I founded Flame 14 years ago when I moved to the Bay of Plenty and identified an opportunity to offer clients real media solutions within a boutique framework. I am proud of the people and businesses that we have attracted over the years, and we’ve made it our mission to ensure our skills in marketing, planning, research and negotiations are the best available. As a result our client base to date extends across the country. Before starting my own agency I had worked in some of NZ’s most respected advertising firms, spending 16 years with a number of the industry’s most talented people and being part of some of NZ’s most remembered brands. Throughout my career I have taken to heart these words from my father: “If you’re doing a job, make sure you do it to the best of your ability and be the best”. I still strive to live this motto on a daily basis and am excited about the companies future.
Good morning Flame, Zak speaking
As co-owner and director of Flame with my lovely wife, we have built a strong company with a reputation built on trust and integrity. I am really proud of that and it shows in our incredible team of bloody hard workers. With the development of the ‘Innovation Sweet’ we have been able to build on the historic strengths of Flame’s media placement business and deliver solutions that focus on everything from customer experience, website conversion pathways to how the colour of your front door may influence sales. This is an exciting time and when you look at the world with inclusion the truth will set you free – Not Muhammad Ali
I’ve enjoyed over 20 years working in the communications industry. With experience as a client, working within the marketing departments of large corporates, and from the other side in agencies, working in several of the larger accredited agencies in New Zealand, my experience has been that the ability to listen and to develop great relationships are both key to success. Having made the move from Wellington to the Bay of Plenty, it was important to me to be working with a team of like minded professionals. It appeared that there were a number of agencies in the area that offered similar services to that of Flame, however, none of these were supported by either the experience or the industry standard systems that I believe are imperative to successful communications. Flame offer both, and we’re committed to making a difference to our clients business. So, if you require sound marketing and/or advertising media advice, come and talk to us – I believe we’re the best.
Working at Flame since moving to the Mount from Auckland, where I was a Media Executive for a large multi-national media agency, has changed my life - I love the company, clients and lifestyle.
Having worked for 20 odd years in the advertising world, predominantly in media, but having also co-owned a small creative agency, means I have an understanding of creative processes which is always helpful and know the importance of deadlines.
Whilst we have ongoing training in all aspects of media, being part of a small team is fantastic in that we are always available to support each other and to use each other's strengths to benefit all of our clients.
My particular strengths lie in negotiation skills, with a particular passion for radio and a great knowledge of magazines, press, television and of course online/social media. I love planning a campaign from start to finish and knowing that it has worked the best it possibly can.
I look after all financial and accounting matters for Flame including financial reporting, invoicing, cash-flow management, payroll, GST returns, credit management and media supplier reconciliations and payment. I am a qualified accountant with over 35 years' experience in senior management positions within major corporations in New Zealand and South East Asia. I have been a Director of two companies. Before moving to Mount Maunganui in 2006, I was a consultant and Project Manager to the Electricity Market in New Zealand, Singapore, and the Philippines. Having spent the majority of my working career in large Corporations it is refreshing to be part of a small, professional, passionate team which is totally focused on getting the best results for our clients.
I am an artist and creative innovator, designer & strategist. Sometimes I am also an educator and I make a great cup of tea. I am human ( I should probably mention that). When I am not making my own art I like to be involved in other peoples art which usually means other peoples businesses. Not in a bad way of course. I like to be helpful.