Featured Client



David Staughton of Big Hat Professional Services has been working with Featured Client – Carly & Eric Cohen of the Maple Event group for over 10 years.

Featured Client - MEG

Carly & Eric acquired Leonda By the Yarra in 2008 when it was in poor condition and had low revenue. The venue is located on the beautiful banks of the Yarra River in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.

With hard work and dedication they rejuvenated and renovated the venue and re-ignited the sales team and sales processes.

The results have been spectacular – delivering exceptional client experiences,  considerable sales growth and development of an amazing sales and event team.  They have since expanded to a second venue – Fenix.

Featured Client Case Study - Maple Event Group

CLIENT: Maple Event Group

VENUES: Leonda by the Yarra and Fenix

OWNERS: Carly & Eric Cohen

WEBSITES: www.leondabytheyarra.com.au and www.fenix.com.au

Featured Client Maple Event group


Dave is always very inspiring and connects well with the audience by including humour and factual information that truly reached our staff. We have seen great improvements in our business following all the training Dave has given us and our staff. 

Our function sales have increased 100%. Overall, I can honestly say that Dave was the best presenter I have ever heard. I certainly had high expectations of him but these were exceeded. He is very uplifting and is an inspirational speaker that we will continue to engage to train our staff.

Carly Cohen – Director – Maple Event Group
Leonda By The Yarra & Fenix – Function Venues VIC


For more information about how David Staughton and Big Hat can help your venue – call 0408375100 or contact us