The Horn Brothers – Total Fitouts Bay of Plenty – Managing Directors
“It takes two men to make one brother.”
At Total Fitouts, we are proud to welcome brothers Simon and Jason Horn on board as our first New Zealand franchise. The Horn brothers bring completely individual, but complimentary skill-sets to their partnership as co-Managing Directors for Total Fitouts Bay of Plenty, and we have great faith in their ability to launch the brand in New Zealand.
Simon and Jason grew up in Hamilton, New Zealand where their parents instilled a passion for building at an early age. They both recollect that every house they ever lived in was a passion renovation project for their family, and as soon as each was complete they would move onto the next one. With their mum as an interior designer, and their father a handyman, it was hard not to assume that they would both choose the building profession for themselves.
This was true for one, but not for the other.
Simon has been building for 22 years now, and has run his own building company in New Zealand and London. He began working on new homes, got into shop fitting for stores such as HMV, Benetton and Mambo, before finding a niche across both countries building high-end renovations for old character houses and villa’s.
Jason on the other hand, had spent 8 years in investment banking before moving into and working for the last 12 years in client-side team management and operations for some of the most well known retail brands around the world (with a brief stint of working as a beekeeper’s assistant in between apparently).
Both brothers had carved their own path, but during the last few years they had spent time over countless beers discussing potential opportunities for them to go into business together, through utilising their own unique skill-sets.
That is where they heard about Total Fitouts.
A building associate of Simon’s had seen the advertisement for Total Fitouts franchisee’s and bought it to his attention. After looking into it a bit further with New Zealand’s Managing Director Matt Isaac, they realised that this could be just the opportunity they were looking for.
Jason’s experience on what we call the “front-end” of the business being sales and business development management, and Simon’s knowledge and skills in the “back-end” or estimating and job delivery, both enable these brothers to build a business that they can both contribute equally too and be proud of.
Since coming on they have been to the Sunshine Coast of Queensland twice to complete training and the international conference and get a better understanding of the brand, through being able to learn off of it’s key personnel in Australia, and can not wait to put into practice what they have learnt in their local region.
We at Total Fitouts are proud to hear that they have almost completed their first job, and can’t wait to see how this business partner/brother combination flourishes in New Zealand, and continues to grow the brand that they are putting their full efforts behind.
Welcome to the family lads.