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What is 30under30?
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. This year saw a surplus of highly qualified entrants, so we thought we would highlight some of the bright and innovative nominees who just missed the Top 30 by a wink. Behold, our 2012 30under30 Honourable Mentions! More.
Chris Hooper, SA (b. 1987)
Name: Chris Hooper
Age: 25 (Born: January 1987)
Known for: Cirillo Hooper & Company
Rather than start his own business, Chris Hooper did the next best thing and reinvented an existing one.
Considering that most 25-year-old accountants out there aren’t running their own firms, Hooper’s partnership stake in Cirillo Hooper & Company has been pretty buzz-worthy on its own.
And then there’s the explosive growth. Hooper set about zero-basing the Adelaide firm after taking the reins from CEO Giulio Cirillo (in tandem with Hooper’s partner Markus Cirillo, Giulio’s son).
In the first 12 months, the client fee book grew by sixfold.
“I have a genuine curiosity for all things business and can find opportunities for innovation everywhere,” says Hooper, an avid networker and a founder of The Startup Club Adelaide.
A by-product of that innovation includes selling the accounting profession’s cool factor.
Unless you have an accountant who signs up new clients through Xbox Live and moonlights as a powerlifter, we’d say Hooper has the cool prize in the bag.
Anthill asks: Chris Hooper, how have you built buzz for your business?
Building my profile in the media though public speaking and networking like the world is about to end.
Chris Hooper on Employee Engagement
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