Roar Asia Pacific

We provide our clients with a comprehensive solution for maximizing their investments, USA market revenue growth and brand value across a spectrum of industries they care about most, including: international media, entertainment, technology and retail.

Roar offers a variety of services
  • Corporate Strategy
  • M&A Project Management
  • International Business Development
  • Marketing and Sales/Brand Management
  • Alliances and Joint Ventures
  • Trade and Investment Partnerships
  • Legal Consultation
  • United States Market Research
Roar works with
  • Middle Market Companies
  • Entrepreneurs/Private Investors
  • Investment and Merchant Banks
  • Industry Icons/Experts/Talent
  • Family Wealth Offices
  • International Institutional Investors
  • Government Trade & Investment
    Departments
  • Government Arts & Culture Departments
In select circumstances, we invest seed and
growth capital directly into businesses with
cross border Asia Pacific expansion programs.
Roar supports not-for-profits

Advance

Advance is a dynamic community representing more than one million Australians overseas, extensive industry networks and strong relationships with global business, government and academia. Advance is supported by the Australian Federal Government and is headquartered in New York City.

The Milken Institute

Based in Los Angeles, California, The Milken Institute is an independent economic think tank whose mission is to improve the lives and economic conditions of people in the US and around the world.

Nomad Two Worlds/Studio Russell James

A global non-profit supporting indigenous communities in Australia, America and Haiti.

Donna Karan Urban Zen Foundation

The Urban Zen Foundation Creates, Connects and Collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children in the mind, body and spirit. Urban Zen designs forums, partners with existing organizations and brings together experts to define solutions and implement action.

The One by One Foundation

The One by One Foundation is a fundraising foundation that supports small projects in Tanzania, including the Ujama Children’s Home — a small orphanage which provides full living, educational, health care, activities for its children — and a scholarship fund.

IfOnly

At IfOnly, we believe that true luxury is not another bauble or thing, but rather the extraordinary experiences we remember and share. We believe that seizing the moment can transform the world within us, and around us. We believe we can ignite inspiration by connecting individuals with luminaries at the top of their fields. We believe in helping others, so every item sold helps a charity or cause. We believe in transforming “if only” into reality.

Giveback Homes

Giveback Homes is a trusted network of members in the business of homes. These members range in profession including real estate agents, home builders, mortgage brokers and interior designers. By using our giving platform, our members have made a commitment to build homes for families in need and at the same time differentiating themselves in a competitive industry. The model is simple…and this is what makes us so great!

TroopsDirect

TroopsDirect supports our front line troops exclusively at larger unit levels with the objective of making them the healthiest, most energized and highest spirited Marines, soldiers, aircrew and sailors that we can. We function as a non-profit ‘back line’ of supply for units based in Afghanistan, Africa, at sea and other in other ‘hot spots’. We communicate with the front lines daily and provide -in bulk- detailed hygiene, nutrition, gear and K9 support.

Contrary to most groups providing smaller and seasonal care packages for individual soldiers, TroopsDirect ships in bulk every week in battle proven cartons manufactured to our exacting specifications. Furthermore, TroopsDirect support is the most timely, accurate and adaptable amongst known support organizations. Supported by the contributions of citizens like you, TroopsDirect is a registered 501c3 tax exempt organization with 87 cents of every dollar going to our program expenses.

TroopsDirect believes that if those needed medic supplies deliver immediate care to a wounded Sergeant or metal detectors and chalk powder for IED (improvised explosive device) identification and marking protect the lives and limbs of a platoon on foot patrol, then we are also doing our part to ensure their safe return home to friends, family and especially their parents.

Roar have assembled
a highly skilled
specialist team

Trent J. Blacket

Trent Blacket is an Australian born attorney and entrepreneur, based in Beverly Hills, California (USA).

Trent is a founding Advisory Board Member of Westpac Bank’s Alpha business, Chairman of Advance (Los Angeles), Director of Nomad Two Worlds NYC, a Consultant Attorney/Of Counsel to Glaser Weil (Los Angeles Law Firm) and TCA Lawyers (Melbourne).

Trent has a B.Juris and LLB from Monash University Law School.

Zsofi Paterson

Zsofi Paterson is an Australian born and qualified attorney, now specialising in strategy, business development and market growth in cross border Asia-Pacific/United States media, entertainment, technology and consumer product deals.

Zsofi was previously a commercial litigator at DLA Piper in Melbourne, Australia. Zsofi also has extensive experience in not-for-profits and arts organisations, in both creative and executive roles.

Zsofi has a LLB (Honors) and BPA from Monash University and a GradDipLaw from The College of Law.

Craig Cooper

Digital and tech entrepreneur and investor with series of successful ventures in digital media, consumer Internet and communications companies.

Experience includes:

  • Managing Director and Head of Venture Capital and Digital Media at Saban Ventures
  • Founding Partner in the Softbank Capital Technology Fund
  • Co-founder of Boost Mobile USA
  • Private equities advisor for the Bank of Singapore in Sydney
  • Senior Associate at Blake Dawson (clients included United Airlines, The Disney Corporation and DHL International)
  • Personal advisor to Tony Robbins and The Anthony Robbins Group of Companies on various online and digital projects
  • Founding Executive Director and Board Member of EBT Mobile (China) Ltd, the largest mobile phone retailer in Eastern China
  • Multiple Directorships in public and private companies in USA, Australia, China
  • BEc and LLB (Honors), University of Sydney

Peter Davey

Senior Media and Entertainment Executive with diverse experience in strategy (digital and content), Corporate Development (M&A, Joint Ventures and Fund Raising) and Business and Legal Affairs at leading public and private entertainment companies.

Experience includes:

  • Corporate Development Consultant (Digital, Content) at Hoyts Corporation
  • Advisor to Dainty Consolidated Entertainment/Virgin Live – global concert promotion
  • Managing Director, Corporate & International Development at Village Roadshow —responsible for strategy, M&A and corporate/public affairs
  • Managing Director at Granada Australia
  • Associate Director at Macquarie Bank (Telco, Media and Technology Group)
  • Attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell (M&A) and Mallesons Stephen Jaques
  • Non-Executive Director at Film Finance Corporation of Australia (predecessor to Screen Australia) and Non-Executive Director of AusFilm
  • BA and LLB (Honors), University of Melbourne; LLM, Columbia University

Thom Kozik

Over 20 years experience in the Internet and software industries, with particular focus on Video Gaming. Specialties include competitive and strategic analysis, revenue strategies and monetization, financing and operations, product design and management, sales management and operations.

Experience includes:

  • Executive VP at Atari
  • Director, Business Development at Yahoo! — responsible for growing Yahoo!’s businesses in the Games Industry
  • Product Marketing Manager, Distribution Marketing Manager, Program Manager and Business Development Manager at Microsoft Corporation
  • President at Wazap — responsible for growing the US operations of the Internet’s leading vertical search portal focussed on Games and Gaming
  • CEO/Founder of Context Digital Media — angel investing and consulting firm to early-stage online gaming companies and international brands
  • President and COO at MindShare Media

Michael Glassel

Consumer product expert with over 40 years of Senior Executive experience at globally recognized, big box retailers across Asia, India and Australia. Directly responsible for managing the operational arms of retail businesses and merchandising and sourcing of private label and national branded products.

Experience includes:

  • Director at MNG Consulting — principal activities include providing solutions to management of businesses to enhance Sales and Profit growth, business expansion and turnaround, execution strategies and operational improvement
  • Director Global Sourcing at Coles Group Asia/Wesfarmers — directing and managing offshore sourcing operations
  • General Manager Merchandise at Kmart Australia and New Zealand — managing the merchandise team with respect to developing, sourcing, buying and selling over 40,000 SKU’s across all general merchandise categories to around 200 stores
  • General Manager Operations at Kmart Australia and New Zealand

Sharni Gaskins

Over 13 years experience in fashion retail (apparel, footwear, accessories) in international markets, for both online/e-commerce and brick and mortar retail. Experience includes market analysis, sourcing, importing/exporting and excess inventory management to develop brand recognition and increase revenue.

Experience includes:

  • Consultant to Puma North America — created a blended purchasing/marketing and brand protection opportunity, which facilitated acquisition of 65K units of Puma shoes for direct resale within approved market
  • Consultant to Zappos — developed and implemented an internationally focussed program to allow Zappos to mainstream excess inventory control levels prior to it’s billion dollar acquisition byAmazon.com
  • Consultant to DC Shoes USA — collectively developed and implemented a program to assist DC Shoes to hit its end of year financial targets by moving select product to international markets
  • Consulted for brands such as, but not limited to, Costco, Sam’s Club, Liz Claiborne, Tuesday Morning, Bebe, Timberland, Samsonite, Macy’s and Reebok

Greg Calvert

Retail specialist with over 12 years experience in Australian and USA market in FMCG for both proprietary and private label brands. Experience in taking products from concept, through development and into launch, including legal/FDA compliance, import/export, customs compliance, ingredient and manufacturing sourcing, logistics set up, warehousing, sales and marketing and account management.

Experience includes:

  • Joint Venture Partner in Fluid Wholesale Pty Ltd, an Australian company specializing in building export markets for Australian manufacturers and importing opportunities into the Australian market
  • General Manager at Woolworths Private Label and Quality Assurance
  • Annual turnover of $2.5 billion across Private Label and control brands including Select, Homebrand, Organics, Macro and Fresh
  • Senior Executive roles with major multinational FMCG companies including Unilever and Goodman Fielder
  • Senior Sales Director at Uncle Toby’s

Doug Partington

International Trade and Business Development expert with experience in Europe, Australia and United States. Over 6 years representing the Western Australian government as the Executive Director of their International Trade Office, and a founding member of the California Commission for Economic Development representing Australia. Over 15 years of private sector business development experience representing leading global enterprises.

Experience includes:

  • Executive Director, Trade and Investment Office, Western Australia Government (Los Angeles) — responsible for driving bilateral trade and investment opportunities in North and South America to capitalize on opportunities in Western Australia
  • Director, Americas Trade and Investment, Department of State Development, Western Australia Government (Western Australia)
  • Financial Services Manager (Informational Services), Western Region Sales Manager (Silicones) and Major Account Manager (Plastics) at General Electric ¬interfaced with US and foreign governments
  • BBA (Marketing), University of Notre Dame

Barry Driscoll

Senior Financial and Investment Executive with over 40 years experience in all aspects of Marketing, Management and Product Development in the Investment Banking and Finance Industry.

Experience includes:

  • Head of Issuer Services for The Bank of New York Mellon (in Australia) with specific responsibilities for the Bank’s American Depositary Receipts and Corporate Trust business in Australia and New Zealand
  • Finance Director/Group General Manager of Pamacorp, a Private Banking and Financial Services Firm
  • Financial roles at Citibank, Hambros, Euro Pacific and Scandinavian Pacific
  • Multiple Directorships at public and private companies in USA and Australia, including Monetary Mining Group Limited (ASX Listed), Insured Group Limited (NSX Listed), Priority One Rewards Limited, Oxford Capital Pty Ltd and PAD Nominees Pty Ltd
  • Member of Finance and Treasury Association and Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • DipAcc, Mt Eliza Business School

Andrew Scott

An international logistics expert with 25 years of experience in operating logistics businesses in North America, Asia- Pacific, Latin America and Europe.

EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • COO of Vanguard Logistics with 1,200 staff in 38 countries. The global leader in LCL ocean freight services. Clients included Caterpillar and Du Pont.
  • COO of Woodland Group, a leading UK logistics company with market leadership in the UK/Ireland/USA markets with specialties in Media, Food Service, and Contract Logistics to SME customers. Clients included Amazon, Black & Decker, Time Warner and Pearson.
  • The Founder and CEO of various logistics and technology related companies, especially focused on Media, Art and e-Commerce solutions.
  • BCom, University of Auckland

Peter Brack

Media and technology entrepreneur and investor with several successful ventures in traditional media and consumer internet across Asia (China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan) and North America, and Senior Executive roles at Time Warner in Asia.

EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • Senior VP, Time Warner (Asia) – responsible for the revenues and overall profitability of TIME & FORTUNE’s Asia editions
  • President – Asiaweek Magazine, Time Warner (Asia)
  • VP, Turner Broadcasting System (Asia Pacific) – helped launch CNN and Cartoon Network in Asia
  • Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder of Redgate Media Group – one of China’s largest private media consolidations.
  • Vice Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder of One Media Group – China’s largest entertainment magazine company

Myles Newlove, Iain Townsley & Bruce Holmes

Bruce, Myles and Iain have over 70 years combined experience in the aerospace and defense industries across Australia and North America, across active service and technology/operational advisory.

Bruce is a retired US Navy SEAL and a decorated combat veteran with over 26 years of Military and Government Civil Service from the US Special Operations Community. Bruce utilizes his operational background to establish relevance into future technology developments for US Special Operations Forces and Military Services. He has held multiple Acquisition Program management positions, and founded multiple programs of record across UAVs and Naval Special Warfare.

Myles served in the Australian Army with the Royal Australian Armored Corps as a Reconnaissance Soldier, and since leaving the Military after being honorably discharged, established Aurora Intelligence Group in Australia and is currently CEO and Chairman of Shield Aviation in California.

Iain is a former Warrant Officer and highly decorated veteran from the 22nd Special Air Service (25 years). Since leaving the Military, he has assumed various management and consulting positions in Australia and South East Asia in security and crisis management, including Control Risk Group and Kroll.