The Big Cheese with The Orange Group chief executive Tony Gardner

The Big Cheese with The Orange Group chief executive Tony Gardner
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The Big Cheese with The Orange Group chief executive Tony Gardner

The Big Cheese with The Orange Group chief executive Tony Gardner
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The great thing about my job is… The people I work with and the work we create as a team. I love that everything we create is an experience.

The challenge for industry is … Evolution. Encouraging clients to explore and use new ideas, technology and knowledge. Events no longer need to exist at one time in one place. Now they can exist over an extended period of time, be more deeply engaging at their peak, and have stronger legacy benefits for the client.

My greatest achievement is … Personally, my family. It’s love, and some work, but you learn so much about life and yourself that it has to be a great achievement in anyone’s life. Professionally, my growing ability to help others, and so organisations, succeed.

The biggest thing in MICE this year will be… How well the NZ market embraces the opportunities to create multi-dimensional experiences rather than time and place-bound events. If we explore and succeed here our domestic and international markets will grow more quickly.

I try to relax by … Playing with my kids, going to the gym, taking photos, climbing a mountain or going sailing.

I don’t understand why … There hasn’t been more regulatory change as a result of the GFC.

Currently the album playing on my iPod  is … Bowie.

My favourite venue is… The outdoors.

I am scared to death of … An empty fridge.

I can’t live without … My dreams.

Blackberry or iPhone… iPhone, although Samsung is making technically superior phones and I’ll own one very soon.

I really wish I had … A mint 1992 Saab convertible.

If I could invite four people to a dinner party, they’d be… Martin Sorrell, Mikhail Gorbachev, Charlize Theron and my wife.

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