Meet the Team of Expert Coaches
Pravar Group boast a team of expert Coaches who are leading authorities in helping Trades, Construction and Service Based business owners doing over $750k+ pa to release the constraints and restructure their business in a way that quickly unlocks growth and profits enabling time, freedom and most importantly reconnection with their family.
Rob Kropp - Founder & Lead Coach
Pravar founder and lead coach Rob Kropp, has experienced the confusion, desperation and stress that comes having lived in a family that coexisted, because his Father was working his heart out for them, while at the same time losing them in the process.
This had a profound effect on Rob as a 10-year-old, and still does. An experience he is determined to ensure doesn’t happen to his own family, or any of his clients. That’s why, at an early age he was determined to crack the code of how to build a successful business where the time and money was there to dedicate to the family, and other things that made life fulfilling.
Interestingly he quickly learnt there are many things highly successful business owners know that are not taught in university. So, while his Double Degree in Business, Accounting and Financial Planning, and Masters of Management in Human Resources were useful, he needed to dig deeper and develop insights, and unique systems and processes that not yet existed.
He has done that, and now they have been proven time and time again to work yielding business and life transforming results. Watch his story below.
Gav Houston - Partner & Coach
Gav Houston, Father, Husband, Formula 1 fanatic and Partner and Coach here at Pravar Group. Gav and his wife Allison are high school sweethearts, having been married for 25 years and have brought 3 boys into the world. Excitingly, they have recently become first time Grandparents!
Gav is an advocate of health and fitness. You’ll find him walking, exercising and keeping fit in his spare time, followed by his strong interest in all things cars and Rugby League.
Boasting an impressive 20+ years’ experience in numerous roles including Chief Executive, General Manager, Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager in a wide variety of leading organisations, in many different industries, he has made a profound positive shift in the fortunes of each enterprise.
He is experienced and proficient at every facet of building a successful business including building high performing teams, nurturing constructive business relationships, integrating efficient systems, and expertly managing board direction. He specialises in strategic planning and leadership which is supported by a strong financial background. His passion and track record for business turnarounds is outstanding.
Gav initially began his career with a Degree in Business, and has earned a variety of post graduate University qualifications in business and management including a Graduate Diploma of Management.
His pragmatic, engaging and no-nonsense style exudes confidence and relaxed high professionalism.
Gav has a natural passion for business and the desire to help others fulfil their dreams. He thrives on the ability to support and guide Pravar clients through business improvement and the achievement of their business and personal goals.
Dan Stones -
Coach & Operations Manager
Dan Stones grew up in Melbourne, where he met his wife Carly. They have been married for 22 years and together have 2 (almost grown up) children and a poodle mix fur baby, Piccola.
Dan is a lover of all sports, and in his own time you’ll find him playing golf (badly), following Formula 1, cheering on his beloved Carlton football club and supporting his son’s basketball career.
He thrives on a challenge and pushes himself to seek out all sorts of physical challenges whether it be riding 1000kms in 30 days on a spin bike for the Starlight Foundation or finishing the Oxfam 100km walk in 30 hours.
On the business front, Dan has been entrenched as a Business Owner, General Manager and Coach for more than 20 years working around the world with business owners, helping them build high performing teams and achieving their most ambitious goals. Dan’s previous roles in shop-fitting, third-party logistics and asset maintenance have honed his business acumen and provided significant experience in strategy development, process automation, financial planning, sales and people management.
Dan’s unique background, coupled with his exceptional ability to frame clear questions that cut to the heart of complex and often challenging issues, helps ‘unstick’ clients quickly and sets them up for sustained progress towards their most ambitious business and personal goals.
What Dan loves most about coaching is the important role he plays in his client’s journey to achieve the personal and professional life they’ve always dreamed of. It is a huge honour and driver for him to watch clients grow and make a positive contribution to their ongoing success.
Steve Greene - Business Coach
Steve has been married to his wife Anna for 23 years and counting! Together they have wonderful 3 children: 2 daughters and a son who are between senior school and University age.
Steve has always been very active in sport and outdoors activity and loves cycling, swimming, skiing, snorkelling, and spending time in nature. He’s also interested in classic cars, sports cars and motorsport.
For over 28 years, Steve has worked in business across the main functions of Sales, Operations and General Management in several large multi-national businesses and also small/medium businesses. Steve found that he connected better with smaller businesses where he could have a wider impact and in his most recent pre-coaching role, led the growth of this business from turning over $6m when he started, to an international business turning over $35m in 10 years.
In time, Steve came to the realisation that whilst business had been absorbing his attention and time, his relationships with his family, his health and fitness and his love of cycling and the great outdoors, were slipping by the wayside.
This prompted a reassessment of priorities, which ultimately led to him wanting to help other business leaders to avoid the same trap. Since Steve joined Pravar in 2015, he has been successfully doing just that.
As a coach, Steve is most passionate about being able to help clients to grow as a person and achieve results across their personal lives as well as well as their business, so that they can become the best version of themselves.
Brendan Usher -
Meet Brendan Usher, a husband, father of 2 boys, an avid traveller and Coach at Pravar Group. He is the proud owner of a Yorkshire Terrier, and the newest addition to their family, a Kelpie puppy.
Brendan has a diverse business leadership background having worked in and led teams across three different countries. With foundations in Australia, he afforded the opportunity to lead a business in Vietnam and then ultimately having a full business responsibility for a department turning over $40m USD in the Philippines. One of his proudest and most profound moments was taking on the challenge of living overseas and immersing himself into the Vietnamese and Philippines cultures.
Moving back from overseas with a young family Brendan has gone on to fully immerse himself in supporting local community clubs and associations including the Rugby League Club, local Kindergarten, and local touch football.
Brendans passion for leadership and team development was realised early in life through a wide ranging, diverse sporting upbringing where he coached and led multiple sporting teams. This later transferred across in business, where coaching, developing, and mentoring his managers became a huge focus and achievement of his.
What Brendan loves about coaching is the ability to not only help others learn and grow, but to continue to be challenged and grow within himself. Coaching is a partnership, whereby Brendan can utilise his leadership skills to help clients, all the while establishing strong learnings himself.
Brendan thrives on the opportunity to work with Trades, Construction and Service based clients. All have their own challenges, goals and visions in which Brendan is honoured and excited to be a vital part of their journey.
Andrew Drysdale -
Andrew Drysdale married his childhood sweetheart Helen and together they’ve raised three amazing young men. All but one of the kids have grown, leaving his youngest son and two German Shepherd goofballs, Hunter and Shadow, at home.
Anything to do with cars, 4x4 adventuring and fishing is relaxation therapy, as is watching QLD beat NSW in Origin. Supporting his youngest son to become a professional race car driver by being mechanic, team manager, mobile ATM, and cheer squad is something that’s become possible in the last couple of years.
As a business owner, Andrew started out as a Business Coach and Consultant to the Construction Industry almost 20 years ago. After almost 9 years as a coach, he went on to build his own Construction Company. Being in business was a way to earn more than traditional employment offered and to build a future enterprise that gave his sons more choices when they reached adulthood. After building the business, the focus on succession planning to replace himself at the helm with his sons was put into play.
Coming from a childhood spent living on the street, surrounded by poverty and hardship, Andrew witnessed firsthand the impact that has on children and families. Now, with a solid business model in place, and time to enjoy with Helen and their family, Andrew’s embarking on building affordable housing for homeless women and children alongside Helen and his sons.
Andrew believes Coaching is a calling that brings with it responsibility to give everything of himself to help his clients in their own journey. As someone that’s walked a mile in the shoes of his clients, Andrew offers an ability to see issues from their point of view as well as contributing as a mentor, offering an ‘outside-looking in’ perspective. Put simply, his passion as a Coach is helping his client succeed.
Manfred Gebers -
Manfred had a healthy farm upbringing where he took advantage of his love for the outdoors by fishing or playing sports with his mates. He’s married to Nikki and they have a son named Ryan who is pursuing a degree in Construction Management.
Manfred began his career as a cost and management accountant in large multi-national firms and as a result, obtained an early understanding of how businesses functioned and generated revenue.
He founded his first company in his late twenties and used its success as a springboard to launch several more.
He’s a people-person with a passion for numbers who appreciates analysis, planning, and developing organisations that are poised for growth and financial autonomy. He has done this for himself for the past 20 years and is now able to share his experience and ideas with a diverse clientele. He has familiarity with the requirements, constraints, financial demands, HR concerns, and risks associated with establishing success and fulfilling business objectives.
Manfred’s creative and inviting spirit contributes to his empathetic approach as he guides clients toward their true purpose, inside and outside the workplace by incorporating their natural behaviour, talents, and skills to lead them to professional success.
Steve Gleeson -
Stephen met his wife Sara 14 years ago, and they have had the privilege to live and work across Australia with their Camoodle, Rufus. The Top End holds a special place in their hearts, where they spent five years exploring the Outback and building their first home. Stephen is a proud Queenslander, musician, scuba diver, terrible fisherman, and rugby union tragic.
Steve’s business leadership roles in General Management, Sales, and Operations span construction, manufacturing and retail across Queensland, NT and Western Australia. He has built high-performing teams who have capitalised on buoyant market conditions and adapted to challenging ones. He holds an MBA with an Entrepreneurship specialisation and is a certified Lean Six Sigma specialist.
Steve is an approachable conversationalist with a shrewd eye for spotting people’s strengths and helping them turn these strengths into superpowers. He is driven to help businesses unlock their true potential through identifying and leveraging their unique selling propositions.
Committed to meditation, self-reflection and growth, Steve relentlessly pursues new mindsets, challenges, hobbies and endeavours. As a coach, he loves working with like-minded people who get a thrill from pushing their own barriers and who never settle for less than they deserve in life.
At Pravar we work with Trades, Construction and Service Based business owners who have a compelling desire to break out, break through and break free from being trapped in a business where they have been working crazy hours, and been totally disconnected from the reason they started that business in the first place, quality time with their family.
Below are just some of the businesses we have helped transform over the last 5 years. There are many, many more.
Are You Ready for Freedom?
Are you interested in actually achieving the reason you started your business?
The vast majority of skilled tradesmen start their business to, “Do it for the family” by earning more money, having more free time to be with their families, and doing what they love.
Yet for most business owners this quickly becomes a nightmare of being trapped working long hours and family coexistence.
Rob Kropp, and his team at Pravar can break this pattern quickly and turn confusion into clarity, being trapped into freedom and coexistence to non-negotiable time with your loved ones.
But of course, you must face the facts, stop settling for what you are currently experiencing and make contact with us … isn’t your freedom, and your family worth it?