MEET THE TEAM
Here’s a look at the bright, talented individuals who make up BOOST.
We service the entire country from our two offices in Auckland and Wellington. Our in-house overseas purchasing team knows how to source anything near or far, with the contacts to find those products that others can’t. Our Marketing and Creative team is forward thinking and ready to handle any brief, providing ideas that set your brand apart from the rest. Our friendly and approachable Account Managers are are always ready to walk you through the process so that everything is taken care of. Mr Vintage, our T-shirt specialists, are always on hand to offer the best designs and printing production.
Key Account Manager
“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” – Thomas Jefferson
Katie Inwood, Key Account Manager
Katie can’t resist an ice cold can of V or opportunity to renovate a house. She is an incredibly motivated and an outgoing dedicated team leader. Katie has been working with some of New Zealand’s biggest brands for the last 5 years, and executes campaigns and briefs to their full potential.
Key Account Manager
“Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box” – Deepak Chopra
Sarah McTaggart, Key Account Manager
Sarah has an empowering energy which allows her to gel with people from all walks of life. An enthusiastic team manager with over 10 years’ experience in the print and promotional industry. Industry qualified and time-tested, Sarah is a talented problem solver who has managed some of our largest corporate clients for the last 2.5 years. Sarah is the oranges when everyone else is apples…(ask her about it).
“Life’s a bit like mountaineering – never look down” – Sir Edmund Hillary
Tracey Turner, Account Manager
Tracey is a proactive and detail oriented Account manager with a strength for building strong working relationships. She is tertiary qualified in Marketing and comes from a background in packaging. For nearly twenty years she has helped clients achieve their goals in print projects, through problem solving and project management. With a love of New Zealand’s amazing outdoor adventures she likes to stay fit and make the most of all the country has to offer.
“Believe in yourself, positive mind, positive vibes, positive life” – Anonymous
Tacita Haggett, Account Manager
With an expansive background in customer relations and financial services, Tacita loves to cook, entertain and colour-in. Born and raised in South Africa, Tacita has called NZ home for 14 years (we reckon that makes her a true Kiwi). Tacita’s 10 years’ experience as an account manager ensure her ability to liaise with clients and recognise opportunity when it knocks. A self-proclaimed team-player and high achiever, Tacita keeps it well positive.
Internal Account Manager
“Always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t then who will, sweetie?” – Marilyn Monroe
Gabby Smith, Internal Account Manager
Gabby sees the world in all the colours of the rainbow. Along with her infectious laugh and bubbly personality she is an amazing all-rounder. With over 10 years’ experience captivating and keeping customers happy, when Gabby is not boosting our client’s brands, she is out shopping for all things rose gold, purple and sparkly….or delighting on-stage in Auckland’s latest musical!
Internal Account Manager
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’ – Audrey Hepburn
Jenni Mason, Internal Account Manager
Jenni ‘jet-setter’ Mason owns clothing in every shade of black. She goes above and beyond for our clients, keeping things ship shape in-house. Jenni ensures we all keep the kitchen spic and span, and likes to let her hair down on Friday nights with a glass of chilled Sav & packet of Marmite crisps.
“A word to the wise is infuriating” – Hunter S. Thompson
Millie Crossman, Sales Support
Millie is a stellar sales support to account manager Katie. Millie has a degree in Event Management & International Studies. With experience working in Sydney & Auckland in digital print and promotions, Millie helps Boost maintain excellent relationships with clients and ensures expectations are not only met, but surpassed. Millie most enjoys wine, cheese, her Dalmatian ‘Boogie’ & getting out of Auckland for the weekends.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right” – Anonymous
Janna Morris, Sales Support
Janna is a hardworking, smiling support assistant to one of our top sales guns. She has a telco and client relations background. Vital to keeping things in check both internally and externally here at BOOST HQ, Janna has developed excellent relationships with our local and international suppliers.
Customer Service Representative
“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs” – Anonymous
Karen Wang, Customer Service Representative
Also known as Karen-van. She keeps our clients smiling, knowing their order is in good hands right through to delivery. Along with a cat called Ramen, she enjoys travelling the world and making Chinese dumplings for our hungry team. She doesn’t miss a beat and is a total spoiler alert when it comes to the latest Game of Thrones episodes.
Customer Service Representative
“Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…” – Dory (Finding Nemo)
Debbie Urquhart, Customer Service Representative
With over 3 years’ experience in the promo industry, Debbie provides outstanding customer service to her team. She keeps a happy family, loves catching up with friends and eating chocolate. In her free time Debbie can be found circulating the north island in her offshore powerboat!
Customer Service Representative
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will” – Suzy Kassem
Gabi Hunter, Sales Support
Gabi enjoys problem solving, helping people and completing lists, this sets her up nicely to be a superstar sales support for her account managers and clients! Every morning she wakes to wagging tails and starts her day by walking in the park with her dogs. Her camera is filled with pictures of her pets and morning landscapes; like foggy fields and sunrises.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you have it” – Theodore Roosevelt
Peter Koro, Creative
A mix of life lessons and aspiration position Pete as a creative strategist. Early retail, security, and music industry experience has given him the ability to create tangible campaigns, whilst academia has sharpened his mind toward the craft of brand strategy. Pete has traveled the world over, including visits to Europe, the US, Canada and Israel. This connection with the world informs his understanding of the relationship between brands & people. He likes saunas and sunshine.
“When life gives you lemons… demand to see life’s manager!” – Cave Johnson (Portal)
Michael Wiehahn, Website Administrator
With a range of experience across marketing, information systems and web services, Michael is the local ‘fix it’ guy keeping the website updated. With a passion for problem solving, he is in his element when fiddling with numbers and making things work. Michael loves a bit of variety and tries to do as much as possible, from hiking down mountains in summer to poker tournaments every week!
“The earth without art is just ‘eh’” – Andy Warhol
Tara Holdich, Marketing Manager
Tara enjoys colouring in. She has a treasured collection of coloured markers and large whiteboards. She has almost a decade of advertising experience, developing campaigns in London, Melbourne & Auckland and bringing print & digital strategies to life. Tara glues technical and creative individuals together with her excellent know-how, putting the ‘T’ in boost.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” – George Bernard Shaw
Raewyn Bi, Sourcing Manager
Everybody loves Rae-wyn, or Ray Ray as we like to call her. She is an incredible asset to our team. Her vast knowledge comes from over 10 years’ experience in the promotions industry, working directly with overseas suppliers and factories. When Raewyn is not out sourcing the latest products at the best price, she enjoys travel, movies music.
“Happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think” – Anonymous
Summer Bai, Purchasing Assistant
Summer is on point with her sleek sense of fashion. She is qualified in all aspects of business, and is our in-house super star sourcing the latest products directly from our Chinese factories. When Summer isn’t putting together our amazing customer proposals, she can be found teaching piano or listening to an exquisite piece of classical composition.
Mr Vintage Business Manager
“He’s thrown a kettle over a pub, what have you done?” – Gareth Keenan
Rob Ewan, Mr Vintage Business Manager
As a child Robbie had 2 rules. 1. No Coca-cola for fear of damaging every item of furniture in the house, and 2. One Wrestling VHS a year for fear of turnbuckle moves being pulled on unsuspecting siblings. It’s this high energy, natural aptitude and drive that has brought Mr Vintage from his parents garage in 2004, to the standing in NZ popular culture that it is today.
Mr Vintage Operations Coordinator
“If I could choose one super power, it would be to dance real good.” – Hayden Bentley
Hayden Bentley, Operations Coordinator
Hayden has always been a real straight-shooter with middle management written all over him – starting in the warehouse sweeping the floors – he now basically runs the ship while Uncle Rob is off drinking Latte’s. He’s is the youngest of the Mr Vintage team and was once known for his great work hard, party hard ethos, or as we like to call it here “Man at night, man in the morning”. However these days Hayden has a mortgage and the days of running the entire Round The Bays race barefoot in nothing but jean shorts (jorts if you will) after coming straight from a night on the tiles is behind him.
Mr Vintage Designer
“Human sacrifice, Dogs and Cats living together. Mass Hysteria!” – Peter Venkman
Joe Wharehinga, Mr Vintage Designer
Joe has always enjoyed drawing things, and he really has no idea where he’d be if he’d not discovered that you could be paid to draw things for other people. Since starting at Mr Vintage 9 years ago , he’s created many a tee for the New Zealand public – mostly New Zealand Maps, stuff about Rugby, stuff about Cricket and once something about Mince Pie. In his spare time he enjoys long walks with his dogs, the feel of the ocean and the taste of champagne.
Mr Vintage Screen Printer
“If you thought all heat pumps were the same, think again” – Mitsubishi Heat Pump Guy
Phil Burnett, Mr Vintage Screen Printer
Philippe, as he’s more affectionately known, has been screen-printing for 60 years now. Being only 45 years on this earth, you can ascertain not only how much of an amazing feat this is, but his dedication to the craft. Phil is a veritable encyclopedia of Dad jokes, like a worn-out recording of a favourite song, they never get old.
“As long as we live, there is never enough singing” – Martin Luther
Debbie O’Bray, Accountant
Our Finance Guru, Debbie O’Bray originally hails from the UK and brings a vast amount of experience having worked with large corporations in London, particularly within the Travel & Advertising Industries. Debbie is a qualified Management Accountant and utilises her creative yet pedantic style in all finance areas, whether producing valuable management reports or resolving financial enquiries & providing solutions. She works by her motto “if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well”. Debbie walks into the office every morning singing her cheery Good Morning song to the delight/irritation/disdain of her fellow colleagues.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” – Milton Berle
David Kane, General Manager
David has been there and done that. With over 20 years experience in sales, product and operational management in both NZ and Europe he has the experience to help guide the team. It’s now all about systems and processes and streamlining this rocket ship into the next phase of orbit. He works hard and plays hard but it is still his young family that comes first. As well as the menagerie at home of a dog, a cat, a rabbit and fish!
“If you think the boss is stupid, remember you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter” – John Gotti
Rick Kuluz, Managing Director
Rick is the visionary behind BOOST. An established, forward-thinking business leader, his strategic momentum sets the precedent for promotional agencies in New Zealand. Rick is proactive, astute, and easy to deal with. His leadership provokes the respect of his staff, and the ongoing business of customers, business partners and stakeholders. In-between VIP tasks, he likes to have a laugh with his comrades.