Vivian Bryant – Director & MD

A Graphic Designer by trade, Vivian established Brand Spanking in the spare room of a Ponsonby flat in 2002. She has been the constant force in the agency’s evolution and has garnered widespread respect from both clients and industry peers over the last 15 years. Today she retains a major shareholding, heads up key client accounts including 2degrees, Independent Liquor, Lindt and ANZCO Foods, as well as contributing to the industry’s development as an active member of the CAANZ PRESCOM (PR, Experiential and Social Committee) and judge in a variety of awards ceremonies.

Outside of work, Vivian raises two young children with her husband Nathan and now lives back in Ponsonby, where it all started. Her past life includes a six-year stint in Japan and stunt work in films and television shows such as King Kong and Xena.

Jeremy Hunt – Director & CFO

Jeremy merged his campus marketing operation into Brand Spanking in 2004 and continues to hold a major stake in the agency. As well as being Brand Spanking’s CFO he oversees major accounts including Frucor, L’Oréal and Cottonsoft, and takes a particular interest in sponsorship work for clients like Gatorade. At an industry level, he was the Treasurer of EMANZ (the Experiential Marketing Association of NZ) for many years and has judged awards such as the EFFIES and the NZ Radio Awards.

Jeremy moved to Havelock North in 2010 and now spends 2-3 days per week in Auckland, leaving wife Christina and three children in “the Bay” to enjoy the sunshine and lack of traffic. Dig deep into his past and you’ll find everything from a degree in Swedish to time spent lecturing corporate strategy at the University of Auckland Business School.

Mark Pickering – Director & Creative Strategist

Mark joined Brand Spanking as a shareholder and Director in 2016 via a merger with Fluxx, the agency he owned previously. Over the past 20 years he has worked on some of the world’s biggest brands in both the UK and NZ, creating, planning and delivering award-winning experiential, event and sponsorship leverage campaigns. Current clients include the Building & Construction Industry Training Organisation, Panasonic and the Industry Training Federation. Vice Chair of the CAANZ PRESCom (PR, Experiential and Social Committee), Mark is passionate about promoting best practice in experiential marketing via public speaking appointments and workshops. He also regularly judges at the Axis, Beacons and EFFIE Awards. 

Outside the office, Mark is an avid enthusiast for both vintage aircraft and vinyl, equally at home tending to warbird aircraft at Ardmore as he is on the decks in a bar. Go way back in time and you’ll find he even spent time at the front of a high school classroom teaching history.

Anna Hall – Account Director

Anna joined Brand Spanking in March 2017 after returning from London where she worked for JWT for three years, most recently as an Account Director on the HSBC and WWF accounts. Before leaving NZ she was at Ogilvy in Wellington from 2010 – 2013, on accounts such as Kiwibank, Holden and Countdown. Anna has quickly become a highly valued member of the management team and currently plays a key role on accounts including Independent Liquor, L’Oréal and Cerebos Gregg’s.   

Schooled in the Waikato and with a Comms and Design degree from Massey Uni, Anna has a passion for international travel and a creative side that is already making its presence felt on our office decor. Vivian and Jeremy in particular were pleased to welcome another avid enthusiast for a good G&T to the team.

Sepi Sadeghi – Senior Account Manager

Sepi joined us at the end of 2016 after a couple of years in the US working for Street Team as an Account Manager where she developed and managed acquisition and engagement marketing campaigns for over 50 ambassador programs for some of the most popular music festivals in the world. Prior to that Sepi was Events and Sponsorship Manager for Skinny Mobile for two years, looking after dozens of sponsorships with events, athletes and influencers, and before that an Account Manager at Juice TV. 

Now working with us on clients including Logitech, Frucor and Cottonsoft, Sepi was once invited to be a BMX back flip stunt girl for Nitro Circus Live! However, when she broke her finger at Travis Pastrana’s house pulling a wedgie, it was clear that fate had other plans for her. 

Courtney Brown – Talent Booker

Courtney oversees our Auckland-based talent and is a key point of contact for our regional coordinators in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. She literally crossed the road in mid-2016 after spending two years at KAM Models and Talent as their Senior Talent Booker. Prior to that she completed a Bachelor of Communications at AUT. 

She has two dogs who have yet to grace the office with their presence and loves spending her spare time outdoors, with trips to Great Barrier a particular favourite.

Courtney Mackie – Account Executive

Courtney hit the ground running in January 2017 on accounts including Frucor, Independent Liquor and Cottonsoft. Prior to that she gained a year’s experience as an Account Exec at MetroEXP working on activations for clients including Ford, McDonalds and Disney. Before MetroEXP Courtney earned her stripes in both promotions and sales roles at MediaWorks after studying Radio Broadcasting.

An avid waterfall hunter when time allows for long walks, Courtney is also a dab hand (foot?) on the dance floor with many years of Jazz, Hiphop and Salsa experience to her name.

Abbie Clough – Account Executive

Having gained experience as a brand ambassador with SPUR, Engage and Phenomenon while completing her degree in International Business, Marketing and Commercial Law at Vic Uni, Abbie knew the drill when she made the move to a client service role. Her administration skills had also been honed by working at Jeremy’s old school, 20 years after his departure of course, as an office assistant. She now works on the Independent Liquor, L’Oréal and Logitech accounts.

Outside of work Abbie has a passion to endorse a healthy lifestyle for herself, family and friends, and enjoys going to the gym and being involved in a variety of outdoor sports.

Harriet Hughes – Account Executive

Another recent graduate from Vic Uni, Harriet joined us after completing her degree in Marketing and International Business. Her varied work experience while studying stand her in good stead for the range of tasks required of our AEs, with everything from designing and crafting technical documentation for a medical specialist software app to teaching dance and nannying on her CV. Harriet’s clients include Lindt, ANZCO Foods and Dole.

Now that she’s in full-time employment Harriet hopes to find time to continue pursuing her interests in travelling, cooking and skiing. 

Liam Baker – Warehouse Coordinator

The announcement of Liam’s role was viewed by some of our team as the best Christmas present they received in 2016. Liam now shoulders much of the responsibility for our warehouse and logistics operations meaning our Account Executives all now burn less calories than previously with their trips up and down the stairs down 63.7% on last year. 

Outside of work, Liam enjoys a good movie and we’re still trying to decide if he’s pulling our leg when he says he demolishes a whole packet of a chocolate biscuit brand that shall remain nameless for breakfast when the mood takes him.

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