What made you want to join Neon Hive?
Whilst studying Marketing and Digital Business at University I discovered my passion for using my creativity to help grow brands and give them a voice through digital platforms. The position at Neon Hive was a perfect fit for my career goals which is why I am sincerely excited about taking on this role! My second reason is the values and direction of the company and team. Jonathan is someone who is an extremely motivated and determined individual who has accomplished so much and I'm excited to be part of a team that is constantly aiming for the top.
What aspect of working with us are you most excited about?
The flexibility and diversity of the role would have to be the number one thing I’m most excited about. As every client is different, no one day will be the same. This will not only make the job interesting but also enable me to continuously learn and improve my professional skills and knowledge.
Describe your personality in three words.
I’d have to say... determined, reliable and analytical.
Who in your life inspires you?
Multiple people in my life inspire me for different reasons! To make this a ‘today thing’ I'll focus on career, with my dad being my biggest inspiration. He hitchhiked around the world for seven years and came back to New Zealand with no degree, no job, and no partner. Fast-forward to now, he’s a husband, father of 4 kids and a part-owner of CopierWorld. The business has done extremely well, with winning multiple dealer-of-the-year awards and becoming a leading player in the photocopying industry. I strongly believe that I got my work ethic from him and have picked up a few of his favourite sayings, with my favourite being:
“Every stranger can teach you something, so be open and always willing to learn”
What’s the last book you read?
I recently finished Way of the Wolf by Jordan Belfort which was in fact recommended to me by Jonathan who has a collection of books that I’m hoping to continue to chip away at. The book demonstrates the importance of sales skills, whether it’s in work or your personal life and was full of great tips and tricks. I love these types of books as they are not only inspiring and motivating, but also a way of self improvement.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us?
I have been to China five times, and in total spent approximately six months living there. The first trip to China was due to an opportunity to represent New Zealand in an international competition three years ago. After competing I ended up making multiple great connections and travelled back for reasons such as contracts, judging, and marketing jobs.
Who would you most like to swap places with for the day and why?
Okay, I can’t pick between these two.
- Gary Vaynerchuk’s assistant (who is an entrepreneur, speaker, hustler). I know you’re thinking, ‘why assistant?!’ But Gary is an extremely inspiring and insightful person who I’d be eager to spend the day with to learn and gain knowledge from.
- Jeff Bezos (founder, CEO and president of Amazon). After Forbes published that Jeff’s net worth is 131 billion, I’d lock him in as being a tempting option. Then the next day’s headlines would read ‘Jeff Bezos gives huge donation to an unknown person.” I’d then be financially set for life.
Lastly, and most importantly, how do you take your coffee?
Oh, I love a VERY hot cappuccino… The bigger the better!
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Since founding Neon Hive in 2015, Jonathan continues to work passionately on both client and agency-side projects. With extensive industry experience and two first class honours bachelor degrees across finance and computer science, Jonathan brings a strategic and results driven mindset to helping clients transform and grow.