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The Voice of the Young Executive


Wed 29 Feb 2012, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: NZIM, Level 4, DLA Phillips Fox Tower, 209 Queen St, Auckland CBD

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: ayp6

Join us for a stimulating evening as we hear from a panel of young executives making the most of business in 2012. Each of our panelists was a finalist in Northern Region Young Executive of the Year 2011 competition - they come from a variety of backgrounds in management. Hear their perspective of their business experience for 2012.

Bring your questions comments etc and partake in some robust discussion. enjoy networking drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm with the panel discussion from 6pm. Each panelist will have 6-8 mins to talk about their views and then there will be questions from the floor and discussion.

About our panel:

Dan Walker:
Over an 8 year period, Dan worked his way up from a salesperson to National Sales Manager for Dick Smith Electronics. In 2008 he was approached to join Noel Leeming to set up their commercial division. In this capacity, he has developed two multi-million dollar divisions, cultivated a large successful nationwide team and grown sales year on year through the recession. Dan is also on the board of his Iwi, Ngati Ruanui, focusing on the strategies that will improve the lives of the 9,000 people in his tribe. Under his guidance the Iwi has had numerous achievements such as the acquisition of the Taranaki Mountain House, setting up a Te reo revival strategy, a company restructure and a record annual return of 12% for last financial year.

Justin Lanigan:
Justin's first business was a lemonade stand while still at school. By 18, he was working the residential sales market with Re Max , learning the art of marketing, and sales and negotiation - and up against seasoned sales professionals. Two years later head-hunted by APN, he blitzed his budgets by 160% and grew his income. It was here he learned about great teams and strategies for success. Justin launched ‘123 Online” and this web design business has grown from two to a team of 13, developing solutions for their customers that others were unable to sustain. A self-confessed technophobe he has developed the company strategic plan, set accurate but ambitious annual business plans and cash flow forecasts, and raised capital.

Dean Murphy:
Dean took a break mid-way through his university studies to work in sales - in the real world. After time in sales positions in NZ he went to London and became GM of First Festival Travel managing more than 200 volunteers and moving 7000 travellers over a year.
He was accepted onto the UK Dragon’s Den TV series with a concept for domestic golf tourism, but by the time filming came around he’d returned to NZ. After completing his degree he soon ended up with NZ Golf. where he is currently the Chief Executive. In this role he has secured a 3 year future for the New Zealand Golf Open Championship, bringing a number of commercial partners on board and developing growth initiatives for Club membership. He’s redeveloped the NZ golf website, and secured new long-term contracts with a national handicapping software provider. This product will be marketed to other countries and will yield royalties and revenue for New Zealand Golf.

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