Enthusiasm is nothing without talent. We've got both. Check out these guys and tell us that they won't be the perfect ad-on to your album collection.
Chief Inspiration Officer
Album name: Rainmakers, Caretakers, Matchmakers
Mike has 20 years experience working across various industries as Vice President of Marketing Levi Strauss and Co, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Managing Director of Levi Strauss and Co. SA, Marketing Director of Brandhouse, Strategic Marketing Director at Ogilvy & Mather RSTM and Marketing Development director for Computicket. He serves as an Executive Trustee of Project Literacy, an NGO dedicated to Adult Basic Education and is also a past Chairperson. He is Chairperson of Society for Family Health (SFH) and a board director of the KWV and the Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC) and has served on the boards of the Levi Strauss Foundation based in San Francisco, the Treatment Action Campaign’s HIV/ AIDS Treatment Project and the Marketing Federation of South Africa as past chairman of the Western Cape. In 2006 he was awarded the Sunday Times/Markinor “South African Marketing Person of the Year”. Mike founded the BRANDSROCK GROUP in September 2009.
Album name: Final Countdown
Nicky is a BCom Accounting graduate from UCT and a CA(SA) with a very impressive track record. She has worked for Price Waterhouse and has spent almost 14 years with Levi Strauss & Company where she held the positions of Finance Director, Brand Director: Levi's, General Manager & Brand Director: Dockers. She has also enjoyed the challenges & rewards of managing a small retail business. As a valuable member of our Exec Team, she brings a rock solid understanding of finance and the commercial processes needed to manage them. With a quiet, but determined 'can do' attitude, she also brings a calm discipline to the creative energy at BRANDSROCK.
Album name: End Of The Line
Helga is a Vega Communications School Graduate and has had a colourful career path before joining us. She started off in DTP and moved on to package design before gaining serious experience in operations. Her production knowledge and operational sensibilities makes her a rock-solid force behind the management of our production & traffic. She manages the work flow between Studio, client service and production suppliers with a meticulous eye for detail and deadlines.
Creative Director & Senior Copywriter
Album Name: Write here. Write now.
Lauren graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with an Honours degree in English Literature. Armed with an 'exotic' Souf Effricen accent she moved to New York City where she managed to land a job as a junior receptionist in a busy Manhattan communications agency. One thing led to another and within couple of weeks she was writing copy for the creative department. Lauren has since worked for various TTL agencies in London, Johannesburg and Cape Town. In June 2011 she completed a Masters in Media Theory and Practice at the University of Cape Town and for the past three years she has been a part-time advertising lecturer in the UCT Media department. Lauren has an impressive list of previous clients that includes BMW, Shell, Volkswagen, Renault, Michelin and Samsung to name just a few.
Album Name: Hip in the Zone
Roy has over 18 years experience and a proven track record in digital innovation and strategy. From satellites - Alcatel Regional Director for 8 years negotiating 85% of all international sports feeds in and out of SA, to telecoms - sole private Telkom bandwidth provider, to mobile - Marketing Director of Orion Telecom and Cellular, to WIFI - Founder and majority shareholder in SA's largest free WIFI provider, HipZone™. Roy is a valued member of the BRANDSROCK Exec and helps ensure we always deliver innovative and relevant digital and social media strategies.
Group Project Director
Album name: Automatic for the People
Rudy joined the BrandsRock Executive Team after 17 years solid experience in marketing and advertising. Armed with marketing qualifications from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Damelin and Shell SA, he has worked for the Cape Town Olympic Bid Committee, Octagon Sport Management, Berry Bush BBDO and King James Advertising before joining Shell SA on client side where he was Sponsorship & Communications Manager - Sub Saharan Africa and Brand & Communications Manager for Lubricants. Rudy then started and ran his own advertising agency, Speak Advertising & Design for 4 years before joining the Stellenbosch University Sport Performance Institute as Head of Marketing in 2011. He now heads up BrandsRock's client portfolio as Group Project Director.
Album Name: Sweet Six String
Louise is a UCT graduate with a Bachelor of Business Science, obtained with an honours & distinction in marketing. After an internship with Ogilvy Cape Town, she headed to the USA where she worked for Fender Guitars to endorse their new guitar range for women.Back in Cape Town she joined Ogilvy again where she became Account Director and over a couple of years there she worked on the Media 24, Sissy Boy, Volkswagen & SAB – Castle Lager accounts. For the past year and a half, Louise has worked for the Shuttleworth foundation's HIP2B² as Brand Manager where she was accountable for the management of all brand activities for HIP2B². All this and she pursues a successful music career performing regularly and creating musical magic along the way. Yip, you guessed it, another bona fide, SAMA nominated Rock Star in our midst.
Album Name: New York State of Mind
Elizora travelled the globe for 15 years as an international model working for big names in fashion like Moschino, Kenzo and Magazines like Marie Claire, ID and Cosmopolitan. She called New York her home for 10 years where she designed and owned her own fashion label that was worn by the likes of Heidi Klum. Elizora was BRANDSROCK's first employee when as an experienced all-rounder, she made sure that our office was run like a well-oiled machine. She also looked after the 'boss' as his Executive Assistant for the first 3 years. A tireless perfectionist with a razor sharp eye for detail, Eli has earned her wings as a great Project Leader. After a well deserved promotion, she is now a much valued member of the Project Management Executive team.
Album Name: Filthy Deeds, Sterile Executions.
Rudi sports a well deserved BA from Vega. In addition to managing projects for BRANDSROCK with passion and energy, he also co-writes, composes for and manages his band - Ashtray Electric. As a skilled writer, he has also delivered opinion pieces for the Mail & Guardian and Cosmopolitan. He passionately believes that consumers DO NOT speak boardroom. He is a valued Strategist in our team and also Project Manages some of our lifestyle clients. Talk about a 'Rockstar', Rudi is the real deal.
Head of amp ACTIVATIONS
Album Name: All Along The Watchtower
Gareth completed his BComm at Stellenbosch University in 2009 where he majored in Marketing, Financial Management & Entrepreneurship. This, together with his certificate in Internet Marketing through UCT, has equipped him well to take on the BRANDSROCK activation division where he now heads up amp Activations. Having cut his teeth on promoter bookings, training and activation management, this young man is destined for great things.
Project Manager (Johannesburg)
Album name: Blonde Ambition
12 years of traveling around the world as a top professional model and entrepreneur has equipped Liza with the necessary people skills to manage even the toughest client demands with a smile. Armed with an infectious 'Can Do' attitude, Liza heads up Project Management for in our Jozie office for all our national clients.
Project Manager (Johannesburg)
Album name: Cross the Heartland
Funeka is our guy in Jozie. With studies in Grahic & Web Design under his belt, Funi manages our BRANDSROCK client activations in Gauteng. He is also on point to assist with project managing clients like Puma, Reckitt Benckiser and Brandhouse. Funeka is building a strong career in marketing, watch him go & grow.
Album Name: Sister Sister
Lelani obtained a B Com degree at UNISA, majoring in Marketing Management. Besides a mind for business she has a creative side and is a vocalist in the band "TATUM" and also co-writes the songs with her twin sister, Leandi. She is also a session vocalist and song writer. She has a passion for all things melodic and starting out as an intern she has grown into a competent young Project Manager at BRANDSROCK.
Album Name: Duets
Leandi obtained her B Com in marketing management through UNISA, which says something about her self-discipline and good work ethic. She and twin sister, Lelani are the vocalists for Cape Town rock band, "TATUM". They also co-write all the songs. As a session vocalist she has done voice overs for many advertisements and fronts a jazz band every now and then. Thrilled to have started her career as an Intern at BRANDSROCK, she is now a Project Manager at the beginning of great things.
Album Name: Boogie Down Productions
Serildeen joins us fresh from a ten-year stint as Technical Product Manager with KWV. Having worked in various managerial capacities at well-known Winelands institutions for most of her life, she boasts a broad skill set that includes everything from new product development to printing and production. She draws from her extensive experience to provide invaluable technical input and is known throughout the industry for her timeous and cost effective product delivery that always remains true to client expectations. We are ecstatic to have this capable lady as part of the BRANDSROCK team.
Album name: Movin' On Up
Hailing from KZN, Jovana knew early on that the world of advertising was her game, which led her to complete a Post Graduate Management Programme in Marketing and Advertising Communications at Red & Yellow in Cape Town back in 2009. Since then she has gained valuable industry experience and has furthered her skills at Truworths and YDE. We are happy to have her passionate and bubbly personality in the BRANDSROCK mix.
Album name: Climbing The Ladder
Shanaaz graduated from the University of the Western Cape with an Honors degree in Management. She started as a BRANDSROCK activator in 2010 and has excelled in representing our top clients through promotions and brand activation. She joined our team as Project Co-ordinator and has grown into a very competent Project Manager. Dedicated and driven, this sassy young lady manages her activation projects with an iron fist in a velvet glove.
Album name: The Money Game
Shariefa is no ordinary accountant. This outgoing and approachable young lady takes her work very seriously. Being quite a stickler for controls, she takes great care when adding value to our financial systems and processes. She skillfully navigates everything from supplier processing & recons to payroll setup. No wonder she has been so successful in her roles in the finance departments of previous employers.
Album Name: Detail Diva
Justine has great admin skills which she has honed in a number of detail intensive work environments. She is responsible for our debtors and in this role she excels in managing cost estimates to following up on payments. All that and always willing to help out when the pressure is on.
Album Name: Stone Roses
A UK graduate in Hotel and Catering Management, James first arrived in South Africa in 1996 having spent several years as a teacher and professional sailor. Building on his qualifications and the remarkable experience he gained from his global adventures, James spent his next 10 years building an enduring Cape Town based entertainment brand, the portfolio of which included restaurants, bars, nightclubs and an country-wide events company. Since 2006 James has been busy developing his consultancy company, operating both in Kenya and Europe. His African clients range from world renowned bush lodge's to a premier East African aviation company, while in the UK his past projects have included a sustainable private/public funded iconic live performance space in Notting Hill through to innovative boutique hospitality solutions for private country estates.
Album Name: Everything all the time
Over the last 10 years, Al has had a colourful career gaining solid experience in many different sectors. Working with iconic global brands in FMCG, Clothing and Tourism has equipped him well to join the BRANDSROCK project managment team. He has also had the opportunity to live as well as do business in most parts of Sub-Saharan Africa giving him valuable insights into the continent. Alan is in the process of completing a Marketing Diploma with the IMM. He loves music and has been known to knock out a tune on occasion.
Album name: Run The World
Badanile completed her Diploma in Marketing at the IMM School of Marketing in 2012 and is currently studying BBA part-time. She also holds a Diploma in International Hotel Management with Varsity College. Budz has cut her teeth on client service through internships at various well-known Hotels. Elegant & determined, she is a valued new member of the BrandsRock Project Management team.
Album name: Dancing in the Rain
Lienkie earned her wings as a Project Manager after a successful internship at BrandsRock. She obtained her BComm Management Science (Marketing and Accounting) degree at the University of Stellenbosch after which she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing & Advertising Communication Management from the Red & Yellow School in 2012. Confident, clever and not afraid of hard work, this BrandsRocker is going places.
Album Name: Milli Chilly
From calling and booking promoters to managing our promotional storeroom, Milli is responsible for making sure that all promotional gear and clothing is issued, collected and returned on time for each of our promotions and activations. In addition to this, she also makes a mean chicken burger and regularly treats us to 'Milli's Kitchen'.
Album Name: More Than Words
Anna-Bet originally joined BRANDSROCK as Executive Assistant and Office Manager after a solid stint at Bizcommunity.com where she was an online editor in their business. She also honed her excellent copywriting skills as Senior SEO Copywriter at ROI Media and SEO Copywriter at Toureagle Media. With a keen eye for detail and a gifted writing style, Anna-Bet is always ready for the next challenge. She is now a dedicated Copywriter in the BRANDSROCK Studio.
Album Name: Greatest Hits: 1992 to 2011
Michelle is a true professional. Extensive travelling of the globe and mastering the art of ‘beauty AND brains’ has given her the background to influence the movers and shakers as well as being a true and a trusted role model to many. Her Children’s Trust, the hosting of numerous TV shows and the Miss Universe crown come together to create a one of a kind humanitarian with a heart of pure gold. She was a co-founder of BRANDSROCK VIP inc. and is now our beloved patron.