SalesStar Triangle

Australia

SalesStar is a sales transformation company empowering businesses around the world. Operations in Australia and New Zealand are managed by the Australasia practice.

The award-winning team of experienced sales people, business people, trainers and managers are passionate about the profession of selling and raising the performance and results of sales organisations.

We work with growth-oriented CEOs and executive sales leaders seeking tailored solutions to meet their specific needs. Those who are change-minded and willing to invest in their sales organisation in order to reach peak performance.

Combining sales specific research and proven best practices, we will provide you with a clear path to achieve your sales and business goals.

SalesStar
SalesStar Triangle

Australia

SalesStar is a sales transformation company empowering businesses around the world. Operations in Australia and New Zealand are managed by the Australasia practice.

The award-winning team of experienced sales people, business people, trainers and managers are passionate about the profession of selling and raising the performance and results of sales organisations.

We work with growth-oriented CEOs and executive sales leaders seeking tailored solutions to meet their specific needs. Those who are change-minded and willing to invest in their sales organisation in order to reach peak performance.

Combining sales specific research and proven best practices, we will provide you with a clear path to achieve your sales and business goals.

SalesStar
SalesStar Triangle
Contact Us

Australia

Level 24
Three International Towers
300 Barangaroo Avenue
Sydney, NSW, 2000
 

email: success@salesstar.com

phone: +61 2 8310 9803

 

SalesStar Triangle
Meet The Team
Kat Davey SalesStar
Kat Davey
Practice Partner
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Administration – Double major: Psychology and Marketing
  • Post-graduate diploma in Banking
  • HR role at ANZ – formulated policies around internal job advertising and implemented a new performance review process – and first learned sales techniques by having to “sell” these to executives, management and staff
  • Sales Territory Rep – EFTPOS business at ANZ Bank (when you still needed to explain what it was!)
  • Sales Manager – EFTPOS business at ANZ Bank
  • Account Manager – SoftEd (a software development training company)
  • National Sales Manager –SoftEd
  • Commission-only Sales Rep – Angela Stott Photography
  • Start-up business – Time for Kids

I consider my role to be like that of an orchestra conductor – making sure all the moving parts come together in harmony for best effect. I love the fact that what we do at SalesStar is like throwing a stone in a pond; the ripples that emanate have such positive consequences for the well-being of both businesses and individual lives. The knowledge that I play a definitive role in how well this happens brings me great satisfaction. Part of this is getting the right people in place, and establishing the right culture so we can provide the right customer experience. Furthermore, I love helping my clients achieve the same result. This is something that is easy to say but more difficult to achieve. I am privileged to be able to combine the expertise I’ve gained on my journey, with my innate curiosity about people and how they work, to best advantage. I also love being able to use my specialist knowledge in Objective Management Group tools to help businesses gain much-needed clarity around their issues and to assist them to find the top-performers they need to grow their businesses even further.

Australia, New Zealand
Michelle Horn SalesStar
Michelle Horn
Client Services Manager
  • Personal assistant roles in Ericsson Communications, Cable Ways Ltd, Welcome Tourism Services (Johannesburg)
  • Experience in marketing co-ordination, corporate event co-ordination, account management and project leadership (USA and South Africa)
  • Conference services and event management for Ritz-Carlton Hotel

I bring energy and dedication to my role as Client Services Project Manager and, as a details oriented person, give extra focus to those things that add value for my colleagues and clients. I particularly enjoy giving support and structure to clients. They come to us with a goal in mind and it’s great to be able to use my organisational skills to assist them on their journey. I apply my sense of dedication to whatever projects or tasks that come my way and gain great satisfaction from supporting the process from the first signs of seeing things flourish through to ultimate completion.

Australia, New Zealand
Lauren Davey SalesStar
Lauren Davey
Global Accounts & Xero Specialist
  • Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • Diploma in Xero
  • Fathom Certified Advisor
I do the day to day bookkeeping in the SalesStar Australasia Practice and SalesStar Global Head Office. I also help onboard and train new SalesStar Practices on our processes so our financial reporting is consistent and accurate.
I also work closely with Michelle Horn in Client Services for SalesStar Australasia’s large and special client projects.
Australia, New Zealand
Dayna O'Donohue SalesStar
Dayna O’Donohue
Client Services

I work with Michelle Horn in client services. My role is to help onboard, maintain and facilitate the programmes of our clients and their businesses.

I feel the dedication to the needs of our clients will help and encourage client loyalty.  I would like to enhance our organization’s growth through positive client-to-business engagement.

I get to be part of a great team and along the way build those strong long term relationships with our SalesStar clients.

My previous experience – working as a customer service/barista for 6 years.

Australia, New Zealand
Conner Potter - SalesStar
Conner Potter
Client Services

My role includes coordinating the big projects & managing clients so their journey with SalesStar is as smooth as possible. In addition to the above, I also help with the general operations of the business. As such I have a unique opportunity to work closely with the Client Services team, the Marketing team, and the Head office team. I find great joy in learning and am lucky enough that SalesStar will support me with my personal growth.

Australia, New Zealand
Mitchell Ferguson - SalesStar
Mitchell Ferguson
Client Services

I work in a detail-oriented manner and offer a sense of dedication towards any task or project I am involved in. At SalesStar I assist in the onboarding of clients and work with our High Performance Coaches to deliver the SalesStar experience as efficiently as possible.

I enjoy the opportunity to be able to support our clients on their journey and to see them gain value from the SalesStar team that is translated into tangible results. I am grateful to be part of a team that has a true dedication to our client’s goals and a drive for constant improvement.

  • Bachelor of Science – Neuroscience
Australia, New Zealand
Daleen Dineen - SalesStar
Dalen Dinneen
Client Services
  • Bachelor of Business Undergraduate Student at Massey University majoring in Finance and Management
  • Intermediate Certificate in Excel
  • Certificate in Xero and Xero Payroll

My role within SalesStar includes aiding clients during their onboarding process and supporting our High-Performance coaches to facilitate the transformation programs of our clients and their companies.

I gain great satisfaction from assisting our coaches and supporting our clients on their transformation journey. I am grateful to be working with such a dedicated team that strives toward empowering our clients and helping them exceed their sales goals.

Australia, New Zealand
Colin May SalesStar SalesStar
Colin May
Business Development Manager
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing
  • Group Performance Manager, ABC Business Sales
  • Strategic Business Manager, Demand Generator Group and Electrolux
  • Marketing Manager Australia and Group Product Manager, Avanti & Specialised Bicycles
  • Operations Manager, Young New Zealanders Foundation
  • Sales and Marketing roles – Ray White, MDA Advertising, Endace, car sales

I have an enduring desire to help businesses grow based on my deep-seated belief that most people who are good at what they do could be great if they make the right changes. I therefore see my role as that of change agent – not to tell people what they already know but to tell them what they don’t know. I enjoy assisting those in leadership to gain such clarity and to reignite their passion for their businesses. I love seeing organisations find new ways of doing things that lifts them above the level of mediocrity and that sees them becoming not just good but great.

Australia, New Zealand
Jennifer O'Brien
Jennifer O’Brien
Senior Business Development Manager

With nearly three decades of comprehensive sales & marketing experience, Jennifer enjoys growing people & their respective businesses through developing high-performance sales teams and individuals.

As a former business development manager and sales manager, Jennifer has an impressive personal sales record together with growing individuals and sales teams through structure and the clear alignment of business & personal goals. Commercial experience includes residential real estate, pharmaceuticals and franchising.

As the Senior Business Development Manager for SalesStar, Jennifer is keen to work alongside a variety of other industries served by SalesStar, including manufacturing, logistics and medical supplies, to name a few.

Jennifer is responsible for identifying sales challenges and assisting clients with their sales & recruitment growth goals.  Being solution focussed with a client’s growth & recruitment goals ensures a successful outcome.

“When you see the alignment between great people, a healthy vision for growth and a purposeful set of goals, you’re energised knowing that success is within reach.”

Specialisation Areas

Sales planning and operations, sales process, sales coaching and sales team management, pipeline management, relationship/account management, sales strategy and value proposition.

Sector Experience

Real Estate and health.

Geographies

Jennifer has experience working in Australia and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Australia, New Zealand
Alex Chan SalesStar
Alex Chan
High Performance Coach
  • Sales background in stationery, printing, business equipment, capital equipment, professional services and diamonds. Smallest sale – $5. Biggest sale- $15,000,000
  • Leader of sales teams as a sales manager, contract sales manager and RFP project leader. Responsible for budgets between $2m – $100m.
  • Assisted clients to grow their sales between 20-300% – in one case played a key role in doubling sales from $50m to $100m

I get great satisfaction from watching people and their companies grow. When I see their sales climbing, when I see them becoming more successful as a result, when I see managers transform into leaders and grow their teams, then I know why I get up every morning. And nothing compares to the feeling of having people come back to me years later to say I changed their lives. It’s gratifying to be able to provide cutting edge sales and sales leadership learning programmes, diagnostics and business advice that helps individuals grow personally and professionally- and that sees clients reach and exceed their sales goals.

Australia, New Zealand
Grant Holland SalesStar
Grant Holland
High Performance Coach
  • Past National Sales, Head of Sales, Director of Sales and CEO roles
  • Former sales director of Wormald, taking the company from $50 million to $100 million inside three years to number one in the Tyco group worldwide
  • Headhunted by Westpac to become head of Westpac High Performance for commercial and agri. 800 sales staff reporting via 35 managers. Tripled market share
  • Instrumental in growing SalesStar by over 60% in 2016

If I had to summarise what motivates my life, it’s all encapsulated in SalesStar’s vision: “To become absolutely integral in the economic growth of Australia and New Zealand. Values led and purpose driven, we challenge, we stretch, we grow. We started from humble beginnings and we will leave as better ancestors…” I am a great believer in stretching people’s aspirations so they become the best versions of themselves and in doing so, make our countries stronger. I am deeply motivated by the idea of creating a legacy and sharing with people all I have – and the best from the world – almost as if it were the last chance to do so.

Australia, New Zealand
Cherri Holland SalesStar
Cherri Holland
High Performance Coach
  • BA (Industrial Psychology)
  • Worked with hundreds of clients in many sectors across nine countries to build success capability in areas such as leadership, influence, performance management, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, sales, service, negotiation, debt collection and recruitment
  • Development and presentation of public programmes for members/clients of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, IT Professionals NZ and AUT Executive Education
  • Fellow of the Institute of Digital Transformation – creating and shaping conversations that influence how leaders lead and businesses perform in the digital era
  • Author of: Influencing 101; People Management Made Easy; People Capability & Value and Line Management – Topline to Bottomline

I am driven to show clients who are time-poor quick ways to get more of what they want and less of what they don’t in a range of areas with different stakeholders, both inside and outside of their organisation. I lead people to create approaches that feel natural and intuitive so they apply them seamlessly to their unique challenges to significantly improve their target outcomes. I draw on my study of peak performing organisations and the neuroscience of super-performance to provide insights, skills and motivation that gives people confidence about what they need to do to succeed.

Australia, New Zealand
Paul Dunphy SalesStar
Paul Dunphy
High Performance Coach

Paul has over 30 year’s business experience in both the public and private sectors in New Zealand, Australia and UK. As a people person, Paul is naturally drawn to sales with a particular interest in account management, business development and pitching.

Experience has been across a vast array of industries – Hospitality (DB Breweries), Horticulture, Local Government (ATEED), Tourism (Auckland Council), Major Events (Volvo Ocean Race), Telecommunications (Clear Communications), Mining & Exploration (Rio Tinto), Sport (Sport Business International), E-Commerce (Sell Global & Amazon), Social Enterprise (Akina Foundation).

In addition to Sales Star, Paul currently runs his own Amazon businesses, is an international Amazon sales coach and a Career Facilitator with Career Dynamics.

Australia, New Zealand
Steve Hughson SalesStar
Steve Hughson
High Performance Coach
  • Over 30 years experience in matching Technology solutions to customer needs
  • Graduate of IBM sales training in the mid-‘80s
  • Successfully sold strategic solutions to Corporate, Government and SME’s for IBM, Gen-i, Plan B and Vodafone
  • Managed team of successful Account and Business Development Managers
  • Completed NZQA in Leadership and Post Graduate Diploma in Management

I have learnt a lot during my sales career and while leading a sales team over the past 5 years I have come to realise that I love coaching and helping other people to grow professionally and personally. This passion led me to explore a different career and after being introduced to SalesStar I realised that I could work with a company that provides professional and relevant programs that are based on scientific research and best practice, but where I could weave in my own knowledge and experiences.

Australia, New Zealand
Michael Friis SalesStar
Michael Friis
High Performance Coach

Over 25 years working within all sales b2b channels, Michael has made a study in building high-performance teams. Michael brings expertise in rebuilding, energizing and enabling sales channels to connect with an aligned strategy, execute with passion, and bring discretionary effort in the pursuit of bold revenue ambitions.

Areas of expertise include sales leadership, strategy development, coaching and developing channel partners, strong skills in team process, facilitation, and collaboration.
Michael brings a high-quality employee-centered leadership style to teams, through building capability and supporting people to rise to the challenge of the enterprise.

Michael works to enroll the organization’s resources in the sales mission, by collaborating with all stakeholders to innovate in the pursuit of the company vision.

Australia, New Zealand
Hans Schulte SalesStar
Hans Schulte
High Performance Coach

Hans is a smart and results-oriented professional who collaborates with clients to produce their breakthrough outcomes.

Making breakthrough happen and unlocking the potential of individuals and teams is the foundation off which Hans provides measurable and practical coaching expertise. Hans has more than 10 years experience, coaching in enterprise as well as SME clients dealing with change, explosive growth, technology deployment and those looking to develop clarity around processes for growth. He is globally experienced and has a diverse background in industries including Medical, Airlines, ICT, Emerging Technology, Oil & Gas, FMCG, Mining and Finance/Insurance.

Hans has particular skill for team and individual leadership development especially in the context of big thinking and growing revenues. His business administration and strategy skills coupled with his leadership experience, mean that solutions are practical and focus on sustainable ‘traction-centric’ results. Hans is driven by a deep understanding of people underpinned by a fascination with business performance and comparative advantage through scalable process. He attributes his success as a coach to the ability for level headed, science-led, inclusive human interventions that lead to sustainable change and organisational performance.

Hans is a highly skilled individual who thrives on assisting people and teams to the next level of their journey. He is known for delivering the energy and environment that allow creativity, innovation and engagement to reinvigorate within a team or organisation. Clients describe Hans as a person who “has demonstrated time and time again that the key to change in ANY organization is through an intense focus on #1. The people #2. The people #3. The people. Hans believes that people are an organization’s greatest asset.” When you couple great growth-minded people with simple scalable process, amazing things happen.

Clients that Hans has recently worked with include:

  • BNZ
  • BUPA Health Care
  • Fletcher building
  • PDP Engineers
  • Vutiliti LLC
  • BUPA Insurance
  • Tazworks LLC
  • Change Healthcare
  • Trade House Data
Australia, New Zealand
Andrew Hitchfield SalesStar
Andrew Hitchfield
High Performance Coach
  • Over twenty five years sales experience from commission only sales to running corporate business units turning over up to $200 million PA
  • Roles include National Sales Manager -Telecom Mobile, Group Manager Corporate Sales – TelstraClear, Regional Manager- Vodafone Business
  • BA in Economics and Philosophy Auckland University, Diploma – Accounting AUT
  • Shareholder and General Manager of a Telecommunications start up
  • Member of Institute of Directors for four years and have extensive governance experience, including Chairing of a few Boards
  • Judge of the Tauranga Westpac Business Awards for five years, Head Judge for two of those

I have enjoyed an extensive and successful career in sales having held a variety of senior leadership roles over the years – and am passionate about using that experience to help and coach businesses and individuals to achieve their goals. I am well positioned to do this with background I have in sales and leadership combined with the demonstrated depth and quality of the Salesstar transformational programmes.

Australia, New Zealand
Hamish Low SalesStar
Hamish Low
High Performance Coach
  • Co founded and grew his consulting business to multiple locations and $10M revenue in 5 years
  • Winner of National SME Employer award from Prime Minister
  • International Sales experience managing customers such as Mars, Coke, Hershey and Pepsi.
  • Sales Coaching experience for NZ’s largest company
  • Certified in several Coaching methodologies, including STAR and SPIN.

Hamish’s philosophy has always been that “People are your major asset”. Without high performers on board, you will not experience real success. They are the glue that brings together all the vital ingredients of your business, sales processes, customer interactions, operations. They lead the team, they are the team. To get the best from them, we need to develop, challenge, hold them to account, and reward them.

I came on board with Salesstar because the company’s philosophy and High-Performance Sales Transformation pathway is the best example of how to achieve this that I have seen. It allows me to bring my sales, Business Transformation, Coaching and Candidate assessment experience together to help businesses grow, and that is what gets me out of bed every day!

Australia, New Zealand
Andre Van Der Heyde SalesStar
André Van Der Heyde
High Performance Coach

With more than 20 years experience growing businesses from SME, corporates and multinationals; listed, unlisted and private, André’s strategy and leadership experience has been forged across groups the likes of Atlas Copco, United Technology Corporation and Howden.

As a former MD, André was responsible for a AUD$60m p.a. business and consistently achieved double digit revenue and margin growth. He is recognised by companies for his business growth strategy development, price optimisation strategies, strategic prowess in identifying and exploiting opportunities and exemplary execution to plan.

André possesses advanced experience relating to sales of direct and indirect B2B sales and multi-brand strategies for industrial equipment, preventive maintenance services, turnkey services, and professional trade services. He is renowned by industry and peers for passionate, inclusive and developmental leadership.

“I am passionate about helping business grow in terms of profitability and capability. I love developing winning strategies and solving business problems including: company goal misalignment, resource capacity restraints, sales process optimisation, visibility of business metrics and forecasting, business systems (CRM and Project Management) optimisation.”

Specialisation Areas
M&A, Sales & Marketing, Operations, Aftermarket Services, Project Management, Strategic Sourcing, Administrative Services and Software System Implementations (CRM & ERP). Specialist expertise includes optimising sales conversion ratio’s, price, project margins, resource productivity and recoveries, inventory and transactional customer satisfaction surveys.

Sector Experience
Mining, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Construction, Utilities, Engineering/electrical Services, Industrial Equipment, Hire & Rental.

Geographies
André has experience working throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia and is currently based in Sydney, Australia.

Australia, New Zealand
SalesStar Triangle
Global Head Office Team
Paul O’Donohue
CEO
  • First ten years of working career as an industrial electrician (Diploma of Electrical Engineering) – realised most tradespeople were poor at sales and wanted to learn more
  • Sales Engineer for PDL Electronics
  • Key Account Manager, Tyco Electronics
  • Moved to Recruitment Industry – strong interest in assessment tools that could help identify the traits of a successful salesperson
  • Post Grad Diploma of Business Administration
  • Owner of Business Consultant franchise (2003)
  • Founded SalesStar (2005)
  • Member of EO (The Entrepreneurs’ Association) and board member for New Zealand for the past four years

I have always been passionate about making a difference, helping to grow people in order to grow sales. I particularly enjoy helping entrepreneurs develop the sales strategy and disciplines they require to maximise their growth. We literally give CEOs the clarity to help “engineer sales success”. Over the years we’ve been instrumental in aiding our clients to grow their markets, putting the science behind sales success so they could grow by as much as 146%. I gain great satisfaction out of using my unique blend of skills and experience to pragmatically solve complex sales challenges and help companies map out a clear path to grow. I’m a strong advocate for three things: for setting goals that stretch, for lifelong learning and for developing a supportive mindset for success. I live by the philosophy “If you’re not getting out of your comfort zone, you are not growing.”

Australia, New Zealand, United States, Sweden, United Kingdom, Mexico
Lisa Carter SalesStar
Lisa Carter
Global Partner Manager

15 years in Senior Leadership roles working in the SaaS, Management Consultancy and Investment Banking Industries. I’ve been involved in deploying three different operating models, converted a consulting business to a SaaS model, and have solid business acumen on the operational aspects of running a business. I developed and delivered a global services operating model to deliver a concierge Client Experience to our customers, ready to scale.

Personal Achievements:

2018 | Finalist in the Top Women in Leadership – SaaS (3,460 nominations, I had over 80 Nominations)
2018 | Multiplier of the Year Nominee ( The MOY Award is an international contest to recognize leaders who amplify the intelligence of those around them )

Global Team
Leigh Parker SalesStar
Leigh Parker
Head of Capability & Performance

Leigh is an experienced professional with a strong background in business and capability development.

He has over 25 years of business management, sales and capability development experience both domestically and internationally.

From 16 years with McDonald’s, Leigh understands the value of systems having learnt the business from the ground up. His roles included managing Franchising and Training for McDonald’s New Zealand, to becoming a Franchisee.

From there Leigh has held senior Sales, Account Management and Learning & Development roles for companies such as Fonterra. Adding some years consulting in the area of Sales & Leadership development, Leigh has facilitated & coached sales teams directly while also training coaches to do the same.

Leigh is known for his genuine passion for people development, business acumen and making a difference.

Global Team
Alex Chan SalesStar
Alex Chan
Global Director of Learning
  • Sales background in stationery, printing, business equipment, capital equipment, professional services and diamonds. Smallest sale – $5. Biggest sale- $15,000,000
  • Leader of sales teams as a sales manager, contract sales manager and RFP project leader. Responsible for budgets between $2m – $100m.
  • Assisted clients to grow their sales between 20-300% – in one case played a key role in doubling sales from $50m to $100m

I get great satisfaction from watching people and their companies grow. When I see their sales climbing, when I see them becoming more successful as a result, when I see managers transform into leaders and grow their teams, then I know why I get up every morning. And nothing compares to the feeling of having people come back to me years later to say I changed their lives. It’s gratifying to be able to provide cutting edge sales and sales leadership learning programmes, diagnostics and business advice that helps individuals grow personally and professionally- and that sees clients reach and exceed their sales goals.

Global Team
Reuben McNair SalesStar
Reuben McNair
Head of Operations
  • Quadruple Major in: Management, Commercial Law, Psychology and Statistics.

My role pertains to managing the systems that underly the operation of SalesStar; be that legal documentation, web infrastructure, application procurement/development or business process refinement.

I oversee Marketing and core HR functions in addition to the above.

Global Team
Vikas SalesStar
Vikas Devarakonda
Video Production Specialist
  • Bachelor of Science in Multimedia and Diploma in Advanced 3D animation and visual effects
  • Experience in Post-Production, video editing & Compositing (use of non-linear editing software, multi-camera edits, colour correction, Sound editing, titles creation, final encode and export) through to completed project
  • Specialist with tools including:  Adobe CC, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Nuke, Fusion, Maya, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Creation of animations, trailers and promos
  • Freelance photographer & graphic designer
  • Visual effects artist (Albedo VFX)
  • QA Tester – (VMC Gamelabs)

My role enables me to put my love of art and creativity to good use. I find it very satisfying to produce a video that gets so much appreciation from our clients and from the SalesStar team. I’m able to use my broad range of skills such as filming, editing, colour correction, motion graphics, 3D/2D animations and compositing to create an end product that brings a dynamic element to the work we are doing to help people improve their lives. Although I am often in the background of what is going on I am dedicated to bringing the best of my skills to my work – part director, part cameraman, part soundman, part editor. What could be better in life than a profession that makes me happy and allows me to achieve my goals while also helping others achieve theirs?

Global Team
Noah Te Ao SalesStar
Noah Te Ao
Digital Specialist
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Information Science (Majoring in Software Development)
Having worked across software and digital marketing start-ups, I have scrambled to learn every facet of a business’s digital backend. At SalesStar, I manage the integrations and automations that tie our different business systems together and keep our global partners in sync. I also handle in-house development and technology projects within SalesStar that innovate the delivery of our coaches and provide analytics at all stages of the company. I really enjoy solving technical puzzles and problems from scratch, teaching myself along the way.
Global Team
Roberta O'Donohue
Roberta O’Donohue
Administrator
Global Team
Simon Anderson SalesStar
Simon Anderson
SalesStar Digital: Practice Partner

In 2021 I partnered with SalesStar to establish SalesStar Digital. I was drawn to the opportunity of working with SalesStar due to the values of the organisation, which emanate through to its great clients. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with clients who are serious about growth and also understand the importance of pairing a marketing strategy with a sales strategy.

I previously worked for a number of years as an independent consultant to companies around the globe and across a variety of industries. My predominant focus was on digital marketing and wider corporate strategy.

Before my professional career, I was born and raised in Blenheim, New Zealand before completing a Bachelor of Commerce (International Business, Economics) and Diploma of Language (Spanish) at the University of Otago.

In 2014 I completed a Masters of International Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy; and worked for several years in France and the UK. Having since returned to New Zealand, I am happily based on Auckland’s North Shore.

SalesStar Digital

SalesStar Digital is the digital marketing business unit of SalesStar. Created in 2021, it was born out of our clients’ continued frustration at the poor performance of their previous digital marketing partners.

In creating SalesStar Digital, we have pioneered a new approach to lead generation through digital marketing. Our focus is on ensuring that the marketing strategy runs parallel to the sales strategy, combining SalesStar’s world-leading knowledge in sales effectiveness with the cutting-edge expertise of our digital marketing team. SalesStar Digital ensures that lead generation is conducted in a synergistic way, across all applicable digital channels; and that all decisions are driven by data and linked to ROI.

Global Team
Jared Laidlaw SalesStar
Jared Laidlaw
SalesStar Digital: Head of Digital Growth & Operations

I’m a digital marketer that loves data, creative, consumer behaviour and tying it all together through strategy and execution to deliver higher sales and lead generation.

Having worked in New York, Australia, New Zealand, and remotely throughout the globe, I bring a wealth of experience and big picture thinking to the clients I work with. I’m a continuous learner and I’m always trying to either level up existing skills or add new ones to my arsenal.

If you have strong growth ambitions and are ready to team up with a trusted partner, I’d love to talk about how SalesStar Digital can help your business achieve its goals.

SalesStar Digital

SalesStar Digital is the digital marketing business unit of SalesStar. Created in 2021, it was born out of our clients’ continued frustration at the poor performance of their previous digital marketing partners.

In creating SalesStar Digital, we have pioneered a new approach to lead generation through digital marketing. Our focus is on ensuring that the marketing strategy runs parallel to the sales strategy, combining SalesStar’s world-leading knowledge in sales effectiveness with the cutting-edge expertise of our digital marketing team. SalesStar Digital ensures that lead generation is conducted in a synergistic way, across all applicable digital channels; and that all decisions are driven by data and linked to ROI.

Global Team
Lara Tarroballes SalesStar
Lara Tarroballes
SalesStar Digital: Creative & Content Manager
  • Bachelor of Design with Honours – Visual Communication Design // Massey University College Of Creative Arts

At SalesStar Digital, I manage Content & Creative focusing on the visual aspect of marketing, adding form to the team’s function.

With a background in Design & Brand Management, I’ve worked in FMCG and fashion retail with knowledge extending from design to copy to social media strategy.

I find joy in all things innovative and engaging, thriving on taking on new challenges while picking up new skills as I go.

Global Team
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Olga Antipova
Senior Digital Growth Manager

Originally from Russia, I spent four years travelling in China and Thailand before settling in New Zealand in 2007.

I completed a Diploma in Digital Marketing with GM Academy in 2020, graduating in Top-10 of 215 students.

Over the past 15 years of my career, I have worked in marketing, financial services, travel, real estate, and sales. I am well equipped to challenge the status quo and raise your business and brand.

My “meditation” time is when I cook dinner and watch a movie or a webinar with a noise-cancelling headset.

And here is a fun fact: my hometown is located on a border with China. In the summer, we frequently get on a boat and travel to China in less than an hour, where we spend a day or two dining, shopping, visiting the sauna, and getting massages!

Global Team
Jonathan Thompson-Bean SalesStar Digital
Jonathan Thompson-Bean
SalesStar Digital: Senior Digital Growth Manager

Having lived and worked throughout South East Asia, soaking up the rich cultures and diversity on offer, I developed the ability to quickly decipher and engage with my environment. I bring this dynamic sense of understanding to SalesStar Digital  where diving into each client’s market is a chance to learn what drives the target audience and shape the product pitch towards their desired transformation.

I believe that the truth lies in the data, and that eventually those insightful gold nuggets will arise through creatively testing and analysing.

Equipped with a BSc majoring in computer science and chemistry from the University of Auckland, I apply my background in science to digital marketing in a pragmatic sense.  I utilise technical tools and automation to carry out market research, testing and lead generation in an efficient, insightful and scalable process.

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