Meet our Team
Chris and his wife Jo have owned Versatile Products for over 20 years.
Interests: Chris would like to be a 'great hunter' and spends any spare time he has hunting and gathering. He also spends many hours helping with Canoe Slalom BOP (thats white water kayaking to the rest of us), as his youngest son is a keen kayaker.
Background: In a previous life Chris was a builder.
Favourite Food: Yes please.
Jo and Chris (her hubby) have owned Versatile Products for over 20 years. Jo runs the shop and team at Versatile and is the driving force behind the business. She's the Boss.
Interests: Very few - with three children, a dog, a business and a husband to run there's not a lot of spare time. When she does have some spare time you will find her trying to play squash at the Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre.
Favourite Food: Wine, wine, wine.
Viv is the unbeatable on Joinery and Marine. She started her role in the shop and then moved into sales. Her customers are mainly joiners, kitchen manufacturers, furniture polishers, and marine.
Dion services mainley the panel and paint industry. He covers the Waikato, Rotorua and around Tauranga. Dion has a background in car painting.
A Qualified Interior Designer, graduating in 2012 with a Diploma of Professional Interior Design, from The Interior Design Academy.
Our Porters Paint Consultant - specialising in custom paint colours, and specifying product for interior and exterior projects. Training other interior designers and architects on Porters Paints products.
Corrine runs regular workshops and paint classes, with the Porters Paint brand, teaching you how to use the product, and revamp your furniture. I also take on commissioned work for specialist paint effects.
Shawn is the main man in the shop. He is our expert in paint matching and has a wealth of advice on anything you need to get the job done. If you need some paint, prep or finishing advice Shawn is the man to see.
Alison is our Purchasing Officer and looks after all our stock.
Background: Alison has been with Versatile since June 2014. In a former life she was a Primary School Teacher and then spent 12 years as a Shipping & Administration Manager in the Bicycle Industry.
Favourite Food: Her favourite food is prawns, and anything with mushrooms in it! Her favourite drinks are Vodka Cruisers and Schweppes Sparkling Duet (with a splash of vodka) And did we mention she likes Vodka ??
Interests: Her interests include Zumba and group fitness classes. She also enjoys photography, camping, and drinking vodka (oh whoops, we mean socialising with friends!) She is a solo mum to a teenage daughter who keeps her on her toes and mostly broke!
As a trade shop assistant, I am involved with many aspects of the daily operations carried out at
Versatile Products; Mixing and matching of colour, stock management, distribution, merchandising
and sales. As well as providing assistance to the infrastructure of the shop.
Background: Emily comes from a Retail Management background.
Favourite Food: Lets eat cake !
Interests: Reading & Cooking
Baxter Munro (RIP)
Baxter is the guard dog of Versatile Products, although he's more likely to lick you to death.
Favourite Food: Did you mention food!
Favourite part of the job: Meeting and greeting all the fun people. I especially enjoy sniffing them.