Seasoned entrepreneur, international author, investor and traveller.
Born into a family of entrepreneurs, she was destined to make an impact on the business world. She grew up on a grain property in the country and was happiest working alongside her father, either in the shed or out in the paddock. Years later, she assisted her parents with their road-train business transporting cattle and grain. Before launching her own business, Lynette worked hard at developing a broad range of business skills in a variety of industries.
She started her working life designing and fitting out brides and bridesmaids and then worked in administration, finance, production and sales roles which developed her into a well-rounded entrepreneur with a keen perspective on business management. Lynette ran Kwik ‘n’ Kool Refrigerated Couriers from her home while raising her three sons. She fondly recalls mornings when the truck drivers sat around the kitchen table while the boys got ready for school. She generated sales and built the business from behind a steering wheel.
After growing the business from one truck to five vehicles in three years, and relocating to a new depot facility, the business started to fail. Undeterred, Lynette always believed in her vision, so she refocused and rebuilt it. Her prestigious list of customers includes major brands such as, Simon Transport, McNab Constructions, Success Craft Skiboats, Manassen Foods, Vic’s Meats, Cadbury’s, Golden Cockerel, Bidvest, QFFS, Beak A La Carte, Australian Bakels and Le Cake. She also services prestigious restaurants including Aria, Cha Cha Char, The Hilton in Brisbane and Surfers Paradise.
She is a member of the Queensland Transport Association, Transport Women Australia, Safe Food Queensland, the Australian Businesswomen Network, Qld Rural, Regional & Remote Womens Network, Surat Basin Enterprise and the Queensland Chamber of Commerce. Her business skills have been recognised by several organisations. She was a winner of the AIM Queensland Management Excellence Award and she was a finalist for the Heritage Business Award in the Business and Professional category.
She has travelled and worked throughout New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand and China.
Lynette Gray is the author of “Women in Workboots” – Inspirational stories of Women who have Broken Through the Barriers in male dominated industries. She lives in Queensland, Australia with her husband Trevor and three sons.