Brendon Pilott believes in giving, and says such altruistic practices have been good for business.
Stories by Darren Greenwood
Neville Jans of New Plymouth offers this tip for long term business survival: "Be very honest, know your product or service, put it right if you've mucked up, and respond to the consumer, they pay your wages."
Husband and wife team Steve and Wendy Mayes have been involved in computer gaming for 30 years.
There's plenty of fight in 'proud Northlander' Dion McCracken.
When Michael Pavletich and Glynn Smith found themselves running identical businesses six years ago, they decided they better join forces. Their operations in Katikati had the same business approach and philosophy and they also shared a love of motorcycling.
Brett Colman often goes to work with sand between his toes. As owner of Hikaui-based Sticks IT Solutions on the Coromandel, Colman likes to work a surf into his day.
English couple Stewart and Emma Bryan have been running Central Southland Computer Services (CSCS) in the small township of Winton, just north of Invercargill, for seven years.
Glen Perkins of Southern IT in Gore is helping Otago farmers go wireless.
A familiar face in Northland is Ian Walker – dairy and beef farmer, politician, lobbyist, businessman, and owner operator of the former Kaitaia Computer Shop, which now trades as Folders.
American Dan Bloom began his working life as a flight instructor at the age of 18 in his homeland, but has charted a course for IT success since arriving in New Zealand about 10 years ago.
PC Computer Consultants owner/manager Dan Barnett took a break from IT after three years in the sector in the 1970s, but found he couldn’t stay away for long.
Suman Modgill arrived in New Zealand from Kenya in 1976 to attend New Plymouth Boys High School, and found a passion for IT soon after landing his first job here.
Martin Lowe got his start in the workforce sweeping floors in Gisborne in the 1960s, but he is now sweeping in change of a different kind as director of one of the city’s major office supplies companies - Business Applications.
Cloud computing is making life easier and more fun for Gisborne-based Michael Lewer, the sole operator, manager and technician at IT company Mytronics.
Gavin Shoebridge says IT has been his “labour of love” since he built his first PC in the early 1990s. He subsequently spent 11 years installing ADSL for telcos and worked for Telecom.
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