Founder and Chairman of BridgeClimb & visionary keynote speaker
Paul Cave is the founder of BridgeClimb - Sydney's No. 1 'must do' activity for both locals and international visitors. He is a man with great vision.
Paul's dream of sharing the bridge's summit with the rest of the world began in 1989 when he organised a climb for delegates of the Young Presidents' Organisation World Congress. However turning his dream into reality required nine years of commitment and persistence as Paul dealt with dozens of state and local government bodies, community groups, experts on safety, logistics, media, heritage and conservation.
Regarded as an authority in small business management, Paul Cave shares his entrepreneurial expertise as he speaks of the challenges of opening a major new Sydney attraction and maintaining momentum in the marketplace.
About Paul Cave:
Born in Newcastle, Paul completed an Economics degree part-time at the University of NSW on a Commonwealth scholarship. Following a successful career in Marketing, he was promoted to General Management for B & D Roll-A-Door and in 1974, at the age of just 29, he founded and created Amber Tiles. With 17 outlets, Amber Tiles became Australia's largest tile and paving retailer. In 1996 Paul sold his 100% interest in Amber to staff via a management buy-out.
Paul's personal dream to share the Summit of the Bridge with everyone, was inspired by a railway ticket inherited from his late father-in-law, who as a teenager lined up for two days to purchase the first railway ticket to cross the Bridge in 1932 on March 20th - ticket number 00001 from Milson's Point to Wynyard Station.
Finally, 9 years later, on October 1st 1998, BridgeClimb was officially launched. Paul is the Chairman and Founder of BridgeClimb. In 2008 BridgeClimb was awarded the highest national tourism accolade, winning the Australian Tourism Award for Major Tourist Attractions. BridgeClimb has sold well over 2.5 million tickets to climb the Bridge including 560,000 Gift Certificates.
Paul receives many requests to do a variety of public speaking ranging from Business Groups, through to community organisations, charities, and education. He donates 100%of the speaker fees he earns to charities such as Lifehouse at RPA (The Chris O'Brien Cancer Centre); Northcott Society; etc.
In March 2008, the UNSW announced Paul as the recipient of the 2007 Alumni Award for Achievement for outstanding contribution to Business and Commerce.
Paul Cave was awarded the National Entrepreneur of the Year (Business) Award 2001. He continued his association with the program as a National Judge in 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2009 he was the National Chairman of Judges for Entrepreneur of the Year.
Paul's achievements were also honoured with the Australian Export Heroes 2002/3 Award and by Rotary in 2003, as a Paul Harris Fellow for achievements in business, and support of their humanitarian project in Mongolia, by providing an "Open Heart" Catheter Laboratory.
Paul Cave is Chairman of BridgeClimb International, the past National and NSW Chairman of Enterprise Workshop, a member of W.P.O. (World Presidents Organisation) and a previous member of Y.P.O. Paul is the Chairman - Clyde Bank Holdings (Aust.) Pty. Ltd; a Director of the public company Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd; and a Director of InterRisk Australia Pty. Ltd. He is also a Director of Lifehouse at RPA (The Chris O'Brien Cancer Centre); UNSW Advisory Council Member; UNSW Alumni Leader and a founding member of the Sydney Opera House Leadership Circle.