Hamilton Central Business Association [HCBA] provides advocacy, support and promotional opportunities for the business and property owners located within the Hamilton Central Business Improvement District (BID).
For information about HCBA please contact:
Vanessa Williams (HCBA General Manager)
Hamilton Central Business Association is a non-political organisation driven by a voluntary executive committee contributing to the revitalisation, support and promotion of Hamilton CBD.
Recently I returned to my childhood city with the specific goal of helping building Hamilton back to the vibrant city I recall of the 1970's and 80's. My current role as General Manager at Hamilton's largest locally owned hotel fits the plan perfectly and now with nearly a year in the city behind me I am ready to extend my reach beyond breathing life back into The Ambassador Hotel to the broader City Plans.
I have an extensive background in business ownership and management with a broad range of experiences from the successful sale of 4 award winning start-ups, national and international management experience including recently reporting to a board consisting of the New Zealand and Niuean Governments.
In addition to my finance and management experience I am technically minded with current hands on experience with web development, brand management and marketing. My life is a balance of normal local reality. With 4 children, my perception is realistic & practical. I am passionate, motivated and results driven with an action focused attitude.
Currently the Owner/Managing Director of Worldwise Travellers Health (Hamilton) at Anglesea Clinic in Hamilton and also a director of Aesthete Gallery in Hamilton.
I have lived in Hamilton for over thirty years and have been involved in a number of businesses over this time.
My personal values are honesty, integrity and commitment to family community. This is exemplified by my marriage of 42 years and my participation through Rotary in community fundraising for which I have received a Paul Harris Fellow & a Sapphire pin.
I have the skills to work within a team environment with key strengths in problem solving, communication and time management.
Originally from the greater Waikato, I completed my studies at The Waikato University before working off shore in finance, returning to live in Hamilton in 2008.
I have over 15 years banking and finance experience, eight of those as a Business Manager. I have the privilege of working with business owners across a wide range of industries and at different stages of the business cycle to help them achieve their business and personal goals.
Hamilton has great potential for growth and I believe businesses are a key part of this. I am passionate about Hamilton and the unique and amazing lifestyle we are able to have here.
I joined the Executive Committee to provide a voice for existing businesses in the CBD and to ensure the business community is well represented in shaping the growth potential of the CBD. I look forward to helping grow a vibrant CBD that makes Hamilton an attractive proposition to business and families looking to move here.
Originally from the other side of the Kaimais, I have called Hamilton home at various times in my life.
I started my working life here after I completed my studies at Waikato Polytechnic (WINTEC) in hospitality and went on to live in Australia and Japan for 19 years.
Specialising in the food and beverage sector I held a variety of roles in hotels and restaurants and during my time in Japan I was also involved in English education, management of schools, management of restaurants and owned my own businesses.
When I first lived here I remember Hamilton having a vibrant city heart that always felt bigger than my home city of Tauranga. Subsequently on my numerous visits back to the city I have seen that vibrant city heart change during the various up and down stages that Hamilton has gone through.
What excites me now is the sense that the heart of the city is being rebuilt. Hamilton is regaining its vibrancy and people are coming back to the city.
I am currently the Branch Manager of Burns and Ferrall Ltd, a solely New Zealand owned private company, serving the hospitality industry for over 70 years. Seeing the need for our presence in the city we have set up an inner-city showroom and are enjoying the rewards of being here. In the words of our late inspirational owner, “Let’s make Hamilton great again”.
I am excited to be part of the Hamilton Central Association Committee, I look forward to working with passionate people on the committee and our business community to grow and sustain the vibrancy of our city.
Karlene Verryt - DV Bryant Trust
As an ‘import’ to Hamilton, it has been an exciting time to have been part of the changes to the Hamilton CBD.
As a Chartered Accountant, I moved back into a property role when I joined DV Bryant Trust as the Finance and Property Manager, in 2013.
Working in the CBD has opened my eyes to what is available here. I now bring my family into the City to spend leisure time. There is a lot going on and it is up to us to highlight what is unique about the Hamilton Central experience, to the wider Waikato and beyond.
My current role at DV Bryant includes maintaining and improving their large office and retail property holdings.
The Trust are loyal landlords in the Hamilton CBD and have further plans to reinvest to invigorate the Centre further. It is a privilege to be involved in these developments, but also to be hands on with our tenants and encouraging ‘new blood’ to enter the CBD. Please contact me if you wish to discuss how to relocate your business and staff to Hamilton Central. We can highlight what has worked well for others and ensure it is just as successful for your business.
The challenge for us all then, is to be brave and try new initiatives, working together where at all possible. Some initiatives will fail, but I support the Association in their efforts to continue to ‘break new ground’.
My wife Suzy and I have owned Rossellini in Hamilton's CBD for the last 20+ years. During this time, I have seen the CBD transform to a seven day a week thriving metropolis upon the opening of Downtown Plaza in 1994 to losing customers with the expansion of Chartwell shopping town and then the development of the Base.
Being part of the HCBA gives us all a stronger voice on city and law changes as a united group, we certainly can be a driving force for our members and the betterment of the CBD. I believe it is important to get involved in the local community and I am passionate about assisting with the positive transformation and rejuvenation of Hamilton's CBD which is now well under way.
I have purchased Cecil House in Garden Place for the purpose of revitalising through building upgrades in fitting with the Central City Transformation Plan to upgrade the Garden Place area as a central and important community area.
I am putting forward my interest in joining the Executive Committee to essentially pitch in and help these plans become a reality.
I see exciting times ahead for Hamilton, in particular with the migration south of Aucklander's looking for a better life and better school opportunities for their children and hence why I have made the investment in Cecil House.
I look forward to the opportunity to serve HCBA and the community in general.
Having lived in Hamilton my entire life I have seen the ups and downs of the city and right now it feels like Hamilton is on an upward trend. I am excited to see where Hamilton can go and very keen to be a part of shaping the future of the city I have grown up in.
I am a high-achieving third year Software Engineering student at the University of Waikato and have become well-versed in mobile application development, having created several apps for Android. There is a world of potential in this space and I am interested to see if there is the opportunity to utilise this skill base within the CBD.
As a student and a young person of Hamilton, I believe I can offer a unique perspective to the Hamilton Central Business Association and represent the younger voice of the city. Being techno-savvy I know the potential technology can play in a city space and would like to see what advancements could be applied to help improve central city businesses. I would like to see Hamilton develop in to a ‘Smart City’ and reap the rewards of data sharing, money savings and economic sustainability – combined with providing a truly unique visitor experience.
I’m a recent graduate from the University of Waikato with a BMS (Hons) majoring in Strategy and International Management and I’m absolutely passionate about changing the world for good through business. Originally from Brisbane, I moved to New Zealand in 2010 and haven’t looked back since. I love Hamilton for so many reasons, and in particular, I love the energy of the young people here driven to co-create a vibrant, connected and growing city.
I have been working for Momentum Waikato Community Foundation for three years where I am responsible for Strategic Initiatives. Momentum Waikato is a new charity that connects people who dream of making a profound difference in the region with projects that create an enduring, transformational legacy. It is fabulous to work along-side change-makers every day.
Since 2016, I have been working with an inspiring group of young people on a project called Seed Waikato whose vision is ‘a vibrant Hamilton powered by a more connected group of dreamers and doers.’ It absolutely excites me to be challenging the status quo for young people in Hamilton by fostering meaningful connections alongside personal and professional expansion. In 2017, I will launch Betley, a social enterprise focussed on promoting wellbeing and developing employment pathways for minority groups.
As a young professional with big dreams, it was a real honour to be asked to join the HCBA Board. I’m really excited to bring the voice of the young professional to the table, serving Hamilton’s CBD, and applying the skills I have learnt through my education and experience so far.
My mantra? “If not me, who? If not now, when?”
I am currently a student of Wintec studying a diploma of Interior Design but have previously completed a Bachelor’s of Commerce. I have a passion for both business and design and how they often are used in conjunction with one another. I am new to Hamilton but plan on building my career here so I would love to be a part of its growth as a city and network with the surrounding CBD businesses.
I believe Hamilton is a very creative city and would like to see it develop further in that field.
I have a very keen interest in sustainability and how businesses can improve their environmental impact. I would love to be involved in exploring and developing new environmental initiatives for Hamilton city.
I feel I can bring a lot of energy, passion and a fresh perspective with me to the HCBA as a young student and working professional.