Mediaworks Young Business Person of the Year NOMINATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Indigo Greenlaw - Co-Founder, The Paper Rain Project 

Indigo the co-founder of the social enterprise and national brand, The Paper Rain Project (along with Wills Rowe). The company specialises in ethical clothing and board art with an emphasis on quality, creativity and social good. Indigo's background is in illustration and design although she also has a huge passion for adventure sport, music and conservation. She started painting skateboard artworks at the age of 19 before officially founding the business with Wills; together growing it to what it is today. Working with a small team here in Marlborough, she, along with Wills Rowe, Hannah Heslop & Ailie Suzuki run the business as a moving pop up and online store. Over the last four years, the business has helped to provide full time work (through fair trade employment with Freeset) for women in India as well as annually donating thousands of dollars to conservation and social efforts.

Hamish McKenzie - Account Manager, MediaWorks

Hamish is 26 and works as an account manager at MediaWorks here in Marlborough. He has been paving his way in radio since 2014 where he began as a production engineer producing radio commercials and on-air content for More FM Northland. In 2017, he made the leap to sales and migrated south to Marlborough. This wasn’t a small change for someone who is used to dark spaces and little social interaction so coming out of his shell in the last 12 months has been a difficult but exciting challenge. Two words that best describe his work would be “value added” – in his opinion this is the answer to many marketing challenges and helping his clients maintain and grow their businesses using this mantra is very rewarding. Hamish’s plans for the future involve implementing innovative marketing techniques to help businesses drive engagement online and to help lead the growing creative media industry in Marlborough.

Savannah Carter - President, Marlborough Young Professionals Inc.

Savannah is the President of Marlborough Young Professionals Inc., a group created to promote networking and collegiality between young professionals in a variety of industries. Together with the other founding members Savannah recognised the need for a networking platform for young professionals in Marlborough, many of whom are new to the region and often struggle to meet new people outside of their workplace. Created in April 2018, the group has expanded exponentially since its inception. Savannah was elected President and led the charge to incorporate Marlborough Young Professionals as a society. Motivated by the society’s success to date, Savannah and the Executive Committee have many great events in train and are continuing to develop relationships with local businesses. Savannah moved to Marlborough in early 2017, relocating to Blenheim after completing her studies.  Savannah is a Solicitor at Gascoigne Wicks Lawyers and primarily focusses on resource management and civil litigation.

Michael Rea - Licensed Salesperson, First National Marlborough

Michael Rea’s reputation for business success has been typified by innovation, community engagement, and a genuine care that goes beyond client satisfaction. A multi-award-winning salesperson, Michael’s business acumen has seen him become the foremost Residential Salesperson within First National Marlborough (2017, 2018). To provide the best sales experience, Michael trains with renowned business professionals and absorbs their positive attributes into his practice, thus growing his business 648% in the last 5 years. This has allowed him to offer multiple employment and professional development opportunities to others. His long-standing commitment to the Marlborough Community includes purchasing a Community Van and volunteering his time as a charity auctioneer. Michael’s ‘spark’ leads his marketing strategies and his innovative marketing videos have gone ‘viral’. Michael is currently focussing on turning his fourth-place national award into a first and creating new, innovative businesses. Michael feels honoured by this nomination and maintains that Marlborough is blessed by numerous creative and ethical business people.