Shar­ing the best job in the world

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

In 2012, IT en­tre­pre­neur and mother of four Car­men Vicelich had a well-paid cor­po­rate job when she de­cided she wanted to give it all up to start her own busi­ness, Data In­sight.

To­day, she has two busi­nesses with of­fices in Auck­land, Welling­ton, Syd­ney, and In­dia em­ploy­ing more than 80 staff.

Car­men will be shar­ing her suc­cess story next month in Have­lock North, hosted by Crowe Horwath’s IN­SPIRE Women in Busi­ness team, in part­ner­ship with busi­ness growth or­gan­i­sa­tion The Ice­house.

Ice­house Hawke’s Bay op­er­a­tions man­ager Kate de Lau­tour said they were de­lighted to wel­come Car­men to the Bay.

“Car­men has an in­cred­i­ble in­sight into the fu­ture of mar­ket­ing, tech­nol­ogy and data, and she has a lot in com­mon with Hawke’s Bay busi­ness­women, jug­gling fam­ily and a ru­ral home and ul­ti­mately lov­ing what she does.”

Data In­sight helps busi­nesses lever­age the power of data to en­able cus­tomer­centric­ity and data-driven de­ci­sions.

Car­men put this into prac­tice with the launch of Valoc­ity, a New Zealand first, pro­vid­ing a cloud-based plat­form to stream­line the mort­gage lend­ing process, us­ing data and ad­vanced an­a­lyt­ics.

Car­men says she’s lucky that she loves her job.

“I have the best job in the world.

“I get to solve peo­ple’s prob­lems with tech­nol­ogy and data, I get to build things and make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives.”

But the en­tre­pre­neur recog­nises it’s im­por­tant to make time to fo­cus on fam­ily and when she gets home to their life­style property in Waimauku, Car­men drives over a cat­tle stop, leav­ing busi­ness back on the other side.

“We try not to talk busi­ness at the kitchen ta­ble and when I’m at home, I’m just fo­cused on catch­ing up with the kids and hav­ing qual­ity time — I’m mummy.”

Hav­ing her own fast-grow­ing busi­ness pro­vided new op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow and in 2015 Car­men ap­plied for a place on The Ice­house Owner Man­ager Pro­gramme.

“It’s been like a mini MBA, and I’ve been em­pow­ered to pass on what I have learnt to my team.

“I’ve gained so many in­valu­able lessons from the au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence with other owner man­agers in­clud­ing where they stuffed up and you never hear those case stud­ies!

“I’ve al­ways been really fo­cused on recog­nis­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing our peo­ple and cel­e­brat­ing our suc­cess — the more the team can recog­nise that we are win­ners, then this feeds di­rectly into our cul­ture. The pro­gramme re­in­forced the ben­e­fits of this and the ben­e­fits of our in­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion strat­egy.”

The Crowe Horwath IN­SPIRE Women in Busi­ness group was started in 2013 to pro­vide women with the op­por­tu­nity to net­work, share ideas and up­skill. Rachel Bash­nick, as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal at Crowe Horwath, said she was look­ing for­ward to hear­ing more about Car­men’s story and how she man­ages work-life bal­ance.

“This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to net­work with like-minded peo­ple in the Hawke’s Bay re­gion.”

IT en­tre­pre­neur and mother of four Car­men Vicelich.

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