Ari has been an owner of advertising and marketing agencies in New Zealand for almost 30 years. He sold the business in 2008.
Since then apart from his involvement with Four Winds he has been involved with Export & Import Consultancy dealing mainly with the Nordic countries. He has also undertaken some Business Mentoring. Ari maintains a lifelong interest in sports & music. He is also a member of many professional organisations such as NZ-Scandinavian Business Association and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce as well as The Northern Club and The Carbine Club and a life member of Auckland Consular Corps. Ari has also been a long-term Honorary Consul-General for Finland and retired from this position on the 31st December 2017.
In 1995 the President of Finland awarded Ari 'A Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland' and in 2018 the President of Finland awarded Ari 'A Knight Commander of the Order of Lion of Finland', the first time this honour has been awarded to a recipient in the Southern Hemisphere.
Parker has spent over forty years in the hospitality industry involving off & on premise liquor plus hotel businesses. Parker has over twenty years involvement in the gaming industry having directed & managed five small gaming trusts principally in the South Auckland area some of which formed the base of Four Winds Foundation Ltd. Parker has been involved with a number of clubs in an administrative capacity including rugby, athletics & swimming, all sports he retains an interest in. Parker is now semi- retired and enjoys fishing at his seaside residence on the Coromandel.
Wayne has had past involvement with many NZ National Sporting teams such as NZ Softball, NZ Rugby League, NZ Dragon Boating and the NZ Summer Olympic & Commonwealth games teams. In 1990 Wayne was awarded the NZ Commemoration Medal for Services to New Zealand Sport
David’s extensive experience in hospitality includes 13 years with DB Breweries and as a Venue operator for over 22 years, a role which he and his wife (Sheryl) still have today. Also has worked in a large Gaming Society for 15 years in middle and senior management. As President of Taranaki Hospitality NZ since 2002, still currently holding this role. David is a strong advocate for the industry. David is Married with 2 adult children . A real passion for the Hospitality Sector, he can be contacted on 0274512042.
Randal has successfully owned and operated businesses and forged a successful club management and club consultancy career before moving into managing gaming operations. His background includes lengthy roles in sales, marketing, management and telecommunications. Since joining in 2015, Four Winds has experienced revenue growth on average year on year of over 8%, well in excess of the industry average, with further strong growth forecast. Randal has also been instrumental in transitioning Four Winds into a gaming society that has a professional customer service and stakeholder focus while also offering management services to others within the industry.
Janet brings 30 plus years dedicated professional hospitality experience including 20 plus years in the gaming sector. During this time Janet has built an extensive portfolio of knowledge in venue operations, staffing & employment expertise, harm prevention practices, stakeholder liaison, health & safety & liquor licensing to name a few. Janet has focused on developing and furthering close loyal working relationships with all stakeholders by providing professional quality service at all times and going the extra mile. Janet is passionate about local communities and community organisations, often devoting her valued time to further their development.
Mark commenced operations in the gaming industry back in 1999 and brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise. Mark has been additionally actively involved in parallel industries to the hospitality sector since 1972 affording him a wide range of key hospitality skills. Mark joined Four Winds Foundation in Business Development and has been Area Manager, Auckland for the last 7 years. His customers implicitly utilise Mark’s knowledge on a daily basis to manage and oversee their gaming operations to the highest level.
Kylie has been involved in leading finance teams within the gaming industry since 2009 and has earned a well deserved reputation as highly competent in all areas of financial administration. Kylie is a key part of the Four Winds management team and ensures that the daily routines of Four Winds operations, finances, venues and key stakeholders are undertaken in a professional and confident manner. Kylie is central to ensuring the efficiencies of the Four Winds model are maintained at all times.