John started his first business in 1972 in High Pressure Cleaning. He continued his business ownership by diversifying into chemical distribution and a restaurant and then into Real Estate in 1984.
He owned and co-directed a large residential real estate company employing up to 40 people in the Northern Territory. John sold this business looking for a lifestyle change and became employed by a major international franchise company in 2000. John was employed as the NSW Franchise Manager and in 2001 was appointed the National Franchise Manager where he stayed until 2005. John then joined his life partner to manage the rural sector of her two real estate offices which she owned in the Hunter Valley. John was sought by another large international franchise group to oversee and direct their new development procedures, In 2008 John agreed to a 12 month contract in the Northern Territory. During this time John formed a partnership with Dean Gebert to form HydroKleen Australia Pty Ltd in early 2009.
During April 2011 Dean offered to sell his shares in HydroKleen Australia and HydroKleen International. John’s life partner Sharon Jurd took up that offer and became John’s business partner in both companies.
John is a member of Gold Coast North Chamber of Commerce and Variety.
Sharon started her working life in a real estate office in 1986 which was a part of a small franchise group, then became a Licensed Real Estate Agent in 1991. Sharon became a Stock and Station Agent and Business Agent and also became a qualified Auctioneer. She obtained her Diploma in Business (real estate management) in 1999. In 2004 Sharon opened her first real estate office under a large international franchise group. Due to her immediate success Sharon opened her second office in 2005 and quickly became a major player in the market place, employing 10 people at any one time. Sharon obtained every goal set including the prestigious franchise “Centurion Award” (2007 and 2008) ranking her in the top 2% of sales people worldwide.
Looking for a new challenge she sold her two businesses and decided to commit to a role in HydroKleen Australia Pty Ltd in 2009.
During April 2011 Sharon took up the offer of purchasing a 50% share holding and directorship in HydroKleen Australia and HydroKleen International, joining her life partner John Sanders in business. Sharon and John operate as franchisees owning the franchise HydroKleen Gold Coast. Also during 2011 Sharon commenced and completed her Diploma in Franchising and was recognised in a graduation ceremony at William Angliss Institute in Melbourne.
In 2012 Sharon was nominated and became a finalist in the Franchising Council of Australia Award for Franchise Woman of the Year NT/QLD and was awarded the prestigious Merit Award for 2012.
Sharon is a member of the Franchising Council of Australia, Women in Franchising Council, Success Women’s Network and Variety. She is a key note speaker and currently mentors, coaches and teaches thousands of people across the country. Her passion is to help people grow their business to enable them to live the life they deserve.