New appointments to support agency’s expansion plans

by NZ Adviser22 Feb 2017
Tall Poppy has appointed two influential real estate and tech executives to its management team and board.

Global tech entrepreneur and former head of Strategy at Trade Me, Mike DelPrete, has been appointed as a director, and former GM of NAI Harcourts Team Group, Mike Helleur, as general manager.

The two new additions to the team will support the company’s growth strategy for the next two years and Tall Poppy director Michael Seymour said he was delighted with the appointments.

"Mr Helleur and Mr DelPrete are highly respected in the wider business community for their expertise and integrity. They will be great assets as we challenge New Zealand’s outdated real estate agency model,” said Seymour.

At age 30, DelPrete sold his own gaming startup before he joined Trade Me as head of Strategy in New Zealand. However, in the past year he has focused on his current passion, real estate tech.

Helleur is the former general manager of Property Brokers, expanding it from 14 to 37 branches and 1,400 to 5,000 property managements during his time there. More recently he was general manager of NAI Harcourts Team Group, which is Harcourt’s commercial property division.

Also joining the company is Karl Matakatea as software systems and process manager. Previously business development manager for CoreLogic, Karl is overseeing Tall Poppy’s investment in its technology platform to streamline the sales process and provide real-time information for vendors.

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