Meet Blake, Founder of GMS. Blake always had a dream to create his own business as a teenager and has done so at the ripe age of 25 and has since helped hundreds of companies scale their growth through his social media marketing expertise. Outside of his profession, Blake is a keen astronomer and wannabe spaceman. His lucky number is 13 and the number 3 appears to stalk him wherever he goes. Blake features as one of the faces of Contiki Australia and has travelled around Australia modelling for their website and brochures. His real name is Blake Micola Von Furstenrecht deriving from his dutch background, but to save the tongue twisters, you can call him Blake or B-Larkey.
Having an entrepreneurial flair from a young age Simon got a taste of running his first business at the age of 16 when he started a side hustle selling furniture online. His first taste of the ‘real’ world of advertising and marketing started as a junior Media Strategist and Planner in a specialist team, as part of global media agency OMD. Working across a suite of global and local clients, he quickly found his feet and moved up the ranks and onto one of the agencies largest clients, McDonald’s. His next step in the world of Media was as part of the team tasked with launching Havas Media in the Australian market. Being one of their first team members at the agency, and seeing it to grow to over 60 employees, Simon had an urge to rekindle his entrepreneurial itch and went out on his own for the next challenge.
After marketing and building a digital HR recruitment platform for the professional service industry, and being part of the team that launched the concept for a Personal Training online marketplace, there was one common skill that kept shining through: Digital Marketing.
Over the past 3 years, Simon has been responsible for over $5,000,000 in advertising spend, across multiple industries. His high-ticket lead generation strategies have helped:
A USA Based Medical Supplier generate upwards of 4,000+ leads – every single month.
One Of Australia’s top copywriters and business coaches fill his events – for 9 consecutive months
Australia’s BIGGEST Property Buyers Agent fill their pipeline with qualified leads
Matthew previously worked at Facebook (Yep, direct from the source – we only recruit the best) as a Marketing Expert in the New Zealand office and has been helping over 800 businesses across New Zealand and Australia in all verticals helping them to best make use of advertising budget and to help grow and scale businesses in the region. Some of his funnel campaigns and advanced strategies have been used globally across the world as a benchmark for performance.