New Zealand Family Business Conference 2019 – Workshop Presenters

Steve Davey

Steve Davey


Steve Davey is the leading business broker in the Manawatu region. He has sold over 50 businesses in the last few years in his role as Partner with ABC Business Sales. Steve has extensive experience in financial analysis and relationship management from his many years in the banking sector, and he chose to become a business broker in order to help the growing number of baby boomer business owners successfully exit their businesses.

Steve is an engaging presenter and makes complicated topics easy to understand with a fun and interactive style. Be prepared for lots of stories!

Steve will be presenting the workshop – ‘How to create a more valuable business.’ The presentation will focus on a range of topics, including –

  • How is my business valued?
  • Improving value in areas such as staff, customers, suppliers and social media
  • How do you stack up against your peers?
  • Key numbers
  • Risk mitigation
  • Is cash really king?

Register now to secure your seat at the conference.

Regan Thomas

Regan Thomas


Regan Thomas is a financial adviser and the managing director of MoneyTree Financial Services. Prior to becoming an adviser, Regan spent six years in the banking sector. During that time, he gained extremely valuable tools and experience, and these enable him to offer support to individuals with their finances and give his clients more time to do the things they enjoy.

Regan likes the challenge of leadership roles both within his business and the local school community where he served on his children’s school Board of Trustees.

Regan will be presenting the workshop – ‘Plan B: Preparing for the sudden absence of a key person.’

The presentation will discuss what to do in the event of a key person having an unplanned absence from your business.

“There will be some disruption, but the business must carry on.

We all think about it from time to time. We mean to get around to it. One day. It’s time to make a plan. Let’s get started today. A good business contingency plan identifies, instructs and empowers those who you would wish to step in.

This workshop will give you a better understanding of steps you can take towards preparing for the everyday risks that face your business. Just in case something extraordinary happens.”

Register now to secure your seat at the conference.

Rachel Shepherd

Rachel Shepherd


Rachel Shepherd is joining us with a wealth of human resources experience. Rachel gained her degree in Human Resource Management at Massey University, and these qualifications led her to a contract role with the New Zealand Police in Position Management and Job Evaluation. This appointment was the beginning of seven successful years in the recruitment industry.

Combined with another eight years as an HR Consultant, Rachel’s experience in employee/employer relations enables her to provide exemplary HR coaching and advice to clients.

She now focuses on consulting with businesses on Human Resource best practice, while implementing HR tools for all people who work for that organisation.

Rachel will be presenting the workshop – ‘What do we need to do to get the right people working in our family business?’

“I am convinced that ‘the right people’ are the ones who align with the family’s business values,” says Rachel.

This workshop will give you the ability to follow due diligence in the recruitment process when you are employing your next superstar employee.

  • How do you view your employees? Do you distinguish between family members and others?
  • Are the current employees in your family business team players?
  • How much time should you afford to a recruitment process?
  • What processes do you have in place; are they consistent and do they align with your family business’s values?

Register now to secure your seat at the conference.

Ron Schalkwijk

Ron Schalkwijk


Ron Schalkwijk is a proud member of the Trusted Advisor Network (TAN), a unique group of passionate business advisors around Australia and New Zealand. Ron operates as a business educator and hands on advisor in Palmerston North. He helps business owners through his Group Program and Premium Client Programs.

He has a significant background in growing businesses and has seen how his experience, coupled with the Trusted Advisor Business Consulting System, can help other business owners to play a bigger game and win back time.

Ron will be presenting the workshop – ‘A strategy to build the ideal business’

“What is the future of your business? Do you know if you’re on the right track to make 2019 the year that you change the trajectory of your business? Do you know how to get on the right path and stay there?”

At this workshop, you’ll learn what to focus on to make 2019 your best year yet!
You will discover:

  • The ideal future of your business
  • The three critical areas where money is made or lost in business
  • The nine projects to focus on to achieve your ideal business in 2019

The workshop will then move to a practical hands-on exploration of how to apply one of these projects to your current business.

Register now to secure your seat at the conference.

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