He is an entertaining and insightful writer, speaker, motivator and facilitator with a strong focus on creativity and innovation; a director of a number of public and private companies and an independent marketing consultant to a variety of businesses; has also founded or co-founded a group of companies including leading advertising agencies Colenso & Hutcheson, Knowles Marinkovich (HKM) and is a former director of Communicado.
Mike has written a regular humour column for The Independent and an innovation column for Unlimited magazine. He has published a collection of these in two books, entitled ‘No1 Best Seller’ and ‘Beethoven’s Banker’. His third book, ‘Kickstart Your Creativity’ he co-authored with psychologist Rebecca Webster.
In December 2001 Mike resigned as Executive Director of advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi in NZ to lead a new and innovative business unit focusing on innovation and product development.
He has run a family building company, his own real estate company, set up Replica Homes, a franchise building chain, and worked on the team that established the first Lifecare Retirement Village in New Zealand.
Having gained entry into the Ilam School of Fine Arts, he ended up studying law at university. He ruefully admits it was a mistake. He then discovered advertising (no small feat for a boy from the country), and went on to win the Reader's Digest Scholarship as New Zealand's Most Outstanding Young Advertising Man.
Mike obtained a Diploma of Fine Arts and then took a sharp turn to study Law at both Canterbury and Victoria Universities. From here he moved into the world of advertising. His career has seen him involved in a number of business ventures:
• running a family building company
• setting up Replica Homes as a successful franchised building operation throughout New Zealand
• helping to establish Lifecare Retirement Village in NZ
• developing his own real estate company
• setting up successful advertising agencies
His first book (modestly titled) “No.1 Best Seller” was published in 2000 and his directorships include Project K, Spirit of Adventure Trust, AUT Communication Studies Advisory Committee, AUT Chancellors Forum.
Mike is an entertaining and inspirational speaker with an excellent sense of humour and you will be inspired by the new and innovative business unit he has now put together for New Zealand and International clients.
“Funny, often outrageous, always an acute observer of life, Hutch rocks”
- Bill Ralston.
“No matter how good your day is, Hutch will make it better”
- Michelle Boag
“Intuitive, erudite and bloody funny. Hutch is a true Renaissance man”
- Jenni McManus, Editor, Independent Business Weekly
"The man called Hutch is one of the treasures of New Zealand - he is inspiring, funny, innovative, sexy and widely talented. He's a writer, an artist, an entertainer, a creator. He has supported the Foundation for Youth Development and Project K for many years both as trustee and through leading strategic planning sessions. His broad experience and quick mind have assisted us to be at the leading edge of child and youth development. With Hutch in our board meetings we never fail to laugh and yet still get the business done. We love him."
Jo-anne Wilkinson and Graeme Dingle
"Hutch is a great speaker - entertaining, stimulating, challenging and above all relevant and engaging in a range of areas including creativity, innovation, and thinking about business and ways of 'doing' business differently. Mike's passion, humour and delightfully provocative world view is ever present and engaging."
Professor Deb Shepherd, University of Auckland
"'A mate of mine reckons' has now become part of the standard language among my friends who have all received copies of 'Beethoven's Banker and other stories' as a gift! It is such a joy to read about New Zealand experiences that feature my city, my country and most especially my fellow 'kiwis'. This book challenges, inspires, enlightens and enriches all who read it and just makes you laugh out loud. Men and women alike find it a great read and just love to discuss certain stories with fellow readers, my personal favourite remains 'Paint necessarily so' - just the title tells you it's going to be worth the read! Having also had the experience of being at a dinner where Mike Hutcheson was the guest speaker, I can only say he delivers his post dinner dissertations with the same wit, understated style and panache that’s reflected in his writing. I am looking forward to more dinners, more lunches and more books!"
"Mike is a regular presenter on the ICEHOUSE Owner Manager programme and never fails to impress the participating entrepreneurs with his fresh approach to thinking about the business of business. He brings passion and knowledge together to simply and persuasively talk about the need to continuously innovate and challenge orthodox approaches to business."
Dr Christine Woods, University of Auckland
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