Russell has been with us since the beginning of 2010. Russell has extensive experience in a variety of fields having worked in hospitality, retail, telemarketing, event co-ordination, professional presenting and entertainment.
He has had his own business for some years now and contracts himself to us as a trainer, bringing a wealth of experience in business and confidence in managing the dynamics of each group.
Russell is witty, relates to all demographics and speaks with authority when he is training making him extremely engaging.
After completing AUT’s – 3 year Diploma in Hospitality Management in 1995, he worked in the hospitality and retail industries where as well as working on the front line, gained experience as a supervisor, trainer and manager. Utilizing these qualifications he was also able to credibly present and front campaigns for such companies as NZ Beef and Lamb, Tegel Foods, Heinz Watties, Foodstuffs and Masterfoods.
Increasingly, his time was spent pursuing professional television and theatre opportunities. However over this period he managed to accumulate 10 years of successful experience in direct marketing and telesales. A considerable allocation of his work and interest has been within the wine industry.
Developing transferable skills, the three years spent as a weather presenter for TV3 was a career highlight and the news team he was part of received the Qantas media award for best network news programme in his first year. He is also a popular guest speaker and MC for major events.
Russell then spent 2 years in the United Kingdom with professional theatre companies performing in major international touring productions and on London’s Westend.
Russell is a dynamic, motivated and diverse character. He thrives when working in our creative and innovative team and believes in the importance of a positive attitude, willingness to learn and the quest to actively experience life and continuously improve. His training sessions are fun, informative and interactive!