Introducing our Guest Speakers

Steve Sammartino

The Connection Revolution


One of Australia’s most respected futurists and media commentator on emerging technology, Steve Sammartino wrote his first lines of computer code at age 10.

After starting his career in the corporate world working in marketing for fortune 500 firms, Steve has led multiple tech start-ups and launched one of the first ‘Sharing Economy’ start-ups, He now invests in emerging technologies and holds multiple advisory board positions.

He is the technology reporter for ABC Radio National and the in-house futurist for 3AW, providing expert assessment on the rapidly evolving technology sector. His breadth of experience gives him an uncanny ability to make sense of how technology is shaping society and the economy.

Extreme projects, demonstrating what is possible today, are Steve’s passion and he knows how to generate attention in the modern age of marketing with several viral videos to his name. He recently built a full size, driveable car from 500,000 pieces of LEGO featuring an engine – made completely from LEGO pieces – that runs on air.

The author of two bestselling books on the technology revolution, his latest book ‘The Lessons School Forgot’ is a manifesto on how to future-proof your life and thrive in the technology era. Steve’s energy and knowledge will inspire and leave you excited about the all possibilities the future holds.

Andrew Daddo

Master of Ceremonies


Andrew Daddo has done much in his life and credits Travellers Choice for some of the better travel he’s enjoyed – despite spending nearly a decadeon Chanel 7’s The Great Outdoors.

Amongst other things he’s an author, speaker and host of The Golf Show for Fox Sports. Andrew’s thrilled to be back to enjoy this year’s conference, having just gotten over our 40th Anniversary celebrations in Perth in 2017.

Andrew’s managed to have a crack at just about every aspect of the entertainment industry, probably more out of necessity than design. He’s appeared on TV – some good (The Great Outdoors), some great (Sydney and Beijing Olympics) and some completely odd (I’m a Celeb Get Me Out Of Here). He’s presented radio programs, appeared on stage, made films and done podcasts weekly with the Mamamia Network.

Best of all, Andrew’s written over 25 books of various sizes and colours. Picture books, chapter books, short stories, novels and a vague biography – he’s hard to pin down, although he’s happy to talk about his latest novel ‘One Step’. He also writes for ‘Australian Golf Digest’ and they show his good shots on Fox Sports’ The Golf Show.

Tammy Barton

Millenial Money Matters


Tammy Barton has become one of Australia’s most admired business leaders by turning a desire to help people better manage their personal budgets into one of the country’s fastest growing ventures.

Tammy started MyBudget from her kitchen table in Adelaide aged just 22. Since then the company has helped more than 65,000 people come to grips with their finances. It now operates 11 branches across the country, employs a team of 240, turns over more than $30 million annually and manages around $1 billion worth of client salaries.

Tammy is a former Telstra South Australian Business Woman of the Year, Ernst & Young’s ‘Young’ Entrepreneur of the Year for the central region and most recently was acknowledged by International Business Times Australia in its 100 Women of Influence Awards.

In conjunction with the theme of this year’s conference ‘The Power of Connection’ Tammy will speak about her journey so far and MyBudget’s exceptional success at connecting with Millennials – people born between 1980 and 2000 and who account for more than 50% of MyBudget’s customer base.  Connecting with Millennials has been a key factor in MyBudget’s success and Tammy will explore the language, the messages and the communication channels she uses to engage with them.

Jayson Westbury

Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)


Jayson Westbury has been the CEO of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) since 2009, is the immediate past Chairman of the World Travel Agents Association Alliance (WTAAA) and continues as a Director of that body which has some 56 member states from around the world.

As a WTAAA delegate to the IATA Passenger Agency Programme Global Joint Council (PAPGJC) Jayson has advised several international tourism bodies, governments and other authorities on a range of issues facing the travel industry.

He also serves on many Australian Federal Government working groups and contributes to bilateral tourism policy development in Australia and around the world to ensure a sustainable, future-proofed industry is in place to support business success.

Jayson holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Institute of Business and has over 25 years of managerial experience in the hotel, travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

He was awarded an Australian Tourism Champions Award in 2003 and was further recognised as an Australian National Tourism Legend in 2009 and 2011 by Tourism Training Australian. Jayson believes in the future of travel agents as an important part of the value distribution chain and enjoys good wine, steep ski slopes and politics both foreign and domestic.

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