Lance is a investment manager and well regarded strategy and business consultant, acting as investor, advisor and/or director to a number of businesses.
Lance co-founded Powerkiwi (2nd in 2012 Deloitte Fast50), Authentic Tours (MyTours), and Groupy Deals (exited), along with the not so successful Pacific Fibre, Panic Music, SafePlus, Organik Software, Valuecruncher and News Crowd (AllAboutTheStory).
Lance has advised, formally or informally, many high tech and web companies in New Zealand in the last 10 years. After returning to New Zealand in 2003 he acted as CEO and drove a small turnaround program at Morrison Music Group (Snow.co.nz, Surf.co.nz, SmokeCDs.com etc), and in from 2004 was advisor to the Trade Me CEO, where he valued the company and advised on profit and growth strategy. Later, in 2005/6, he was the principal adviser on the $750m sale to Fairfax Media.
Lance is often called upon by early stage companies to help determine the best growth and exit strategies, providing advice to Netconcepts, Starnow, PLTech, Litmos, OceanBrowser, BookMe, and OnceIT amongst others.
He acted as Head of Digital for Fairfax Media NZ, and was lead coach on two major BHP Billiton plant turnaround efforts, advised a Lloyds insurance underwriter/broker and consulted to ASB.
Lance is a Better By Design practitioner and coach (inactive at the moment), and over four years helped a number of well and not so well known high growth export-led New Zealand companies move towards becoming design-led.
Lance is an elected Internet NZ Councillor, and serves as independent director for the fast growing Cadimage Group, where he has helped with three acquisitions in the last two years.
Lance’s early career was with Mobil Oil in NZ and Australia, where he was a part of the team that introduced a new generation of EFTPOS to each market, and later represented Mobil to services stations in the top third of the South Island.
As well as spending more than 12 years in New Zealand business, Lance has also spent over 12 years offshore, including time at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, McKinsey & Co in Washington DC, and at The Hampstead Group, a Private Equity firm in Dallas. Lance has an MBA from Yale (Strategy & Finance) and was selected for the inaugural Yale Investment Office Associate program by Prof. Ken French and YIO’s Dave Swensen. Lance was graduated as part of the inaugural class for the B Technology in Product Development from Massey.
Chris Humphreys CFA
Chris began his finance career in the Corporate Finance and Consulting teams at PwC. He started with as a graduate in the firm’s Corporate Finance Team, and ended as an Associate Director. While at PwC, Chris was involved in several high profile merger, due diligence, valuation and other advisory engagements.
Chris was bought across to Pacific Fibre, a trans-pacific cable start-up whose founders included Sam Morgan, Rod Drury and Stephen Tindall, along with Lance Wiggs. At Pacific Fibre, Chris was deeply involved in the financial aspects of the business, but as a typical start-up environment with limited resources Chris was also heavily involved in sales, operations and administrative activities.
Chris has also been advancing his first start-up, Main Divide Gold, a West Coast-based mineral exploration business.
Chris’ educational qualifications include a BSc and PGDipCom (Finance) from the University of Otago and a BCom (Accounting, Finance and Information Systems) from the University of Canterbury. Chris is also a CFA charter holder.