Don't Gamble With Your Life, Get Your Bike Serviced by the Experts
If you need your bike serviced you needn't go anywhere else, with our qualified Shimano and SRAM mechanics at AvantiPlus Blenheim we guarantee to get you back on your bike. Our workshop is a Shimano Certified Service Centre 2014 and all our mechanics are trained to the highest specification requirements. We service all brands of bikes. If you are travelling and need your bike assembled for rides around Marlborough we are here to help visitors to Blenheim.
Introducing the team:-
Bill Mitchell: Owner/Operator, 30 years
Managing the business and running the shop, overseeing staff, end of day shift and banking, advertising, networking, running seminars, backing system up weekly
Cycle Mechanics Trade Certificate 1989
Certificate of Completion – enhancing the professionalism of the retail industry
Brendan Green: Head Mechanic and 2IC (14 years)
Head mechanic in charge of the workshop.
Shimano Qualified Mechanic
Retail Modern Apprenticeship - (Retail Modern Apprentice of the Year finalist)
Specialized University Maters Program
National Certificate Bicycle Sales and Service L2, L3
A+ Dynamic Bike Fit system trained fitter
Trained on Di2 electronic componentry software
Update courses for Shimano - Oct 2014
Bike-fits, running maintenance nights.
Courses attended: -
Leadership Course with Forte Management
Customer and Sales Service with Trust Power and GIST
Friedman Sales & Service courses, have completed various courses - last being in June 2014
Avanti Training Academy - 2 day course
GEM Visa training
2012, 2013, 2014 New product training at Avanti
plus receive in-house product training with Area Manager
Michael Keen (Mechanic)
Introducing Avantiplus' new addition to their workshop Michael Keen. I am an enthusiastic engineer who obtained my Bachelor of Engineering Technology, specialising in mechanical, from the Auckland University of Technology.
The achievement of this degree has progressed me along my career path of obtaining my ambition of becoming a influential design engineer; I love to bring ideas to the fruition and work on my own no matter how wild or boring.
Cycling is a hobby that I started as a young boy with my dad and family and it has never stopped and I will continue with my family once I start one.
My first part-time job was in a cycle workshop, then some years later I went back to run the workshop of another cycle shop where I completed my Shimano training. If it is mechanical, I can fix it.
Chanelle Smith: Retail Sales and Stock (6 years)
I have been part of the Avantiplus team since 2008. I love being apart of the AvantiPlus team. The cycling industry is changing everyday. It is one of the most rewarding jobs, I love seeing peoples cycling dream became a reality NO matter what their needs maybe, am happy to help them turn their dream into reality.
Our AvantiPlus team will be happy to help. We all share the same passion for cycling and supporting the local community.
Sales, stock control, invoicing, – checking stock negative balances, bike-fits, shop floor and window displays, informing other staff members of new products and trends, end of day shift and banking if Bill is away
September 2014 - KPI course Measure Monitor and Manage with Forte Management
February 2014 Avanti Training Academy - 2 day course
Retail Sales Level 2 and 3 NZQA qualification
Conference 2012 new season product held in Auckland
In-house product training with Area Manager
A+ Dynamic BikeFit system programme - updated 2013
Trustpower Customer Service courses
SBCU 2009 Specialized University Bachelors Programme
Avanti Training Programme and Sales Training 2008 The Friedman Customer Service
GEM Visa training
In my spare time you can find me at the gym, August - Dec I am doing a 12 week weightloss challenge with Kustom Fitness.
In the summer months you can find me anyway near the water.
Lynne Haines: Accounts/Marketing/Selling (3 years)
I have been working at AvantiPlus Blenheim for approximately 3 years now and have a varied role here.
Accounts, wages, budgets, reporting and preparing weekly sales figures.
Oversee the advertising, marketing, networking, website and social media.
Cover Retail sales, selling bikes, all things needed for biking and mobility scooters.
Also when required cover stock and invoicing, updating systems.
Over the daylight saving months I run a Womens Only ride on Monday nights departing at 6.00 from 61 Queen St.
Also run a 5km running series from mid January through to end of April along the Taylor River pathway on Tuesday nights starting at 5.30pm
For the last 4 years I have sat on the Bike/Walk committee, Marlborough City Council.
Am a qualified L3 Cycle Safety Instructor NZQA - teaching children cycle safety through the Ride On Programme here in Marlborough.
My interests are:
Cycling is my number one passion, completed many Round Lake Taupo, Source to Sea, Lake Brunner.
and a wee bit of mountain biking on the amazing tracks here in Blenheim.
Have toured around NZ and oversea countries in my earlier years.
Completed few half marathans and have successfully completed 2 half ironmans.
Qualifications and courses attended: -
September 2014 Social Media one day course
May 2014 Women in Leadership Course - Sue Lindsay Total
Customer Services seminars ran by Trust Power and GIST
Business Info – Spreadsheet, Budget Accounting
GEM Visa training
A+ Dynamic BikeFit system
NZQA National Certificate in Recreation and Sport (Coaching and Instruction) Cycle Skills L1, L2, L3, L4
First Aid Sports Certificate
Many years of experience in office management and accounts work
Connor MacLeod (schoolboy)
Has recently joined AvantiPlus Blenheim as a workshop assistant under the guidance of Brendan, building bikes and carrying out some repair work.
I love hitting the hills on my mountain bike See you out there!
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