We had the good fortune of connecting with Darryl Tombleson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darryl, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I attempted to work for others,(on a salary basis), it just wasn’t me,(set income, work hours, and monotony). I was working in a controlled environment, for the most part, working in a position that was mundane, and or uncreative at best. Foremost, I chose to focus on hospitality related roles, as this allowed me consistent employment, and the opportunity to work in a number of different positions within the industry,(this experience also allowed me the opportunity to source work overseas when travelling). But long hours, basic wages,(whilst generating a lot of income for my employer), being dictated to by insecure, power hungry managers, only intensified my resolve and focus to work for myself, I had to have the freedom to be my own boss, in order to take control of my future. Having said that, I realised the need to guarantee income, and be super creative, so I concentrated on Restaurant and Nightclub ownership, which can be hit and miss in terms of patronage and cashflow. On that basis I developed a concept that incorporated a combination of a set menu restaurant, entertainment and nightclub facilities,(all under the one roof),catering to prepaid group bookings, thus securing my cash flow, in a themed environment, subsequently developed to a franchise stage. My concept evolved to what has become one of the worlds largest restaurant chains,(Outback Steakhouses), unfortunately not my project. I went on to buy and develop a multitude of creative businesses,(all being reasonably inexpensive, if you’re clever with the purchase process). My developments included deserted islands in Fiji,(developed as an overwater Resort). Themed Hotels, Restaurants, Nightclubs and International Event Management Companies,(stadium based concert and sporting events,(all with a unique entertainment component attached). Most recently I’ve turned my hand to creating the worlds first ‘No Hangover’ Organic Spirits and Anti-Aging Enriched Mineral Water, as well as a Hollywood Film & Television production company,(created as much for product placement). The key to your success in business, is to love the industry and the product you’re involved with, and to find a creative way in which to market it.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I decided to stop complaining about marking a number of companies I worked for, a lot of money,(and wishing to one day win lotto), I decided to venture out in business, and take control of my own destiny. I’ve endured an incredible roller-coaster ride of massive highs and lows, but always remained focused and determined to succeed. Always wearing a ‘super creative cap’, and aligning with like minded individuals I met during networking seminars, and social events. Projects I’ve worked on: The purchase and development of a deserted Island in Fiji. Australiana Themed Club/Restaurants. Hotels. Motels. International Event Companies,(Stadium based concert and sporting events, all with an entertainment component). ‘No Hangover Organic Spirits. Anti-Aging Enriched Mineral Water. Hollywood Film & Television Production. Always remember-‘life is short’, enjoy the ride.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love to explore and visit the unusual . Currently I’m Australia based, so a must would have to be: A two day visit, staying in an underground hotel in the WA desert, and mining for opals. A two day glamping visit, to fish for seafood from a deserted island along the Queensland Coast. To swim with the sharks on the Great Barrier Reef, from a floating pontoon, followed by lunch onboard. A day trip-to balloon ride over the vineyards in Sth Australia, landing for breakfast, then transported by horse and carriage for a wine tasting tour. Dinner at the Sydney Opera House, over looking the harbour bridge. A bridge walk-walking over the top of the harbour bridge. A jet boat ride in Sydney Harbour.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Anyone who had the drive to work for themselves in a creative fashion, and endure the rollercoaster ride, were my inspiration. In particular Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch.