CONSULTING TRADE AND TOURISM
DEVELOPING TWO WAY TRADE LINKS BETWEEN AFRICA AND EASTERN EUROPE
Southern Africa and the Balkans are two regions that the founder of Thornbird is passionate about. His partner Nada is a Serbian citizen and is of Balkan heritage. They have established a base in Belgrade and are in the process of establishing links between the Balkan region and Southern Africa to explore trade opportunities in the food, agriculture, hospitality and tourism.
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NATURAL PRODUCTS INCLUDING ORGANIC FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
Adrian and Nada plan on exploiting their network in Serbia and South Africa to enhance two way trade links in natural products, including the organic food and agricultural sector. Serbia produces the most stunning berries due to its location and climate. Berries being a superfood have become extremely popular around the world and Thornbird is looking at the possibility of tapping into this market in SA and the middle east. Thornbird's founder spent the past year assisting in the establishment of the Live Kindly co. A newly formed business establishing a solid presence in the plant based protein segment of the food sector. This brought him into contact with the organic farming industry within Serbia and allowed him to build up a network and solid relationships in this sector. He is currently working on the development of a 100% mechanical organic food processing solution for all natural vegetable products and is making plans to introduce this solution to the Serbian and Croatian market.
For South Africans looking to explore Europe, the cost of living and currency conversion are major obstacles. Nada and Adrian in discovering Serbia have found an amazing and affordable country for South Africans to use as a base for their Eurpoean adventure. The are also passionate about the Adriatic Sea and have expanded their tourism foot print to Istria Croatia to provide their guests with access to this beautiful sea.
After a corporate career spanning almost 30 years, Thornbird's founder injects the benefit of expert knowledge in the industries highlighted above. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa, Adrian joined South African Druggists as a management accountant. He pioneered a new healthcare system driven around our wellness as compared to the current model which depends and thrives on our sickness. Sadly a hostile takeover of the company jettisoned the implementation of this system. He then moved on to the gambling and leisure sector, joining Sun International as the Gaming South Commercial Manager. This is where he fine tuned his strategic management skills and his pioneering principles in the field of knowledge management. He was head hunted to be Chief Executive of a main board listed company, Grand Parade Investments and after successfully positioning this company as a leader in the Limited Payout Slot Machine sector he changed Course to fulfil his long held ambition of becoming an entrepreneur. He has been one ever since.