Universal Distributors Limited searches for internationally recognised brands with strong reputations for performance and quality and is always on the lookout for unique products currently not available in the Asia-Pacific region.
Our focus is on the DIY market in particular and we expect our products will available in all major chains throughout New Zealand. We are also working with our Australian partners to build our presence with major retailers.
Business commenced in 2015 with the Australasian agency for a major internationally recognised adhesives company which has a presence in over 70 countries worldwide.
Several other agencies are currently under consideration and will become part of the Universal Australasian stable in the near future.
While we are smaller than some distributors, we do not believe in unnecessary overhead ensuring our product range is competitively priced and will generally be despatched from our warehouses and delivered to over 80% of retailers within 48 hours of an order being placed.
Paul brings a decisive mix of Government and business capability culminating in 21 years’ experience as a manager, consultant and company director with expertise in relationship management, service delivery, facilitation, training and team leadership.
His leadership roles in Government include managing business units and being appointed as private secretary to a cabinet minister. He was also New Zealand’s representative on the joint Australian New Zealand building practitioner licensing authorities from 2004-2007.
Since 2008 Paul has had his own consultancy company in New Zealand with some of the biggest clients in the construction sector including Fletcher Building and a number of building industry organisations where he provides strategic planning advice and facilitates national training programmes.
In addition Paul has a number of property investments and is on the Board of Open Home Foundation International, with a focus on the development of care and protection programmes for vulnerable children in India and Africa.
Paul was a recipient of a Ministry of Economic Development Chief Executive Award in 2004 and attended the Foundations of General Management at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney, Australia
Paul completed a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University, Wellington.
Grant has spent over 10 years owning and operating his own businesses.
These include Whitewater New Zealand Limited which specialises in design, importation, sale and installation of waterslides, signature rides and multi-level interactive aquatic play features for municipal swimming pools.
WhiteWater New Zealand acts as New Zealand agent for WhiteWater West Industries Limited of Canada, the largest global designer and supplier of waterparks and waterpark rides having completed over 4,000 projects including 19 of the world’s “Top 20” waterparks. WhiteWater has offices in Canada, USA, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Korea, Australia, Egypt& UAE.
Grant also owns QEII Hydroslides Limited, which constructed, owned and operated the largest recreational waterslide facility in New Zealand, and a number of property investment companies.
In addition, he has over 20 years of Sales and Marketing General Management and executive leadership experience during his 30 years with 4 financial services organisations. He successfully grew brand awareness, customer satisfaction, sales, revenues and profits in each of these businesses.
Grant has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Warren has been involved in the hardware industry for over 20 years. Prior to that, he was self-employed for six years in the grocery industry, specialising in sales and distribution.
Warren brings a vast knowledge and an extensive background in the hardware markets.
Warren is experienced in wholesale and retail sales, Head Office key account management, territory management, product development, product marketing and advertising as well as end user training and consumer/trade shows.
Warren has a number of property investments.
Grant Stephen has spent the last 15 years in the international market place and has a wealth of contacts throughout the world and in particular, Asia.
He has established a long term business presence in China through licensing of his healthcare business – Snorepro. The company is rapidly expanding in China, Hong Kong and Macau with particular focus on Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Tsingtao, Guangdong and Changchun. Additional markets have opened up in Singapore, India, Sri Lanka and Australia.
Grant successfully developed an international foreign exchange network for the Government and private sectors as well as undertaking technical and operational consultancy around the world for a New Zealand Government enterprise.
As well as co-owning a corporate foreign exchange business in New Zealand, Grant also owns a number of property investment companies.
Grant has a Diploma of Business Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and a Master of Business Degree from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.