As I step down from my role as CEO of First Rate I am ecstatic to see the business reporting record revenue and profits with significant operations in both New Zealand and Australia. In fact, First Rate has grown rapidly and consistently year on year for nine straight years featuring in the Deloitte Fast 50 List in 2006, 2007 & 2008! It’s been quite a ride and there is no sign of it slowing down, even with the current economic challenges.

I’m also very proud of the team we have put together at First Rate which includes some really capable individuals who I have worked with for many years now. Here are just a few:

Kevin Francis:

Tom Skotidas:

Samuel Stadler:

Grant Osborne:

We will also be expanding the team with some new senior appointments over the coming months.

For those who have followed First Rate over the years I have provided a graph that illustrates the company’s growth in terms of product offerings, geographic expansion and revenue.