Tertiary Education COmmission

"Thanks for all your help with our event. We were really happy with how it all went. You helped us make a relevant, meaningful and enjoyable occasion where we managed to showcase both the TEC and the sector to key stakeholders. I also got lots of positive comments about your communication and level of organisation in getting the sector showcase together so I'm sure you'll find some more work coming your way as a result."

Moerangi Vercoe, Communication Manager, Tertiary Education Commission

University of otago

"Jay and Amy's professional organisation of the academic forum was splendid. I was part of the Steering Committee of the event and was impressed at how smoothly everything was organised - from my personal travels to Wellington for Committee meetings, to the holding of the event, and to the organisation of the keynote speaker's visit to Otago. I look forward to working with Jay and Amy again on another project!"

Prof Thomas Bley, Head of Department for Design Studies, University of Otago

National competitiveness council

"I was a speaker and participant at an international forum on tertiary education in Wellington. This complex event involving participants from Europe, North America, Australia as well as New Zealand was superbly and flawlessly organized by Amy Fitzgerald. Her event management skills are among the best I have ever experienced."

Don Thornhill, National Competitiveness Council, Ireland

alto scuola politecnica

"Jay did an excellent job when he organized my trip to New Zealand to speak at an academic forum in early 2006. He provided me with information about logistics as well as the content of the event, its aim, other speakers, and how to frame my speech. Most notably, I appreciated his capability to involve other people (the trip he organized for me around NZ) so that both I and the local institutions could benefit as much as possible from my presence there. Jay's work contributed to make my coming to NZ a whole valuable experience."

Prof Roberto Verganti, Director of Alto Scuola Politecnica, Italy

Higher education policy institute

"I participated in an international higher education forum organised by Amy, which was an outstanding success. Despite the complexity of organising participants and speakers from 7 different countries, and in numerous time zones - and despite the difficulty of herding academic sheep - she did it with enormous good nature, calm and efficiency. Everything - from the speaking arrangements to the social programme - was impeccably organised. I would have no hesitation in entrusting the arrangement of any future event to her."

Bahram Bekhradnia, Director, Higher Education Policy Insitute, UK

otago polytechnic

"Jay, I am really pleased to hear that you are setting up Flow Events to organise conference events and forums - the Steering Committee for the forum were very grateful for your work on this prestigious event. The participants were diverse and demanding, coming from most tertiary institutions in New Zealand. We were most happy with your organisation of this event, which was well formatted including all the pre-event sessions and the actual forum organisation. I felt that you took the extra trouble needed to ensure members of the Steering Committee had updates and information required in good time to make decisions. Jay and Amy, I wish you well in your new venture - your skills have been ably demonstrated. We at Otago Polytechnic would be very happy to discuss how we may work together in the future."

Alistair Regan, Head of Department of Design, Otago Polytechnic

Victoria university of wellington

"I worked with Jay in relation to an academic forum that he organised in early 2006. I found Jay to be imaginative, highly organised and very professional in his approach, contributing in no small part to the success of the event. He communicated effectively during the planning and organisational stages, and the event itself was well organised and enjoyable for participants."

Prof Peter Thirkell, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce, Victoria University of Wellington

gsk Business consultants

"I worked closely with Jay and Amy in the context of an Academic Forum in late 2005 and early 2006. In my role as facilitator, I found them to be superb partners for the effective delivery of two collaborative design workshops. Between them, they were responsible for event setup, event logistics, and venue management, along with sourcing of relevant materials, and very importantly the securing and organisation of key speakers at the workshops. In addition to their professional approach to meeting commitments, they also actively participated in support during the events driven by a passion for ensuring that the participants received maximum value. Their contribution was a crucial element in securing a great outcome for both the participants and the sponsors of the event. I would be pleased to work with Jay and Amy again in any large scale event, and given their professional skills and value-focused outlook I would recommend them for a wide variety of event challenges."

Peter Wharton, Facilitator/Professional Advisor/CA, Director, GSK Business Consultants (2001) Ltd

public policy consultants

"My name is Art Hauptman and I am a public policy consultant based in the United States specializing in higher education finance issues.  I had the opportunity of helping to organize and participate in an International Higher Education Forum held in March 2006 in Wellington NZ.  The purpose of the forum was to bring together tertiary education officials and analysts from seven countries to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.  The key organizers of the meeting were Amy Fitzgerald and Jay Ocampo. They did a magnificent job in all respects from handling hotel reservations, organizing meeting activities such as a harbor cruise and sit down dinner, or producing an excellent summary of the meeting proceedings based on the notes they took during the proceedings.   It was a terrific meeting and Amy and Jay had a lot to do with making it so.  I'm confident they will bring the same set of skills to their new venture.''

Art Hauptman, Public Policy Consultant, US



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