Our people: Jono Peart
As a valued member of our Deloitte Private Hamilton team, Jono loves making a visible difference for clients and creating win-win scenarios. We asked him about the type of advice he commonly hands out and how he ended up at Deloitte (not to mention where he'd go on holiday!)...
Describe yourself in three words.
Bald, optimistic and authentic.
When did you join Deloitte and what was your journey to get here?
I started at Deloitte as a graduate in 2006 but between now and then, I spent some time in Vancouver. Before Deloitte, I grew up on a farm just outside of Raglan so I spent my summer internships milking cows and driving a harvester.
One of the things that staff find hard to believe was that during my university years I used to have dreadlocks. My wife tells me that it was my cool dreadlocks that initially caught her attention so they served their purpose!
Why do you like working in the Deloitte Private space?
Working in the business advisory space means you're working with the direct decision makers and owners of the business. Playing the role of a trusted advisor for people that are making things happen is a privileged role.
It’s exciting to work with clients that are helping to drive our economy forward and getting the chance to partner with them on this work is really rewarding.
What’s the most common piece of advice you give to clients on a regular basis?
The most common piece of advice I give clients is around helping them look for ways that we can create win-win solutions. The best way to move something forward or grow is when all the stakeholders feel like they’re winning.
Another personal favourite of mine is 'it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in dog that counts’.
What’s been the highlight of your time at Deloitte so far?
It would be the opportunities I've had to work with good people, interesting clients and travel overseas. Also I should add that being part of helping drive New Zealand forward is a big bonus!
There is something about this advice for under 35s I heard from rich-lister Gavin Faull that I really like when he said - "Look for jobs with opportunities, don't look for jobs for money".
You’re with Deloitte in Hamilton – what’s something people don’t know about the city or the region that you wish they did?
That 39% of all employees in Hamilton have a degree or higher level education, making it one of the ‘smartest’ cities in NZ. It also has the average youngest median age of all the major cities in NZ.
So we're young and educated… watch this space.
If you could go anywhere in the world – where would you travel to and why?
Everywhere! But if I could choose based on seasons I would go Japan for the winter, Cape Town or Africa for the spring, the Greek Islands or Croatia for the summer and Vancouver for the autumn.
Emily McLean works in the Deloitte marketing team and closely with Deloitte Private. She loves telling the stories of those individuals and businesses leaving their mark in New Zealand's SME space while delivering news and insights to help business owners grow their companies.