Chris Hooper's career started in the fitness industry of all places, where he learnt the ins and outs of business. After struggling to get his head around bookkeeping and tax, he approached several accounting firms for assistance. Frustrated by the outcomes he decided he'd go to university and figure it out for himself.
Chris Hooper's education started at at The South Australian Institute of Business and Technology where he was awarded a Diploma of Business. Since then he has gone on to obtain a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of South Australia majoring in Accounting and a minoring in Applied Finance, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. A forever student, he is currently studying a Diploma of Management through the Australian Institute of Management as part of the Young Business Leaders Program with every intention of completing a Masters Degree in Business and a PhD in entrepreneurship.
During his university studies he took a job at a mid-tier accounting firm in Adelaide. He would spend two years in business advisory, providing full service administration and compliance services to his clients. His passion for investment markets would take him into a superannuation speciality. It was in this role that he working in the areas of compliance and administration and advice for self managed superannuation funds.
Chris is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has previously held an honorary board position on The South Australian Council of Social Services: Youth Business Roundtable committee. He was one of the co-founders of The Startup Club and also held an executive treasury board position within the SAUCNA Inc for four years. He now donates his time mentoring business students from UniSA and Flinders University where he also teaches. He is also a regular on the speakers circuit with recent appearances at Pecha Kucha, AEISEC, Collaborate to Innovate, TEDxAdelaide, Adelaide University, University of South Australia, Flinders University, Queensland Institute of Business, and MEGA.
He was recently featured in the the Anthill 30 Under 30
list and a finalist in the 2013 Young Achievers Award.