The Team

Licensee: Dennis Draeger

Strategic Futurist, Aiglatson Strategy and Foresight

Napier-Hastings, New Zealand
Dennis

Dennis Draeger is a serial entrepreneur whose passion is helping other entrepreneurs visualize and achieve their goals. He has been a strategy consultant since 2009 with Shaping Tomorrow out of the UK and his own consulting business Aiglatson Strategy & Foresight. Initially, he consulted on strategic planning with small and medium-sized businesses in the US, and he advanced to consult on strategic foresight with multinational corporations and government agencies in Europe, North America, and Asia. Having lived in Hawkes Bay since 2009, he has always wanted to focus on the local community and help the Bay expand its influence throughout New Zealand and around the world.

Dennis has circumnavigated the globe. He met his Kiwi wife in Seoul while she was teaching children and he was assisting CEOs and other executives with their business language skills. They bonded over their love of travel but eventually settled in Napier because of its beauty and culture. They now have two children and are hoping to one day claim ownership of a cat.

Speaker Coach: Paula McSporran

Paula is a Personal Development and Business Coach.

Paula is passionate about working with people who are motivated to create change in their lives. This could be improving a personal or business relationship/s, increasing team engagement and thus productivity. Paula’s clients have found they have been able to increase their self-worth, confidence and personal power through the individual coaching and removing the “blocks” and unwanted behaviours that have been [unconsciously] holding them back.

 

Marketing: Roberta Budvietas

Roberta first attended a TED workshop in the 1990’s when the movie theatre concept was the tool for spreading ideas globally. Since then she has enjoyed many TED videos and in 2015, she worked marketing for TEDxTauranga ensuring an audience of 1000+ attendees.

Roberta has worked as a business mentor, trainer and contractor since 1989. She has mentored, taught and helped over 1000 small businesses.

In 1997, she opened the first of three branches of Computer Power Training Institute in New Zealand

In 2005, she accepted the challenge of turning around another Private Tertiary Education establishment.

Roberta and her husband have written 6 business books and workbooks and she has been involved with National Speakers, New Zealand Computer Society, New Zealand Trainers and Developers as well as many community led nonprofits.

Finance: Clare Shirkey

After over 20 years in the print and design industry, Clare took a change of direction and went into business as a freelance office administrator and bookkeeper, with a sideline of financial and business plan coaching and assistance.

Her passion is helping small businesses, particularly start-ups, tradespeople and one-man bands. These are often people who are brilliant at their trade, but don’t have the ‘back office’ skills to make the most of their business.

Clare uses a mix of working directly with them in their office, and working remotely from her home office. Using mostly Xero and a range of apps and automations, she frees the business owner up to make the most of their time and helps them to grow their business.

She is a certified member of The Institute of Certified New Zealand Bookkeepers, a certified Xero Advisor and Xero Payroll Advisor, and holds a Certificate in Business Administration and a Certificate in Bookkeeping.