10 Years at the Helm

10 Years at the Helm

December 2022 marks 10 years since we moved to Rotorua and took ownership of Alcom Communications.  On reflection, it was a huge leap of faith to buy a business in an industry we knew little about in a city where we had no social or business networks.

Since we married in 1997 we have lived in Auckland, Whangarei, Gisborne, India and Ireland before deciding to settle down while our kids went through their teenage years.  The opportunity to purchase Alcom and move to Rotorua appeared and became our destiny.

Before venturing into business Vernon worked as an accountant, a sales manager, a teacher and an airline pilot. His last contract was flying a 777 jet for Air India out of Delhi for 2 years. My background was in recreation/sports management, tertiary education and then as a stay-at-home mum.

We knew that between us we had a complimentary range of skills and experience that could be applied to running a business. Nonetheless, it was a baptism of fire in the early days with many challenges to tackle and many mistakes made.

We are grateful for the lessons learned along the way (9 Lessons from 9 Years) and can now say we are extremely proud of Alcom Communications and all we have achieved. We are also proud to call the wonderful city of Rotorua our home.

We would not be celebrating 10 years in business without the loyal support of our staff, suppliers, and most of all our customers. After all, it is the people we serve and work with who make it all worthwhile.

We look forward to a break over Christmas and New Year and coming back refreshed and ready to go again.

Catherine Douglas