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REVEALED: South Australia’s top 40 leaders under 40

40 Under 40

From aged-care and dentistry to finance and graphic design, 40 Under 40 winners Tim Chia, Tom Caesar, Tyson Beck and Vyla Ellis are young stars of their trades.

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Tim Chia

As the Chief Operating Officer of Clayton Church Homes, a large SA-based aged care provider, retirement and home care service, Tim Chia has led a number of retirement and residential aged-care business acquisitions.

Under Chia’s guidance, he said the business had experienced 100 per cent revenue growth in the past five years and increased its operating services to 16 residential aged care and retirement living sites, which were supported by about 500 staff.

He said he was currently leading the development of the $18 million Summerhill residential aged-care facility in Uraidla, which would represent a “new age in quality accommodation for our older community”.

Chia began his career in accounting and property professional services with Nexia Edwards Marshall in Assurance Services before moving to international firm Cushman & Wakefield.

Throughout his career Chia said he had remained strongly committed to the community and not-for-profit sectors.

In 2008, he founded the Old Ignatians’ Tennis Club, having graduated from the Saint Ignatius’ College three years earlier.

He remains President of the club, which he said had experienced large growth in the past 12 months.

Chia is also an Executive Mentor for Saint Ignatius’ College and a Board Director of Lincoln College and End Homelessness SA.

Tom Caesar

Positive Group CEO Tom Caesar co-founded the fintech group with his father during the Global Financial Crisis in 2009.

In the last decade the business has grown to more than 100 staff across four offices, a feat Caesar attributes to the determination of the entire workforce and a focus on utilising emerging technologies for advancement.

He said through diversification Positive Group had evolved from its initial Positive Lending Solutions offering and now provided a broad range of financial services and technology, including its B2B platform Nodifi.

The platform was launched three years ago following a contract with aggregation services Connective to roll out Nodifi to 3500 mortgage brokers.

The platform is designed for mortgage brokers and car dealers looking to diversify into other products.

Caesar said Positive Group subsequently went to market to raise capital for continued growth. He said Resimac bought a 15 per cent stake for $3 million with an option to take another 10 per cent within two years for a further $3 million.

He said Positive Group was currently valued at $20 million.

Its success has also led the group to be recognised as the best innovator at the Australian broking awards in 2018 and small business of the year at the Telstra business awards in 2016.

Tyson Beck

For the last decade, Tyson Beck has directed his own creative agency, turning sport into artwork.

The Graphic Designer and Creative Agency Director has produced digital content, branding, merchandise and motion projects for some of the world’s leading sports organisations, including the National Basketball Association, LA Lakers, NFL and Adidas – all from his home office in South Australia.

After winning a US magazine cover contest at 18-years-old, the Adelaide-based landed a job making wallpapers for the Los Angeles Lakers website.

Beck said he had since created the branding for the NBA playoffs, NBA All-Star weekend and NBA regular season. He has also produced basketball UFC trading cards and designed basketball jerseys in Australia.

The brand’s social media has also gained a massive cult following, with more than 98-thousand followers on Instagram.

But Beck’s success hasn’t come without its challenges.

In 2017, while trying to work 18-hour days, he fell asleep while driving and crashed his car twice and had two seizures.

“This was a giant wake-up call to me that I was working too hard. The 18-hour work days for a handful of years was quickly catching up to me,” Beck said.

“I learnt that health is more important than the grind mentality, it’ll catch up to you and it did to me.”

Vyla Ellis

Country Living Dentistry CEO and Principal Dentist Vyla Ellis is working to ensure rural communities receive quality dental care and has constructed two dental facilities in rural areas a bid to increase access to healthcare.

The young South Australian grew up in Bordertown before attending the University of Adelaide where she graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2010.

After identifying a need for dentists in rural areas, Ellis took a position with a practice in the regional SA town of Keith. In 2012, she purchased the practice.

Ellis said she had since constructed two innovative dental facilities, providing a range of dental treatments from preventable care to high-end treatments in areas where dentists were scarce.

As well as leading the clinics, Ellis is undertaking a Master of Business Administration at Deakin University and is Director of St Ann’s College. She said she was passionate about health and education.

“Advocating for oral health is something I do out of my love for all things teeth and gums and as such this work will also continue long-term,” Ellis said.

“All of these roles have grown and developed over time allowing me to be more impactful and positively affect more people.”

In 2019 Ellis was recognised for her innovative approach to business and technology as a Telstra Business Women’s Finalist.

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