Speakers Profile - Tony Nash

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Tony Nash started his first internet business in 1996. In 2004 Tony founded Booktopia (ASX:BKG), an online bookstore, with an allocated budget of $10 a day. The company's first book sold in 3 days. Fast track 17 years and Booktopia now sells one book every 3.9 seconds, with an annual turnover of over $220+ million a year. It was listed in AFR/BRW's Fast 100 eight times, the only company to achieve this feat, and was voted Book Retailer of the Year for the 3rd time in 2019 at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

One of the defining aspects of the business is its philanthropic program. So far Booktopia has donated well over $1 million in books and cash to literacy based projects in Australia including indigenous literacy, writers festivals, readers conferences, library fundraising projects and book industry awards.

After being a finalist for 7 years Booktopia finally took out the top award as the 2018 NSW Business of the Year at the Telstra Business Awards as well as the National People's Choice Award in the same year.

In July 2018 Booktopia also won Best Pureplay Online Retailer at the Online Retail Industry Awards and Tony was acknowledged with the Industry Recognition Award.

Booktopia launched a book wholesale distribution business called Booktopia Publisher Services (BPS) in 2016. In 2019 it also launched its own publishing imprint Booktopia Editions so the business can own the whole value chain from publishing right through to distribution as well as retailing.

In 2015 Booktopia bought Angus & Robertson, an iconic Australian book retail brand established in 1886. In 2020, Booktopia also bought The Co-op Bookshop established in 1958 after it went into administration.

In 2020, Booktopia listed on the ASX with a market capitalisation of $315m.

Tony is an entrepreneur, Founder & CEO in online retail. With a background in recruitment, programming, business development, selling, SEO and internet marketing, Tony has developed outstanding negotiation and leadership skills with a thorough understanding of sales, forecasting, bootstrapping, PR, empowerment, managing an executive team, capital raising and listing on the ASX.