Meet our Executive Team

GARETH JEKEL

Director - Performia Asia


Gareth is married with two young daughters and has a personal passion to see business owners empowered with the knowledge to grow their businesses in such a way the owners, staff and broader community all live more successful lives.

At 9 years of age, Gareth was already working six mornings and afternoons per week on a paper round. By 15, had left school to pursue an apprenticeship as a refrigeration mechanic. The following year he purchased his first investment property. In 1988, Gareth won the Apprentice of the Year award at his TAFE, beating 5000 other apprentices. That same year he was a finalist in the Victorian Apprentice of the Year Awards. In 1989, he capped off his apprenticeship by winning the annual Victorian Work Skills competition.

 

Six years after leaving school, Gareth opened his own commercial refrigeration business. Under Gareth’s leadership, his company became the first new refrigeration company in twenty years to win major contracts from retail giants Coles and Woolworths. Not stopping there, Gareth’s commitment to his customers and environmentally friendly refrigeration saw him design award winning high efficiency refrigeration and air conditioning systems for the petroleum and supermarket industries.

 

Within the first five years of establishing his company, Gareth had built his business to a turnover of $9m and a profit of $1m, and with no overdraft!

 

Prior to selling, Gareth’s company had a team of 150 full time staff and had an annual turnover of $22m.

 

In acknowledgment of his commercial success, the Australia Day Council invited Gareth to Parliament house to receive the 1996 Young Australian of the Year in Career Achievement Award.

 

In 2005, he discovered the Swedish business productivity enhancement company, Performia. Without delay, he established Performia Australia, now with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, China and Japan. Presently, he tours Australia, Asia and Europe delivering seminars to businesspeople and using his passion for setting strategy to help businesses of all size improve their planning and long term business output.

NEGAR RIAZATI

CEO Australia & China


Negar is most passionate about creating influences where the most amount of people can be helped, particularly those who could be more vulnerable. Negar enjoys travelling, snowboarding, and continually seeking more areas where she can add value.

 

At 19 with 1 year to finish her University degree, Negar started employment in a Recruitment Admin role with Performia Australia. As she so successfully handled this role, 4 months later in August 2008, she was promoted to Production Manager. Negar studied her second last semester of University degree full time whilst also working full time at Performia in 2009. Statistics had been the highest and triple the previous years, and double the next year.

 

In August 2009 Negar hired 2 more trainee consultants and got them trained which allowed her to travel to France on a student exchange program where she completed her final semester of university.

 

She returned to Performia in 2010, putting in many new productivity systems into the business and in June 2010, Negar was selected to establish the new Performia China office. In 1 week, the office was organised & structured. She trained 3 staff and the success of this meant that the new office could start their programs and expansion.

 

At 22 Negar achieved the highest project delivery record at Performia, something not done prior at any of the 23 international Performia offices. Since then, Negar has moved rapidly within the organisation to General Manager and next as CEO in 2017, overseeing Australia and China.

 

Negar thoroughly enjoys volunteering and giving back to the wider community. In 2016 and after one year of volunteering with Cancer Council's Community Fundraising event Relay For Life, Negar was asked to become the Chair for the region of Moreland, Victoria. She delivered an outstanding relay event in 2017 with results higher than the year before in challenging conditions, now continuing as Chair for more years to come.

JAZ FOX

NSW State Manager


Jaz first started to work with the Performia network 20 years ago; the minute she found out about the whole system of hiring based on performance and also the psychometric testing, (which she found to be incredibly accurate and insightful), she was strongly interested in this system. In 2008 she re-joined Performia after taking extended maternity leave. She initially started off building up the client base in Sydney, and later her title was changed to NSW Manager.

 

Jaz loves to work with people. She loves to see her clients grow their business and feels proud of the fact that the guidance she gives them can help to prevent them from making a serious hiring mistake.

 

One of the most rewarding parts of the job is working with managers to help them really understand how to get the best out of each individual within their team. The insights Performia provides for managers is highly practical and gives them tips that really work.

 

Jaz also loves to help people develop their career and to make good career decisions based on what they really feel passionate about. By helping people identify and manage their key strengths and weaknesses it can bring about a marked increase in productivity.

 

Jaz has helped many people over the past 20 years to gain more understanding of themselves and their teams. Happy and productive teams led by managers who truly understand their employees/friends/team mates is what drives Jaz to continue her work with Performia well into the future.