News and Views

What’s going on in the world of VoIP business phone systems

Nigel Rayneau

Nigel is the founder of UFONE, driving its growth since he took the helm in 2008.

Nigel has always had an affinity for technology, and established UFONE to tap into the demand for telephony services in the Internet age. Noticing that the traditional suppliers of telephone services were dragging their feet with new technology, Nigel felt there was an opportunity for a well-supported, technologically sophisticated and reliable VoIP service provider.

In his spare time Nigel is a 4th Dan Shotokan Karate Black Belt, and enjoys riding around the countryside on his Street Glide Harley Davidson.

Tina Ah Chee

Tina comes from a sales background, starting in family-owned retail stores when she was young and progressing to commercial real estate sales for over 16 years with Barfoot and Thompson.

Her core values are honesty, integrity and loyalty. She’s hard-working, a lateral thinker and good at solving problems. She is also very people-focused. In her own words: “I treat our team at work like family, and I bake once a week for the team.”

Tina understands user needs well, as she first encountered VoIP technology during her real estate sales career. She says that entering into the VoIP sales arena was a nice change, not dissimilar to selling real estate. “Every client has different needs, which is not dissimilar to real estate. So a consultative selling approach is the best approach.”

Samuel Lay

Sam is our Operations Manager at UFONE. His responsibilities include implementing and managing all technical aspects of the business, including VoIP systems and our billing and operations systems.

He is also responsible for designing processes for customer support and service delivery. His skills include VoIP engineering, networking, systems administration, and python development.

After being a part of UFONE for over six years, he says he is now officially part of the furniture.

Vincent Rayneau

Vincent comes from a background in the design, print and marketing industry – so he understands the real-world pressures of business owners, where every dollar of overhead has to be scrutinised. He owned and ran his own businesses for many years, working with brands such as Subaru and Mission Estate Wines. He has a passion for technology and delivering services that can make a real difference to your business.

Vincent is also keen on health and fitness, having completed multiple marathons and cycling endurance events such as the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. One of his goals is to reduce his golf handicap to 10.

Greg King

An experienced Business Development Manager, Greg has worked in the telecommunications field for 20 years in sales roles. His last position was for Vodafone Wholesale, and before that for Telstra Clear Wholesale for many years before Vodafone bought them out.

Greg has a wealth of knowledge and contacts in the industry, and he’s always keen to put that knowledge to use for our clients. In his spare time he is a keen golfer and competitive tennis player.

Nathan Willis

Based in Tauranga, Nathan is our Area Manager serving businesses in the Bay of Plenty region.

His professional background includes 17 Years in Corporate and Enterprise IT and Telecommunications, in both New Zealand and Australia. He has extensive industry experience, having worked for channel partners of UFONE and their suppliers.

His educational achievements include a Post Grad qualification in Business Mgmt. (with Distinction) from Waikato University.

Yuri Pogrebinsky

The man in the hot seat! Yuri is our Service Delivery Manager, with a total focus on making sure customers get the solution they need, when they need it. He has worked in telecommunications for almost 20 years in a variety of roles, but always specialising in service delivery and project management.

A proud father of two, Yuri loves table tennis, poker, fishing and quarantine-free travel.

Lance Hope

Lance Hope is the Network Manager at UFONE, keeping communication flowing for all our customers. His responsibilities include architecting and managing all aspects of UFONE’s networks, and making sure their ongoing operation is smooth and efficient.

Originally from an aerospace background, Lance is experienced in RF communications and complex electrical systems, as well as IP Networking, VoIP, RoIP and other technologies. Outside of work Lance is a staunch supporter of Right-to-Repair and is a volunteer firefighter.