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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.
As well as being an acclaimed opera singer, Dame Malvina is the patron of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation which supports and trains young NZ artists.
Mark Bunting started life as a primary school teacher, before moving into television presenting and radio announcing. He is a fun, funny but professional MC, public speaker and presenter.
‘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.
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.
Well known for his TV appearances, Mark is an hilarious theatresports actor and with his acting partner could put together an interactive hilarious act for you.
A veteran of stage, television and screen, Mark Hadlow has had a varied career in entertainment.
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.
Well known television presenter and Master of Ceremonies
Mark Rimington and Linda Redwood are the nucleus of the band X-STATIC and pride themselves on having been the right choice for many functions of various types and sizes from small intimate audiences to 20 to 2000 plus. They have travelled extensively in New Zealand and overseas to Bali, Fiji and Australia for both corporate and private events. They can be a 2, 3 or 4 piece band.
Former captain of the New Zealand Men's Softball team, the Black Sox, who led his team to victory in three consecutive world championships. Listen to Mark tell of his inspirational and entertaining sporting experiences.
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.
Mark Wright's experience both as an actor and comedian is extensive. He has performed with leading theatre companies on radio and in film. Mark’s television credits include Laugh Inz, the Billy T James Show and all the “Issues” series. As National Theatresports Champion for 5 years, he has represented New Zealand in international competition.
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.
MaryJane O'Reilly has studied at the Royal Ballet School, co-founded and danced with Limbs Dance Company, choreographed the Opening Ceremony of the 1990 Commonwealth Games and most recently has been the artistic director of the Tempo Dance Festival.
Host of the ITM Fishing Show and famous for catching very large fish from very small vessels, Matt Watson has appeared on the David Letterman Show, 60 Minutes and BBC World amongst other shows.
Matthew has had more than his share of challenges. His recipe for success is not complex – a forward focused positive attitude and a lot of determination.
Former Black Fern player and part of the twice winning women’s World Rugby Team, now a sports commentator with Sky Sport, she can be seen on television – fronting it with the guys.
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.
Michèle is a frequent voice on RNZ National’s “9 to Noon” and “The Panel”; and she has been writing a weekly newspaper column on social issues since 2008 which is published in “Your Weekend” magazine with the Press, the DomPost and Waikato Times, and also on the Stuff website.
Michelle was CEO of Unichem for several years and then had an exciting role with Carat, a media /marketing agency. She is now Ceo of VISIQUE. Branding, marketing and particularly marketing analysis.
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.
In a previous life, Mike King was our very own comedic, cultural ambassador, performing at more international festivals than any other Kiwi comedian. He was a familiar face on New Zealand television, hosting numerous comedy series.