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Getting Ahead with the Challenge 跨越挑战巅峰

Luke Stambolis

Managing Director – Victoria of Probuild, Australia

There’s no shortcut to success and usually, it takes persistence, patience and hard work to get there. That’s not an earth shaking statement but many people want it the easy way and often talk about the “should haves, could haves and would haves”.

Instead, someone like Luke Stambolis decided to wake up from his dreams and pursue them many years ago.

His road to success started then and has taken him to become the Victorian managing director of Probuild, a national tier one construction company in Australia.

He has a 20-year career in construction and has worked on several iconic projects in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Luke has a proven track record of working with clients and key stakeholders to ensure consistently high quality delivery of projects. With a Degree from RMIT in Construction Management, he has spent the last two decades refining his skills in all facets of projects from concept, feasibility, master planning,  pre-construction to construction delivery.

“I believe that hard work will get you to where you want to be – I’ve always applied myself whether it’s in work or my personal life.”

“In the beginning, I was inspired by my uncle who was a residential house builder and I think it’s also to do with my European heritage as we are known to build great buildings. So, it’s all in the blood,” Luke says with a chuckle.

After he graduated from RMIT in 1996, he worked on the Crown Casino project. “I was invited to be part of the special effects delivery team and that involved building the waterfront fire brigades and main lobby water fountains. It was a very exciting time for me, especially as it was my foray into the industry.”

After that project was completed, he worked as a cadet for another tier one builder at the time. He made such an impression in his time at the company working on hospital, retail and high rise projects that Stambolis soon became the project and site manager for several of its major developments.

“When I was 30, I went to the UK to work on Westfield London, a billion dollar project that was a huge success. I joined Probuild a few years ago, mainly to oversee its high rise portfolio in Melbourne CBD,” he explains.

Probuild is one of Australia’s largest construction companies with a national pipeline of projects worth $4 billion and an annual turnover of $1.8 billion with their line-up of retail, commercial and residential developments.

Aside from being responsible for multiple million dollar projects, Luke also likes to challenge himself outside work.

“I like fly fishing even though I’m not very good at it. It’s a constant torment that’s similar to golf because if you’re not doing it often enough, you can’t master it. But one of the main things I love about it is that it makes you go to places you have never gone before so it gives you an opportunity to explore mother nature,” he says.

Luke is married to his wife Eve, who’s also in the industry working with interior design and they have two sons. “I believe that hard work will get you to where you want to be – I’ve always applied myself whether it’s in work or my personal life. I can’t always sit still for very long – I love to learn new things and am now developing my kids hoping to pass on some knowledge and wisdom to them,” he says.

Probuild works across commercial, educational, industrial, residential, retail, entertainment and sports and leisure sectors, overseeing all facets of project delivery, construction planning and management. It is currently delivering some of Australia’s largest construction projects including Victoria One, Eastland and Chadstone shopping centres in Melbourne, Grand Central Shopping Centre in Toowoomba and The Towers in Western Australia which will include the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel.

坚持、耐心和努力方能铸就成功,无任何捷径可言。虽然这并非石破天惊的声明,但许多人却追求简易之道:常想着应该做、可以做与本来会做,却留下一片空白。相反,Luke Stambolis多年前已毫不犹豫展开他的梦想。









Probuild的建设显现在商业、教育、工业、住宅、零售业、娱乐、体育与休闲领域,负责全面性的项目交付、建设规划和管理。现提供一些澳大利亚大型的构建项目包括VictoriaOne,墨尔本的Eastland与Chadstone购物中心,位于图文巴的GrandCentral购物中心和西澳的The Towers,并且包括豪华的Ritz-Carlton酒店。



The Luxury Car Thats Stops Traffic 停驻交通的奢华精粹

Christopher Hope

Brand Manager, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Melbourne

There are certain cars that just get you around and then there is the epitome of elegance and beauty. Bespoke luxury and one of a kind craftsmanship is the business model that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has successfully positioned their brand; the top tier of the world’s most lavish automotive marques in the world.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Melbourne brand manager, Christopher Hope, or more affectionately known locally as ‘Mr Melbourne’, perfectly embodies these Rolls-Royce values and he speaks not only highly of the brand he represents, but also of how it continues to retain a focus on heritage and exclusivity. “People are attracted to the Rolls-Royce brand because it represents a lifestyle that many aspire to” says Hope. “Even when visitors walk into the showroom just to have a look, they are awestruck by the presence of these beautiful cars.”

“We are obviously not a massive volume manufacturer. We make enough cars to create a viable business, as there are just a certain number of Rolls-Royces on the road to the ratio of the population that makes it exclusive without being saturated,” Hope explains.

In this Hope is indeed accurate, as when these magnificent vehicles are seen on the road people are guaranteed to stop and look, not only to admire the fine detail and exquisite features of the car, but to wonder who owns it or drives it.

The Melbourne business was recently acquired in late 2015 by the Zagame Automotive Group, a premium automotive company in Melbourne. According to Hope, there could not have been a more perfect partnership.

“I’m so excited to work with Zagame Automotive because they are well established as Melbourne’s exclusive dealer for high end cars and for Rolls-Royce in particular, we share the same vision and goals,” said Hope.

A family run business, Zagame Automotive successfully retail and support prominent brands such as Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Audi and ŠKODA and are the exclusive dealer for Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Rolls‐Royce, Aston Martin and McLaren within Victoria. Zagame Automotive are passionate advocates of English and European motoring vehicles and operate over twenty award winning dealerships, parts and service centres located centrally throughout Melbourne and expanding.

The company’s managing director Bobby Zagame, along with his siblings and father, run a business with a firm focused on hospitality and service values. “Bobby and I have known each other for many years and we work well together and in particular we share the same vision and goals. The timing is also great, as the brand transforms to meet the needs of younger and more ethnically diverse customers with cars like Ghost, Wraith and the new stand-out convertible, Dawn” says Hope.

“If you think I’m Mr Melbourne, so is he and we often have a good laugh about it!”.

In fact, Hope is often recognised around Melbourne in most places he goes and is known for his love of bright and eye-catching colours and ever so helpful nature.

“How I dress reflects the way I work, as my role involves everything from sales & marketing, down to the selling cars on the floor and designing and personalising the cars for our clients”.

“I love to push the boundaries, within reason, in designing these cars and one of my greatest joys is to see how a customer is delighted when they receive theirs, because it has exceeded all expectations.”

Hope is also not one to delegate and is very hands-on and involved in everything that he does for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Melbourne. In his words, this all stems from a passion of working with others, building good relationships and motivating people to be the best version of themselves.

“Life is too short to waste it on self-doubt and having short term or average goals,” says Hope. “We have to utilise the skills and experience we have and I love showing people how to do that at work and at home. I’m also involved with a number of charities and non-profit organisations as my way of giving back to society,” says Hope.

At the age of 49, his experience and reputation in the automotive industry is second to none, however Hope spent the early years of his career in banking and finance. Whilst he admits this career path wasn’t his ‘cup of tea’, he was soon into a career in automotive with a twenty-year employment at BMW cars. Hope has only been at the helm of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Melbourne for two and a half years, however Hope believes this was a natural transition to take.

“Working for BMW enabled me to understand Rolls-Royce as a brand, its heritage and its customers. It’s a unique and very niched market but one that will always remain top tier,” he says.

Hope undeniably enjoys the finer things in life and appreciates beautiful creations and luxury brands and services. He is also an avid reader who has recently added our own EZ Australia to his reading catalogue.

“I was hoping for the longest time that a magazine like EZ would be distributed (in Australia) because whilst it is a luxury publication; it is also very people-orientated and has enjoyable, easy-to-read content,” says Hope. “It also boasts great eye-catching images and it’s so heart-warming to see my friends being featured as well.”

The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Melbourne dealership is located in Southbank at 80 City Road. For any enquiries please email Christopher Hope at chrish@zag.com.au or for more information visit http://www.zag.com.au.





2015年底,墨尔本业务被ZagameAutomotiveGroup收购。Christopher Hope认为,这是一个无法超越的完美伙伴关系。“我非常荣幸能与Zagame汽车集团共事,因为他们早建立墨尔本专属高端汽车经销商网络,很明确的对劳斯莱斯来说,我们共享一致的愿景与目标。”



“如果你觉得我是墨尔本先生,所以他和我们经常对此调笑。”事实上,Christopher在墨尔本所到之处皆受称誉,他所喜爱的明亮抢眼色调,还有乐于助人的天性。“我的着装反映工作方式,我的角色担当包括上至销售与市场营销,下至底楼卖车,为我们的客户设计和提供个性化的车子 。”







劳斯莱斯墨尔本汽车经销店位于南岸区(Southbankat80 CityRoad)。任何咨询可发送到Christopher Hope电子邮件: chrish@zag.com.au或想了解更多信息,请浏览www.zag.com.au。


Passion for Fashion 激情时尚岁月

Graeme Lewsey

Chief Executive Officer of VAMFF, Australia

With a burning passion for fashion, creativity and innovation, Graeme Lewsey has made his way to the top as the CEO of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF).

As a graduate of arts and design from RMIT University, he describes himself as a “moth that’s attracted to everything and anything that’s creative”.

He was awarded ‘Australian Young Designer of The Year’ by Woolmark after graduating from the Bachelor of Arts in RMIT. It followed with more than a decade of working with leading fashion brands, retailers and marketing agencies in Europe.

But it didn’t start off so smoothly as Graeme candidly recalls that he disliked how Australia was rather awkward and backward in fashion when he was a young graduate.

“I grew up in the outskirts of Melbourne and desperately wanted to be part of the fashion scene, but Australia at that time was so slow,” said Graeme.

After graduating, he went to London and had the opportunity to work on incredible projects where he stayed on for about 12 years.

Graeme climbed the ladder quickly by working hard and networking- “going to the right parties and met the right people, some were movers and shakers of the industry”, he quipped.

The big highlight of his career was working with acclaimed fashion designer, Paul Smith.

“He suggested that I’ll be great with PR and marketing and I went to become a small PR officer for the Paul Smith brand.”

Graeme finally returned to Australia in 1997 and found that it changed. “It was suddenly new and the country had become more connected to Europe and Asia.

“We’re very conscious about trends and we pick up things quickly as we’re very fortunate to live in this environment where designers are easily inspired. Resort wear and sophisticated casual wear is a big thing in the industry. We’re also adopting a lot of inspiration from countries in Asia.”

He thinks that the tourism industry is also evolving from the traditional tourist spots to the growth of a more sophisticated retail tourism.

“They want to see art, fashion and the lifestyle. Tourists are enjoying what bespoke Australian designers have to offer. If we can make it big in Asia, that’ll be a terrific outcome for our industry.”

Graeme claims that the much anticipate VAMFF (held from March 7-13) is different from other festivals because it is consumer centric – not just for the big wigs or VIPs.

“We have a big budget for our shows because we have to replicate the quality and effect of high-end runway shows of Paris and London as that’s what visitors are expecting.”

The show is starting to engage on the international marketplace where there are Chinese and Indonesian designers showcasing the best of their creative works.

无时无刻都紧贴着时尚、创意与革新激情燃烧的岁月,造就维珍澳大利亚墨尔本时装节(VAMFF)首席执行员Graeme Lewsey的时尚巅峰。








Graeme Lewsey表示,3月7日-15日举行的VAMFF迥异于其他节目,是以一般消费者为中心- 不仅是为名人或者贵宾打造。