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olin and Kate Downing are the distributors of Queensland Yoghurt, made from Colins grandmother’s secret recipe and using only the best local ingredients to produce thick and creamy gourmet yoghurt like no other. The couple, together with their two adorable daughters, Maddison, 4 and Elke, 21 months, bought the business two and a half years ago with a dream of delivering protein-packed creaminess, and the infusion of fresh, local ingredients. They have travelled the world, met some very interesting characters and entered the property market, all of which Colin says has shaped him into the businessman he is today. Life changing milestone 1: Pushed out of my comfort zone In my early early twenties, I was living and working in the Whitsundays, driving boats, enjoying life and getting paid for it when my future wife Kate was offered a job in California. I said, “no way! I’m not leaving paradise”, but before I knew it a couple of months later the heart strings kicked in and I followed her. After a




few months Kate quit her job and we bought an old kombi van and travelled across the country, ending up in Florida. Here, Kate found work in the hospitality industry and I was lucky enough to get work on a fishing charter boat. The characters on the dock were straight out of an adventure novel as there were washed up executives, people who made their money from illegal smuggling, gun dealers, drug addicts, mercenaries, alcoholics, you name it. They were a motley crew that taught me much about acceptance. I worked for a captain who was an old outlaw biker come born-again Christian. This man had done time, had several bullet-hole scars and was pretty much afraid of no one. He was buried alive in a construction accident and was jump-started back to life. Through all this he came out the other side a changed man and ready to put me under his wing. I lived and worked with this man for just under two years, fishing the Caribbean in the close quarters of a game boat with an eclectic mix of clients. I took from this the attitude of, if you want something don’t be afraid to reach out and grab it with both hands, just as long as no one gets hurt in the process.

June Profile Magazine 2014  
June Profile Magazine 2014  

Sunshine Coast Magazine featuring Corporate Lifestyle, Business, Local Profile Stories, Fashion & Life Advice.