By NZHJ April 30, 2018 Industry news

To give prospective entrants a taste of who will be evaluating their talents, here are snapshots of 2018’s panel of judges.

Their independence, experience and invaluable insights add much to the credibility of our industry awards programme! Starting with our newest judge…

Craig RobertsonCraig is an established executive leader with 20+ years’ experience coaching and developing large national teams. He has led customer centric sales and service programmes to transform and provide a consistent customer experience for Briscoe Group, NZ Post, Telecom and Noel Leeming in General Management positions.

Throughout 2017 Craig provided Executive Consultancy for Red Cross NZ. He ran the national retail network and transformed its retail operations as part of the strategic retail blueprint initiative he was integral in developing.

Craig has now moved into a CEO role with Bikes International which holds the agencies and distribution rights for many world famous bicycle brands and accessories. His role also encompasses all management responsibilities across the Bike Barn chain owned by Bikes International.

Peter CoxPeter’s knowledge of and insights into the financial and operational aspects of the hardware industry have formed the backbone of NZ Hardware Journal’s “Money Matters” columns for many years. As a long-time Hardware Awards supporter, he brings this accumulated knowledge to bear at the “sharp end” of the judging process.

Jonathan ElmsJonathan is the programme leader of Massey University's Bachelor of Retail & Business Management and the Founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Retail Studies. He is also a regular national and international keynote speaker on retail change, consumer behaviour, strategy and innovation.

Trish McLeanTrish is the founder and CEO of the highly regarded RWR Group of specialist recruitment agencies. With her strong entrepreneurial flair, Trish is a fan of the retail industry and a passionate advocate of retailing as a career and has been an advisor to Service IQ and AUT.

Craig Wilson – As the former CEO of Mitre 10 NZ, Craig definitely has skin in the game. He’s credited during his tenure with leading the cooperative towards a new strategy, structure and new national standards, not to mention the launch of MEGA. After several years as CEO of Foodstuffs Wellington, these days he is Director at Peter Robinson Paving & Concrete.

Jeremy WilsonAfter more than a decade in recruitment, Jeremy started his own company, Build People, in 2012. Initially specialising in sales reps and managers in building supplies and hardware, the business has evolved to encompass executive, sales, marketing and ops roles specific to the building industry. Having interviewed 3,500 sales reps in the building industry, Jeremy brings a unique level of experience to the judging panel.

Last but not least our two “in-house” judges for the 2018 programme are Steve Bohling (left) – Group Editor of NZ Hardware Journal for the last 9 years – and Group Sales Manager Martin Griffiths (right) with his 20+ years’ experience in B2B publishing and the hardware channel.

Visit www.hardwarejournal.co.nz/awards/awards-2018/ for full information on the 2018 Hardware Awards programme.

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