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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.

Keith Abraham’s leading edge and innovative approach has seen him become Australia’s foremost expert on customer loyalty. From business success to personal fulfilment, Keith has a customised presentation for every occasion.

He is one of New Zealand's most visionary men. Ever.

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.

Linda Clark was one of New Zealand’s most influential journalists and interviewers when in 2006 she retired from Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme to take up studying for a law degree. A long time political editor, she is still in demand as a political commentator. These days she works at one of Wellington’s largest public law firms. Her clients include some of the country's biggest corporates and state owned enterprises.

Networking online or social media is fast becoming recognised as a new, additional, and exciting way of communication and doing business with others. By networking effectively in the right places, you can put yourself or your company on the radar of those that you wish to seek a business relationship with, all at your fingertips.

Linda Guirey is one of the most respected and sought-after experts on ‘Mindset’ and changing the way we think. She is an inspiring and compelling international speaker and trainer, who transforms and inspires people and organisations from the inside out.

Mal has been an international retail consultant for five years. During his time as a consultant, Mal has worked with clients in industries as diverse as Liquor, Pharmacy, Golf, Oil/C-Store’s and Supermarkets. His client list includes individual store owners, right through to major corporate clients such as Shell USA, Shell Australia, Mayne Group Pharmacy chains – Terry White Chemist and Chemmart, and Conoco Phillips the USA’s third largest oil refiner. Mal currently has clients in Australia, USA, Malaysia, Thailand and the Czech Republic.

Maria has 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.

Standing on the summit of Mount Everest has always been a boyhood dream, a dream that Mark thought he had lost in 1982 when as a Search and Rescue Mountaineer in New Zealand’s majestic Mount Cook National Park, He had a ‘hiccup’ in my climbing career, stuck in an ice cave dubbed ‘Middle Peak Hotel’ near the summit of Mount Cook for 14 days. As a result of this stay Mark lost both legs below the knees to frostbite.

He is an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author, and influential thought leader, and he is regularly commissioned to deliver strategy and advice to the boards and executive committees of some of Australia’s leading organisations.

Mark has attended two summer Olympics as coach to the New Zealand Canoe Team including Paul MacDonald & Ian Ferguson and the 1994 Winter Olympics as trainer to the New Zealand World Record Ice Racing Team. He has six other World Champions to his credit as a coach, trainer or performance coach in five different sports. Mark has transitioned his Sports Coaching into Performance Coaching for Businesses and uses the tools and skills that his sportspeople have mastered into giving executives and business people the edge to win.

Very successful in her own business career, she speaks from experience. Marnie believes business is the art of getting what you want by doing what you are good at. She has a forward thinking approach to business issues including change, service and personal attitude. Formerly marketing manager at Victoria Park Market – she was responsible for the turn around of the market with a change of attitude and focus. Fantastic sales person, she is now doing very well in real estate.

Martin Hawes is New Zealand’s best-selling financial author. He is a highly sought after seminar presenter, and business advisor and enjoys conference speaking on money matters and motivation. He brings the often seemingly complex aspects of finance, investment, taxation and trusts to a simple and understandable reality.

Mary's personal finance Q&A column appears in the Weekend Herald, and her award-winning syndicated column runs in the Dominion Post, Christchurch Press, Waikato Times and Gisborne Herald. She has also written several best-selling books on personal finance, including KiwiSaver.

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.

Dr Mike Ashby is an experienced business mentor and coach and the author of the book, Breakpoints: How to Shift Your Business to the Next Level. For more than 12 years, Dr Mike Ashby has been helping hundreds of business owners grow their business and improve their lifestyle. Prior to owning his own business, Dr Mike was COO at Southern Cross Healthcare where he was responsible for turning around a $42M loss into a $30M profit in two years. Before that he was a partner at Ernst & Young Consulting in Wellington, leading the national Strategy and Transformation team.

One of only 25 speakers Globally to have the CSP Global. Mike was NZ Speaker of the Year 2014 (other National Awards in 2007, 2009 & 2011). He has been mentioned by President Bill Clinton for his Philanthropic endeavours. He is the award winning author of 13 Books, a musician with 11 albums and a No#1 hit and consistently makes over $1m a year from speaking.

Mike is passionate about innovation and creativity, and his life is a living example of that.

Mike Loder is a proven crowd pleaser who knows how to entertain corporate audiences and can also add a teambuilding dimension to your next event. A crowd favourite with fifteen years experience, the ‘Billy T’ Award winner has been a regular feature act on TV's 'Pulp Comedy' and the last several 'TV2 Laugh! International Comedy Festival Galas'.

Personal and business success story - from very average scholastic results to a highly successful franchised mortgage broking business, plus interests in airlines and freight forwarding companies and his newly developed consumer protection business SafeKiwi.

Miles has been punched by Joe Frazier, hugged by Pavarotti, and thrown out of sports stadia around the world. On the down side, he is also a Pom with an opinion on everything.

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 o te ra Bidois is “The Face of New Zealand” and is an International Leadership Speaker who has presented throughout the world including the New York office of Google.

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.

Pat Mesiti has been dubbed "Mr. Motivation". And for good reason! He isn't just a speaker - he is a performer. Pat Mesiti comes to life when he sets foot on stage. His energy is incredible, drawing in crowds of thousands. Pat Mesiti's enthusiasm combined with his great sense of humour gives him the ability to move an audience into action as well as give them practical resources to help them achieve their goals. He is a gifted communicator and will add enormous value to any event you are organising. Dynamic - Entertaining – Unforgettable

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