Dolce far Niente Business Lunch

Dolce far Niente Business Lunch

WHEN: Tuesday, 31 May 2011

TIME: 12.00 pm - 5.00 pm

WHERE: Marca Restaurant, 1/299 Sandgate Road Albion Brisbane


Join special guests Phillip Di Bella, Director and founder of Di Bella Coffee, Councillor Paul Pisasale, Mayor of the City of Ipswich, Filippo D'Arro` Director, Italiquore for a special business lunch focusing on Dolce Far Niente – Enjoying leisure time.


Listen to leading Italian Business men talk about how they spend their leisure time. Come and enjoying a delicious Italian lunch with accompanying wines.


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Hosted by Phil Di Bella with all proceeds to Italian Week


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Cav. Phillip Di Bella


• Founder and Managing Director of Di Bella Coffee, established 2002.
• Director of Espresso Enterprises
• Director of Brisbane Marketing
• Chairman of Queen Street Advisory Board
• Chairman of Valley Malls Advisory Board
• Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management
• Member of the Lord Mayor’s Business Round Table
• Member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO)

• Bestowed with the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity for contribution to the Italian community. The world’s youngest recipient of an Italian knighthood.
• Brisbane Business News Young Entrepreneur of the Year

• The Lord Mayor’s Corporate Citizenship Award

• Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
• Australian Institute of Management Young Manager of the Year
• Di Bella Coffee has been in the Business Review Weekly Fast 100 for 2006, 2007 and 2009.




Councillor PAUL PISASALE MAYOR of the City of Ipswich

  • Councillor Paul Pisasale was elected to Council in March 1991, elected Deputy Mayor in April 2000, Mayor in March 2004 and re-elected as Mayor of the City of Ipswich in March 2008.
  • Paul’s dedication to and pride for the City of Ipswich, as well as his drive and enthusiasm, are very evident to all that come in contact with him. He is passionate about working at a regional level, breaking down barriers and ensuring that people are the number one priority for local government. He is also strongly determined to work together in partnership with the community, private enterprise and all levels of government to meet the challenges ahead as the City of Ipswich continues to prosper and grow.
  • Paul has an active interest in business and youth initiatives, community organisations and employment enterprises and is Patron of over 40 organisations. He  strongly believes that care for the community is vital to a growing community.
  • Paul’s commitment to the region led him to being one of the main instigators in the formation of Global Info Links, Global Arts Links and Ipswich Community Telco, all of which have brought about significant benefits to the western region.

In addition, Paul is currently:
o President of ULGA (Urban Local Government Association of Queensland)
o ULGA representative on Queensland State Planning Reform Reference Panel
o Executive member of LGAQ (Local Government Association of Queensland)
o Board Member of Council of Mayors (South-East Queensland)
o Member of the State Government SEQ Regional Planning Committee
o Chairperson of the City’s Economic Development and Sustainability Committee
o Chairperson of the City’s City Management and Finance Committee
o Chairperson of the City’s Specific Purposes Committee
o Ex-officio member of all other standing committees within Council
o Director of Queensland Events Corporation
o Director of Ipswich City Enterprises Pty Ltd and Ipswich City Properties Pty Ltd
o Chair of The Bremer Institute Council
o Member of University of Queensland Ipswich Campus Advisory Committee
o Member of the Australia Malaysia Business Council
o Advisor to the Singapore Business Association
o Trustee of the Ipswich Arts Foundation Executive
o Member of Ipswich Turf Club Board
o Member of Ipswich City Rotary Club
· Paul’s strong involvement with the many multicultural organisations in the community has resulted in him being awarded:
o Honorary Indian of the Year
o Samoan High Chief Title - Afioga Lautoamapapafaasasa Paul Pisasale
· Paul’s drive and commitment to the City of Ipswich have resulted in a number of invitations and awards, including:
o May 2006 – Only Mayor from Australia invited to attend the Global City International Forum for urban decisions makers. Held in Lyon, France, more than 80 Mayors
attended from cities around the world.
o October 2007 – Awarded the National Economic Development Award for Leadership in recognition of his experience and leadership in the areas of regional economic development and tourism.
o July 2008 –Named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. This award is presented to Leaders who have contributed and continue to contribute greatly to the
o November 2009 – Announced as Queensland’s Local Hero for 2010 at the Australian of the Year Awards and represented the State at the national awards in Canberra on 25 January 2010.




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