GRANT SMILIE

Grant is one of Australia’s most creative and successful businessmen with companies in both Australia and the USA. Although best known in Australia for his musical accolades, the past few years he has been quietly making significant inroads into the hospitality space owning and operating numerous bars, restaurants, brewing companies and even food festivals.

In late 2013 Grant relocated to Los Angeles, forming Botanical Hospitality Group with fellow Australian David Combes. The Duo’s first offer in the USA is the mega-site on Melrose and La Cienega in West Hollywood which launched early 2015 called E.P with a rooftop called L.P.

The 360 Group: An entertainment and events business that is made up of the following divisions: 360 Agency, 360 Touring and 360 Special Events. As Australia’s biggest electronic music agency of which Grant was the founding partner, in recent times 360 has diversified into the hospitality space creating the Royal Croquet Club which will have 500,000 people attend in 2015 in Australia.

Botanical Group USA: A hospitality based enterprise which is set up to develop, manage and resource projects in the USA. The first asset for completion will be EP and LP which launched early 2015.

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Ponyfish Island / Melbourne City Brewing Co: Partner and Founder of an island nestled in the middle of a river in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD has become a cultural icon of the CBD and has allowed the development of Ponyfish Unlikely Lager / Ponyfish South Cider and establishment of the Melbourne City Brewing Co.

iD Collective: iDC is a communications agency focused on creativity, knowledge, hard work – and fun. With offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Los Angeles, the agency’s client portfolio includes some of Australia’s biggest brands and business, extending across Sport, Fashion, Lifestyle, Food, Travel and Tourism, FMCG, Government and Events. iD Collective was formed out of a merger between 360 Immerse and Spice & Soul agency in 2014.

Neon Records: Sydney based but globally driven. Neon in it’s 6th year continues to grow from strength to strength. Electronically based but with a varied offer, we are distributed by Universal Australia and various partners globally. Multiple ARIA awards, #1’s and hangovers later, it’s a favorite in my stable.

Musical Notable Mentions: 2 x ARIA award recipient, Host of ‘The Weekend’ on, Nova 20042014, Host of ‘The Weekend’ on Channel [V] 2012-13, Touring International DJ 1996-Current, Holds the record for longest time in the top 10 in ARIA history, Bands: TV ROCK.