Booie cou­ple’s global busi­ness suc­cess

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

‘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.

PHOTO: MATT COLLINS

DREAM TEAM: Kel Davis and Marisa Wi­man from Booie have cre­ated an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness.

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