Booie couple’s global business success
‘EITHER you are in front of the wave or you are behind.’
These words echoed in Kel Davis’s ears during a tumultuous time in his life.
Booie couple Marisa Wiman and Mr Davis are managing directors of the internationally renowned business, Greymouse.
They provide a highly skilled virtual workforce for small and medium-sized companies.
They have a team of 80 highly skilled technical and customer support employees.
But as Ms Wiman recalls, things weren’t so pretty back in 2005 when they started the business.
“I was in Fiji helping Kelvin with an IT business,” she said.
“I was teaching them how to help people, taking calls and customer service.
Ms Wiman very quickly realised the Fijian workforce were a happy, hard-working bunch.
“I thought these guys are incredible, they are so keen to learn,” she said.
“I had just gone from Brisbane where I was teaching and people were falling asleep.”
And that’s when the idea for their global workforce business came to life.
“I thought ‘Why can’t we do this across the world’?” she said.
But initially, things were slow to move.
“I went to a few business mentors and they all told me it wouldn’t work,” Mr Davis said.
But they persevered, and it took over four months before they got their first inquiry.
In a stroke of good luck, when the GFC hit in 2008, the business doubled.
The rest, as they say, is history.
DREAM TEAM: Kel Davis and Marisa Wiman from Booie have created an international business.