Creative couple aren't 'cliche' grandparents
JEAN-Paul and Lucy Pallandre are happy not to be your cliched grandparents.
The Weyba Downs couple has conquered the realms of international cyberspace, even engaging state-of-the-art drones to do it.
They say they get almost as much satisfaction in overturning stereotypes about seniors as they do in creating multi-million dollar websites and apps.
Their clients include international players such as Nitro Drilling and Get Wines Direct.
The latter generated $50 million in revenue in 2012 from the Pallandre's initial website concept.
Jean-Paul and Lucy have won 15 international awards for 426 projects, including apps for CSIRO and local business Garry Cricks that have tripled business productivity.
They started Acura Multimedia 14 years ago when former Sydney executive Jean-Paul literally hit the streets of the Sunshine Coast on foot seeking business.
Acura - an Aztec phrase meaning "excellence" - enjoyed substantial growth before the GFC struck and a restructure was required.
Jean-Paul and Lucy now work from their home office, with the support of freelancers, and are riding a phenomenal wave of success.
"We are enhancing local business through high quality marketing and design and also very high quality technology," Jean-Paul said.
Acura's latest project is for Fiji's Matangi Resort.
Jean-Paul and Lucy combed the world for the perfect contractors to capture imaginative aerial and ocean imagery of the stunning west coast of Viti Levu.
They found their answer with remote-controlled multi-rotor, quad-copters or "drones" capturing spectacular images from never-before-seen perspectives, then built it into a dazzling website for their 200th client.
Jean-Paul and Lucy's expertise and growing international has even led to business developers from cyber
space giant Apple literally landing on their doorstep twice in the past year to learn the Pallandre's technique.
Jean-Paul says Acura was born out of a unique Sunshine Coast community that fostered ingenuity and gave future groundbreakers the freedom to explore without being confined by unreasonable regulations.
"Major infrastructure projects such as the new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital and the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion will definitely upswing business and employment opportunities," he said.