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REVEALED: South Australia’s top 40 leaders under 40

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InDaily 40 Under 40 winners, Binh Nguyen, Brett Miller, Daniel Phillips and David Lam are changing the landscape of Adelaide’s digital marketing, medical, technology and creative industries.

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Binh Nguyen

In 2013, Market Ease Founder and CEO Binh Nguyen set out to improve the lives of one million Australians directly and indirectly.

He wanted to help 1000 ethical businesses bring their products and services to fruition and ensure each business was able to reach an average of 1000 customers, in turn impacting one million people.

Nguyen said selecting to work with businesses which aligned with Market Ease’s ethos meant turning down an array of well-paying opportunities.

By 2016 the business had well surpassed its goal and Market Ease was now trying to directly and indirectly create one million jobs across the country, he said.

As well as helping Australian-based businesses to grow through internet and digital marketing, Market Ease has worked with companies in New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the US.

Since its inception, the business said it had won contracts with companies including Hyundai Motors, Cartridge World Australia and New Zealand, the Federal Government, Etihad Stadium and on a campaign for the Obama Administration.

Nguyen said it had also been featured in magazines such as the Business Review Australia and the US.

He credited his determination to succeed as the driving force behind Market Ease’s success.

Brett Miller

Brett Miller is helping to drive South Australia’s oral healthcare services as Cofounder and Group General Manager of the Miller Dental Group, and Cofounder and Executive Officer of medical startup ATi Implants.

Since establishing the Miller Dental Group in 2008, Miller said it had become the largest private dental group in South Australia, with 15 clinics. It’s estimated to provide about two per cent of South Australia’s dental needs through its regional and metropolitan network.

Miller said his goal was to continue to expand the practice network to provide improved local oral healthcare services for regional and remote South Australians, with a plan to open an integrated dental-specific day surgery.

He is also working alongside his brother, Greg Miller, to develop the nation’s first dental implant manufacturer, ATi Implants.

But it is work delivering services for underprivileged communities across Australia as Cofounder and Member for health promotion charity – the Australian Dental Foundation – which Miller said he was most proud.

Outside of his work, Miller volunteers as Chairperson of the Kangaroo Island Business & Brand Alliance, SA/NT President of the Australian Association of Practice Management, and SA/NT Committee Member for Family Business Australia.

Daniel J. Phillips

Founder of creative agency, Anomaly and film director and producer Daniel J. Phillips wants to disrupt the nation’s film sector and grow South Australia’s arts industry in the process.

During his 15-year career, he has so far founded a creative agency, produced and directed a multi-million-dollar feature film and revamped the South Australian production studio which housed Wolf Creek 2Anzac Girls and I Am Mother.

Through feature film production company Empire Road Pictures, Phillips has written, produced and directed the $2.7-million movie Awoken, which is due to be released in Australia later this year.

Shot in South Australia, the feature film has been distributed across more than 20 countries and released in the US on streaming services Amazon Prime and Hulu.

The feature followed Phillips’s multiple SA Screen Awards for his short film The Martyr, which examined the rebel situation in Syria.

In 2014, Phillips took control of the now Hendon Studios and restored the facility for modern production.

At Anomaly, he has directed more than 100 television commercials, overseen branding and marketing for startups and established businesses, and serviced clients in South Australia, nationally and abroad.

He said what originally started as a high-end video production company had since grown into a full-service creative agency.

During his seven years of ownership the agency had increased its turnover threefold, he said.

David Lam

Last year, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners named Port Lincoln-based doctor David Lam as the nation’s General Practitioner of the Year.

Lam provides healthcare services to the remote community of Port Lincoln in a primary care setting as well as at the Port Lincoln Hospital.

In his award speech, Lam likened doctors fighting death to the lead characters in the television series Game of Thrones.

"Just like the heroes in that final season of that hit TV show Game of Thrones, we as GPs fight death itself," he said.

"In this sense we will only survive through teamwork and working and looking after each other. While on the other hand, greed and egos are the death of this profession and the death of our patients.”

In the 12-months since, driven by his desire to help others, Lam said he was among the frontline workers caring for patients amid the State’s bushfires and in areas of coronavirus exposure.

He has also released a free medical education podcast called GP Lyf Hacks to educate students and doctors while medical schools were closed and face-to-face teaching stopped as a result of the pandemic.

A lecturer and the Rural Medicine Coordinator at the University of Adelaide School of Medicine, Lam said he was passionate about educating and training student and junior doctors.

He said he hoped through his work they would choose to practise in rural areas where services were scarce.

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