THINKING POSITIVE: Casino Chamber of Commerce president Luke Bodley.
THINKING POSITIVE: Casino Chamber of Commerce president Luke Bodley. Susanna Freymark

Step out of the time warp

LUKE Bodley cannot fathom what the future will be like, but he is excited about the business opportunities for Casino.

As Casino Chamber of Commerce president, Mr Bodley has a zeal and energy that Casino needs.

"I want people to realise that their business can be more than it is," Mr Bodley said.

"You think you're talking to 10 people, but it's the whole world.

"Whether its vanilla slices at the bakery or tractors at Days, the opportunities are better than they have ever been."

Mr Bodley is talking about technology and social media.

"It is not good business acumen to turn a blind eye to the digital economy," he said.

The world is changing and while Mr Bodley said he respected the ways things were done, he was keen for businesses to make the most of the changes.

"Casino is in a time warp," he said. "I have a lot of hope for Casino. What we have here is sought-after, like our agriculture."

The foreign investment opportunities were huge, he said.

"We have Indonesia five hours downwind with 270 million people living there.

"We have free trade agreements with China and the opportunity to export our products to new markets."

He took on the role of president of the chamber because he thought he could be of "some inspiration and I enjoy pushing boundaries".

"If there is something new, I'll look at it," he said. "There is merit in early adaptation."

Facebook launched in 2005 and in 11 years it is one of the biggest companies in the world, he said.

Membership to the Casino business chamber is $110 each year.

"We are looking for people to become champions in business," Mr Bodley said.

"Come to Casino to do business and we will try and promote your business."

Networking was key to his success in property, he said.

"The business health of Casino is ever increasingly on the rise." he said.

"Casino needs culture and civic pride."

What Luke Bodley has the most energy for is positive change.

Find him on Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook.



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