Bree James, epitomizes ‘entrepreneur’. From starting her first official business at the age of eighteen, to running one of Australia’s most successful regional publishing companies, Bree has entrepreneurial DNA in every fibre of her being. The eternal solution finder, Bree’s innate ability to seize opportunity and fill market gaps has attributed to her huge success in the business world.
But she’s more than just the driving force behind her own enterprises. Working with organisations around the country, Bree is also an acclaimed presenter, author, podcaster, travel writer, YouTuber, performer, and an inspirational mentor to small business owners everywhere. Her philosophy in life is to be brave, be bold and be brilliant.
This year marks Bree’s twenty first as a small business owner. And her quest into serial entrepreneurship and developing businesses to meet market needs are certainly not slowing down.
Bree is the director of three companies, which between them have over 16 associated brands, and more on the horizon. With 3 YouTube channels, 15 social media accounts, 2 podcasts, 1 book and over 330 magazines produced, it’s no wonder she’s earned the nickname ‘Queen of Content’. Helped by her 20 staff spread over three locations, Bree’s relentless passion to improve the lives of the communities she serves means she always has a new project on the go.
For the past 12 years, Bree has been a custom publisher of niche magazines. Her flagship publication PakMag, established her in the publishing market in 2007, and its evolution is true testament to Bree’s desire to bring solutions to her customers. Since its inception, PakMag has grown into a media powerhouse, not only as the essential monthly pick-up for families in North Queensland, but for businesses, who rely on the publication and its associated digital channels for promoting their products and services to the masses. Now PakMag covers three locations, Cairns, Townsville and Mackay as well as a national digital edition.
Bree’s innovative nature led her to quash the theory that ‘print is dead’, to ensure that her business is not only surviving in a testing time for media-based businesses, but thriving. With a loyal monthly readership of 72,000 people, Bree has not only grown the strong print presence of the publication, but also the digital presence, facilitating connection with readers across a range of platforms including video, podcasting, social media, and much more. Add to this regular events for local families, incredible contributions to the community, and her work with thousands of small businesses, it’s easy to see why Bree really is one of the leading Australian authorities on the family market.
Her first book, Business Over Breakfast launched in June 2018 and showcases Bree’s penchant for all things business. And, of course, book number 2 and 3 are just around the corner.
Bree is also a successful professional speaker, presenting on a range of topics on national and international stages. Her engaging approach and her aspirational passion help her deliver highly pragmatic yet quirkily amusing keynotes which offer valuable take-aways, promoting both personal and professional growth in her audiences.