Park Lodge 79 Hackney Road Hackney, Adeleide, South Australia, Australia 5069
Rex Buckingham

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Rex Buckingham -Principal of colour thinking:

Rex has a background in general management, marketing, manufacturing, finance and personnel and strategic development covering 30 years at both the corporate and business owner level. As an active public speaker and trainer, he is able to bring `real life’ into what he undertakes and a sense of the theoretical meeting the practical. His experience base covers retail (hard, soft and grocery), wholesale and direct sales, finance, and manufacturing. He is a lateral thinker and problem solver. Rex is able to overview situations and work with people to create sustainable outcomes. He knows that the majority of development is about behavioural change.

Following on from this are:

  1. His recognition’s include
  2. He lectures in the following disciplines
  3. Career Highlights
  4. Profile synopsis of consultations undertaken

His recognition’s include:

  • Fellow & Australian Institute of Management (Councillor in 1992/93)
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow, Australian Marketing Institute – Immediate Past State President and National Board Member
  • Certified Practicing Marketer
  • Chartered Member of Australian Human Resources Institute
  • Accredited Speaking Member of Nations Speakers Association of Australia
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Training & Development
  • Past Councillor – Taxpayers’ Association of South Australia Inc
  • Small Retailers Association advisor
  • Senior Secondary Assessment Board of SA – Business & Marketing Subject Advisory Committee
  • Small Business Corporation of SA – PathFinder Adviser to New and ailing businesses
  • Justice of the Quorum – JP

He lectures in the following disciplines:

His Public and Private Training Experiences / Competencies includes

  • Behavioural change – working with people separately or in groups for long term improvement
  • Business planning completed in April 2003 writing
  • Strategic thinking and planning Diploma of Business Management   Developing and sustaining dynamic meetings
  • Implementation of planning – review practices
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Business
  • Diploma in Front Line Management
  • Diploma in HR
  • Advanced Certificate of Project management
  • Advanced Certificate of Marketing
  • Advanced Certificate of Human Resource
  • Advanced Certificate of Management
  • Negotiation
  • Team Building
  • Advanced Certificate of Sales Management
  • Motivation Inspiration
  • Writing Business & Marketing Plans
  • Problem Solving and creative thinking
  • Supervision
  • Train the Trainer
  • Employment techniques
  • ‘Experiential’ Trainin
  • New Business start ups
  • Living skills for a balanced life
  • Market Research
  • Business and Marketing Plan Writing & Evaluation

Career Highlights

  • Youngest ever Store Manager Woolworth’s Ltd age 17 –  1965
  • Full responsibility for all functions within retail chain store
  • Graduate Executive Trainee Manager Woolworth’s Ltd age 22 1970
  • Program bought graduates from UK – 15 individuals through program each group
  • Promotion to Credit Manager GMAC age 24 1972
  • Promoted to Marketing Manager General Credits Ltd age 26 1974
  • Employed as State Manager Pye / Philips Finance age 28 1976
  • Set strategies for growth – initiate and train sales team of 5
  • Promoted to Regional GM Hunter Douglas Sales age 33 1982
  • Commended as State Manager Meyers Taylor – assisted in merger with Hunter Douglas – 750 staff / 8 trading entities / SA – NT – WA / three levels of sales – wholesale – retail – direct / maximised to 2 entities 300 staff (manufacturing – admin – sales).
  • Initiated Direct Sales Company in SA Carpet Call (SA) age 36 1985 for interstate Principal
  • All aspects of business – team of 36 sales direct employed – 10 showrooms
  • To keep my focus wide and to maintain balance operated general consulting at the same time – special emphasis on cultural change / coaching leadership styles – sales team building – strategic thinking
  • Achieved biggest specialty floor covering status – Carpet Call age 37 1986
  • Moved to full time consulting, leaving the Carpet Call business
  • Purchased Carpet Call in SA and worked to again became largest in the State – age 46 1995
  • In conjunction with consulting repaired the Carpet Call business to regain status. Became fully profitable, achieving market share and sales targets – changing the methodology of sales from employment to commission based. Closed the company in May 1997 and returned to full time consulting
  • Gained Recognition – Proper Authority Financial Planning age 49 1997
  • Added financial planning /Mortgages / Insurance to the Consulting profile to provide a full service option
  • Gained Recognition – Mortgage Originator (RJB & Assoc) age 49 1997
  • Gained recognition – Risk Insurance products (RJB & Assoc) age 49 1997
  • FAI Home Security – Refresher – hands on – Whilst still consulting, commenced part time personal selling to residential clients in home in order to reconnect with the regime of building a sales force & personal redevelopment into the `face to face’ age 51 1999
  • Achieved Top Sales Person status – FAI Home Security – special mentions etc age 51 1999 Purchased a recruitment business – Workskills Professionals – setting it up in Adelaide in May 2001 and selling the business in September 2002 – up and running.
  • Made pivotal career decision to concentrate on strategic consulting – 65% – various client base – 35% growth strategies with premium clients – current

Profile synopsis of consultations undertaken:

  • Attitude modification & development for senior line managers, supervisory & sales staff
  • Development of several growth initiatives for migrant professionals
  • Consultation, Training & Development for Insurance personnel – assisted in the restructure of agents from tied employees to general agents (and all of the associated remuneration ramifications)
  • Training & Development for tourist / travel industry – new sales structures
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution – cause and effect modelling
  • Experiential Training & Development for personnel at all levels – helping sales people grow
  • Executive Recruitment: Senior Production Manager – 350 staff: Executive Director SRA
  • Specific training in Supervision and sales – direct / wholesale / retail / telemarketing
  • Key note addresses – conference leading – inspiration of sales teams
  • Mentoring of executives both publicly and privately
  • Building of teams – opening communication channels – helping people to trust & dare!