How Chris overcame obstacles, launched and grew his
companies, and found his passion to help others to
secure their financial freedom.
How Chris overcame obstacles, launched and grew his companies, and found his passion to help others to secure their financial freedom.
Chris started his entrepreneurial journey at just 10 years of age on the streets of Cyprus when his newsagent uncle provided his first job; selling lottery tickets on the streets. Each day he had a large consignment of tickets to sell, with the last two tickets being his wages or ‘profit’. Chris never missed a day of hitting his sales target, setting up a life-long pattern of hard work and achieving every goal. Fast forward to his tertiary studies in finance, where this pattern saw Chris working three additional jobs to pay his way through college.
At just 19 after getting his start in the property industry, Chris’s superior sales skills were earning him more than $350,000 a year. He had already accumulated eight investment properties (the first purchased at just 19 years old) and was flying high. After forming a strategic business partnership in Queensland, Chris was focused on building and expanding the pair’s newly-established property business. Now married with a son, like many people Chris was busy juggling family, travel and work commitments. Without warning, the business partnership collapsed leaving Chris responsible for a $780,000 shortfall and a long list of client financial obligations. To repay debts, he had to sell every one of his assets, move back to his mother’s home, setting up his desk in a small home office. He worked tirelessly to keep his commitment to every client, pay all his staff and ensure no-one else lost any money.
With his reputation on the line, it took Chris almost three years to clear the debts but he achieved his goal.
HELPING OTHERS REALISE THEIR FINANCIAL FREEDOM
Chris started wealth creation and financial education company Reventon in 2005 after this experience. He wanted to have full control to do things his own way and embed his strong ethical principles into the way his company operated. Chris sees it as his personal mission and responsibility to help as many people as possible. He describes himself as passionate and hyper-focused on his clients’ and his team’s financial success.
Reventon has grown substantially each year, as more clients have been assisted to build wealth through better financial management and creating profitable property investment portfolios. Now with a team over 50-strong and thousands of clients around Australia, Reventon is proud that 220% of the company’s business is generated from client referrals.
On a personal level, Chris is married to Billie, and has four children aged 15, 5, 3 and 1. Chris also has a passion for snooker, a game he discovered as a teenager and quickly achieved considerable success in. Today Reventon is the biggest sponsor of snooker in Australia, owns the Reventon Snooker Academy in Melbourne’s west, runs the biggest snooker events in the country and sponsors many professional players.
“I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED BY HOW I MADE A DIFFERENCE, AND HOW MANY PEOPLE I’VE BEEN ABLE TO HELP SECURE THEIR FUTURES”
From a position of owning eight properties and with a substantial income, to zero properties, no car and a large debt; Chris has spectacularly re-built his both his company and personal success and established a significant property portfolio. Chris is also dyslexic, finding reading and writing challenging during his school years.
He was however extremely gifted with numbers, and came top of his school for maths. His numerical abilities served him well when it came to quickly mastering the financial aspects of loans, investment and property feasibility.
Expansion of public speaking engagements and his many philanthropic endeavours. Continued expansion of property development interests. Establishment of more Reventon offices around Australia, currently numbering four.
“Always live within your means, except when it comes to education, where you can never over-invest.”
“Accept nothing but the outcome you truly want in life.”
“Don’t do your best, do what ever it takes.”
Chris holds an Australian Credit License and is one of the company’s Principal Licensees, with the ability to operate a full real estate office.
Chris is a dedicated philanthropist and supports many charities financially and through his involvement in a number of charitable activities.
VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT
Helping those experiencing homelessness is a cause very close to Chris’ heart, and one he and his wife Billie have personally supported for many years.
Chris started Reventon in 2005 to help everyday Australians achieve their dream of owning a property, but was shocked to learn how many people don’t have a permanent place to call home.
He took part in his first Vinnies CEO Sleepout in the winter of 2018 and exceeded his $40,000 target and raised $40,185, becoming the third highest fundraiser in Melbourne and ranking in the top 1% of fundraisers of of 1,463 CEOs taking part.
By sleeping out on one of the coldest, longest days of the year, Chris got a small glimpse into what it’s like for the thousands of people experiencing homelessness in Australia.
‘It was a humbling experience to take part in this important annual event and meet with other CEOs equally committed to making a different. It’s essential that we never succumb to the error of believing that homelessness is just an outcome, or something that’s deserved,’ says Chris. ‘It’s important to be compassionate and show empathy because we’re all human beings at the end of the day.’
Chris has committed to the CEO Sleepout for the second year running and has raised the bar for 2019, aiming to raise $60,000 for the charity. Reventon is also committed to giving 50 cents for every dollar donated to the cause.
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