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John Ilhan: A Crazy Life by [Steve Dabkowski, Annie Reid, Patricia Ilhan]
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About the Author

Steve Dabkowski is the CEO of the Ilhan Food Allergy Foundation. He has worked as a business reporter and now runs his own consultancy company. Steve was invited to be part of the foundation in early 2006. He is the father of three which informs his strong commitment to the health and welfare of children. Steve is involved in a number of community organisations that support disadvantaged children.

Annie Reid is an established Melbourne writer and journalist. In her hometown of Melbourne, she has written for the newspapers The Australian, The Age, the Herald Sun, Leader Newspapers and Fairfax Community Newspapers. She worked in London for four years, for the magazine International Homes and for the Newsquest Group, which publishes more than 300 newspapers around the UK. Annie writes for various magazines as well, including the Herald Sun Display Homes magazine, HIA Housing and Greensmart, and Houses magazine. Her work extends to supporting a number of companies as a communications consultant. Annie has just co-authored her first book: John Ilhan: A Crazy Life.

Adrian Mulraney is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Along with being a top voice artist, he has appeared in over 70 theatre shows in four Australian states and has appeared in Stingers, Neighbours, MDA and many other TV shows and feature films. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

From the Back Cover

"When you share your life with a true achiever it's hard to fully comprehend the impact they can have on the broader community. Unfortunately for my family, I learned about that impact the day John passed away."
--Patricia Ilhan, co-founder, Ilhan Food Allergy Foundation

"When John passed away we lost a truly wonderful person who was a giant at everything he did and a truly free spirit. The amazing thing was he'd only just started to make his mark on the wider community."
--Eddie McGuire, President, Collingwood Football Club

"...he was a migrant from Turkey who grew up in Broadmeadows and rose to a very senior position in our community. To my mind John lived until he was 100; he just did it in forty-two years."
--Brendan Fleiter, Chief Executive Officer, Crazy John's

John Ilhan: A Crazy Life tells the fascinating story of John Ilhan -- a working-class immigrant who overcame incredible odds to become one of the richest men in Australia. Founder of phenomenally successful mobile telephone company Crazy John's, Ilhan tragically passed away in 2007 at the age of forty-two.

As told through the eyes of his family, friends and colleagues, this poignant biography reveals new insights into the man behind Crazy John's, the wife and four children he left behind and his David and Goliath battle with Telstra. Ilhan's inspirational journey shows how self-belief, passion and a never-say-die attitude can see you achieve your dreams.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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