- Co-founder Colenso BBDO
- Co-founder Hutcheson Knowles Marinkovich
Mike co-founded leading advertising agencies; Colenso BBDO and Hutcheson Knowles Marinkovich, and culminated his advertising career in Auckland as Managing Director of Saatchi and Saatchi.
He was also a director of a family building company and in the early 80’s set up Replica Homes, with franchises throughout New Zealand
In 2003 he launched The Lighthouse Ideas Company and in 2008 he helped undertake a management buyout of Image Centre Group; multi-channel communications company, with interests in digital and offset printing, publishing, video-production, retail advertising and web development. He also set up Scarborough Fair, a Fair Trade organic coffee and tea marketing company, planted Lonely Cow vineyard on Waiheke, and has interests in a wine distribution company operating through Nashville, Tennessee.
Mike has written four books, and has been a regular television guest and commentator. He writes an Innovation column for Idealog magazine. In 2012 he was named Business Columnist of the Year in the Magazine Publisher’s Awards. He is an Adjunct Professor at Auckland University of Technology and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has a Master of Philosophy degree (with 1st Class Honours) his thesis was on the alchemy of innovation in New Zealand business.
M. +64 21 466 733