Meet Wayne

Sometimes, things are just meant to be. Like Wayne Jelliman coming to work for us at Smart Pack.

You see, a few months back, Wayne decided to leave South Africa and move to New Zealand to provide a better life for his kids. We happened to be the first business that Wayne reached out to. And, to cut a long story short, it turns out Wayne was just the sort of guy we were after. So we offered him a job.

Why? Well, for a start he has packaging in his blood (like we do). Wayne has spent the last 20 years working in his family’s FIBC bulk bag manufacturing business. Starting at the bottom, he learned about all aspects of the business. Wayne and his brother eventually bought the business from their parents and ran it together with Wayne looking after the commercial and operational aspects. So what he doesn’t know about bags and sacks, not many would!

Last year, in a bold move, Wayne sold his share of the business to his brother and moved his family to Palmerston North. Now we’re pleased to say he’s Smart Pack’s Supply Chain & Technical Manager. We’re really excited to have him on board. With his end-to-end knowledge of the manufacturing process and his passion for the industry, he’s sure to help us achieve the growth and success we’re after. He’ll be a real asset when it comes to identifying opportunities for our customers and helping to solve any packaging challenges.

Since moving here, Wayne has been enjoying all NZ has to offer. He’s already taken his family a few sight-seeing trips around the country over the school holidays. And he’s a fellow that likes to keep fit (which seems to be a common thread here at Smart Pack).

In his younger days, Wayne was a pretty handy rugby player. He played semi-professionally for the provincial team the Wilderbeasts for a few years. Then after his rugby playing days ended he got into Ironman, completing 2 full and 8 half Ironman races. He’s also completed the 8 day Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race, which sounds, quite frankly, epic! He might be tough to keep up with around the local Arapuke trails, but we’ll give it a go. And we’ve told him all about NZ’s Pioneer Mountain Bike Race, so watch this space...

As the year progresses Wayne will be getting out and about catching up with customers — existing and future. So you should get to meet our very own ‘actionman’ sooner or later. In the meantime, if you’d like to connect you can do so via email or phone 021 115 3631.