I began working at the Barfoot & Thompson Orewa branch in August 2018. I want to make a difference in people's lives and base myself in a community. As a Property Manager I can make that difference, helping people who live and work in my community. This is a great industry that rewards you outside of the usual remuneration.
My qualifications are in business and risk management, and I have spent 20 years in the hospitality and liquor industry. From opening independent pubs in England, running hotels in Australia, operating bars in Auckland, to looking after 300 customers in North Auckland, I have had great experiences making sure my customers, guests and team all receive great service. Hospitality throws unique challenges at you and it also teaches you to be humble and never assume. Most importantly, you develop great communication skills; to be successful you need the ability to get your message across in tough circumstances. Adaptable, fast thinking, logical and calm under pressure, is how I would describe my service style.
Getting married was the happiest day of my life, and at present my wife and I are renovating our three-bedroom home in Stanmore Bay. It was an old four-bedroom bach, first built in 1949. Now it has the same holiday vibe, but with open-plan living! Oh, and also, I make my own gin so talk to me about distilling!
I meet great people every day in Stanmore Bay. It is a community full of people looking to help others and playing for the local football team, the over 35's, is another way to meet great people!
Working for an industry leader is important but working within a great team is an honour. From the interview stage, I could tell that this was a team that performs well.
I think you could say my personal philosophy is:
'Finding perfection in imperfection, and beauty in flaws. It is hosting a dinner with mismatched tableware, knowing the friends you are sharing your meal with are there for your company, and not your surroundings.'