterfully crafted not only a business, but a ‘cult following’, selling over 650,000 pretzels a year.

Not even a global pandemic could put the brakes on this growing Pretzel empire, with Brittany quickly adapting her business to meet changes in the market, with online merchandise and takeaway orders.

Secret to sweet success

According to Perth’s pretzel queen, sweet success is achieved when you believe not only in your brand but yourself.

“My whole life I’ve always been fairly creative, so I was always pushed in that direction,’’ Brittany said.

“To me, being a business owner is a representation of freedom. I don’t owe my time to anyone. When I wake up in the morning, I do what I want to do.

“In saying that, my job is also intense and there is a great deal of responsibility.”

Brittany said despite the intensity of owning multiple stores, she loved the financial freedom that came with being her own boss.

From calling her staff her ‘kids’ to working until 3am in the morning most days, Brittany is the first to admit the pitfalls of being completely invested in her Pretzel baby.

“It’s full on, and sometimes it can get overwhelming knowing there are so many people who depend on me,’’ she said.

“I’m also a renowned micro-manager, so I need to work on that. But I love it, and I love my kids.”

Anyone for a Pretzel? Brittany has plans to expand to 78 stores globally by 2027. Photo: Andrew Ritchie / Community Newspapers.

For those wanting to venture out on their own, Brittany had some words of wisdom.

“Know your brand and don’t kid yourself,’’ she said.

“If you’ve imagined your office before you found a product, don’t do it. This is not for you.”

At the end of the day, Brittany said if you had faith in your product and yourself and you were prepared to put in the elbow grease then you were halfway there.

But it isn’t all hard work and no play.

In her downtime, Brittany said she can’t resist a good boogie.

“You’ll often find me in Northbridge on Friday and Saturday nights. Why go to the gym, when you can go out with your friends and have a good dance?’’ she asked.

“I also love to travel. I’m obsessed with Tokyo. So much so, one of my stores in Melbourne has a Tokyo themed interior.”

Along with Perth’s seventh Pretzel store due to open at the end of the year (location TBA) Brittany is also getting ready to expand internationally with her dream to have 78 Pretzel stores around the globe in the next five years.

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As a Curtin Master of Business Administration graduate, Sarah is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs and startups thrive as Curtin’s Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs & Community. 

We sat down with Sarah to learn about her role at CBSAA. 👀

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Keeping your connection to Curtin can provide so many benefits. I am now lucky to be working in the Entrepreneurship Team at Curtin. Our alumni provide so much benefit to the startup community. There’s such a huge community with connections to Curtin, so the CBSAA is an amazing network and resource! 

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Meet Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operational Committee Member Sarah Kahle. 👋

As a Curtin Master of Business Administration graduate, Sarah is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs and startups thrive as Curtin’s Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs & Community.

We sat down with Sarah to learn about her role at CBSAA. 👀

1. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫? When I completed my MBA at Curtin one of the most valuable parts of the program  one of the most valuable parts of the program was the network I had built. I wasn’t ready for that aspect to finish, so I joined the CBSAA committee to help curate the kind of events that I would like to attend and could bring my study pals together again!

3. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫? I was grateful to receive a Women in MBA scholarship. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the MBA program, so I would love to mobilize the WiMBA alumni for some events and programs that are aimed at MBA grads and undergraduate alumni who are interested in doing an MBA,as it was such a great experience for me.

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Keeping your connection to Curtin can provide so many benefits. I am now lucky to be working in the Entrepreneurship Team at Curtin. Our alumni provide so much benefit to the startup community. There’s such a huge community with connections to Curtin, so the CBSAA is an amazing network and resource!

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Proud Ballardong Noongar Yorga and Curtin graduate Kass Boladeras is passionate about making lasting change for young LGBTIQA+ people like herself. 🏳️‍🌈

A committee member for the Youth Pride Network, Kass is driven to create positive opportunities and advocate for LGBTIQA+ youth, particularly Indigenous and incarcerated LGBTIQA+ people.

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In light of Pride Month, Kass discusses Indigenous representation in the LGBTIQA+ community and shares some of her top tips for becoming a better ally.

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We are beyond delighted to hear four Curtin alumni have received 2024 King’s Birthday Honours! 🎉👏

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If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or corporate innovator, Curtin Ignition is the ideal intensive training program to trial and prepare your business idea for the commercial world!💡🌏

By the end of the program, you will gain:

🏆 Key skills to ensure your business effectively responds to the needs of your target customers.

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🏆 Confidence to plan next steps for your business.

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With a successful AFL career spanning 26 years to his name, Curtin graduate John Worsfold has made a significant impact on and off the field. 🏈🎓

John has a distinguished AFL career, which began when he was selected as an inaugural squad member of the West Coast Eagles in 1986. From there, he went on to become premiership captain in 1992 and 1994.

Following the end of his playing career, John was appointed assistant Coach at Carlton Football Club and then later coach of the West Coast Eagles, going on to coach 281 games, including a premiership, over the next two years. 

Now, John works as Manager of People & Culture at Emeco Group and is the Director of On My Feet, a program that helps combat Australia’s rising homeless population get back on their feet. 

He is also an ambassador to the The Shane Warne Foundation and the Australia Day Council and has been an active supporter of Channel 7’s Telethon, the Cancer Council and SAS Resources Trust.

John was our Curtin 2014 Distinguished Australian Alumni Award Winner for his outstanding leadership in effecting cultural and behavioural change within organisations. 🌟

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🏆

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #AFL #Football #Sport #Coach #Culture #BehaviourChange #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership

With a successful AFL career spanning 26 years to his name, Curtin graduate John Worsfold has made a significant impact on and off the field. 🏈🎓

John has a distinguished AFL career, which began when he was selected as an inaugural squad member of the West Coast Eagles in 1986. From there, he went on to become premiership captain in 1992 and 1994.

Following the end of his playing career, John was appointed assistant Coach at Carlton Football Club and then later coach of the West Coast Eagles, going on to coach 281 games, including a premiership, over the next two years.

Now, John works as Manager of People & Culture at Emeco Group and is the Director of On My Feet, a program that helps combat Australia’s rising homeless population get back on their feet.

He is also an ambassador to the The Shane Warne Foundation and the Australia Day Council and has been an active supporter of Channel 7’s Telethon, the Cancer Council and SAS Resources Trust.

John was our Curtin 2014 Distinguished Australian Alumni Award Winner for his outstanding leadership in effecting cultural and behavioural change within organisations. 🌟

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🏆

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #AFL #Football #Sport #Coach #Culture #BehaviourChange #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership
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Curtin graduate Holly Hazel is passionate about sharing stories and advocating for those making a real difference in the WA community. 🌍💛
 
As Volunteering WA’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Holly manages the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Volunteer Day Garden Party, and various state-wide marketing campaigns.

This National Volunteers Week, Holly shares why she is passionate about working for organisations that exist to make lasting change in the community. 👇

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫?
I worked for two years as the Marketing Executive at St Andrew’s First Aid in Glasgow.  This involved coordinating 350 volunteers across Scotland to provide first aid at community events, and taught basic first aid to children and adults.

As part of our advocacy campaign to introduce first aid into the school curriculum, two girls from our childrens cadets program attended Scottish Parliament and showed Members of Parliament how to use a defibrillator to restart a heart.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞?
Currently, my work focuses on amplifying the voice of WA’s volunteering sector. Sometimes people think volunteering is just a ‘nice thing to do’, but in reality people who volunteer are actually keeping this country moving and connected.
 
There are reportedly 1.5 million people in WA who volunteer – but in reality, there are so many more. First Nations Peoples or different cultural groups may not use the word ‘volunteer’ – they’re simply using their time to help their family and the community – these are the stories I hope to help continue to share.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
Whether you want to make new friends, spend time with family, be physically active, learn a skill, boost your confidence or champion a cause that matters to you – there’s a volunteering experience waiting for you.
 
Curtin has many volunteering opportunities for graduates. Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📧

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek

Curtin graduate Holly Hazel is passionate about sharing stories and advocating for those making a real difference in the WA community. 🌍💛
 
As Volunteering WA’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Holly manages the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Volunteer Day Garden Party, and various state-wide marketing campaigns.

This National Volunteers Week, Holly shares why she is passionate about working for organisations that exist to make lasting change in the community. 👇

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫?
I worked for two years as the Marketing Executive at St Andrew’s First Aid in Glasgow.  This involved coordinating 350 volunteers across Scotland to provide first aid at community events, and taught basic first aid to children and adults.

As part of our advocacy campaign to introduce first aid into the school curriculum, two girls from our childrens cadets program attended Scottish Parliament and showed Members of Parliament how to use a defibrillator to restart a heart.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞?
Currently, my work focuses on amplifying the voice of WA’s volunteering sector. Sometimes people think volunteering is just a ‘nice thing to do’, but in reality people who volunteer are actually keeping this country moving and connected.
 
There are reportedly 1.5 million people in WA who volunteer – but in reality, there are so many more. First Nations Peoples or different cultural groups may not use the word ‘volunteer’ – they’re simply using their time to help their family and the community – these are the stories I hope to help continue to share.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
Whether you want to make new friends, spend time with family, be physically active, learn a skill, boost your confidence or champion a cause that matters to you – there’s a volunteering experience waiting for you.
 
Curtin has many volunteering opportunities for graduates. Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📧

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek
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Meet the Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operations Committee Director, Brody Close. 👋🎓

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Brody now works as a Graduate Consultant at BDO Australia.

During his time at Curtin, Brody was actively involved as President of the Curtin Tax Clinic Society and was a student volunteer with the Curtin Tax Clinic.

We sat down with Brody to learn about his new role at CBSAA.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞?
A: With the help of the Advancement Office and the Operations Committee, I coordinate the execution of the CBSAA’s initiatives. It involves writing a lot of emails! 😭

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞?
A: To continue giving back to the Curtin community, which started as volunteering and club roles on campus when I was a student. I see the CBSAA as an opportunity to create real value for my fellow alumni in an emerging area.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
A: Joining the CBSAA solidifies your bond with Curtin and opens a gateway to developing a diverse and extensive professional network.

𝐐: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: I formerly volunteered as a crew member on a full-sized working replica of a 17th-century Dutch yacht.

Are you a Curtin business graduate? Join the Curtin Business School Alumni Association LinkedIn group to get access to all the latest events and opportunities via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #CurtinBusinessSchool #Association #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Mentorship #Events #ProfessionalDevelopment #GivingBack

Meet the Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operations Committee Director, Brody Close. 👋🎓

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Brody now works as a Graduate Consultant at BDO Australia.

During his time at Curtin, Brody was actively involved as President of the Curtin Tax Clinic Society and was a student volunteer with the Curtin Tax Clinic.

We sat down with Brody to learn about his new role at CBSAA.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞?
A: With the help of the Advancement Office and the Operations Committee, I coordinate the execution of the CBSAA’s initiatives. It involves writing a lot of emails! 😭

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞?
A: To continue giving back to the Curtin community, which started as volunteering and club roles on campus when I was a student. I see the CBSAA as an opportunity to create real value for my fellow alumni in an emerging area.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
A: Joining the CBSAA solidifies your bond with Curtin and opens a gateway to developing a diverse and extensive professional network.

𝐐: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: I formerly volunteered as a crew member on a full-sized working replica of a 17th-century Dutch yacht.

Are you a Curtin business graduate? Join the Curtin Business School Alumni Association LinkedIn group to get access to all the latest events and opportunities via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #CurtinBusinessSchool #Association #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Mentorship #Events #ProfessionalDevelopment #GivingBack
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