Alumni in profile

David Thomson
Master of Business Administration 2005 and Graduate Certificate of Management 2003

The chance to build his own company from the ground up has been an enriching experience for business graduate David Thomson.
'I have worked for various other organisations over the years including General Manager positions encompassing a technology company for three years, various WIN Television stations for five years and Media Monitors for another two. However, starting my own company IMPACT Solutions Australia has provided me with a real feeling of freedom and excitement as I build my business dream,' David said.

David is now greatly enjoying the challenges of having to play a hands-on role with his rapidly expanding company.
'As Managing Director of my own company, I am involved with all aspects of the business and I am especially focussed on building long-term relationships with leading national corporations. The decision to start up IMPACT Solutions is certainly proving to be a good one,' David explained.

'IMPACT Solutions provides strategic point-of-purchase solutions to businesses nationally. Our solutions encompass integrated marketing, promotions, analysis, communications and training. I also own a thriving master franchise of a leading national organisation which assisted in building business skills in a supportive environment.'

David grew up in a regional environment without local university opportunities. He relished the chance to fulfil his academic ambitions as a mature-age student having already achieved a level of success in his corporate career. It was early in his MBA studies, whilst taking part in a residential unit, when David explains that he started planning the company.

'Initially, I wanted to do my MBA to further advance my corporate career. However, this changed after I undertook the Entrepreneurship residential unit in 2003. The unit inspired me to use my studies to develop the skills necessary to create and manage my own large business.'

David completed his Graduate Certificate of Management course in 2003 at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood and went on to complete his Master of Business Administration two years later.
As part of his MBA course, David experienced one of his 'absolute academic highlights' where he was given the opportunity to be part of the 2003 European Summer School of Advanced Management (ESSAM) held in Denmark. The annual ESSAM program brings together expert faculty and keynote speakers, young executives and MBA students from all over the globe to participate in an intensive study and workshop program.

'I really enjoyed the Deakin course for various reasons - especially the ESSAM experience. Overall the MBA course challenged my thoughts and beliefs and I was able to meet, work and network with people from so many different industries and cultural backgrounds in the process.

'The course also offered a very flexible learning environment and possessed some energetic and motivated students and lecturers. It gave me added confidence and skills to start my own business and ensure that risks are minimised and opportunities maximised to help me better grow my company,' David said.

As for the future, David says he is planning to build his business to a level that provides both national and international growth opportunities.

For more information on IMPACT Solutions Australia, contact David on email .

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