Keynote speaker Steve Sammartino is one of Australia's most innovative business minds, start-up gurus and culture experts whose insights into the confluence of culture and business have made him a well-respected voice in the Australian entrepreneurship world.
Steve's genesis as a businessman and a marketing genius began when he was 10 years old. He started selling his own organic eggs before organic was even a popular notion.
Over the course of his life he's honed his craft as a director at the world's biggest advertising business, the world's biggest consumer goods company and as a start-up genius who launched and sold several companies. Steve also became the first person in Australia in 30 years to start a car company – Tomcar, a utility vehicle used by the military, tour companies and the average Australian citizen.
Steve's success is based on his ability too see and understand the subtle changes in culture and consumers. He tackles big projects and small ones with the enthusiasm of a child and the precision of a scientist. In fact, Steve became the first person to design and build a fully functional car made solely from LEGOs.
It's this kind of genius and iconoclasm which has vaulted Steve into the international stage as a prominent tech and start-up thought leader. He shares his methodology and madness through his blog (30,000 monthly readers), the marketing courses he teaches at Melbourne University and through his first book, “The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of Business is Small”.
Steve's expertise in areas of emerging tech and start-up trends and strategies, along with his years of experience as a marketing expert at some of the world's top companies, make him the ideal keynote-speaker choice for companies who want to be challenged, encouraged and enlightened about the future of business and the digital revolution.
His keynote presentations intertwine his vast experiences within the tech and thought world, entertaining audiences while at the same time challenging to think about big picture ideas like the global shift to the digital area, the end of traditional demographics and the gold mine that is the gaming world.
Companies or organisations looking for canned presentations which address out-of-date theories and ideas will tremble when they hear the career-based narratives Steve shares about the power of technology and the future of the way we interact with each other and our client base. Yet this is precisely what makes him an invaluable asset to organisations who are searching for an innovate guest speaker who can offer insights into the future that few people can.
Steve was fantastic, he engaged very well with the members and they thoroughly enjoyed and valued his session. I appreciated the time he spent with the group after the session and he was also very easy to deal with from my initial booking to the presentation. He was able to meet the needs of our organisation for this event.
Institute of Public Accountants
Steve was amazing to deal with from the moment he had a quick phone call with my Manager (to go over the night) until he left at the end of the evening. I cannot fault him. When he walked in the door pre conference he was easy going and adaptable (we had technology issues) he took them in his stride and worked with us to make things work. His presentation was great! There were no moments of boredom from the audience, in fact the audience chatted with him for a couple of hours after the conference. At no time was any of this an issue for Steve. He is definitely someone I will recommend to others.
Department of Human Services
Steve was a great opening speaker for our conference – full of energy and encouraging attendees to think outside the box.
The University of Melbourne
Steve was just what we were hoping for to open up the minds and souls of our rather traditional mining/construction corporate attendees. He has a ton of energy, and is able to use it in a focused way to communicate big ideas in a way that leaves the audience involved and excited about the future. He picked up on our corporate context and drivers from a short discussion and was able to weave this into the session.
Extremely relevant, funny and very thought provoking.
Honeywell Building Solutions
Steve is super smart, thought provoking, inspiring and funny. Steve’s warmth and positive energy is infectious. Great feedback from attendees.
It was a fantastic evening and he was a great speaker bringing energy, ideas, flashes of brilliance, humour, facts, figures, indepth knowledge, and even Chinese language for our Asian guests. He transported use to the future of what is possible. He was highly entertaining and a great opener for our economist to follow on from. We are hoping after this success that we will use Steve again at our future HNW events.
Steve was an absolute hit with our members in all 5 states. Survey results were fantastic. Insightful and engaging presentation. Steve was an absolute pleasure to work with.
Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia
Steve was a dynamic, energetic and inspirational speaker. Charged with the tough job of engaging a group of restless 17-year-olds, he managed to not only keep them entranced, but also to fire their imaginations and open their thinking to the myriad of possibilities the future may hold.
Steve captured to audience right from the get go, and took everyone on an insightful journey into the future in a funny, informative and relevant way.
Rail Industry and Safety Standards Board Limited
Outstanding session. One delegate remarked that he felt value for money from the event based just on Steve’s session.
It is possible that Steve was our best guest presenter ever.
Steve was a pleasure to work with. He delivered in every state and the feedback for his session was phenomenal. He evoked laughter and thought within the audience. Definitely did not disappoint!
Steve was terrific. He hit all the right notes, and struck a nice balance between entertaining and informing. We particularly appreciated the workshop and are looking forward to seeing what unfolds as a result.
Steve was excellent, high energy and challenged our thinking!
Bank of Queensland
Great content and a clear passion for what he does.
Corporate Tax Association
Steve Sammartino was a real surprise packet! Great content and by far one of our more interesting speakers. Highly recommended.
Housing industry Association
Steve was AMAZING! So thought provoking and inspirational. We’ve had nothing but good feedback for him and in fact some participants said it was worth coming just to see him!
Local Government Association of SA
Steve was truly a great and amazing speaker for our All-Company event at Flywire. Not only did he spend time and energy understanding our business, our challenges, but he also casually worked those themes into his presentation. I cannot wait to have another event, maybe with our Clients and have Steve come again.
Very engaging, funny and insightful.
International Quality and Productivity Centre
Steve’s energy and enthusiasm really brings his presentation to life. His messages really made people think about technology, while keeping everyone very engaged and focused. Fantastic presentation and we were delighted to have Steve a part of our Conference – feedback from all attendees has been brilliant!
First State Super
Steve certainly lived up to his billing. Great content, energy in delivery and humour. I received a lot of very positive feedback from delegates during the conference about his presentation.
BTTB Marketing Pty. Ltd.
Steve is an energetic and engaging speaker who provided a linkage to technology to everyday life in business. He related the presentation to the conference audience and the key theme of the day.
Phillip Island Regional Tourism Board
Steve’s content and relevance to the theme of the conference was perfect.
Stimulating, encouraging, thought-provoking, exciting.
Victorian Caravan Parks Association
Steve was the best speaker we had at the conference with regard to delegate feedback!
Australian School of Applied Management
Steve was charismatic, energetic and completely understood the needs of the MC role at ourconference.
Conference Logistics Pty. Ltd.
Steve delivered a presentation on key themes that effectively engaged and addressed the perspectives and needs of two, disparate audience groups seamlessly. It was a really engaging, entertaining and thought provoking session. The feedback from our attendees on the day and subsequently was fantastic and I’m sure Steve will be receiving many requests to speak from companies who were in our audience. We’ll certainly be using Steve again for both customer and internal events.
Steve is very personable, engaging and energetic. He delivers really interesting, though provoking content in an entertaining way. The reaction of our audience was very positive.
EXCELLENT 10 out of 10 for me
Received a great response from the audience and delivered important information with humour.
CoE, NAB Core Banking
Steve was amazing – full of energy, positivity and humour! We really appreciated his commitment as he had just come out of hospital for hand surgery the day before.
Hire and Rental Industry Association
Very relevant to our conference theme and focus. Steve provided an exciting and highly energetic speech.
APCO Service Stations
Steve, was a true professional from briefing to keynote, listened and delivered directly to the our audience of 175+ delegates.
Dcb Conferences and Events
Steve was perfect for our function. He related well to them and was able to motivate and inspire. The information he presented was spot on and very interesting. Steve addressed a crowd of 1500 staff, graduates, friends and family as our 2015 Graduation Ceremony keynote speaker. His enthusiasm is infectious and his speech encouraged everyone to think of themselves as an entrepreneur, and make the most of the opportunities life presents. I saw that a number of our VIPs (senior staff and board members) approached Steve after the ceremony to further discuss his ideas; a sure sign of an inspiring speech and an approachable speaker!
What I love most about Steve is his boundless energy and amazing positivity - it is palpable and highly infectious. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
Head of IT – Bankwest
Steve was the ideal speaker for Small Business BIG Marketing. It was the first time I have worked with Steve and he was bang on message! He delivered exactly what we asked of him but what impressed me the most was his delivery. His energy held the audience's attention for the duration of the event. His enthusiasm was amazing and information he imparted was invaluable for the attendees. Steve was willing to share marketing tips and tactics relevant to start ups but also had the big business insight.
Steve was a delight to work with and provided very popular with guests who he was happy to chat to during break periods. I will absolutely use Steve again as a keynote speaker.
The Launch Box (Event Management)
Steve Sammartino is simply the best presenter I have worked with. His ability to connect, engage and excite is second to none. In my time working with Steve I witnessed time and again his ability to 'wake-up' an audience and inspire them to want to achieve new levels. His energy is palpable, his delivery always superb and his content world class and always unique. If you ever get the chance to hear Steve speak, or in fact have Steve speak at your event, then you can be sure the audience will be far better off as a result.
CEO - Grey Group Australia.
I was lucky enough earlier this year to see Steve present the final keynote presentation for our ad:tech Melbourne conference. I am sure I can speak for most in the room that day by saying that Steve’s enthusiasm, personality and idea’s around “Why Selfish Marketers Fail” was one of the best finishes to a conferences I have seen and it is testament to Steve’s presenting style that he was able to promote such interactions and ideas from an audience at the end of a 2-day conference.
As a conference organizer Steve’s presentations are exactly the type of experience we (and of course our audience) is looking for. In keeping with his theme for this particular presentation Steve’s content was anything but “selfish” as he was able to put forward relevant examples, interact and entertain the audience and even share personal experiences which all added to the unique and passionate experience of his presentation.
It goes without saying that Steve will continue to be involved in presenting at many of our events as we move into the future.
Sales Director – DMG Events Australia