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Scott is Australia’s newest and best ‘young’ comedian who performs in excess of 150 engagements per year. Scott’s greatest natural asset is his likeability which uplifts the hears and soul of the toughest audience with consummate ease and whether performing as a stand up comic or as the Master of Ceremonies, Scott’s feedback is always outstanding.
As Program Director of the ‘Australian Centre for Retail Studies’ (‘ACRS’), he has delivered retail education programs, retail consultancy, seminars, lectures and conference addresses both within Australia, and more widely in the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on global retail trends, retail innovation, multi-channel retailing, retail strategy and sales promotion.
Steven has extensive experience in leadership, management and improving performance through people. He is co-founder of Management and Business Education (MBE), a professional training company that conducts management, leadership and people development training across New Zealand.
Is one of New Zealand’s best known faces. She has been a regular face on New Zealand screens as the presenter of a range of different news, current affairs and lifestyle shows - most notably in her role as host of Close Up. She spent 21 years on our television screens presenting a range of news, current affairs and lifestyle shows.Susan retired from daily broadcasting at the end of 2006 after a health scare made her rethink her priorities. She has won Qantas Best Presenter awards and has a Diploma in Journalism and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Against all the odds he took the New Zealand Tall Black Basketball Team into world prominence in the World Championships in USA in 2002. Tab then signed a contract with Basketball New Zealand to stay in New Zealand and coach for the next 4 years. What was his secret weapon for getting such performances from his players.
With over 14 years as a professional speaker, 10 years in sales and telemarketing management and 13 years in the hospitality industry, Robyn has clear insight into networking, prospecting and people development.
Russell Harrison has been a Lotto presenter since 2000 and is also an extremely talented singer who has sung with (amongst others) The Drifters and the late Sir Howard Morrison.
Informative, witty, incisive and ‘very human’, Bernard's style is a unique blend of substance and humour. He can provide a lively and dynamic exposÚ of cultural change and demographic shifts, focusing on the outlook and implications for business over the next two decades.Basing his presentation on hard-edged numbers, Bernard reflects on the most recent demographic, business and social information available.
Brendon Chase is New Zealand’s premier Elvis Tribute Artist and has been entertaining professionally as Elvis for 14 years.
Sophisticated multi-cultural comedy on topical issues.
Ric Charlesworth is a doctor of medicine and a former captain of the Australian Hockey Team, the Western Australian State Hockey Team and Cricket Team. He played hockey for Australia for a record 16 years. His coaching formula is part of the reason for the sustained success of the team at Atlanta and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. For 8 consecutive years the team was ranked number one in the world. He won Australian Team Coach of the Year six times in 1994. In 2005 Ric was selected as Western Australia’s greatest ever hockey player and also Western Australia’s greatest ever coach. He was appointed as the High Performance Manager of New Zealand Cricket and took up that position in October
Robin has a background in Human Resource and Office Management, but a passion for wellness. She is a professional Member of the New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists, and Reiki Practitioner. Stress is a fundamental to life and it is the management of both positive and negative stress that determines our wellness. When we understand our mind and the impact it has on our everyday decisions we can use it effectively to make choices, bring balance into our lives and experience less stress balance and a feeling of wellness or being alive. Robin has a programme that identifies stress, the triggers associates with stress, and simple ways to deal with stress to help deal with training for enhanced “coping” skills.
She was a member of the New Zealand Silver Ferns netball team for 10 years and led the squad for five. She regards the captaincy as one of the highlights, alongside winning her first test cap and like all good kiwis she particularly enjoyed beating the Aussies. Her athletic achievements were recognised in the New Zealand honours list of 2002 where she was awarded a MNZM
Barry Coleman started out his career as a journalist, where he started his working life he then launched his first newspaper – the Waikato Weekender - before amassing and launching other titles under his company Liberty Press, including The National Business Review. This entrepreneur has significant property investments from commercial through to a small local run pub in Dunedin. He’s pushed money into the retail market and in the 90s put a significant stake into wireless and IT companies. Barry is now diversifying his investments into aircraft manufacturing and medical technology and has large stakes in technology company TASK Transactions and venture capital firm No. 8 Fund. He has a shareholding in a wine company, Marlborough-based Bavasour, and is an independent director for stock broking firm Forsyth Barr. Now estimated to be personally worth $130 million, Barry has his own 100ft Italian motor yacht and a private jet he bought to travel the country after Air New Zealand scrapped business class on domestic flights and confiscated three pairs of Barry’s nail scissors! Was one of the Dragon's in Television New Zealand "Dragon's Den"
Bernard is a financial journalist and editor with over 18 years experience which includes roles with Reuters, the Financial Times Group and Fairfax Media in Wellington, Canberra, Sydney, London and Singapore. Bernard is currently the Editor of a news and information website aimed at 2 million New Zealand borrowers and savers, and is a commentator on financial, economic and investment issues, regularly appearing on radio, television and in the Herald on Sunday.
One of Australia’s very best raconteurs, he captivates audiences within minutes then keeps them hooked and laughing right through to the end. Highly intelligent and absolutely focused, Peter draws on his own stories as well as those of many international leaders of business, government and sport to tailor and deliver presentations that inspire and entertain.
Pio's appearances as a comedian, actor, radio show host, musician and performer over the last decade has established him as one of New Zealand's most popular television and radio entertainers. A great M/C and entertainer Pio is also in high demand as a keynote speaker for corporate events and community functions throughout New Zealand.
Is best known for her achievements as chief executive of Women’s Refuge, spearheading a highly successful funding programme. With a wealth of management, business and community experience she is a challenging and inspirational speaker, with a passionate concern for quality leadership in New Zealand.
Our very own comedic, cultural ambassador, performing at more international festivals than any other Kiwi comedian. A familiar face on New Zealand television, hosting numerous comedy series.
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.
Outstanding Olympic medal winning canoeist, and motivational speaker.
Business success story - special ability in entrepreneurship and innovation. First-hand experience of building teams and developing business strategies, and a high awareness of social responsibility in business.
Michael Groom is unquestionably one of the world’s greatest 'big' mountain climbers. In 1999 he successfully climbed Makalu, the smallest and for Michael, the last of the 'big five' - the five highest mountains in the world. Makalu, Lhotse, Kangchenjunga, K2 and Everest. Michael climbed them all without the assistance of bottled oxygen, and all but Kangchenjunga he climbed without the front third of both feet.
As well as her very successful business career as General Manager and Marketing Manager for large corporate companies, her sales experience, in the last ten years Mary has had over nine million dollars worth of real estate transactions (including buying and selling residential, commercial and rental properties), She has seventeen years working with direct sellers and is the author of an internationally distributed book on the topic.
‘The Minstrel’ has been a full time professional singer and songwriter for many years. He started in pubs and clubs but now works exclusively for corporate clients. As an entertainer he specialises in music from the 60’s and 70’s and his material includes quiet background ambient music (Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens etc) through to full-blown dance music. He is recognised for his “sweet” vocals and he has sophisticated backing on mini disc so he sounds like a full band.
Mark is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost generational experts. He has a degree in Psychology and is a qualified social researcher with a depth of experience in communication across the generations. As a qualified researcher, Mark has his finger on the pulse of today’s young people.
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.
Former All Black now returned from overseas. Great business messages on life after sport.
Jeremy is a star of the New Zealand stand up comedy circuit. A nominee for the Billy T Comedy awards in 2001, Jeremy was awarded Best Male Comedian at the 2002 NZ Comedy Guild Awards. In 2005 Jeremy was awarded Best MC and Best Industry Friend for his services to colleagues.