TESTIMONIALS

Blacktown & Districts Soccer Football Association

Being involved as a volunteer from Board Chairman to general committee over 30 years has taught me many lessons about life, people and the business of sports.

These lessons have come from the friends and acquaintances we’ve come across along the way.

 

Bill has been an influence and friend that has had a positive impact and someone that I’ve learnt a lot from in a relatively short period. Knowing what I know now having Bill and reading material like this as a fresh face volunteer would have made the job much easier.

 

Experience is irreplaceable in any field and something Bill has in bucket loads. Along with a willingness to teach and help Bill’s appealing nature will make the journey a pleasure not a chore.

 

I would recommend everyone take advantage of this great resource. 

 

Glen Overton

Former Chairman and Director – Blacktown & Districts Soccer Football Association

Football NSW

I worked with Bill Kostandas as competitions administrator at Football NSW from 2010 - 2012 for 2 years and have known him personally for 9 years.

 

In my time working with him, I observed him to be a person of great character with strong morals and his ability to stand firm on decisions against strong political pressure. I was incredibly impressed with his vision and thought behind strategic ideas and dedication to deliver outcomes that benefited both the football clubs and Football NSW.

 

These strategic initiatives resulted in great returns on investment for the business from a profitability and membership perspective. Bill’s enthusiasm in the office was infectious, which contributed to increasing overall workplace morale and fostering a positive working environment which is vital to any successful team or business and provoked thought in order for the team to find solutions and allowed for creativity and innovation.

 

Personally, Bill took the time to understand me as a person and regularly asked about my life outside of work and was always willing to provide advice based on his own life experiences, provide mentoring in times of uncertainty but most importantly reminding me to back myself when challenge arose in any aspect of my life.

 

Bill’s knowledge and expertise in sport and business are second to none and I recommend reading his book as it gives leaders of all level’s valuable knowledge and insight into organisation growth, profitably and change to differentiate and stay ahead of the curve.

 

Luke Cevolani

Former Competitions Manager – Football NSW

West Australian Football Commission Pathways & Competitions

Just thought I'd make contact as we approach Round 14 of the 2014 West Australian Football League qualifying season, and in doing so acknowledge the excellent progress Peel Thunder has made under your management.

The inaugural season of the Partner Model was always going to present challenges, particularly in the first half of the season; however via your leadership the Peel Thunder Football Club has stabilized its position both on and off the field.

Importantly performances across all 3 grades to date have been very encouraging and the club is now well placed to capitalize upon the foundations that are now in place.

Steve Hargrave, General Manager, 
West Australian Football Commission Pathways & Competitions

Fred Marrone, Director, Football Federation Northern Territory

As CEO of Football Federation NT, Bill brought a complete fresh approach to the management of football in the NT, resulting in an excellent relationship with all its key stakeholders including the FFNT's three member zones, having football admitted into the Northern Territory Institute of Sport Program, and introducing a clear pathway for player and coach development.

Bill's contribution was invaluable in assisting me and the Northern Territory Government deliver the Timor Sea Cup – a tournament hosted in Dili in 2010. Bill displayed a clear understanding of cross cultural sensitivities whilst at the same time creating a stronger people to people link between the three jurisdictions (Northern Territory, Timor-Leste and Nusa Tenggara Timor) involved."

 

Fred Marrone, Director,  
Football Federation Northern Territory

Paul Parker, ex Manchester United FC & England

I first met Bill in 2009 when I relocated to Darwin to become involved in football.

This was a much tougher job than I expected but I was amazed at Bill's passion for the game and his support for NT football which is nowhere near the first sport there! Bill worked relentlessly to try to run a cohesive group of teams and worked hard to keep NT football on the map. There were many big personalities involved in NT football and Bill and his team did a great job in mediating lots of different issues in order to keep the FFNT running smoothly.

 

Bill was instrumental in helping my family and I to get our PR status in Australia for me then to become part the FFNT coaching team. Our aim was to lift the status of NT football in Australia. Bill believed there was a raw talent that could be developed to help young players realise their full potential and possibly help them to pursue their dreams and play A league football.

 

Bill has a real enthusiasm for sport and whatever he becomes involved in he gives 100%. He is a good people person. I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Bill and in my opinion with his ability and knowledge he would be an asset to any company.

 

Paul Parker, 
ex- Manchester United FC and England

Sulav Saha, Senior Business Analyst, St George Bank

Bill is a talented manager always able to provide valuable input that is respected by his peers. He generates a positive culture and has the ability to develop productive and lasting relationships.

Sulav Saha, Senior Business Analyst, St George Bank

Steve Goodwin, Secretary Macarthur District Soccer Football Association/Macarthur Rams

Bill was the first CEO appointed by the Board of the Macarthur District Football Association/Macarthur Rams.

 

In his time with us he enhanced the organisation's performance by developing and introducing cost efficient business processes and procedures, devising and implementing more efficient administrative processes and practices, engendering a culture of commercial realism, good management practices and social values and ensuring that the Board's decisions were based on sound analysis in the best long term interests of the organisation.

Steve Goodwin, Secretary MDSFA/Macarthur Rams

Tony Peters, Executive Manager Football NSW

Bill is a very astute sports administrator. Sports Administration is full of well meaning, hardworking people with good intentions.  The professionals are few and far between.


Bill is the consummate professional. His pedigree speaks for itself.

 

I worked alongside Bill at Football NSW; the biggest sporting organisation in Australia and with it came many challenges and frustrations. Bill added an extra dimension with his experience, his knowledge and much appreciated sense of humour during what at times were stressful situations.
 

That experience and knowledge has built up over time and helped him in his "key" roles of responsibility.

 

He is unique in that his skill set covers both the sporting and business areas.

 

Being the Chief Executive Officer of any organisation be it in business or sporting is an achievement in itself.  It is the top dog role. The position many aspire to but, only the very few become. Part of being a CEO and the decision maker is leadership. Bill provides this to all the teams he heads up. He was able to pacify a volatile football environment at Football NSW with his engaging personal qualities.

 

A balanced, well-credentialed CEO requires financial acumen. It is a must when being responsible for an organisations overall finances. With his background in business and sport he is the complete package covering all the essential elements needed to lead any group or organisation.

 

Bill Kostandas is a true example of a "Greek boy who done good."     

Tony Peters, Executive Manager Football NSW

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