Our Guests

It takes a team to be successful

Investor Intelligence welcomes guests from various industries each week to join our host, Jacob Kearnes, discussing investing, the property market, motivation and mindset.

Our guests range from CEOs to everyday investors and everyone in between. Interested in joining an episode of Investor Intelligence? Register to be a guest!


Jacob Kearnes

Producer and Host

Having always had a strong interest in financial markets, Jacob completed a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics. While studying however, Jacob discovered his true passion was marketing psychology and the science behind what makes people buy. During his studies, Jacob went on to start his own e-commerce brand which laid the foundations of his marketing and business knowledge. With a good attitude, willingness to learn and friendly demeanour, Jacob makes an excellent addition to Investor Intelligence team.

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Luke Harris

CEO, The Property Mentors

Luke has an extraordinary depth and breadth of experience in business, property and investing. With big dreams, persistence and a can-do attitude, Luke’s ambition is to help the members of The Property Mentors to grow significant wealth through property, so they can go on to successfully fulfil their own dreams and ambitions. Our resident expert, Luke always brings wisdom and intelligence to every Investor Intelligence episode.

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Dr Nicola Powell

Chief of Research and Economics at Domain

Dr Nicola Powell is Chief of Economics and Research for Domain and one of Australia’s leading property market experts. Nicola has more than 15 years’ research experience that spans academic, government and private sector. She has a deep understanding of the Australian property market and has focused on property and demographic trends for nearly 10 years.

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Bushy Martin

Founder of KnowHow Property Finance

As an active property investor building an international property portfolio over 20 years, Bushy now lives by design, not by default. To assist other’s do the same, he's helped 1700+ property purchasers to secure $600M+ in property. As a result, he has been recognised in the Top 10 Property Specialists in Australia and a national Mentor of the Year Award finalist.

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Simon Kuestenmacher

Co-Founder & Director, The Demographics Group

Simon Kuestenmacher is a rising star in the field of data animation, data packaging and data interpretation. His insights and his engaging and sometimes quirky editorial style has delivered a loyal and growing global following.

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Malika Kingwell

Senior Property Mentor, The Property Mentors

Having worked in the property industry in the UK and across Australia, within both sales and marketing teams, Malika is a consummate professional, well equipped to assist her investors. Malika's drive and passion for helping people discover and work towards their dreams delivers excellent results for every investor she works with.

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Andrew Purdie

Founder & Managing Director of Bennett Williams

Andrew Purdie has a passion for property. Having been at the forefront of the real estate and property development industry for many years, Andrew’s success is founded on his innovative approach to design principles. His vision, insight, courage and determination combined with an entrepreneurial flair have resulted in the exponential growth of his property portfolio. As Managing Director of Bennett Williams, Andrew is central to the company’s strategic direction and operations.

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Dr Josie Vine

Senior Journalism Academic, RMIT

Josie is a senior academic who has been researching Australian journalism history and culture since 2006. In 2006 she joined RMIT’s renowned School of Media and Communication, where she achieved her PhD in 2009. Here, she currently teaches into, and runs, the first-year program; supervises HDR candidates and conducts research, specialising in journalism history and culture.

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Aaron Best

Product and Development Lead, Augur Investor

With a passion for everything digital, combined with his understanding of UX and service design, Aaron has been able to develop Augur Investor, our proprietary in-house property analysis tool. Augur helps investors understand the projected financial impact of their investment on their portfolio.


Chelsea Burton

General Manager, Crown Money Management

Chelsea is a senior broker at an independent mortgage broking firm used exclusively by The Property Mentors specialising in investment property loans. Her experience and commitment to finding the right loans for the right people makes her an asset to any investor's team.

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Renee Whitehouse

Director of Property Management, The Property Mentors

Renee is a well-established leader in the property management sector. An expert in managing rental provider and renter relationships, and with a comprehensive understanding of rental legislation, Renee’s friendly approach enables her to generate strong, consistent results for the investors she works with.

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Jaymini Mistry

Executive Coach at Think Space Co

Jaymini is one of Australia’s most qualified practitioners of DISC and Motivators, and Critical Thinking psychometric profiling and is recognised as an Advanced Certified Practitioner by the International Coaching Federation. She has a proven track record in helping people transform the way they think, make decisions, manage their teams and achieve their professional and personal objectives.


Pat de Ruiter

Property Mentor, The Property Mentors

With a history of customer success in the fitness industry, Pat believes in the importance of coaching when it comes to helping people define and reach their goals (property related or otherwise). He takes pride in building strong relationships so that he can understand individual objectives, providing the opportunity for dreams to become reality and helping every member achieve their own unique vision.

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Owen Smith

Owner of Noble Amor

Owen brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the building industry to all his business and client relationships, assisting home owners to achieve optimum results in the sale or rental of their property. Working with a hand-picked team of professional tradespeople, Owen is highly qualified carpenter and project manager with over 20 years’ experience across a variety of construction industries such as high end residential property, commercial property and rental property services.

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Helen Mac

Business Coach

Helen Mac is an expert in maximising the opportunities hidden inside people & businesses. She creates outcome-oriented leaders and productive workplaces that boost bottom line results by optimising individual & team performance. With a Bachelor of Psychology followed by decades of experience in working with leaders and team members around the Asia Pacific region, Helen has coached and trained thousands of people to improve results in their businesses and their lives.

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Shaun Polidano

Director of Shaun Polidano Consulting

Shaun is a self-professed data nerd that values simplicity and common language. With 10 years of digital media knowledge and experience, he has created amazing digital campaigns for brands including Ford, Mondelez, BP, Bupa, Nike, General Mills, Mercer Super, Deakin University and many more. His consumer intent insights helped Ford to become an MFA Grand Prix winner, and he was a finalist in the B&T 30 under 30 awards. He's also a father to an English Foxhound named, Maple.

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Jason Colbey

Sales and Engagement Manager

Jason is a sales and marketing specialist with over 15 years of experience in the property and finance industries. He is known for his exceptional communication skills and proficiency in relationship building with a proven track record of influencing and developing others to achieve company objectives and meet stakeholder needs in a timely and professional manner.

As an expert in sales, marketing, and consumer behaviour, he is passionate about helping businesses create innovative, tailored strategies that streamline their sales and marketing processes and maximise efficiency. He is dedicated to his craft has earned himself a reputation as a trusted advisor and thought leader in the industry.


Steven Quan

Property Mentor, The Property Mentors

Steven’s honesty, warmth, dedication and determination has seen him able to make a positive impact on the lives of all those he has mentored. He achieves exceptional results with his members by putting their desires and dreams first, then couples that with a bachelor’s degree in business and extensive experience in the real estate market. Speaking three languages - Vietnamese, Cantonese and English - Steven shows a real drive to achieve the best outcomes and is perfectly placed to help his members transform their lives and build long-term wealth through Australian property.

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Herman Benade

Mentor Team Director, The Property Mentors

Originally from South Africa, Herman found himself driven by a fascination of why people do what they do, leading him to study psychology. After making the move to Australia he spent eight years in recruitment, successfully curating a portfolio of the best sales professionals in the market. This background in psychology, sales and recruitment has seen Herman be able to identify and develop transparent, honest and driven teams, who are not only the best in the business but who truly care about getting the best outcomes.

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Phoebe Zukowski-Wallace

Producer and Host (Former)

With extensive experience in podcast producing, audio editing, social media and script writing, Phoebe is a creative powerhouse in the Investor Intelligence team. Her innate interest in creating interesting content coupled with her passion and drive for quality production and storytelling brings life and excitement to the material she produces for Investor Intelligence.

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Josh Bibby

Member of The Property Mentors

Josh is a member with The Property Mentors, actively investing in Australian property and building a strong portfolio.

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Mahlia Price

CEO, Life Supports Counselling

Mahlia is the CEO of Life Supports Counselling and has been advocating within the mental health industry since 2013. With a tertiary background in Science, Psychology and the Arts, she is innately curious about human behaviour, neuroscience and psychology and translating the frontiers of scientific research into real-world business/life application. Mahlia has a passion for building socially impactful businesses that help people and their communities thrive.


Rachel Smith

Assistant Property Manager, The Property Mentors

Responsible for overseeing residential properties and tending to the needs of her renters, Rachel’s outgoing and friendly demeanour sees her well equipped to deliver outstanding results to her rental providers.

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Joshua Scott

Member of The Property Mentors

Joshua is a member with The Property Mentors, actively investing in Australian property and building a strong portfolio.


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Member of The Property Mentors

Tahlia is a member with The Property Mentors, actively investing in Australian property and building a strong portfolio.


Mario Vinaccia

Director of Veale Accounting Group

Mario is the director at Veale Accounting Group, an independent accounting firm used exclusively by The Property Mentors. Mario is a specialist in all things investment accounting and self managed super funds.

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Liam Carmody

Member of The Property Mentors

Liam is a member with The Property Mentors, actively investing in Australian property and building a strong portfolio.


Brandon Owens

Director, Willis Conveyancing

Service and expertise are second nature to Brandon, who has spent years ensuring his clients receive the best of care. With a background in the luxury goods industry, Brandon brings the same level of professionalism to conveyancing by guiding his clients through the process, ensuring that it remains as stress-free as possible.

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Peter Ward

Member of The Property Mentors

Peter is a member with The Property Mentors, actively investing in Australian property and building a strong portfolio.

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Tuan Duong

Founder, Duo Tax Quantity Surveyors

After leaving his civil engineering role, Tuan founded Duo Tax Quantity Surveyors, initially as a one-man show out of the garage of his mum’s home. Now armed with the knowledge that many first-time property investors like himself had no idea about the savings they could make, he sought to combine his expertise in construction and his passion to help others to establish Duo Tax Quantity Surveyors.

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Denis Durand

Director at Durand Financials Services Pty Ltd

Denis is the owner and operator of Durand Financial Services Pty Ltd. The practice provides tailored financial planning services on behalf of wealthy individuals and small to medium business owners. Clients include accounting firm partners, self funded retirees and self managed super fund investors.
Denis manages over $120 million of funds under management.

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Fabian Segi

Managing Director at Building Facilities

With more than 15 years of experience managing all aspects of commercial and mixed-use buildings, high-rise commercial, heritage sites, and Premium A-Grade through to C-Grade buildings, Fabian helps building owners and property managers maximise the ROI on their assets by reducing their workloads, keeping their buildings compliant and their occupants happy.

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Robert Pasqualini

Senior Property Mentor, The Property Mentors

Thoughtful, diligent and conscientious, Robert is a considered and well-rounded business professional. With a passion for architecture and real estate, he also has an enviable knowledge of the property industry, from developments and subdivisions to off-the-plan and property investing. Robert brings this wealth of experience to The Property Mentors, helping members to work towards their retirement goals and grow wealth through property.

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Derek Stewart

Business Development Manager at Flat Planet

Derek is the host of the Future of Australia podcast where he interviews the founders and CEOs of Australia's fastest growing new companies. He is also the Business Development Manager at Flat Planet, an off-shore recruitment agency specialising in sourcing talent from the Philippines.

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Steph Chafer

Lawyer at Nevett Ford Lawyers

Steph Chafer has been part of the wills and estates team at Nevett Ford Lawyers for over 20 years. Armed with compassion and empathy, Steph is an expert at guiding her clients through the often complex and overwhelming process that is estate planning.

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James Milic

Financial Planner at Index Wealth

Passionate about helping his clients create and protect wealth, James specialises in personal risk and insurance. By understanding his clients unique situations, James provides personalised financial advice that helps them achieve their financial goals.

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Nicole Stewart

Life Coach

Nicole coaches ambitious women to help them create deeply satisfying lives



Founder of ZenAcademy

Zeneca is a writer and speaker who has amassed an enormous following talking about digital assets. He's the founder of ZenAcademy - a web 3 education based business helping its members navigate the exciting yet confusing world of crypto and NFTs.

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Dr Reetu Verma

Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong

Dr Reetu Verma is the senior lecturer in the faculty of business and economics at the University of Wollongong as well as the Founder of Healing Health and Happiness.

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Mark McInnes

Founder of the 2nd Best Sales Agency in Australia

Mark is a founder, speaker and author who has helped countless small-medium sized business grow their sales. He is also the host of the Best of Sales Skills (BOSS) podcast.

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Taryn Laughlin

Founder of Hustle Hut Fitness

Taryn is the Founder of Hustle Hut Fitness and has helped hundreds of people achieve their fitness and health related goals.