TAKE YOUR BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Elevate, an event series presented by the Taupō Business Chamber is back this year with more incredible speakers!

Elevate will be held on Tuesday, 30th March 2021, and we’re excited to announce our awesome speakers for the latest Elevate event!

Harry Mowbray
Entrepreneur and Founder of Zuru Toys
From Waikato to the world. Hear Harry tell his amazing story about how one family took a school project and built one of the largest toy companies in the world.  After helping his 10-year old son Mathew develop a model hot air balloon which won a number of competitions and science fairs, Guru Toys (Later changed to Zuru) was born. Balloons were shipped around the world while Mathew was at St Peters. Now two of Harry’s sons and daughter run one of the world’s largest toy companies, Zuru Toys, which is based in China, employs 5,500 people and 13,500 permanent contractors.

Suzanne Paul  
Inspirational Speaker

Inspirational speaker Suzanne Paul came from the working class poverty of Wolverhampton in 1991 with just $18 in her pocket and a lot of determination to succeed.  Armed only with her infectious optimism and incredible sales skills, she went on to build the country’s most successful direct marketing company, developing and selling such iconic products as Natural Glow and the Suzanne Clip.

Elevate is free for Taupō Business Chamber members and employees, $59+gst for non-members.

Light refreshments supplied prior to event.

 

 

About Harry Mowbray 
Entrepreneur and Founder of Zuru Toys 

Harry Mowbray was born and educated in Hamilton and completed a Bachelor of Science at Waikato University. While he was there he distracted himself buying and working on cars and motorcycles. He graduated debt-free and the owner of a late model, Mark 2 Jaguar and multiple motorcycles.

Not long after, while working at Kinleith Pulp and Paper mill, he co-built a house, established a pine plantation and purchased a run-down farm. An engineering and consulting company in the Pulp and Paper industry followed. This entrepreneurial spirit led him years later to buy and develop the derelict Matangi Dairy Factory, which now houses 28 businesses.

It also rubbed off on Harry’s children. After helping his 10-year old son Mathew develop a model hot air balloon which won a number of competitions and science fairs, Guru Toys (Later changed to Zuru) was born. Balloons were shipped around the world while Mathew was at St Peters. Now two of Harry’s sons and daughter run one of the world’s largest toy companies, Zuru Toys, which is based in China, employs 5,500 people and 13,500 permanent contractors.

In 2004 Harry and his son Andrew developed pay wave system for festivals and called the company AWOP, another success story.  Meanwhile, Harry now runs one of NZ's largest organic dairy farms in Tokoroa and is one of the founding farmers in the new organic dairy farming co-operative, The Organic Dairy Hub.

 

About Suzanne Paul  
Inspirational Speaker

Inspirational speaker Suzanne Paul came from Wolverhampton in 1991 with just $18 in her pocket and a lot of determination. She went on to build the country’s most successful direct marketing company, Prestige Marketing, developing and selling such products as Natural Glow and the Suzanne Clip.

Just five years later, armed only with her infectious optimism and incredible sales skills she sold the company and became one of the country’s much loved personalities and keynote speakers, with her own TV shows and also taking out the Dancing with the Stars title in 2007.

In 2005, at 50 years of age, Suzanne lost everything and was declared bankrupt soon after. Instead of giving up, which she felt like doing many times, Suzanne started again with nothing and even with no previous knowledge of the industry, successfully launched a range of clothes for short women, called Suzanne Paul Petite.

shows how anyone can turn their dreams into reality. And has recently launched a motivational course designed to help people improve their lives and achieve their goals.

Suzanne draws on her own unique background and experience to inspire and motivate others, in an entertaining & energetic presentation. Her ability to make people laugh as a motivational speaker is second to none and she draws on her many hilarious life experiences.

Everyone that hears her keynote, are filled with enthusiasm, passion and determination to succeed, and she gives them the skills they’ll need to keep going, when things get tough!

Date:
Tuesday, 30th March, 2021
Time:
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location:
Great Lake Centre Theatre, 5 Story Place, Taupo 3330
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