Series 1 of the YP Connect podcast is now live on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

We were thrilled to welcome some of the city’s brightest minds to engage in thought-provoking conversations – covering some important topics for the people who choose to live, work and do business on the Gold Coast.

In this series of YP Connect, the YP Gold Coast committee chats to the entrepreneurs pivoting in a pandemic, the corporate heavyweights rebuilding a $6 billion-a-year tourism industry, and the medical experts making breakthroughs right here in our own backyard.

Scroll down to listen and enjoy these podcasts at home, on your commute or in the office. Please don’t forget to subscribe & review!


  • Reinventing the Business Wheel
    With David Ridden
    In this episode, we chat with David Ridden – the Founder and Director of craft gin distillery Granddad Jacks – who had to reinvent his business almost overnight to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. David shares his phenomenal behind-the-scenes stories about developing new products, being agile to stay afloat, lobbying government, and ultimately, remaining true to his business’ vision.

    33 minutes

  • Rebuilding Our $6bn Tourism Industry
    With Anneliese Battista & Adam Rowe
    In episode two, we talk to Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista and Queensland Airports Limited Executive General Manager of Business Development and Marketing Adam Rowe about rebuilding the city’s tourism economy after it was dealt a devastating blow by COVID-19.

    We look at post-pandemic travel trends, find out when visitors will be hitting the shores of Australia’s favourite playground once again, and discover where Gold Coasters will be travelling to as we take to the skies for the first time in months.

    36 minutes

  • Griffith Business School Trailblazer Growing the Gold Coast Super Yacht Industry With Cameron Bray
    In episode three, we chat to Cameron Bray, a Griffith University Graduate who has built a successful career chartering super yachts around the world.

    From Saudi royalty to Australian media moguls, Cameron has worked with some very interesting clientele and reveals what life is like on board these multimillion-dollar vessels. He also provides great insight into how beneficial the super yacht industry is for the Gold Coast and what the city needs to do to attract more of these boats to our shores.

    20 minutes

  • Mastering Your Mental Health for Professional Success
    With Luke Foster
    In this week’s podcast we spoke to LIVIN’s consultant psychologist, Luke Foster on mastering your mental health for professional success.

    For more than 8 years, Luke served as a psychologist for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), attaining the rank of Major. He currently oversees LIVIN’s educational program, ‘LIVINWell’, and social impact strategy, while continuing his work with the ADF in a part-time capacity where he provides expert mental health advice in various sectors of the Army’s training and educational programs.

    31 minutes

  • The Gold Coast Medical Industry – at the Forefront of Health Innovation
    With Dr. Chris Davis
    In this episode, we get to talk with Dr Chris Davis, the GM of Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics – located in the state-of-the-art Health & Knowledge Precinct on the Gold Coast.

    Dr Chris shares with us some of the ground-breaking medical research and discoveries being made right here in our City, including the discovery of the world’s first vaccine for Malaria – which has put the Gold Coast’s biotechnology industry on the world stage.

    34 minutes

  • Brand Building 101: Secrets for Boosting Your Brand and Online Presence With Ryan Tuckwood
    In the final episode of the first season of YP Connect, we tune in with Shark Tank success story and CEO of the #1 Ethical Online sales training company in the world, Ryan Tuckwood from ISR Training.

    Ryan shared his insights and tips on how to utilise your social media platforms to build your personal brand, as well as invaluable secrets that he’s used to help scale nationally recognised brands and close over $1billion in sales revenue, all from his Gold Coast headquarters.

    43 minutes

YP Connect is supported by Griffith University, Cronin Miller Litigation, Gold Coast Suns, GT Advisory, PKF, 102.9 Hot Tomato and