River 4

From Nexus to New York

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  • 16/10/2019
  • 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
  • TBC, Auckland
  • CPD: 4.00
  • $15.00+GST (member), $25.00+GST (non member), $10.00+GST (student-member)
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Join us to hear from international business strategist and communications specialist Brian Sweeney of SweeneyVesty.

Brian gained a BA (Politics & History) from the University of Waikato in the late 1970s and was heavily involved in campus life including being editor of the radical student newspaper, Nexus, at a highly political time for New Zealand. Brian and Jane Vesty founded public relations agency SweeneyVesty in 1987 and now have operations throughout New Zealand and the world, with Brian as Chairman based in New York since 2003.

At this PRINZ event, Brian will discuss the changes he’s seen since those early days of strategic communications working for the likes of Telecom New Zealand, TrustBank New Zealand and the New Zealand Lotteries Commission, and how a lunchtime concert in 1980 by the Topp Twins changed New Zealand. Brian believes New Zealanders help change the world in numbers disproportionate to our size, and he’s a strong supporter of New Zealand’s international performance and ideas through the website NZEDGE.COM which he has produced for 20 years. He’ll discuss the changes he sees coming in the world of communications, and will provide some insights for practitioners.

This session is supported by the University of Waikato which is presenting Brian with a Distinguished Alumni Award in October.


Brian Sweeney, Chair, SweeneyVesty

Brian is chairman of SweeneyVesty which has dual headquarters in New York and New Zealand, serving clients throughout the USA and New Zealand, and in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Brian is founder of the website NZEDGE.COM, dedicated to strengthening the identity of global New Zealanders by celebrating their successes, and is co-founder of 7X7, an ideas and networking forum to spark innovative global change from within New Zealand.

His expertise in international branding, issues and crisis management means he is in high demand. He has been a member of the influential TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) global conference since 1993. His first career was as a live performance and film producer, agent and manager and he and Jane Vesty remain active and strong supporters of the arts.

Brian graduated in 1980 from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Arts and has remained involved with the University in a variety of ways including as a member of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Advisory Board. He also contributed strongly to Hillary@100 for the Sir Edmund Hillary Centennial Steering Committee for this year’s national events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sir Ed’s birth.

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