Pure SEO Crew
The team at Pure SEO (also known as the Search Engine Experts and Pure SEO crew) work hard, have fun and know what’s really important – you!
No smoke and mirrors – we want to work with you on what’s best for you! We want to partner up with you to enter the mysterious world of search engines and knock ’em down! Sounds like fun? Want to understand why we do it? First, you should get to know the Pure SEO team. After all, we are more than just pretty faces…
Richard Conway, BSc (Hons)
CEO (New Zealand)
Richard is Pure SEO’s CEO and founder. Richard originally comes from Hertfordshire in the UK. He has a BSc (Hons) in Business Computing and is a husband (to Emily) and a dad to Ethan Max (born in January 2011) and Amber Rose (born in March 2014). Together with his wife Emily, Richard discovered New Zealand in 2002 and fell in love with the landscape and its people. A few years later, in 2009, he and Emily moved to Auckland to start a new life and family together.
Richard has been all over the world. His top five destinations are; Necker Island, Borneo, India, Thailand, and Senegal. Richard loves living in New Zealand. For him, the Tongariro Crossing holds a special place in his heart.
Richard is on the board of Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO), and lectures about SEO and SEM for the New Zealand Marketing Association. Richard also writes monthly columns on digital and entrepreneurship for M2 Magazine, iStart, and New Zealand Business Magazines. Richard also features regularly in the New Zealand Herald, Idealog, Stoppress and the Marketing Association blog.
Richard is a mentor, investor, and advisor for a range of high technology businesses, and a previous mentor for the Auckland Lightning Lab technology accelerator.
With more than 25 years of sales & marketing experience, and 15 years in Australia after moving from New Zealand in 2001, Paul now leads the Pure SEO expansion into Australia. A previous long-term client of Pure SEO, Paul has seen the significant benefits of working with an ethical results-driven agency.
Paul has a real passion for business, having been involved in two start-ups, he knows the pain and pleasure that comes with growing a business.
Paul is married with two children and loves supporting his favourite rugby team (All Blacks of course).
Managing Director (Wellington)
Born and bred in the Waikato district, Ryan Marston has lived a life of varied interests, passions & professions before being recruited to the team at Pure SEO. His early life began at Auckland’s prestigious Kings College where amongst the traditional curricula, Ryan also established an interest in computing and design.
Fast forward to his departure from Kings, Ryan travelled abroad to the UK, working with early internet SEO talent and quickly developing a passion for all things digital. On returning to New Zealand, Ryan implemented his new found knowledge in SEO & SEM to begin managing successful businesses, before being recruited by Pure SEO in the expansion of their sales team.
Ryan’s wide-ranging interests include cinema, photography, Mixed Martial Arts and teaching women’s self-defense classes in his spare time. Fitness is important with daily jogging, regularly attending the gym and attending the annual UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas.
Ryan best describes himself as a people person and thrives on creating and developing his personal relationships with prospects and clients. He is the driving force behind our recently opened office in Wellington, so if you’re a local down there, be sure to keep an eye out for him!
A native of the upper North Islands Waikato region, Kyle was drawn to commerce and sales from an early age, after finding initial success selling goldfish to his school friends at just eight years old.
Kyle’s entrepreneurial curiosity continued with the completion of a Business Management Studies (BMS) Degree at Waikato University and a realisation that his passion was leading him toward the world of advertising and marketing.
After working in a range of traditional media roles, Kyle discovered digital and is now a passionate advocate of the transparency, targeting and focus it offers. Kyle’s goal is to continue to grow, develop and manage our sales team to provide even more online success to new and existing clients of Pure SEO.
Kyle also loves to spend time with his young family in search of the perfect beach or that elusive secret fishing spot somewhere in New Zealand. Although not a fan of heights, Kyle is planning to complete a skydive and ( eventually) travel the Mediterranean.
HR & Operations Manager
Extremely organised, pedantic about detail, and with an almost eerie ability to stay calm, she keeps the office (and us!) running smoothly. With a certificate in Business Management a passion for business; she doesn’t miss a beat. A born and bred Aucklander, Ashley came from an administration background in Building and Property Management and joined the Pure SEO team as Receptionist, quickly moving on to Business Administrator.
Most relaxed near water, when she’s not busy organising our working lives and the office, Ashley is on little missions looking for the best lookouts and secret little beaches in the greater Auckland area, searching for a little bit of peace and quiet away from the big city lights – despite being a city girl at heart.
Originally from Great Barrier Island, Loren grew up living in beautiful West Auckland. Being from the Barrier and a Westie, she’s pretty relaxed and easy going and refers to herself as a “nature-loving greenie.”
Her career is full of variety – including Retail, Wardrobe Department, a brief stint on Outrageous Fortune, Reception and Admin roles. She also created her own events company during the GFC. Loren brings her calm-headed, chameleon-like attitude to Pure SEO.
Being adventurous in her free time is Loren’s jam. You might find her attempting to get better at surfing or doing bush walks. Next year she plans on doing more bungy jumps or skydives. Loren loves to travel and has Bali and Cambodia on the list for next year.
Janine is settled in Auckland after several years spent travelling, raising some kids and milking some cows.
After gaining a degree from AUT in Business Management she now has many years of administration background. PureSEO is a new industry to Janine, providing an exciting and provocative environment to work in.
Janine has a strong love of the city, working and living in the CBD, balanced with lots of weekends away either up north or in the Coromandel.
(Xero Advisor Certified)
Originally from China, Frances came to study a Bachelor of Business in New Zealand and fell in love with this beautiful country.
After graduation, Frances worked as a Business Advisor Accountant in MHK Chartered Accountants Ltd and was qualified as Chartered Accountant. (Pure SEO is a customer of MHK Chartered Accountants Ltd, and vice versa). Frances joined the Pure SEO team in October 2017. Frances is friendly in natural and good at numbers, which helps to ensure Pure SEO’s financials are in good hands.
In her spare time, Frances enjoys reading, swimming, and yoga.
Account Manager (Australia)
Krish was first drawn to the digital world during his completion of a Double Major specialising in Business Management and Industrial Psychology at the University of Auckland University.
After a realisation that this passion was directing him toward advertising and marketing, Krish launched into a creative account management career. His range of digital agency roles have included sales and campaign creation, social media specialisation and conversion based optimisation, as well as account management at Facebook.
Krish now leads the account management team here at Pure SEO and is tasked with finding the best solutions and success for his clients across a range of digital channels. When not managing clients and accounts, Krish spends his time dedicated to managing the mind-body balance – which begins at 4:30 am in the gym, where he trains daily. Krish relishes the challenges in and out of the office, is passionate about problem-solving, and is focused on achieving the best results for clients, big or small.
Account Management Team Lead
Sara joins us from her previous experience working at Vodafone where she has over eight years experience in telecommunications. She is super keen to transfer her knowledge to a new digital realm and eager to learn from Pure SEO team.
With a passion for customer service and outstanding attention to details, you know your account is in good hands with her behind the wheel.
Her hobbies include snorkelling, and diving and she is currently in pursuit of getting her diving certificate.
Penny Gardiner, Dip. BA
Penny, or Ms. Penelope Gardiner, works as a wordsmith at Pure SEO. She has a BA in History and English, in addition to a Diploma in Proofreading and Copyediting. A 100% Kiwi – born and raised in the Bay of Plenty – now living on the beautiful island of Waiheke, just outside of Auckland. During her years on Planet Earth, she has been all over the world. When she isn’t globetrotting around the world, she loves a good book, catching a flick, going for walks or yoga-ing (preferably at sunrise). Disclaimer: We’re not sure if yoga qualifies as a verb.
Here at the office, we suspect that Penny lived somewhat of a high life at some point during the 60-70s. Why? Well, she starred in the movie ‘Downhill Racer’ in 1969, with (then) hottie Robert Redford. The movie was set in Switzerland and at one point Penny babysat the Redfords’ children!
Digital Marketing Consultant
(AdWords & Analytics Certified)
Leo is from Sao Paulo, one of the world’s most populous cities and the financial centre of Brazil.
A digital marketer since 2006 & business administration graduate, Leo is a passionate advocate for the powerful reach & measurability of SEM – especially Google AdWords. The Brazilian native worked in the USA for a 3-year stint as an AdWords contractor and brings those experiences and insights to new and current clients at Pure SEO.
When not working with AdWords, Leo loves to get outside to enjoy the beauty of New Zealand’s great outdoors, hiking, tramping or just exploring unexpected places. His long-term dream is to open a shelter for abandoned animals.Like all Brazilians, he loves music and misses his Tuba that had to be (sadly) left behind on leaving America.
Senior AdWords Specialist
Hailing from South America’s biggest metropolis – Sao Paulo, Brazil, comes Angelica Bernades, our newest digital advertising evangelist, and AdWords expert.
Since 2008 as a Business Administration graduate, Angelica has worked with a broad range of clients in both Brazil and the USA, managing digital strategy with accounts varying from smaller specialists to businesses with monthly spends of up to $250k. Angelica’s next move came in 2015, emigrating to New Zealand with husband and Pure SEO colleague – Leonardo, with big plans to travel and explore all that the Southern Hemisphere has to offer.
When not at work planning and implementing campaigns for a range of Pure SEO clients, Angelica can be found reading books on any and everything. She loves to read but is failing in her goal of getting through 50 books per year! At some point; Angelica knows her husband will finally refuse to let her bring any more books back home.
Digital Marketing Consultant
Although originally from Kerala on the Southern tip of India’s tropical Malabar Coast, Adwords specialist Anoop Arakkan now considers New Zealand home for his wife and small family.
After completing a Masters Degree in Computer Science and post-graduate studies, Anoop’s first foray into work was as a Link Builder for a digital company suggested by a school friend. Within a year, his eyes had been opened to the world of SEO/digital marketing and Anoop took his experiences to a competitor as an SEO Specialist.
In his 9+ years of digital marketing, Anoop has developed a passion for SEM, and now focuses his attention on creating successful AdWords strategies for a broad range of Pure SEO clients.
In his spare time, Anoop likes to watch action, thriller and horror movies – but isn’t so keen on visiting Spookers. Although another passion for Anoop is badminton, he seems to spend more time playing staff table tennis tournaments. He’s actually quite good!
Digital Marketing Consultant
Gautam is originally from Tirupati, a city in the southern part of India that is popularly known as the second largest and richest pilgrim destination in the world (after Vatican City). He came to New Zealand in 2012 to pursue higher studies in the field of ICT and instantly fell in love with this country. Pure water, clean air and good people are some of the things he likes most about NZ.
For the last four years, he ran his own business as a 360 photographer, video producer and VR content creator. During this time he also developed an interest in digital marketing and SEO, and met our CEO, Richard Conway. When business didn’t work out as planned, he contacted Richard and landed a role as Digital Marketing Consultant at Pure SEO. He brings his strong IT skills, small business experience and SEO, AdWords and Analytics experience to our team.
Gautam is fascinated by all things digital, including gadgets, websites, social media and digital marketing. He is also passionate about travelling, photography, Elon Musk, investing, trying new AR and VR apps, dubsmashing and video calling friends and family back in India.
One of his bucket list items is to travel to as many countries as possible after getting his NZ Citizenship in three years!
Digital Marketing Consultant
Pavlina is originally from the Czech Republic. She has a love for the outdoors which includes mountaineering and water sports. This has bought Pavlina back to New Zealand for the third time after she fell in love with the country the first time she visited in 2009.
After finishing a Digital Marketing course at NZIE, she started at Pure SEO as an intern to gain industry experience and now works here full time. Pavlina has found her new passion within the Digital Marketing space. She builds SEO strategy, provides Analytics optimisation and runs AdWords campaigns for clients.
In her spare time, Pavlina loves to go surfing, explore the beauty of New Zealand and deepen her knowledge of Digital Marketing.
Technical SEO Specialist
Prabin was born in Kavrepalanchok and brought up in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
After completing a Diploma in Computing in 2013, he worked primarily in a web development role including SEO and Social Media Marketing.
Prabin spends a lot of his free time reading blogs about SEO, digital marketing, and eCommerce trends. He spends the rest of his time with very close friends, often just going out and trying new cuisines (Being a Nepali, his #1 favourite food always will be momo).
Staying up to date with Google and Industry updates is challenging, and that is his favourite part of SEO. In addition, he likes to try a variety of SEO and digital marketing tools along with new web development tools.
Having worked as a web developer for over 3 years, Prabin is sure his programming skills will be something that Pure SEO clients can benefit from.
Prabin has always been passionate about literature. However, getting more into English literature is on his bucket list for the coming few years.
Junior AdWords Specialist
From Metro Manila, Philippines, Joyce is one of the newest addition to our team of AdWords experts. Joyce has been practising Digital Marketing since 2014 and has worked with big and small industry accounts mostly from the Australian and New Zealand markets.
In her free time, she loves reading books, dining out at different restaurants, and going on out-of-town trips with friends. At present, when not at work, she spends quality time with her new baby.
In the future, she aims to learn more about other digital marketing strategies such as SEO and social media. She also wants to continue learning new AdWords techniques and share the best practices with incoming newbies in the industry.
Darryl Dela Cruz
Junior AdWords Specialist
Also from Metro Manila, Philippines, Darryl is another recent addition to our team of AdWords experts. An Information Technology graduate who found his way to Digital Marketing after working for a few IT companies, he spent his last two years working directly with Google vendors to provide support for AdWords campaign development, implementation, troubleshooting, and optimisation.
When not at work, he spends a lot of time with his wife and kid. He always tries to strike balance between work and family. One of his favourite things to do is spend quality time watching movies together with his family. He also likes to go on trips to some of his favourite places in the Philippines, such as the many beautiful beaches.
Darryl is very keen to gain more knowledge and experience in Digital Marketing, including other types of creative and platforms.
Google Analytics Specialist
Ronel was born in Caloocan City, Metro Manila, Philippines. He is a B.S. Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast who always keeps up to date with the latest news related to mobile and computer technology.
He has worked in several different industries in the Philippines, from Manufacturing to BPO to Human Resources. Prior to working in Pure SEO, Ronel was a Quality Reviewer for Google Analytics and AdWords Conversion Tracking in one of the largest Google vendors in the Philippines. That’s where he got his AdWords and Analytics certifications and was introduced to the world of Digital Marketing. Ever since then, he dreamt of becoming part of this ever-evolving industry.
What Ronel likes most about working for Pure SEO as a Google Analytics Specialist is that he gets to apply everything that he learned from his previous company to his everyday tasks and gets to share them with his colleagues. He also finds it fulfilling to see improvements on clients’ websites through different reports in Google Analytics.
Ronel loves spending time outdoors, trekking, mountain climbing and going to different beaches in the Philippines. When he is at home, he spends his day either watching different tutorials on YouTube (he likes to learn a new thing or two each day) or listening to music.
Someday, he plans to travel the world and go to the countries like Japan, France and New Zealand.
Rizvan Patel, MCA
Technical SEO Specialist
Rizvan is a Technical SEO Specialist here at Pure SEO who comes from the vibrant town of Gujarat in Western India. He finds working with computers relaxing and enjoys reading, web surfing and online gaming. He has always had an interest in computers and believes the far-reaching benefits they have provided in terms of interconnectivity are invaluable.
Rizvan met his wife in Mumbai, India, where they married in 2009. Soon after they resettled to this beautiful land of the long white cloud – Aotearoa.
He has a very broad skill set with expertise in IT solutions, web content, jQuery, SEO, web development, Drupal, web analytics, WordPress, website development, office management, Google AdWords, online advertising, project management, Google Apps, link building, Google Analytics, web marketing, landing page optimisation and CSS, to name just a few.
Also, he has pursued various roles in the IT world as a Software Engineer, Web Developer, Branch Manager, Customer Service Representative, Website Admin, Website Data Validation Officer, and SEO & Digital Marketing Consultant.
Digital Marketing Consultant
Our Digital Content Strategist Leslie was born and raised in New Zealand, with his folks originating from Cambodia. He graduated from the University of Auckland where he majored in Marketing and Information Systems. Pursuing a career in Digital Marketing felt like the perfect fit as it allowed him to get the best out of both worlds (marketing and computing),
Having worked as a digital marketing all-rounder in his previous role, Leslie developed a passion for SEO and is excited about expanding his knowledge from the many great minds at Pure SEO.
When he isn’t providing client insights or creating digital content, you can find Leslie obsessing over combat sports, enjoying football or simply looking for the next best food spot in town.
Rachel is a Filipino Kiwi with a passion for the arts. Having graduated with an Arts Degree in English from the University of Auckland, she found writing work at PureSEO as a Junior Copywriter. She enjoys writing digital marketing content as it challenges her writing skills and improves flexibility in the field. Her writing and research skills were sharpened in University and are now useful for providing search engine optimised content for clients.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys dancing with her group “CRAVE”, making choreography, filming YouTube dance videos and conducting dance classes at their studio. She is passionate about creating and improving in everything she does.
She plans to become a University Professor and a dance instructor in the long term and hopefully inspire others to read, write and dance as her teachers have done before her.
Despite growing up around the world, Angus has lived in Auckland for years and is a big fan of its central isthmus. Coming from an administration background, now as a copywriter at Pure SEO he hopes to gain more writing and digital marketing experience.
Outside of work Angus is busy with passions ranging from the arts to animal welfare and social causes, and in the future he hopes to travel the world once again.
Christine Faye De Guzman
Christine is one of the Link Builders at Pure SEO, based in Manila, Philippines. She started working at Pure SEO in January 2017. Though she can come across as shy and quiet, she is still approachable (an extroverted introvert!).
Her favourite thing about SEO is watching websites climb to the top of the search results as a result of her efforts. Her diligence and attention to detail are a huge asset to Pure SEO, contributing to our client’s success. She also loves to learn and complete new tasks, believing that it is important to consistently upskill yourself.
In her spare time, Christine likes to hang out and eat with her friends and family. One of her goals is to travel to countries outside of the Philippines.
Jacqueline hails from Batangas, Philippines, which is one of the country’s most popular provinces, famous for its beautiful beaches and sunset.
Jacqueline spent almost five years in the SEO industry working for a US-based web services company before joining Pure SEO. In the future, Jacqui wants to continue improving and working on her skills in the fast-paced SEO industry, while sharing her knowledge with others. She always look forward to learning and implementing something new.
Ivy is a proud “Peninsulares” from Bataan, Philippines, one of the most peaceful and simple provinces in Central Luzon, Philippines.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing but later found herself pursuing a career in the challenging world of Digital Marketing and SEO. She started out in the industry in 2012 as an SEO Link Builder and Offpage Submission Assistant at a different company before joining the Pure SEO team in 2017. The thing she likes most about Digital Marketing is that SEO is a never-ending process, so there are always opportunities to learn more in this fast-paced industry.
Outside of Pure SEO, she loves to do outdoor activities like hiking and rock climbing, as well as organising outreach programs and travelling. She’s also a Production Assistant who organises “Indie” music events and gigs around Metro Manila.
As she grows in her career, she wants to gain more knowledge in the SEO industry about specific techniques and strategies to maximise online visibility in the long run.
Mary Joy Delantar
From Cavite, Philippines, Joy is one of Pure SEO’s Link Builders and a recent addition to the team. She has more than five years’ experience in the SEO industry, working on building links through a variety of white hat techniques including directories, social media profiles, blogs and video links. Previously, she worked for an SEO Company in Makati as a Link Builder, being promoted twice within two years. She makes sure that every client’s Link Building submission is done without error or risk of penalty.
Outside the office, Joy loves reading, travelling, wall/rock climbing, recreational hiking, and purpose-driven outdoor activities like outreach programs or mountain/beach clean-ups during weekends and holidays. Her future career goals include learning more SEO techniques that she can apply to her work and studying Barista 101 so she can have a small coffee shop in her town.
Mary Grace Montero
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Grace is one of the newest additions to our team of Link Builders. She has three years of working experience in the SEO industry, two years as a Social Media Assistant and a few months as an Auditor for LBLO.
Grace is a huge anime fan and spends most of her idle days binge-watching series, hanging out with friends and family or simply taking her dog Bonbon out for walks. An art and music enthusiast, she also loves heights. Her bucket list items include skydiving, paragliding and travelling to Japan.
As of now, she aims to learn more about the technical side of SEO as well as to learn about AdWords and Google Analytics.
Jorell was born in Caloocan City and raised in the province of Pangasinan, the western area of the island of Luzon in the Philippines where the Hundred Islands and white-sand beaches are some of the main tourist attractions.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and found interest in web and android application development. Later on, he was up for a new challenge and started out as an off-page SEO link builder. He did off-page and some on-page SEO link building tasks for another company for more than a year prior to joining the amazing team of link builders at Pure SEO in January of 2018.
To Jorell, there is nothing more than satisfying than seeing and watching the campaign keyword work its way through the SERP. That is why he loves to work, not just hard but also smart to help his clients rank their way up in MSN, Yahoo! and Google search results.
In his spare time, he enjoys going out with his press photographer dad to events like basketball games and other things related to photography.
He aims to advance his knowledge and career in SEO and digital marketing while working with an outstanding group of people and in a fun workplace.
Jay Ah Fook
Business Development Manager
With almost 20 years of experience in senior management roles in manufacturing, Jay is well known within the online print industry as a manufacturing specialist both in New Zealand and overseas. He now works as a Business Development Manager for Pure SEO.
Jay is responsible for managing client relationships, account management and service solutions that deliver new business. If you are looking for a results-driven, positive consultant, to manage your online marketing requirements, contact Jay today for a confidential discussion.
Outside of work he loves spending time with his family and friends. He is also an avid follower of the All Blacks and the NRL, particularly keen on fitness, short stories, photography, great food and fine wine.
Business Development Manager
James hails from the sleepy town of Haxby, North Yorkshire, a historic settlement first established by the Vikings around the 9th Century.
At the tender age of 15, James packed his bags, leaving his parents and two older sisters behind to pursue his first love – football, and an apprenticeship on the South Coast.
After a short period training to play “ the beautiful game“, the young footballer returned to Haxby to embark on a career in the British Army. Following a distinguished military career, in 2004 James completed his service and relocated to New Zealand with his new Kiwi partner.
On his Southern Hemisphere arrival, James turned his attention to sales and has since developed an extensive skill set for business development and client management across the NZ telco and IT industries.
James loves the fast changing pace of the digital marketing industry, its transparency, and capability to maximise business returns to clients. If you need a unique, personalised online presence for your business – talk to James.
Out of office hours, Pure SEO’s newer BDM cannot get enough of the adrenaline rush from outdoor sports and cycling tracks. Rest assured, if your bike should ever break down, you needn’t worry about transport problems – James Warren is also a fully qualified bicycle mechanic.
Business Development Manager
Gregor is a self-confessed marketing and business development enthusiast, whose passion for digital began almost a decade ago while providing consulting to a range of British startups and SME’s.
After returning to New Zealand, Gregor has focussed his attention on business development, growth and management for agency clients here at Pure SEO.
Bringing a valuable blend of optimism, focus, and analytical skills to the Pure SEO team, you can be assured that Gregor’s approach will provide a digital strategy specific to your business needs.
When not at work, Gregor’s weekends are spent with his wife and two young sons, exploring the best that Auckland has to offer and (still) completing renovations on his Grey Lynn villa.
Business Development Manager[PureBiz™ Graduate]
Nathan is a member of our PureSEO team via the first PureBiz™ graduate selection process. After gaining an extensive range of experiences across the company teams, Nathan has turned his talents to business development -identifying strategies and solutions for businesses across a wide range of categories.
Nathans digital learnings began with 5 years in the cold of Dunedin where he successfully graduated from Otago University with a degree in Law and Commerce. Dunedin was the best time of Nathan’s life (of course after joining PureSeo) and the experience has enabled him to make friends from all around New Zealand.
Nathan is obsessed with sports and has played a range of sports from rugby, touch, volleyball, cricket and basketball. When he isn’t playing a sport you can find him out in the surf or in the backyard playing cricket with his brothers.
Nathan has a passion for succeeding and one day plans to develop his own business.
Business Development Manager
Originally from Zimbabwe, Marc settled here in New Zealand 12 years ago, after meeting and marrying his beautiful Kiwi wife. They now have two fantastic kids and enjoy living life to the fullest.
Marc has nearly 20 years’ experience in marketing and sales management but, when he built his first website back in 2004, he realised he’d found his true passion and that he wanted to pursue a career in online marketing.
Marc has played numerous sports and is very competitive by nature, so helping his clients win online is what gives him a real buzz. In the last five or so years, he has been working with hundreds of New Zealand businesses to develop internet marketing and search engine strategies that are quite unique.
An interesting fact about Marc is that he started playing golf at age 5 and has enjoyed the sport ever since. It’s his dream to one day play a round at Augusta National.
Business Development Manager
Nick was born in Palmerston North and, being an Army brat, he moved around at a young age, eventually settling in the Hutt Valley with his family at the age of 8. Growing up in Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt, Nick played rugby, softball and tennis, and attended Taita College, where he was lucky enough to be Head Boy in his final year.
Following his departure from school, Nick tried his hand at a few jobs but realised early on dealing with people needed to be a part of his job. Mediaworks was where he started his career in sales and gained valuable knowledge in how best to grow brands and business through Radio and Digital advertising. Nick moved on to Pure SEO as he believes Google is a hugely important part of digital advertising.
Nick is still an avid sportsman, playing Olympic and Beach handball where he has represented both in Regional and National teams. He is also a big rugby fan, where his favourite player would have to be his brother and Hurricanes Captain Brad Shields.
Being from Wellington, Nick is passionate about working with locally owned businesses and being a part of their growth. He enjoys growing relationships with clients and seeing success with them. If you are interested in meeting with him, reach out as he would love to learn about your business.
Tom was born in Israel in 1998 and moved to New Zealand after his family immigrated in 2003. He describes himself as enthusiastic and outgoing.
Tom came to Pure SEO after being offered a cold calling role by Kyle, as he had experience in the digital marketing and sales field gained from his business Koru Media. His favourite thing about digital marketing is the unlimited capabilities in terms of creativeness and distribution.
Tom’s strengths include sales as well as digital marketing strategy, especially as related to social media. He has managed social media pages for over 15 businesses in Auckland and has also created several video productions and launched various marketing campaigns on social media channels.
In his spare time, Tom teaches and trains in kickboxing. He has had over 10 fights/bouts in kickboxing and has also competed and won nationals for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is also passionate about marketing and business, having launched his first business venture at age 10, and his first digital marketing agency at age 16 which was called “Gen Z Marketing.”
Originally born and raised in Malaysia, Jason has lived in numerous countries in Southeast Asia – namely Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. He completed his Masters of International Business at Auckland University in 2012 and fell in love with NZ. He has been residing here ever since.
Jason began his career in Malaysia as an Advertising Account Executive. When he moved to NZ, he joined ReachLocal, gaining two-and-a-half years of valuable experience in Digital Marketing. He was recommended to join Pure SEO by his previous manager.
Jason feels that digital marketing and the internet is the best platform for him to experience, connect, share and learn it all: “It makes you feel like you’re there even though you’re not.” Hence why he got into this industry and is passionate about it.
His main strength lies in his technical knowledge of the Google suite of products including Display, AdWords and Analytics. Other skills which are useful in his role include interpersonal skills and communication, presentation, negotiation, teamwork, time management and planning.
Jason’s goal with Pure SEO is to grow his portfolio of clients, helping them get the best return on investment and also ensuring they experience the best customer journey possible.
His bucket list includes visiting the seven wonders of the world, as a start.
Born and raised in Auckland, Avi regards himself as a very ethical, passionate and determined individual. He has been involved in Digital Marketing for three years now, including working in an agency environment and working directly with multi-national companies to provide growth with their digital strategy. Prior to this role, he worked in sales and marketing at a car hire company based in Brisbane, Australia.
In his spare time, Avi likes to run and watch the footy. He also likes to travel to new places and experience different cultures. One of his life goals is to travel the world and “see as much as I can while I am still young.”
Katharine is from Auckland but has travelled and lived in a variety of countries and cities.
Having recently completed a nationally recognised Digital Marketing Diploma, she started with Pure SEO in November 2017. Her aim is to assist businesses to succeed in the Digital World. Katharine’s past roles have been in retail support, and she has also run her own e-Commerce business. These roles have instilled in her a passion for the efficient and measurable world of digital marketing.
Certified in Google AdWords and Google Analytics, Katharine’s strengths lie in making sense of data and communicating results in ‘layman’s terms’.
In her spare time, Katharine has a passion for home improvement and enjoys the odd glass of wine and BBQs with friends and family.
Travel is high on the ‘to-do’ list; places on the list are Tonga, Spain, Japan and South America.
Born and raised in Hawera, Taranaki. You’ll find Razia to be a bit of a shorty, yet quite stylish and a ray of sunshine!
Razia previously spent the past 6 years working within the design and print industry, where her key roles were strongly focused around client relationships, project management and networking.
With a hunger for continuing to learn and grow as a person, Razia was keen on extending her knowledge in the digital space, which lead her to being recruited as part of the Pure SEO Wellington team.
When Razia’s not at work, you’ll usually find her socialising over coffee and food with her family and friends, shopping or at the gym.
Her current vision board includes travel and a few places she would like to tick off the list first would be Greece, France and the UAE.
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