Bravo Kathryn! The bio of Kathryn is below. The reason Kathryn is our small business champion is that she gives a lot to the small business community and to her own community in Gippsland. She is one of those women who also balances family and partner with business and still, somehow, finds the time to give even more. Well done Kathryn and don’t stop!
Kathryn Bordonaro is the Operations Manager of The ESC Group. The ESC Group is made up of Commercial Equipment Finance Brokers who specialize in chattel mortgage, hire purchase and lease finance solutions for Australian businesses. Kathryn started working in small business at the age of 12, when she started typing the invoices for her father’s regionally based earthmoving business. Armed with a knowledge of small business book keeping and large pieces of yellow earthmoving equipment, a position in the local bank was a fortuitous career choice upon leaving school.
A passion for assisting small business with their equipment finance needs was started, and after ten years working for the ANZ in a variety of roles, Kathryn became a Commercial Finance Broker with the firm of East State Credit Services, a Gippsland based business.
Kathryn is passionate about improving access to finance for Small Businesses, and her best days are when she can ring a client with an approval, and know that she played a small part in the growth of an Australian small business. A board member of CAFBA (Commercial Asset Finance Brokers Association of Australia) for nine years, Kathryn was recently made an Honorary Life Member of the organization for her services to the industry, in particular her advocacy work with State and Federal governments.
A key to advocating for small business, is being a small business person and Kathryn understands the challenges of doing the BAS, trying to get compliance right, being a fair employer and chasing that elusive balance of work and family life. A proud Gippslander and advocate for regional Australia, when not working on finance applications for her clients, Kathryn can be found working in her garden located in the beautiful regional town of Warragul.