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Kevin is a citizen of Brazil and New Zealand. His decades of experience in the South American continent, in CEO and Managing Director positions, ranges across agricultural equipment, electronics and firefighting equipment exporting to World markets. He recently retired as the representative director in Brazil of New Zealand’s Tru-Test Industries prior to returning to New Zealand in August 2018.
He has extensive experience in Greenfield start-ups and finding practical solutions to establishing profitable operations under challenging conditions. Before moving to Brazil in 1985, Kevin founded an agricultural and marketing company with offices in New Zealand and Australia, responsible for launching ground-breaking new products to World markets, which resulted in the transfer to Brazil.
He is currently an adviser to the New Zealand Government on business development in Brazil. He holds a board position on a Canadian–funded construction and development company. He has been a director of a contemporary art gallery. His interests in wine and sailing are not mutually exclusive.
Gordon started his working life in the 1970’s in the days of black and white Television “Smelling the money,” he started his own ad agency, later selling that and returning to TV, producing sports programmes for sponsors.
Ten years ago, Gordon purchased a small business which cleans diesel fuel contaminated by cleaning up microbiological growth. (Diesel is the fuel which drives the NZ economy). This business has quadrupled in revenue and EBIT and has yet to reach his defined growth target.
Gordon has also invested in the New Zealand agency for a Canadian diesel additive which can increase fuel efficiency from 10 to 20 percent.
He was a Board member of Motorsport NZ for two years and is currently a member of Alzheimers New Zealand national executive.
Apart from a couple of public relations contracts, Tony took an extended break from communications in 2010. Most recently he was working in a family construction business until accepting new client work in March 2018.
He began his career as a newspaper an industry magazine journalist, establishing his first Public Relations company in 1981.
He was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations in 1996, having been involved in a number of nationally and regionally well-known projects.
He has worked with all of the other members of The Board.