SALES & MANAGEMENT

 
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Martin Farrand

owner

Martin started his career at the Herald as an apprentice lithographer (offset printer), completing his apprentice in 1973, he left that year to start an OE around the pacific. The sailing saw him meeting the previous owner of Forbes, when delivering Colin Forbes yacht ‘Rainbird’ from Fort Lauderdale to New Zealand. Following this Martin became a sales Rep for Colin in 1977. Martin Bought the company in 1987 and has developed it to where it is today. Martin is still a passionate sailor, however he also enjoys flying light aircraft among other leisure activities.

 

 

Kim Blignaut

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Kim emigrated from Zimbabwe in 2000 and joined the Forbes team in 2005. While she describes herself as a ‘jack of all, master of none’ around here we all know that she is highly competent in her roles as admin or office manager, which is largely accounts based, also with a focus on human resources. This is Kim’s first job in the packaging industry and she loves it.

“Every day is different and I love dealing with the wide range of personalities which keeps my job fun and interesting.”

Kim professes to live for the summer, not only for sunshine but also because it means rugby is finished and ‘real’ sport starts. Cricket! She follows the Black Caps loyally and is an avid supporter of the Northern Knights in domestic cricket. She is also passionate about theater and tries to see as many shows as she can.

kim@forbespack.co.nz

021 045 9753  |  DDI: 09 414 9459

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Working with the clients from concept stage right through to seeing the product in the market place is what gives you the satisfaction of a job well done.
— ROBERT LYE
 
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Robert Lye

national sales manager

Robert started his career as a paper merchant starting out in a customer service role before moving into a sales role. After seven years, he joined a small packaging company before joining up with Forbes Enterprises in 1989. The challenge back then was to diversify the companies customer base from mainly cosmetic industry packaging, to clients from all industries looking to use cardboard packaging.

Growing the customer base of Forbes Packaging has meant bringing clients on board for the long haul, which is reflected in the majority of our clients who have been with us for a number of years.

robert@forbespack.co.nz

021 635 482  |  DDI: 09 414 9451

 

 

John Crothers

OPERATIONS MANAGER

John is a trade qualified offset printer. He has worked in the printing industry his entire working life- bar a two year stint managing motels. John has ten years of production management experience under his belt, and can also boast 14 years experience in the packaging industry. He has also owned and operated his own printing company for twelve years. His earliest introduction to Forbes Packaging saw John working for the original Colin Forbes in the 1980’s.

john@forbespack.co.nz

0274 985 539 I  DDI: 09 414 9458

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I have found the changes in technology have helped us at Forbes to keep up with the high demand for quality and delivery expected by our customers.
— JOHN CROTHERS
 
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Eva Farrand

director

Eva joined the Forbes team at the close of 2011 after achieving a post graduate degree at Auckland University. Since then she has held a variety of roles in the business and now tends to focus on strategic projects.

eva@forbespack.co.nz

09 414 6690  |  DDI: 09 414 9454

 

 

Sue Barr

business development manager
- auckland, northland, waikato to taupo and hawkes bay

Sue joined Forbes in 2001 to undertake a customer services and estimating role. Forbes saw Sue’s potential with existing clients and within 18months Sue was slipped into the role as Account Manager servicing the Auckland area. Sue says she enjoys the interaction with clients and their graphic designers and maintaining longstanding working relationships.

sue@forbespack.co.nz

021 363 988  |  DDI: 09 414 9455

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Jono Botting_desat.jpgJono Botting  BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - AUCKLAND AND SOUTH ISLAND  Jono joined Forbes mid 2014 after arriving home from 18months of backpacking the through Asia, India, Eastern Europe and South America. Jono grew up heavily involved in his fathers packaging business, which exposed him to the packaging world from early on. From running flexo presses and slitters to running the warehouse; it was a good insight into the world of print and packaging.After a year stint of working on a large farm in Germany, a degree at Otago University, and a 4 year account management role in the pressure sensitive flexo label Industry; he is now ready for a new challenge in this exciting packaging industry. Outside of work, Jono is an avid hunter and fisherman, and if he’s not working or outdoors you’ll find him watching rugby or cricket.  deborah@forbespack.co.nz  022 123 4680  |  DDI: 09 414 9456

Jono Botting

business development manager
- auckland and south island

Jono joined Forbes mid 2014 after arriving home from 18months of backpacking through Asia, India, Eastern Europe and South America. Jono grew up heavily involved in his fathers packaging business, which exposed him to the packaging world from early on. From running flexo presses and slitters to running the warehouse; it was a good insight into the world of print and packaging. After a year stint of working on a large farm in Germany, a degree at Otago University, and a 4 year account management role in the pressure sensitive flexo label Industry; he is now ready for a new challenge in this exciting packaging industry. Outside of work, Jono is an avid hunter and fisherman, and if he’s not working or outdoors you’ll find him watching rugby or cricket.

jono@forbespack.co.nz

022 123 4680  |  DDI: 09 414 9456

 

 

 

Deon Stenton

business development manager  
- AUCKLAND, bay of plenty, wellington AND LOWER NORTH ISLAND

Deon comes to us with over 20 years’ experience within the Corporate Branding Consultancy Sector. His vision and passion is to always deliver products and services to meet his clients expectations and exceed them Wherever possible. His philosophy is to stay positive and if you can’t see the light at the end of your tunnel “ then go and light it yourself” Deon thrives when surrounded by positive likeminded people and loves building long term partnerships. He is very passionate about being with his children in the great outdoors whether its camping, fishing or finding a new adventure somewhere they haven’t been in New Zealand that his missed his radar and find a way to do it!

deon@forbespack.co.nz

022 010 2721  |  DDI: 09 414 9450

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Deborah Clark

CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SALES SUPPORT

Deborah joined Forbes in 2013 as Customer Service/Sales Support. She has extensive experience in a wide range of industries, from construction through to media. She enjoys the variety of work at Forbes with no two days being the same, and is enjoying being involved in developing and growing the customer service/sales support roles.Life outside of Forbes is busy with family (two teenagers) and friends, theatre, concerts, gardening.

deborah@forbespack.co.nz

09 414 6690  |  DDI: 09 414 9457

 

 

Sasha Lim

CUSTOMER SERVICEs and sales support

Sasha is our newest CSR and has over 10 years’ experience in customer services. She has also come from a previous packaging company who specialized in labels, which has given her a vast knowledge and experience in the printing industry. Sasha is also a qualified graphic designer and has a passion for food, where she loves trying new places to eat.

sasha@forbespack.co.nz

09 414 6690  |  DDI: 09 4149454

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