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Geoff Harris is one of the original founders (and still current owners) of Flight Centre … one of the world’s largest travel agents. Certainly Australia’s largest by a long shot. I shared a small part of this interview about 6-months ago. It was part of another series of interviews I intended doing with creators of iconic Australian brands. Alas, time wont allow me to indulge in that idea, so I’m releasing these interviews on the Small Business Big Marketing show. Others (already released include chats with Rip Curl founder, Bryan Singer and Beechworth Bakery Founder, Tom O’Toole.
Bryan Singer co-founded Rip Curl in the 1960s and today it’s one of the worlds most iconic surf brands. In this revealing interview Bryan takes us deep inside the Rip Curl tent where he shares how he started the business, where the name came from, how they managed extreme growth, and how at one point, they were looking down the barrel of Rip Curl existing no more.
Oh, and the quote of the interview? When asked how Rip Curl began, Bryan responds …
“We were just looking for a quid to fund our next surfing holiday.”