Events Best Series

The Business Excellence Series in the Tropics ('Best') is brought to you by James Cook University.

Upcoming events

Featuring guest speakers Nic Marchesi & Lucas Patchett

Tuesday 24 October 2017
6:30am to 8:30am 


Orange Sky Laundry is a free mobile laundry service that Nic and Lucas started in 2014, when they converted their old van into a mobile washing machine to wash clothes for the homeless. Today they currently have 11 vans operating across Australia with the goal of expanding into other cities, including Townsville.

But the foundation isn’t just about washing clothes for the homeless, it’s an opportunity for the boys and their dedicated group of volunteers to foster positive and genuine conversations with their friends on the streets in hope of helping them take gradual steps back into society.

To help raise funds needed to expand their washing services into the Townsville region, $5 from every ticket sold to this next event will go towards their new van and benefit those in our local community.

*The time and location of this event may be subject to change.  

About 'Best'

'Best' features a series of presentations by prominent community, industry and government leaders who share their knowledge and experience on a range of topical themes, issues, challenges and trends.

Best' engages a high calibre of speakers, recognized both nationally and internationally. 'Best' provides a unique opportunity for business networking and keeps you up to date with the latest developments at JCU.

Who attends 'Best'?

These events are always well attended by prominent regional business leaders, high ranking Defense personnel, regional political and public figures and interested members of the general public, business community and education sector.

Features and format

Each 'Best' event is held over breakfast and features a keynote presentation, followed by a panel discussion with the guest speaker and local industry leaders. 'Best' events are held twice a year in Townsville with events held around May/June and October/November each year.

Previous speakers


  • Holly Ransom - CEO, Emergent


  • Mia Freedman - Co-founder of Mamamia Women's Network
  • Lieutenant General David Morrison AO - Australian of the Year 2016


  • The Hon. Tim Fischer AC - Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister
  • Ita Buttrose - Australian journalist, businesswoman, television personality and author


  • Kristina Keneally - former Australian politician
  • Phil Ruthven - founder and director of IBISWorld, an international corporation providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services


  • Jeff Kennett - former Australian politician who was the 43rd Premier of Victoria and a current media commentator
  • Tom Potter - founder of pizza chain Eagle Boys


  • Bob Ansett - founded the Budget Rent A Car System


For more information about 'Best' please contact the JCU Events team by emailing

*James Cook University reserves the right to alter venue locations without notice.