John Anderson is one of those people you meet that is inspiring, humourous and you remember his story long after you have heard it. You will find him funny, interesting and astute.
An International Speaker of vast experience, Allison has not only gained respect, but built a powerful brand inspiring high profile companies such as Air New Zealand, Pharmac, Fonterra, Ministry of Justice, Commerce Commission, Wella International, NZI, Lockwood Homes, Drake International, Westpac, The Professionals Real Estate, Works Infrastructure, Tourism NZ, Burger King, to name a few.
A lifetime devoted to the NZ Army, has seen Brigadier Barry Vryenhoek hold many senior roles including Deputy Chief of Army, Army General Staff Wellington and General Manager Corporate Services, Army’s most senior civilian role. Brigadier Vryenhoek holds a MBA, MA (Hons) in Strategic Studies and has completed a senior executive course at the Harvard Business School. He talks extensively on leadership in particular: Leadership underpinned by a clear ethos and core values and on a leadership culture that builds teams and seeks to influence others.
Bill is a journalist, broadcaster, and media personality, active in television, radio and print. He has worked as a political correspondent, fronted the television arts show Backch@t, and was the head of news and current affairs at TVNZ from 2003 to 2007.
Sir Brian has made a significant contribution to the sport of rugby as a player, coach, and administrator at both a national and international level. He and went on to play 25 tests for New Zealand; 18 as Captain, with just three losses, and scored 21 points.
Catherine has an amazing ability to bring out the best in people, turn around individual and team performance and to stimulate positive changes.
Christine Rankin is the former Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest government departments in New Zealand at the time, WINZ. Christine’s passion for leadership and her belief in the power of individual potential is the centre of her continuing work.
Eric Rush is as explosive and engaging on stage as he was on the football field. He's humourous, smart and has some great business lessons to share.
He works with people who are ready for change, ready to take things to the next level and with a desire to be the best they can be. Geoff's clients want to live and work intentionally, blow out excuses and limiting emotions, cope better with the life’s challenges and tap into their most resourceful states to unleash their full potential.
Founder of the True Learning Centre which is about discovering the talents we were born with and using our learning strengths so life and learning becomes a positive, successful experience. It promotes a value and respect for all learning styles and has a specific interest in providing impacting education and training programmes to enable workplaces and schoolrooms to be brain friendly, effective, stimulation and relevant places of learning.
Greg welcomes the opportunity to assist business owners in making a positive difference to the way in which they manage and operate their business.
James Castrission and Justin Jones earnt their place in history, when they became the first people to successfully kayak 3318km across the treacherous Tasman Sea. Staggering upon the shores of New Zealand the adventurers were sun-burnt, bearded, underweight, physically and mentally wasted … and most of all happy to be alive.
He is Chairman of Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG), Chairman of Ripcurl, Chairman of the Business-Arts Council and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Woolworths. He is perhaps best known as the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Airways Limited, Australia’s largest airline. Under his leadership Qantas was voted Number 1 airline in the world. He is also a former Chairman of IATA, the International Air Transport Association, which represents the airline industry, and the first Australian to be honoured with this appointment.
A self-described ‘tornado’ Jenene has never stood still for long…. Her first foray into digital came at 16 as a high-school drop out, which drove the launch of Jenene’s first digital business www.nzgirl.co.nz from her spare bedroom on a second-hand computer.
Fantastic. John offers countless and proven ideas on modern business developments and he specialises in sales and small business. His presentations are guaranteed to be enjoyable, and capable of profoundly affecting the business performance of people. John can do keynote and after dinner sessions
Jonar Nader provides clients with the necessary tools to re-orientate their business practices by building on the fundamentals and linking technology with management. He defines his talents in three words, observation, memory and analysis.
Karen Scott is one of New Zealand’s most recognised business women renowned for her determination and passion to succeed in the competitive magazine world. Sales are her strength and Karen’s dream of owning her own magazine began when she found herself fully responsible for two young children and unable to find a publication that provided her with information about the city she was living in for the whole family. In 2003 she created Tots to Teens - a magazine that identified kid friendly locations, shops and events around Auckland. In recognition of her success Karen was named Her Business – (2005) Most Inspirational Role Model AND Best New Business. In 2006, Karen embarked on the next exciting chapter of her adventure by joining forces with Australian-based on-line parenting directory kidspot.com.au
Karen graduated with a BA and Law degree from Victoria University and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1987. While she lived in England in the mid 1980s, she worked as a lawyer in Cornwall and, on her return to New Zealand, she commenced practice as a solicitor with a large legal firm in 1989.
Lester Levy is best known for leading a number of successful business transformations in both the private and public sectors. He has a wealth of practical experience gained through his career and is known as one of New Zealand’s leading management executives.
Spent 20 years learning about sales, marketing, advertising, branding and promotion. Her passion lies in helping to turn people on to their potential and achieve outstanding results in business.
Meet a man who really believes business must become more creative and who encourages business folks to rethink their parameters by taking on conventions and orthodoxies.
Matt Pickering has had more than his share of challenges. He was Rural Manager for one of the ‘big four’ Banks in Tauranga. Matthew graduated (should that be survived?) Lincoln College in 1995 with a B.Com.Ag. majoring in Valuation and Farm Management. He fractured his neck while playing rugby for Lincoln College. After seven weeks in hospital and 12 weeks propped up with plaster and neck braces, his rugby career was over. Yet, while contact sports were out of the question, Matthew turned to surf lifesaving determined not to be defeated by his injury. “You’ve got to look on the positive side and get on with life”
Jeweller - Michael seems to continue to make profits with his jewellery businesses both here and in Australia even when other retailers are struggling. Michael shares his marketing and success stories with delegates.
Mike is one of New Zealand’s top advisers to small business owners, and a regular contributor to business magazines. He is an experienced, entertaining and stimulating speaker
Speaks on drugs in the workplace and the problems of ‘P’ – Methamphetamine and other drugs throughout society and the workplace at all levels. Employers need to be able to recognise the signs as drug use is becoming endemic through all levels of all types of businesses.
Murray's career is a success story. Murray was the Head of CBS Music, founder of Personalised Plates and now runs his own highly successful music business.
Ngahihi has worked as a manager for an oil company, a secondary school teacher, an academic adviser and a senior manager in the tertiary education sector. He has multiple degrees including a marketing degree and Master of Education with honours. He believes the most important resource in organisations are their people. “If people feel valued and are appropriately developed their continued contribution is priceless. What is the most important thing? It is people, people, people. I help organisations to develop their people.”
Nicky is an experienced business woman, consultant, facilitator and coach. Nicky has assisted many organisations in aligning individuals and teams towards building resilient and sustainable ways of working. She delivers tailored workshops in resilience, authentic leadership, communication and coaching skills and building high performing teams.
With a BA in Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma in Communication Management and Public Relations, Nic has helped audiences to face their fears and reach goals they thought impossible.
For team leader Nigel Cherrie, rowing into Auckland City on 20 January this year wasn't just the culmination of a two-month adventure on the Tasman Sea, it was the finish line of a five year journey to achieve a great life-changing goal.
Nigel, with team-mates James Blake and Andrew McCowan, passed under the Auckland Harbour Bridge 55 days and two hours after leaving Australia- a 3,300km human-powered voyage.
The team endured almost a month of torrid weather on the Tasman Sea, spending approximately 27 days at sea anchor as their 10.5m boat, The Moana, was tossed around by 4-6m seas and winds reaching 50 knots.
But the perseverance required to cross the Tasman by oar power and eat cold food when they ran out of gas, was fuelled by five years of pursuing the dream, raising the sponsorship, building a team and overcoming every hurdle imaginable just to cross the Sydney Harbour start line.