I'm the kind of person who can't stand to miss out on things. If there's fun to be had, I want to be there. So I thought to myself one day, "Why not take people along for the ride?"
Big Stick Adventures is about creating amazing experiences. And it's not just for super-fit adrenaline junkies. A good attitude is the sole requirement.
I've been into outdoor activities as long as I can remember. An addicted surfer for 25 years, one-time professional sprinter and with some 200 SCUBA dives logged, I'll pretty much give anything a shot. During three years living in Papua New Guinea I organised travel adventures for friends that ranged from riding tyre tubes down rapids, to surfing isolated reef breaks with a smoking volcano as the backdrop.
Yes, I used to have an office job. But after 12 years as a Collins St banker (complete with an Economics degree and post-grad in Leadership Management), I realised company mergers and acquisitions no longer fired me up. So I left Melbourne for the surfing heartland of Torquay to get my priorities straight.
These days my job description is creating and delivering awesome itineraries and programs punctuated by exciting experiences.
Big Stick Adventures has delivered events throughout Australia from Broome to Tasmania, as well as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Beijing.
We were the first company to exclusively book Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge for a private corporate event.
We are internationally know for our big group skills and capabilities. Among our many large group experiences, we conceived and delivered the world's largest team building event for more than 9000 people.
But we're just as proud of the more intimate events we have coordinated for groups as small as two.
Our unique approach has seen Big Stick earn accolades from clients, industry heavyweights and media including:
> Voted Australia's top team building company by readers of leading MICE industry magazine Spice News
> Listed among Australia's fastest growing businesses by Business Review Weekly magazine
> Recognised in the Commonwealth Bank Business Excellence and Anthill Magazine Cool Company Awards
I am also often called on to provide comment in industry publications as well as guest speaking at client events.
Our big ideas are generated from our offices on Queensland's Gold Coast and Torquay, Victoria, where we've made our home in a historic surfboard factory.
Of course, many of our team's best ideas come when we're out surfing, mountain biking, rappelling, hiking.... The team at Big Stick shares a zest for life, adventure and fun and the commitment to share it with others. To be honest, few of them think what they do here is work, which is exactly the kind of workplace I envisaged.
And what about our name? It's quite innocent really. A "stick" is just another name for a surfboard. The bigger the "stick", the bigger the wave you can ride. The bigger the wave, the bigger the thrill. So to harness a serious thrill, you're going to need a Big Stick.
See you there.
Brett Hollis - Director