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Lesa Davis – Boss with the X factor

by Tony Potter

GO TO Google, or if you want to be totally impartial the search engine of your choice, and tap in the word Nitrogenx (pronounced: nitrogenics). Then go to “Our team”.
There you will meet – in descending order – Lesa Davis, managing director; Megan, customer services/sales support; SaraJane (daughter), admin/finance; Samantha (daughter), health and safety/compliance; Sandy, accounts; Aroha, sales; Laura, marketing/business development.
Getting the picture here? Seven women, three of them mother and daughters.
Finally, five blokes – Chris, warehouse and delivery driver (he’s also Sara-Jane’s fiancé); and Darryl, Shane, Ross and Scott, all delivery drivers.

That’s it. The 12 of them make up Nitrogenx, who entered the last Westpac Auckland Business awards for the first time and won Best Small Business (West) Lesa Davis Boss with the X factor by Tony Potter and Employer of the Year (West) out of three categories they were up for. A batting average any test match cricketer would give their eye teeth for.
And in charge is a woman who left school (Kelston Girls’ High) at 15, studied shorthand and typing and got her first job as an office receptionist. Lesa Davis isn’t afraid of hard work. “I believe if you work hard in life, things will open up for you. People will recognise it.”
Well, the Westpac judges certainly did.

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