2019 Conference Speakers

In 2019, the line-up of speakers for New Zealand’s National Conference is fantastic! Hear from a variety of successful business people, sales agents, and motivational speakers. Read about them below.


keynote speakers

Andy Lark

Marketing & Digital Leader. Entrepreneur. Amazon best-selling author. Speaker & Coach.

Andy Lark is globally recognised for his marketing and leadership in high growth start-ups and Enterprises. He has built one of the most successful SaaS start-ups into a global software powerhouse; launched apps used by millions every day; lead the transformation of Australia’s most vibrant financial services brand; and, built one of the largest eCommerce sites in the world.

Most recently he was the chief business officer for global accounting software company Xero – named by Forbes as the world’s most innovative company. He previously held senior positions at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Dell, LogLogic, Sun Microsystems, Nortel Networks and Fleishman-Hillard. He is a non-executive director of Mercury Energy and SLI Systems. Andy, a Kiwi, is a passionate supporter of NZ and Australian entrepreneurs and he has won over 100 awards for work in building brands and creating online capabilities. His work was recognized with the NZ Government’s prestigious World Class New Zealander Award and the Flying Kiwi Award for outstanding contribution to the NZ technology sector.

Session Topic: Change or Die: Reaching and Engaging the Connected Customer
Session Bio:
Would you change if your life depended on it? How will you change in the face of unprecedented disruption? How will you “Uberfy” and “Amazon” your business to future-proof growth? What’s an ‘Nth Power’? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in an entertaining and enlightening keynote by Andy Lark – a multi-award-winning marketer, entrepreneur and business leader. Achieving digital greatness requires shifting growth and innovation from purely the business agenda to be an integral part of vision and purpose.

• Understand: How to harness the power of technology disruption and out-innovate and sell.
• Experience: Real-world examples and techniques for out-innovating and out- marketing the competition from digital brand leaders like Commonwealth Bank, Uber, Air New Zealand, and Dell.
• Learn: tools like the “Moment of Doubt & Dissatisfaction” for creating winning digital products and services; and, Agile Management for rapid prototyping and development. How should we rewire a global business in the 21st century? Create: a new operating system for your business that drives innovation, collaboration and extraordinary results.

Learn how Xero became a Unicorn and how Commbank reinvented its brand and digital offering – and in the process how both became regarded as the most innovative companies in their markets. Learn how Spicers and Air New Zealand create Peak Experiences to become the most loved brands in their industries. Where other
speakers talk to theory, Andy will speak to direct experiences of working with teams to out-innovate and manoeuvre the competition.

John Maclean

Inspirational Speaker.

During fitness training near his hometown in June 1988, John was hit by an 8-tonne truck as he rode his bike.

The impact resulted in John suffering multiple breaks to his pelvis and back, a fractured sternum, punctured lungs, a broken arm, and left John a paraplegic.

It took astonishing courage and determination, but somehow this near-fatal accident was the making of him. Despite the grief of what he had lost, the excruciating physical pain and the challenges of daily life in a wheelchair, John decided he would become bigger and stronger than ever. He set about proving himself in the toughest sporting events the world had to offer.

Session Topic: How Far Can You Go?

snapshot speakers

Chris Helder

International Keynote Speaker and Best Selling Author
Also speaking at the Property Management Workshop

Chris Helder is a business communication genius and master storyteller whose presentations have radically transformed how thousands of people worldwide communicate with clients, customers, colleagues, staff and teams. He has been a professional speaker for 18 years and has done over 2,450 presentations around the world.
He is the author of three bestselling books “The Ultimate Book of Influence” which has been published in five languages, “Useful Belief”, which is one of the highest selling Australian business books of all time and Cut The Noise which is about achieving better results with less guilt.
His global client list includes: Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Glaxo Smith Kline, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Fuji Xerox, Levi’s, Realtor.com and Olympic Winter Institute of Australia. Chris speaks at conferences in the areas of communication, influence, human potential, leadership and mastering the face-to-face customer experience.

Session Topic: Useful Belief
PM Session Topic: Cut the Noise

Claire Turnbull

Nutritionist & Author

Claire is a qualified nutritionist who has been working in the health and wellness industry for over 15 years.

Claire is the Nutritionist for Healthy Food Guide magazine, TVNZ Breakfast and Newstalk ZB as well as featuring in three prime time TV shows. Claire is also the owner and director of the private nutrition practice and corporate wellness company Mission Nutrition.

Claire’s passion is to help make it easier for others to eat well and live happy, balanced lives. Her approach is real, practical and very down to earth. She balances her work with two young children (aged five and one) so she really knows what it is like to juggle and have to find solutions that work in the real world.

Claire is a professional speaker, has published two best sellers with penguin random house: Lose Weight for Life and Feel Good for Life and she has also released a wellness diary called ‘It’s a beautiful day’.

Outside of work as well as spending time with friends and family, Claire interval training at the gym, cooking and travelling around NZ as well as overseas.

Session Topic: Create a Healthier Life That Works – From Knowing, to Doing

Tanja M Jones

Chief Executive Officer, TMJ Coaching

As a leadership and mindset specialist Tanja, dedicates her time and energy to empowering real estate leaders, teams and property professionals both nationally and internationally to grow themselves and their business in the least amount of time.

After having less than impressive experiences with real estate agents, back in November 2014, whilst looking to sell her family home, Tanja decided to niche her peak performance coaching business into the real estate industry, with the aim to elevate the rapport building skills of agents and the leadership within national brands.

Within two months of starting her business Tanja began facilitating training programs and workshops for hundreds of professional and leading brands across the country.

In 2017, Tanja was recognised as an​ ‘INDUSTRY INFLUENCER’​ by Elite Agent Magazine and in her fourth year Tanja was honoured to be a finalist for the 2018 Real Estate Business (REB) Awards as ‘​INDUSTRY INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR’.

Tanja’s research found that 76% of real estate businesses in Australia and New Zealand were either making marginal growth (less than 10%), flat lining or declining in their annual performance. This revealed, at the time of the research, that only 24% of real estate businesses were actually making any money. This figure is less now. Tanja discovered that the differentiator between the two statistics was fundamentally, leadership.

Session Topic: It’s Rapport that Opens More Doors
PM Session Topic: Park your Funk


The Bucket List Guy
Also speaking at the Property Management Workshop

Trav Bell is The Bucket List Guy…The Worldʼs #1 Bucket List Expert.

As a self-appointed ʻBucket Listologistʼ, Trav helps people live their Bucket List before it’s too late! His unique life-engagement message wakes people up, stops ground-hog days & engages people to seek more fulfilment.

He says, “A Bucket List is a tangible Life Plan…where our Business Plan or Career Plan should fit into our Life Plan & not be the other way around.”

No one practices what they preach more than Trav. His ‘crazy’ globetrotting adventures are contagious, hilarious & always fresh. He is author of the book, The M.Y.B.U.C.K.E.T.L.I.S.T. Blueprint, a TEDx Thought Leader, a globally recognized Certified Speaking Professional & is also the CEO of Bucket List Coaches who are on a mission to help 10 million #BucketListers #tickitB4Ukickit.

Before Trav became ʻThe Bucket List Guyʼ, he founded & franchised a chain of personal training studios across Australia. Starting with 1 client, he & his team went on to do over 2 million personal training sessions & motivated 10’s of 1000’s of clients.

This is why Trav is now regarded as one of the world’s most in-demand personal development speakers.

Session Topic: Build Your Bucket List & Change Your Life
Session Bio:
People think they are going to live forever & that they have all the time in the world to do all the things that they want to do in their life. But in reality, life gets cut short for most & they end up having regrets. This seminar inspires people to stop sleepwalking through their lives & offers them a new perspective to look at their lives through. As a result, they’ll leave deeply inspired not wait for the ‘perfect time’ or ‘someday’ to #tickitB4Ukickit!

In this session you will:
• Get a massive wake-up call when using the Life Grid
• See how your Reverse Bucket List leads to a huge gratitude shift
• Unpack The M.Y.B.U.C.K.E.T.L.I.S.T. Blueprint to create a personally meaningful & holistic Bucket List

Life’s Way Too Short!


Sadhana Smiles

Chief Executive Officer – Property Management, Harcourts International Ltd

Sadhana Smiles is a Global CEO and Director of Harcourts Move and Founder of Links Fiji. She epitomises the concept of having it all. Arriving in Australia as a migrant at the age of 16, she has blazed her own trail in business. She is authentic, funny and resonates with audiences as they connect with her incredible story.

property management speakers

Jodie Stainton

Growth Leader, Coronis Headquarters, Queensland

Beginning as a cadet valuer, Jodie quickly sought to work in a Real Estate Agency and like many do, ‘fell’ into property management. Quickly realising her passion, she has worked in all areas from reception, leasing, property management and business development to leadership roles including State Manager with a large international franchise for several years. She was also responsible for delivering the first of its kind, property management only franchise brand to the marketplace.

Most recently, she headed up Leading Property Managers Association (LPMA) in a national role and worked across its sister company, Ailo, as a subject matter expert, assisting the development of innovative technical solutions for the industry. Believing wholeheartedly that growth is the lifeblood of any agency, at Coronis Jodie is responsible for leading the growth efforts across property management.

Session Topic: Everything Speaks

Joanne Rae

Head of Property Management, Real Estate Institute of NZ (REINZ)

REINZ is delighted to announce that it has recently appointed Jo Rae as the new Head of Property Management. Jo brings significant experience to her new role, having worked in property management since 1990.

She has worked in a variety of roles over the years including owning an independent property management company, through to Business Development Manager for an established franchise company. Jo has been a member of REINZ since 1993 and became a REINZ Accredited Property Manager in 2016. Jo’s role will see her responsible for leading on REINZ’s Property Management Strategy which will include keeping abreast of all the latest legislation (including the Residential Tenancies Act), keeping members informed of industry changes, and further developing REINZ’s offering to Property Management Members.

She joins REINZ from Harcourts Charlton Realty Ltd where as Operations Manager for Property Management she is responsible for developing and delivering an established property management service. Prior to this, Jo owned the successful and independent property management company, Bay Area Property Management in Ponsonby from 1997 to 2009.

Session Topic: REINZ Property Management Update

Leonie Freeman

Business Futurist, Entrepreneur & Speaker

Leonie Freeman has spent her whole career in the property industry and is currently the Chief Executive of the Property Council of New Zealand.

She is a business futurist, property consultant and entrepreneur.
This has included creating the concept of what is now realestate.co.nz. This venture was originally known as RealENZ.co.nz and was one of the first major commercial websites launched in NZ in August 1996.

Her next project involved the purchase of a small run-down residential property management business. Leonie totally transformed ‘Interactive’ before selling it in 2007.

In the past 10 years she has focused on making a contribution. This has included time in the public sector which included being brought into Housing New Zealand as the General Manager of Development with responsibility to turn it around in 2014.

She has been a director of the listed company – Goodman Property Trust since 2011.

In October 2016 she launched a philanthropic and independent initiative with the sole purpose of solving Auckland’s housing crisis called thehomepage.nz, and has been a regular and sought after print, radio and TV commentator.

Leonie was awarded the Property Institutes Life membership and the Supreme Property Award for 2017.

Sadhana Smiles

Chief Executive Officer – Property Management, Harcourts International Ltd

Formerly the CEO Harcourts Victoria, and Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Sadhana Smiles takes us through her journey from real estate receptionist to becoming an accomplished speaker, author, industry commentator and leading one of our top performing states.

Recently named one of the most influential women in Australia,
Sadhana will share her thoughts on what it means to be a change
maker, a corporate activist and having a positive impact on the
issue of diversity and parity.


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