Founder of Gold Coast-based accessory brand, Cordz.
Founder of Gold Coast-based accessory brand, Cordz.
Having a business on the Gold Coast is without-a-doubt, in our eyes, one of the best places to run a business from. So naturally, it’s no surprise we have seen a boom of start-ups and entrepreneurs taking the Goldy by storm with their innovations. Cordz, an eyewear accessory brand, is no different. We got to speak with Adam Gauder, Burleigh local/lover and Founder of Cordz about what it’s like to run a business on the GC and what his favourite places are. We also spoke about his upcoming involvement in the GemLife Gold Coast Beach Parade and why it’s for such a great cause.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I moved up from Melbourne when I was 7 and have lived in Burleigh ever since. Couldn’t think of a better place to live.
Tell us how Cordz came about.
Before traveling overseas at the end of 2019, I came across this old pair of glasses cords. I’m notorious for losing or breaking my glasses (especially while traveling), so I thought that this would be a lifesaver purely from a functionality standpoint. I successfully made it through 4 weeks of traveling without a scratch on my new sunnies. I saw this as an opportunity to develop a trendy range of high-quality Cordz that people can wear as a fashion accessory that looks amazing and keeps their eyewear safe.
How do you come up with the designs?
I have an amazing supplier, we are continuously innovating to make sure the Cordz experience is the best it can be.
What do you think makes running a business on the Gold Coast so great?
There is a band of young entrepreneurs on the Gold Coast doing amazing things and everyone is willing to share their knowledge and help each other out. The Gold Coast is one big community, even just being involved with the GemLife Gold Coast Beach Parade on May 16th you can see how everyone is willing to bond together and support a good cause.
What’s your proudest entrepreneurial moment?
I would have to break this into two moments. As I launched Cordz in the last semester of my business degree at Bond University as a uni project, we donated 100% of the proceeds to our chosen charity – The Fred Hollows Foundation. We managed to donate over $2,500 which could help 103 people regain vision. The feeling of knowing you’ve helped change someone’s life is second to none, let alone over 100. The second would be the launch of our new Luxe Collection in November last year. This range of Cordz has defined our brand as a premium sunglass chain company in the market. The response from the public was overwhelming and we are proud to produce such a beautiful product for the public.
Why did you decide to get on board with the GemLife Gold Coast Beach Parade?
I have been a Burleigh boy since I was 7 and I am so grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the world. If I can be a part of another reason why the Gold Coast is so special such as a world record, then of course I would.
Why is it so important to spread the word on helping save our koalas?
Koalas are an iconic Australian animal and need all the help they can get. Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world, admitting almost 14,000 animals a year. Koala admissions have increased to over 600 in 2020, and each koala costs approximately $7,000 to treat. Habitat loss is the greatest threat to koalas, the Australian Koala Foundation estimated there are likely to be less than 80,000 koalas remaining in Australia, and could even be as low as 47,860.
What are your Gold Coast favourites…
Café: The Paddock Bakery
Coffee spot: Seadog in the park
Restaurant: The Tropic
Bar or pub for a drink: The Pavilion (especially when I see people wearing Cordz there)
How do you choose to spend your weekends? My weekends consist of a healthy balance of surfing, working on Cordz and hanging with friends.
We love our outdoor events here on the Gold Coast. And it’s little wonder when we have great year-round weather along with pristine beaches and lush hinterland. Being outside and being active is what we live for, right?
This last year has been ‘interesting’ to say the least, and one such event that aims to shirk off those blues is the GemLife Gold Coast Beach Parade Record Attempt. The GemLife Gold Coast Beach Parade – is a new world record attempt for the greatest number of people (men, women and children) wearing the cutest of cute koala ear visors in a beach parade!
The event aims to shine a spotlight on the Gold Coast’s community spirit while also supporting a charity that’s close to all of our hearts – Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and saving our city’s koalas. The funds raised will support vital work treating, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife.
The Hospital has grown to be one of the busiest wildlife hospitals globally, admitting up to 14,000 animals a year. The skilled and experienced veterinary team, supported by volunteers, prides itself in providing the highest level of veterinary care, but they need our help to continue doing what they do.
This is why community fundraising events and initiatives like the GemLife Gold Coast Beach Parade are so crucial to their operations!
The event is also a celebration of our state’s healthy lifestyle, focusing on our famous beaches and beach culture. The whole of our community will be walking as one, proud to promote our home city, the Gold Coast.
Want to be part of a world record for a good cause? Read on…
How it will work: The event will be measured by the number of participants wearing a visor (with koala ears) in beachwear who complete the parade route along Burleigh Beach.
The parade will begin on the beach in front of Justins Park, just north of the Mowbray Park SLSC. Participants will walk down the beach in single file to North Burleigh SLSC, turning at the checkpoint and returning down along the beachfront to Burleigh again. Each person will then be counted as they enter the main stage area. The parade route is 3km in total and promises to be a fun morning all round.
There is no designated fee to enter, but a nominated donation of $25 per person for an individual entry, $80 donation for a family (up to 4) and $200 donation for a company/sporting club/school (up to 10) on registration goes directly to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
A fun-filled event that all the family can get behind supporting a great local cause and putting you in the running to be part of a world record, no less!
So what are you waiting for? Register here now!
When: Sunday, May 16 2021
Where: Burleigh Heads Beach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
Warren Young is the epitome of the Gold Coast. For over 40 years he’s been patrolling our local beaches and was recently honoured with the Gold Coast Tourism Life Member Award.
We sat down to chat with the local legend on his undying love of the Coast and why passion will take you places you never thought possible.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I visited the first couple of times in 1958 but came down to live in 1973. I was a Brisbane boy, working in Telecomm with a good job but I loved the surf and was Captain of the surf club and I didn’t want to stay in the city. At the time a job came up for a beach patrol person and I got it.
What do you love most about the Coast?
I think it’s got a really special feel about it and I love the people here. All the beaches have something special about them from The Spit down to Coolangatta and I like that we’ve got the beautiful hinterland too. There’s not many places in the world where you can have both. There are so many opportunities here, I’ve been here so long that I’ve grown with the place and I’ve really enjoyed watching every stage. People bash the Gold Coast but this strip of ocean is just so special and we forget how lucky we are.
You were recently named as a Gold Coast Tourism Honorary Life Member, what does it mean to you to have patrolled our beaches for so long?
I’m really so lucky to have done this for so long. I started when I was 23 and moved up through the ranks. I thought being a lifeguard was such a worthwhile thing and still do of course. I got the lifeguard towers put up with the support of the council so that was pretty special. It’s lovely the way it’s turned out, we’ve come a long way. Mum really instilled a lot of confidence in us and told us we could do anything so that really helped us boys. It’s been a lovely life, I can’t imagine not being here.
What’s your favourite part about the job?
For me, it’s working with such great people and it’s really all about helping. There’s a lot of self-satisfaction in it for me but the people I work with are so supportive of each other, there’s such a good community. It can be a real challenge working with the ocean because it’s always changing, there’s always a mystery involved and I love that. I love listening to the stories of people I meet on the beach. People from all over the world come here and I just love hearing about their lives and how different they are to what we experience here.
What have been some highlights throughout your career?
Getting the Public Service Medal in 1999 was pretty special. I’m also part of the baton crew for the Commonwealth Games so I’m excited about that. There have been so many amazing things that have happened, it really has been a wonderful time. I’ve been really blessed. My Dad passed away when I was nine but he would have been proud I think. When you start off doing something you’re passionate about, it’s amazing where it leads you. Of course, in life there’s always hills and valleys but I’ve loved every minute of it and I’ve been so lucky to bring my family up on the beach.
What’s been the best piece of life advice you’ve ever received?
I think it’s to treat people well, respect them, you never know what people have been through.
Being a Gold Coast local, we have to ask your favourites on the Coast…
Beach: Miami, I love it. I’ve got a soft spot for Burleigh but Miami is my home beach.
Café: I really like Piccolo, just near my house, really nice coffee.
Restaurant: Allure down at Currumbin.
Weekends: I usually do some training in the mornings and then spend some time with my Grandson, rolling around on the floor being silly.
You may recognise Bianca’s voice before you recognise her, as she is the prominent female voice on HIT 90.9FM between the hours of 6-9am every weekday (alongside her co-hosts Dan & Ben). Her bright and bubbly personality radiates through your ears and you just know she is a Gold Coast sweetheart. We were delighted to ask her a few questions ahead of International Women’s Day to talk all things empowerment, career and of course, her local GC loves.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
On and off for most of my life – I have had three different incarnations of a radio show here too! Ha!
What do you love most about living here?
After living in Sydney’s CBD for 8 years, I just LOVE the laid-back lifestyle these days, which is exactly what the GC offers. Plus, how about the beaches?! And the fantastic foodie scene has definitely grown in the last 10 years and has become my favourite place in Australia!
Tell us about your career thus far.
It’s honestly hard to summarise in a few words. But I actually started as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator at the Paradise Centre here in Surfers Paradise. I then worked my way through radio for the last 26 years – first Sydney with the original Nova crew, then did some time in Wollongong and Brisbane. But now I’m back on the Coast doing my dream job with Dan and Ben at HIT 90.9FM!
What’s your proudest career moment?
That’s a tough one – I’m fortunate enough to have had a few in 27 years! One would have to be being the first daytime announcer to beat radio legend John Laws in the radio ratings in Sydney which was pretty cool! And I was lucky enough to be awarded the “Best Announcer In The Country” Award back-to-back. And I believe, I still hold the title as the only female to do that! Humble aren’t I?!
Is there a specific women’s empowerment moment that has inspired you in your life or career?
One of the best movements I’ve seen online is #keepinitreal. It seems simple but being authentic and honest with your followers and listeners has always been something I have promised; and people relate to you when you admit that life isn’t always great!
Where have you felt empowered or disempowered as a woman?
There’s a lot of stories I can’t share as it would publicly shame people… you’ll just have to wait until I write a book when I’m 90! But I guess feeling empowered is when you have a team of amazing people around you that support you and allow you to be yourself. When you do that for fellow co-workers too that empowers them and creates a great environment where you have each others’ backs.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women’s Day means something different for every woman depending on where they are in their life and in their own world. It shouldn’t depend on which country, household or relationship that woman is in as long as they are ‘free’, with the right to freedom of speech and the freedom to be who they are. This is the day to shout this from the rooftops and celebrate all women from all walks of life…
What is your International Women’s Day message?
I want to remind women that it’s okay to be unapologetically THEM! Whether that’s being a hot mess, loud, fabulous, smart, tired, exhausted, happy, single, divorced, studying or stay-at-home mums (or those who are NOT mothers), let’s just embrace who we are and stop trying to pretend to be something for other people… #BeYOU!
Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Cafe for breakfast: no name lane – it’s just downstairs from work and I love grabbing a super clean scrambled eggs with salmon and greens and the staff are always lovely!
Coffee spot: I use my own ‘Before You Speak’ Coffee Sachets at the station – that keeps me fired all day. But on weekends I love a takeaway iced long black at either Brunch N Co in Broady or BSKT cafe in Nobbys.
Restaurant for dinner: Romano’s in Nobby Beach- they have the most drool-worthy marinara with garlic & chilli. Plus dare I say, best pizza ever?
Bar or pub for a drink: Bar is definitely Rick Shores for a cheeky Margi! And as for a Pub, would have to be Rainbow Bay Surf Club for a dirty Schnitty.
How does your weekend usually look?
It always depends on whether I am playing step-mum for the weekend. If it’s a family weekend, we usually bike ride along the beach front, have a picnic and snuggle with a Disney movie on or a barbecue on our balcony. If I have the weekend to myself, it’s usually yoga first thing both Saturday & Sunday. Following that I love heading to any of the local markets with a takeaway coffee. Sometimes I might go for a hike, catch up with mates or go for a beach walk with a girlfriend. I do also love going to the movies with mum. But when we are feeling adventurous we take our Combi to Brunswick Heads for the night!