Media Release

Remembering David Chaulk

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It is with sad hearts the team at ShowGizmo mourns the loss of a remarkable man. Former CEO, David Chaulk passed away on the 6th of November 2018 after a short illness.

David was an inspirational leader in music and business. He actively built businesses such as Brand Developers, Cin7, ShowGizmo, Experianza Music and Soamify.

Such was his acumen and charisma that often his dedicated business teams would follow from one adventure to the next opportunity 

What we remember most fondly is his appreciation of people and their talents. David could get the best out of team while delivering stellar growth to stakeholders.

David's sense of humour, style, friendship, love of family will be most sadly missed.

David has been a valued Mentor, Comrade and Friend.

We wish David’s family solitude that at work he gave everything to make us successful.

We are so grateful for the time we had with David Chaulk. An Irreplaceable man.

ShowGizmo welcomes new CEO, David Chaulk

A specialist in leading hyper-growth in early stage companies, Canadian-born David Chaulk has worked throughout Australasia, North America, and the UK in industry sectors from SaaS Software to FMCG to Utility in leadership positions including CEO, COO, Group GM and Director of Sales and Marketing.

David’s career highlights include launching an international music publishing business, leading sales growth of more than 300% (in 4 years) for Australasia’s largest direct response television company while building an international profile for the business and turning around one of NZ’s largest office products companies from loss to profit, then successfully leading a merger with the company’s main competitor.

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“Since completing my last project, I’ve been looking for a New Zealand-based opportunity with world class potential. The events industry is one of the fastest growing verticals out there and ShowGizmo is an amazing product. I genuinely believe we can grow this business internationally and become one of the great New Zealand success stories.” said David.

The events industry is one of the fastest growing verticals out there and ShowGizmo is an amazing product. I genuinely believe we can grow this business internationally and become one of the great New Zealand success stories.

ShowGizmo was founded more than seven years ago and David replaces founding CEO Marie-Claire Andrews who remains on the company’s board. The ShowGizmo event app has been the market leader in Australasia since launching mid-2010.

“We were pioneers in the event app space back in the days when the few people who actually had a smartphone — often a Blackberry — had no idea what an app was. It’s very different in today’s highly competitive environment and it’s great to have someone of David’s calibre in play to take us to the next level,” says Chair and Co-founder Frances Manwaring.

David is no stranger to events, having been one of New Zealand’s leading trombonists for many years, performing with iconic musical ensembles including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Eventing the Future partners with ShowGizmo for 6th consecutive year.

Wellington based event app developer, ShowGizmo, has confirmed a partnership with annual conference, Eventing The Future (ETF) for the 6th consecutive year. The two day conference is New Zealand’s premier conference for the event industry and the official conference for the New Zealand Event Association (NZEA).

ETF first partnered with ShowGizmo in 2012 to digitise the event experience for their attendees. Since then they have continued to partner for the conference, ensuring the kiwi event professional community is exposed to the ever evolving landscape of event technology. “ETF have pioneered all of our innovations over the years, they do an excellent job at showcasing the latest and greatest in event tech to kiwi event professionals,” said Josh Dry of ShowGizmo.

It’s always been a pleasure working with the ETF team. They are fantastic champions for our industry here in New Zealand.

“We’ve had the privilege of seeing the ShowGizmo platform evolve over the years. It’s transformed from a simple digital show guide that was perfect for the time in 2012, to a sophisticated interactive platform that allows our attendees to come away with better connections,” said event co-organiser Jeannie Dyer. “As well as providing exceptional technology, the ShowGizmo team are great to work with as a partner and a supplier too. Their mission of creating awesome event experiences is apparent in everything they do and is something we can definitely get behind,” continued Jeannie.

The partnership with Eventing the Future is one of ShowGizmo’s longest standing. “It’s always been a pleasure working with the ETF team. They are fantastic champions for our industry here in New Zealand. The partnership is so successful because it’s based on a mutual commitment to exploring new ways of enhancing the event experience for attendees.,” said ShowGizmo chair and co-founder, Frances Manwaring