Sara Pantaleo

Sara Pantaleo

  • AFFARI SP
  • Business Coach
  • Hubs: Melbourne Outer North, Victoria Online

Sara Pantaleo is the founder of, Affari SP. Sara is a businesswoman passionate about diversity and has always loved developing and mentoring people.

In her early career, she worked with mainframe systems in IT operations.  In 1996 she joined La Porchetta and shifted from the corporate environment into the small family business.  She initially joined as Distribution and Administration Manager and was appointed as CEO in 2005 and a Director in 2010.

She was instrumental in driving La Porchetta’s growth to become the largest, licensed, a-la-carte restaurant franchise in Australasia today.  She achieved this by building corporate systems and processes that enabled the company to expand without compromising its core family values and culture. 

Sara is passionate about franchising as a business model. She has been a member of the FCA National Board. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Family Business Australia National Board.

A former National Franchise Woman of the Year (2010), Sara is also a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Victorian Finalist (2012).

Sara left her corporate role at La Porchetta in February 2020.  She is now focusing on her own family business and her governance and community sector roles, including co-founding and chairing the Moira Kelly Creating Hope Foundation.

Sara founded Affari SP to foster and develop leaders of small and medium businesses to create and implement strategies to achieve business success while being socially responsible and sustainable. She guides and empowers leaders to articulate and execute their business goals.  Our founder has extensive lived and proven experience in developing people, family business, franchising and building robust systems and processes to achieve results.  Our services are:

1. Strategy and Business Planning workshops

2. Business Development and Growth

3. One-on-one Mentoring

4. Crisis Management Planning

5. Virtual CEO – chief executive officer during a time of transition 

 

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