Are you living your entrepreneurial dream?
Plenty of good customers? No problem finding new customers? Accounts payable all up to date? Motivated and undemanding staff? Lots of spare cash? Time to enjoy weekends with the family? Enjoyable and worry free vacations?
Your spirit of business adventure soaring from success to success?
Time to work on the business and not buried in the business?
Systems in place and working?
If you have answered "yes" congratulations. You’ve arrived in entrepeneurial heaven.
With the right support you can build your dream business. Having time to work on and not in the business. Growing to new heights. Taking worry free time off for vacations. To live life!
My passion and expertise is in assisting small and medium sized businesses. With my financial and general management skills I can help you gain an overall perspective of your business, identify and resolve bottlenecks and develop key measures, identify risks and build processes and procedures.
I strongly believe in the power of systems and structures that can liberate the organization. Changing from a company run by people to a company run by systems designed and controlled by people.
I have successfully managed enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations with a pragmatic and direct approach. A number of times within a few months and with very limited resources.
I’ve now survived nearly 25 years of small business ventures. With my longest single venture being the nearly 4-year contract in the Philippines.
I’m pragmatic and innovative. I've learned that the tough, unexpected events are the toll to pay on the path to success and contentment or happiness.
The unexpected events have taught me a lot about myself … and more importantly how I can use these experiences to help others. Some of these events have caused apprehension and worry while others have turned out as glorious opportunities. Although at the time it was difficult to tell them apart.
Living is not having, living is giving and doing.
I’m looking for opportunities where I can add value to small and medium sized businesses.
I’m looking for short term projects opportunities.
With my sometimes painful life experiences and many years of working in varied industries let me help you with your business challenges.
I’m now 70. A “nevertiree" who will eventually be benched by life. Passionate about learning and excited by all the changes and opportunities available in the world.
My career has been in two halves. After about a 25-year corporate life I set out on my own and for the next 25 years or so I’ve been doing my own thing.
My corporate career was a series of new positions and challenges. Starting as a cost and management accountant I rapidly worked my way up and through the ranks. Early computerization projects, production and business planning, through financial director to the managing director of a group of subsidiaries.
At age 42 the first of my major accident curved balls was thrown at me. I was involved in a multi-vehicle accident. My car crushed under a truck ... whose driver had fallen asleep. I was entombed in the wreckage for over five and a half hours. While around me in the fiery mayhem eleven people died.
My recovery involved three months in hospital and a year of operations.
During the long days and nights I had many hours to think about my life and my future.
It was easy. I’d survived an accident in which I should have died. My successful, comfortable corporate career was over. I’d now venture out on my own.
Since 1993 I've been involved in establishing, buying, fixing up, working in and selling small to medium sized businesses. An exciting and challenging journey with varying degrees of success. All with interesting stories and coincidences.
I’ve enjoyed the short-livedthrill of making money as well as the wrenching anguish of losing it. The one lesson I've learned … it's sometimes easier to make money than to hang on to it!
My ventures ranged from importing textiles from China, the granite processing and project cabinetry industries, a food processing factory bought from Unilever and sold to a South African national company, through to a board processing factory.
The quieter moments being filled with small business consulting and building websites. This phase ended with a nearly four-year contract in the Philippines. Working in a factory that produces hand inlaid, natural material surfaces for the mega (like many billions) rich yacht and airplane markets.
At age 59 I had my second serious accident … in a bicycle race. A clash of wheels. The crash … me sprawled on the road in excruciating pain with a smashed pelvis. Recovery was slow … 3 weeks in hospital and 3 months on crutches. The lesson I learned here ... age is not a friend of a speedy recovery.
It was the end of my cycle racing.
Through these two accidents I understand pain and disappointment but know the joy and reward of pushingthrough. The benefits of being fit and not giving up.
I still exercise regularly. Jogging, stretching, body weight exercises and some yoga. My most recent challenge was a half marathon. Completing it in a reasonable time was tough but satisfying!
I understand that curved balls arrive in your life and in your business at the worst times. It's in those times when you need the help of others to get through.