Business Success Partner, Otago & Southland
Danny started his career as an accountant and later became a consultant with one of the big four accounting firms specialising in project management accounting and other business systems implementations. Danny has worked for startups to multinationals across the UK, Africa, Russia and India. Along the way he has on many occasions saved millions for a variety of organisations, his personal best being $27m cost savings on drilling operations in Russia.
Danny has long had a desire to help small to medium-sized businesses and is very happy to work with the Compass South ‘Business Success Programme’ as a structured way to improve business performance and especially the worklife balance of the owners, while also keeping his eyes open for other opportunities for significant improvement.
Danny has two school age daughters so knows first-hand the value of work-life balance. In his youth Danny was a karate champion and has always loved the martial arts. He likens karate to chess or dance but with “crunchy bits”. In his travels Danny has sought opportunities to “give something back” including financing a small orphanage in India after the tsunami and helping to fund an educational charity in Kenya.
Through the Compass South Business Diagnostic Tool I could see where to focus on my business to achieve a $200,000 plus improvement in profitability. That was achieved in the first year and since then we have achieved a further increase of that amount again through positive marketing and business growth. I can’t see us having done this without the guidance of our Compass South consultant.
For most of us, being in business isn’t a walk in the park. We found ourselves asking questions like ‘have we found our target market, is our pricing correct, what is our “big” picture and do we really understand the figures in financial reports and fully understand what they really mean’. So we went looking for a business coach - one who we could connect with and who could connect with us. Compass South ticked all the boxes and has been invaluable ever since. Their business knowledge and experience in business in vast – all backed up with facts and figures. They're also very patient and determined to help you succeed. Priceless…
We first started working with Compass South in July 2014. Our business was growing rapidly and we did not feel that we were in control. They worked with us to develop strategic and business plans so that our personal and business goals were understood and aligned with each other. They also worked with us to develop and implement systems and reporting to improve administration efficiency and staff productivity. Since we started working together, our business has more than doubled. Having someone independent with the skills and experience of Compass South sitting around our board table is proving invaluable.