In A Nutshell

I’ve held a number of roles over my working career that have included being an employee, being self-employed, business ownership, and being an investor.

I tick both Māori and European boxes for ethnicity, have two children to a first marriage and am remarried to Claire, and who shares the same life philosophies as me.  Most of the time!

Together, we started a business from scratch providing primary aged childcare, expanding the brand to seven locations to be responsible for 750+ children and be recognised as experts in …

After we sold the business and as a family, we took some time out to cycle the length of New Zealand (2,400 kms from Bluff to Cape Reinga) to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.

I was then shoulder tapped by a Global Logistic company (Agility) to end up residing in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Initially as a project manager, this transitioned into leading and driving quality and business transformation for the organisation.

After exiting Dubai, we headed to Turkey to walk 360 kms by foot, from Istanbul to Gallipoli to commemorate Anzac Day 2011.  What followed was a 1,600 km pilgrimage doing the Camino, in both directions.  First by cycle, and then by foot.

It cemented the passion to exist differently and adventure a heap more.

Simultaneously, the paradigm shift to embrace minimalism.

In-between work projects since, other adventure travel has included cycling across Cambodia; ascending to the summit of  Mount Kilimanjaru; volunteering in an Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo; to trekking up to Mt Everest Base camp.

Perhaps the most audacious, us tandem cycling 7,500 across Canada from Vancouver to St Johns.

Employment after Dubai has included family dispute resolution case management (banging separated parents’ heads together to play nicely over the children without having to go to family court), and Year 9 to Year 13 youth mentoring imparting fundamental basic life skills to boost their self-efficacy, confidence and resilience.

I’ve been a registered marriage and independent funeral Celebrant since the beginning of 2017, capturing, weaving and sharing love stories (weddings)  and life stories (funerals).

I’m currently employed as a full-time funeral director with Academy Funeral Services which was an opportunist evolution into extending greater wrap around services associated with funeral arrangements.

Life balance still incorporates micro-adventures – everything outdoors in nature; freelance illustration; playing the ukulele; volunteering taking the visually impaired for tandem cycle rides; story-sharing with friends over a glass of red wine; and still playing board games with our two adult kids.

I authored and self-illustrated a book titled ‘Re-Kindle You, Dream • Design • Do – From Goal Setting to Goal Getting’.  It’s about reminding ourselves to pursue more of what matters most, in order to have greater meaningful happiness.

And with Claire, we’ve featured on in an e-magazine called ‘Epic Mentors’ to share our back story in what it took to become the people we’ve become today.

From time to time, I get invited  to speak to help reboot trajectories (whether business or personal), with sincere brutal honest to goodness story-telling that engages, entertains and enlightens.

“The strategies Brent imparted were outstanding.  He shared real-world techniques instead of sales theories leaving participants with the key to unlocking their potential to become remarkable sales people and beyond in their personal lives.  The ability to connect and hold their attention for the entire presentation time reflected in the feedback from all participants as exceptional.

Brent’s professional common sense no-nonsense approach incorporating personal experiences and humour were refreshing.  I would not hesitate to be recommending Brent for any Sales Team training workshops, seminars or key-note presentation.”

– Warren Angus, Head of Business Customer, DHL Global Forwarding

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“They connected with the audience and had an inspirational message that was just what my audience needed. They were fun and passionate which makes any presentation go really well.”

– Mike Caton, ‘Inspired’ Seminar Series Founder (www.mikecatton.co.nz)

And that’s about me, all summed up, in a nutshell.