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Neil Hazelman

Marketing Director

Sydney

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Neil understands the value of purpose and why it is crucial to improving business, brands and ultimately better human beings. He has dedicated the last 8 years to living his why – Freedom – and helping others discover their purpose through his creative skills and commercializing it to thrive.

Neil is constantly pursuing opportunities to make brands better. His passion to help business’s connect better with people, has him currently focusing on causes for positive social impact. One example (close to home – with 3 daughters and a ‘founder’ wife) is his support of the economic progress of women. Providing the strategic positioning and brand development for her business resulted in the Fearless movement and Financy – A women & money media and the Financy Womens Index – an economic metric that measures and tracks the financial progress of women and money across Australia.

Neil started Be Your Why in 2020 as a way to help those affected by the global pandemic. By using the power of purpose, he aims to ensure you evolve beyond a survival mindset and transcend with success. As a strategic brand consultant, his formula to identify your One Word Why and creative methods to bring it to life is of great benefit to entrepreneurs and enterprise alike.

Neil founded We Are Why in 2013, a creative cloud agency that believes in the share economy, using the smarts of collaboration to execute advertising, branding and marketing communications. Industry agnostic with influence in diverse sectors from Finance to Pet Food, he has lead an innovative approach to creative services. Some outstanding achievements to acknowledge include the re-brand to float OneVue – Fintech wholesale super platform, the development of challenger brand Squiiz – the disruptor to Realestate.com, and The Collectionist – A boutique hotel awarded Time Magazines top 100 cool places to stay.

Neil is fascinated by technology. He co-founded New Global Media in 2014 to support companies migrate through digital transformation and evolved to target C-Suite with lead generation tools born out of real-time insights like the Continuous Customer Flow – A social media engagement widget that uses the influence of recommendations to monitor conversations for key words of interest and auto-respond with a nudge towards an affiliate.

Neil is a creative and strategic generator of ideas, motivator of teams and an inspirational servant leader. An accomplished and award winning executive creative director, artist,  illustrator, designer, advertiser, marketer and brand man, he has over 25 years industry experience in several markets globally including the US, UK and APAC. The companies he has worked for include the brand powerhouse Siegle & Gale (NY & London), sales & marketing specialists Creative Activation (part of the Clemenger Communications and Publicis Omnicon Group) and brand & retail advertising agency Evocatif (part of the STW group and WPP).

Neil is a passionate, creative person with extensive skills in promoting brands to business, consumers and shoppers and has an in-depth understanding of the agendas to align with, in order to overcome barriers on the path to purchase.

Neil has empowered many businesses to success by interpreting or determining strategic objectives, uncovering valuable insights to ignite ideas and with a passion for excellence, following through with impeccable implementation. Neil’s ability to think media neutral has executed in numerous 360º activations for Australian and Global brands.