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Graeme Owen

BE, BD, CMInstD

Builder’s Business Coach, Founder The Successful Builder

Graeme Owen - Builders Business Coach

Graeme Owen – Builders Business Coach

My mission as the builders business coach is to teach and mentor qualified builders to become responsible and successful business owners, respected in their communities.

My Grandfather was a builder and my father also.

But on graduating as a Civil Engineer, I quickly discovered I much preferred working with people. So I did a post graduate degree in Theology and spent several years teaching in a theological college, establishing an adult internship leadership programme, and leading a couple of churches through change points. A couple of stints in business management extended my appetite for entrepreneurship.

The opportunity came to re-evaluate my life’s direction when the academic department I was leading was absorbed by another and my position made redundant. I love teaching, being entrepreneurial and working with people. I’ve done this for so long. I wondered where I would find similar opportunity? But after being coached by an occupational psychologist, I learned that I’d been coaching and consulting most of my life. I knew what I needed to do.

So that’s what I do. I love the construction sector and so naturally I work with builders and other trades. I teach them how to build great businesses, I encourage them to be entrepreneurial and I help them become better people. And to top it all off…its been very successful.

Why I like working with builders.

Builders not only deal with customers, but with suppliers and sub-trades. A job may have over 40 suppliers and sub-trades. So, when a builder does well, many other businesses benefit. When a building business fails, many suffer with them. So, as we strengthen building businesses we underpin many associated businesses.

I believe people should focus less on trying to be successful, and more on being decisive.

Most people want to be successful, but few achieve it, because (in my experience) today’s successes result from yesterday’s decisions. So…decisive action (founded on good information) is the key to great results.

Qualifications

  • My degree in civil engineering gives me an understanding of the construction process from the foundation up. I know exactly what you are talking about when you tell me about your building work.
  • My degree in theology and my post graduate study of leadership gives me an excellent basis for working with people, especially emerging leaders. So, when we’re developing a company culture, or dealing with difficult people, I draw on resources and experiences from a wide variety of sources.
  • Chartered Member Institute of Directors New Zealand

Awards

  • Awarded member Top 100 International Coaches ActionCOACH
  • Awarded Top Coach New Zealand, ActionCOACH

 

Arjen Bloem

NZCE, MInstD

Builders Business Coach

Arjen Bloem - Builders Business Coach

Arjen Bloem – Builders Business Coach

I get excited when I see a business owner realise their potential. Many business never make it because they never learn to master the essential tools. As an effective business coach I love providing those tools and encouraging the integration into the business.

Over twenty three year’s directing seven New Zealand companies has given me first hand understanding of the day to day business pressures and the key factors essential for success in any business big or small.

I have owned businesses in construction services, medical, technology import and distribution businesses so I am able to draw on a range of practices and experiences.

Construction

My first successful business in 1989 introduced me to the ups and downs of contracting and taught me the importance of providing a quality service. Then during my time as contracts supervisor for a construction company I learned to manage small to medium size commercial and residential building projects.

I currently head a team of twenty two staff involved in plasterboard (dry wall) installation and painting of luxury homes. My time here has taught me the importance of financial literacy, cost control as well as team management and quality control.

Tech startups

I founded two high tech start ups with a group of venture capitalist. We brought out an existing cosmetic laser business. I expanded the operation to twenty clinics over a period of twelve months. A second distribution company was formed to import, distribute and lease high technology into the New Zealand and Australian market.

Professional sales

Nineteen years in professional sales have taught me how to meet client’s needs in a professional manner with integrity. I have developed my sales skills whilst selling products ranging from construction, to paint restorations to medical equipment and laser treatments. While working as a product specialist for a leading edge technology company I provided marketing and sales training to many of New Zealand’s most successful cosmetic surgery and dermatology clinics.

Felicity Owen

Digital Marketing & Communications Manager

Felicity Owen - Digital Marketing Manager

Felicity Owen – Digital Marketing Manager

Felicity is a masters honours graduate in Organisational Psychology and has several years experience in team training, recruitment and development.

She joined the team in 2014 with a variety of roles including improving our resources and increasing our online presence through various digital marketing methods.