Introducing your Rare Birds’ Ambassador in Cairns, entrepreneur Bree James.
From the young age of 10, Bree James was selling Avon products to her neighbours and teachers to make some extra pocket money. It comes as no surprise then, that she was just 18 when she started her first business – an entertainment company that is still running today.
In 2007, Bree founded the niche monthly parenting magazine PakMag. At the time, she had never worked in the print industry before, had never sold advertising and had never even been a parent.
An industry leader
In a few short years, PakMag has gone from a staff of two to 10, and boasts a monthly readership base of around 72,000 through three separate magazines printed for Cairns, Townsville and Mackay.
The magazines are part of Grand Publishing, which Bree founded and includes PakMag Australia, the national online digital version of PakMag.
Vision without action is merely a dream.
– Bree James
Passionate about the community
Bree values giving back to the community and has raised more than $60,000 for charities, carrying out over 250 community events in towns across northern Queensland and giving away over $100,000 in advertising to local businesses, community groups and events.
She won the Cairns Business Women’s Club (CBWC) award for “Young Female Entrepreneur” in 2009, was a State finalist in the Australian Institute of Management “Young Manager Of The Year” award in 2010. She was also a finalist for Queensland in the “Telstra Business Women’s Awards” in 2014.
Her business mantra
Bree’s mantra for business and life is, “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world”.
As a Rare Birds Ambassador, Bree is enabling other entrepreneurs to combine their visions with action and develop the right mindset. She believes it is, “imperative that the next generation of young women know to think further than ‘what they want to be’ when they grow up”.
Would you like to nominate a high calibre entrepreneur or business leader to be a Rare Birds Global Ambassador? Contact Rare Birds Community Leader Sarah Coull to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org