2019 Business Person of the Year Nominations

Jeff Fulton – Co-owner, The Vines Village

Jeff Fulton is a wine tourism and hospitality owner, co-owner of the Vines Village and Vines Village Cafe in Rapaura Road, Marlborough.

With a Master's degree in Forestry Science his love of landscaping and design has been put to good use in the evolving hub of the Marlborough wine industry, with The Vines Village winning best Commercial Garden twice from Garden Marlborough. In 2016, he took over the Vines Village Cafe which won the 2018 Hospitality NZ nationwide award for ‘Best Environmental/Sustainable Business’, the 2019 Cawthron Marlborough Environmental Award and in August won Best Cafe in the 2019 Wild Tomato Dine Out Awards.

Jeff is a cycling advocate demonstrated by establishing the Ride The Golden Mile Food and Wine Cycle Trail. In 2017 he established Golden Mile Brewing, New Zealand’s only dedicated ‘cycling beer’. In May 2019, with his brother and business partner Tim, they opened the GMB Taproom for tasting beer and gin. This came soon after opening Marlborough’s first dedicated commercial gin distillery with Elemental Distillers, which produces the boutique Roots Dry Gin.

This year has seen the opening of their new deli partnering with local food producers such as Taylor Pass Honey, Appleby Farms A2 Ice Cream and many other local food heroes.

 Andy Rowe – Chief Executive Officer, Cuddon Limited 

Andy has been the CEO at engineering firm Cuddon for the past 13 years. Cuddon is a diversified ISO9001 accredited business of 70 staff that has been on the Marlborough scene for over 80 years. Cuddon covers engineering fabrication, water engineering, refrigeration and air conditioning, and the design and manufacture of unique freeze drying equipment.

Andy has a 30-year background in aviation engineering, both in defence and civil sectors. He also has governance experience across the tertiary education sector with NMIT Polytechnic Council, local and national sport organisations, and a wealth of experience across a range of voluntary community organisations in Marlborough.



Tony de Reeper – Director, Wallace Diack Chartered Accountants

One of two directors at Wallace Diack Chartered Accountants, Tony balances his time between leading and developing the practice and working closely with a number of clients enabling them to look at company growth, expansion, restructuring or optimum time to sell.

Living in Blenheim for 19 years, Tony has seen a huge change in the region with the horticulture sector moving from fruit trees to grape vines, wineries producing iconic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the aquaculture sector’s growth and development with mussels, clams, and salmon farming, and tourism now being Marlborough’s largest export market.

Over these years Tony has spent time in the community in the following positions:
• a founding trustee of Marlborough College Charitable Foundation
• a chartered member of the Institute of Directors
• a former president of Marlborough Chamber of Commerce
• a former chairman of Marlborough Boys’ College Board of Trustees
• a former trustee of the Rata Foundation.