Meet the winning team behind    VA Connect

Meet the Team

Karen Wessels

Co-Founder & CEO

It all started with an idea, to help and support small business owners with their admin and getting their business off the ground. Now, 9 years down the line we can truly say we have come a long way, what an amazing and rewarding journey it has been. Meet the founder of VA Connect, Karen Wessels. Karen has extensive business savvy and expertise when it comes to running an office effortlessly. She considers herself an admin geek and loves creating effective work spaces for her clients to excel in. Keen to make life easier for others, Karen is quick to solve workflow processes and come up with exciting systems that are results based. Prior to establishing VA Connect, Karen spent over 13 years in different sales, marketing & admin support roles. Having worked with MD’s, SME’s and professionals, she is very familiar with managing different workloads within tight deadlines. This equipped her with the invaluable skills required to run a successful VA business. Working tirelessly in your business so that you can work on your business, is the order of the day.

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Albert van Zyl

Co-Founder & CMO

Albert van Zyl is a Marketing Maven and Sales Conversion Guru. Albert has more than 15 years’ sales experience, all the way down from door-to-door all the way up to the highest level well-established corporate companies. Albert has a very fun and highly focused approach to business and is continuously seeking ways to improve and speed-up processes. He is obsessively passionate about marketing and can talk for hours on end if you give him any chance to. He fully understands and believes in the power of outsourcing to Virtual Assistants. He loves the scalability of staff to assist with fluctuation in workflow and how easy it is to get a myriad of skills, at your finger tips, remotely. He will stand VA Connect and all our clients in good stead in taking us to the next level.

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Lynda Wessels

Office Manager

Lynda comes from a very strong accounting and administrative background, and brings expert office management skills to the table. Lynda has become a social media fundi and takes due diligence with every project she’s presented with, whether it be creating and maintaining databases to reminding you that it’s your better half’s birthday coming up soon. Besides keeping us on track, she manages the day-to-day logistics of running VA Connect seamlessly and profitably.

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Corne Morrison

Virtual Executive Assistant

Corné Morrison is a mompreneur with a passion for empowering women, especially single moms with children, or divorced women, to reach greater financial independence.  She is not only an experienced, Accounts Payable Manager, previously handling more than 2000 supplier accounts in a branch setting, but also an experienced administration support provider and creative content writer & designer. She loves to simplify and streamline processes. The combination of problem solving skills together with her pro-active approach, makes her a valuable addition to any team.

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Jennifer Botha

Virtual Assistant

Jennifer’s administration skills are of a high standard and she pays particular attention to detail, accuracy and has a keen eye when proofreading and spotting discrepancies.  She is very experienced in handling and meeting deadlines and remains calm under pressure.

Jennifer is motivated, very conscientious, trustworthy and diligent and strives for excellence in whatever task she takes on.  She gets on well with those she works with and is passionate about customer service and building good relationships.  She takes pride in a job well done.

Thriving small and start-up businesses is what Jennifer really loves to see.  She believes that business owners should be free to dedicate their time to doing what they do best and to rather delegate the office administration to a virtual assistant.

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Tammy Nortier

Virtual Marketing Assistant

 

Tammy is a virtual assistant based in Cape Town, South Africa. She has being a part of the VA Connect family for a little over 2 years now but has extensive experience in many things from transcription through to basic and advanced administrative skills. Tammy’s main niche is social media management – including content creation, graphics creation, content scheduling as well as analytics thereof. She is also au fait with hashtag research, Facebook ads and everything in between. Before becoming a work from home mom, Tammy was in a front facing customer service role so therefore it is the norm for her to provide exceptional customer service wherever possible. Some of the programmes Tammy is familiar with are: Hootsuite, Later and Buffer for content scheduling. Canva for graphics creation, Xero and Wave for accounting purposes. Google Suite including docs, sheets, slides and Hangouts. She is also very familiar with the following project management tools: Asana, Trello and Monday.com Tammy looks forward to working with you.

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Rene Blanc

Virtual Assistant

Rene has a sparkling personality, exceptional communication and organization skills, with a passion to help a business run smooth and effectively. She is a Virtual Assistant based in Pretoria, Gauteng. Conscientious, meticulous and detail-oriented, she operates on a high level of excellence, dedication, quality of work and client satisfaction, always striving for excellence, efficiency and profitability. Some of her professional experience and invaluable skills over 15 years includes, Business Administration, Office Management, Personal Assistant, Accounting, Conference and Event Coordinating, Tourism, Dental Assisting. She is well equipped to assist you in running your business effectively.

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Annie Francis

Virtual Sales Assistant

I have more than 24 years of experience in working as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager. The last 3 years, have been spent working from my home based office providing administrative support to my clients.  I have a fully functional home office which allows me to provide a comprehensive service to all my clients’ ensuring their administrative needs are taken care of.  This, in turn gives them the freedom to concentrate on expanding their business.  I am meticulous, loyal and professional with extensive experience in administrative work and I have good computer skills.  I am able to work both independently and as part of a team.  As your Virtual Assistant, I will strive to provide you with both a professional and reliable service.

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Michelle Wilbraham

Virtual Assistant

Michelle is a Virtual Assistant based in Cape Town, Western Cape. She started her career as a Medical Secretary and gained 10 years’ experience in the government sector. Since then has 17+ years of personal assistant/office manageress experience. Michelle prides herself in her ability to complete all tasks given to her and is always prepared to go ‘the extra mile’. Her knowledge and experience in office administration and secretarial duties ensures that she meets and exceeds all client expectations. She brings to the table extensive online research and admin management. She learns quickly and approaches tasks with creativity and ingenuity. Motivated by deadlines, Michelle works well independently or with a team. She’s meticulous and organized. She knows the importance of implementing plans and can be detail oriented while also managing her time and prioritizing important tasks. Michelle is passionate and committed to her job and looks forward to putting her many years of experience into action by adding value to your business.

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Jenni Plaistowe

Virtual Assistant

I am a Virtual Assistant based in Randpark Ridge, Gauteng. I have always been in an administration role which is where my strength lies. Organisation, event planning, and general admin duties is what I enjoy, ensuring that these duties are done with accuracy and professionalism. I was privileged enough to take some time out while my daughter was at school and now that she has grown-up (age 20 to be exact), it is me time again. I felt that with technology advancing so drastically there had to be more opportunities for at-home-businesses and so the search began. During this search, I came across VA Connect and as the say…the rest is history. A couple of years ago I also challenged myself and completed an Medical Transcription course which I passed and achieved my certificate.

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Lindi Boshoff

Virtual Assistant

My name is Lindi Boshoff and I’m a VA based in the beautiful Garden Route. I accidentally became a VA before I knew about the trade. A previous employer just didn’t want to go through the hassle of getting a replacement so I just continued working for him after hours from home and boom… A new VA was born. Since then I’ve expanded my skills and knowledge on the trade. I have 10 years’ experience in various administrative positions with special knowledge of the IT and Medical trade. I am a quick learner and very tech savvy. I’ve got loads of patience and I’m very eager to please. My skillset is quite broad so I am pretty confident that I will be able to assist with any admin task at hand. I have a creative flair so graphic design has always interested me. I am a self-taught web and graphic designer and enjoy it very much to do the odd designing of brochures, business cards, adverts and even T-shirts! I am a firm believer of Confucius’ quote, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

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Heidi Basch

Virtual Assistant

Heidi Basch is a Virtual Assistant / Personal Assistant / Project Manager with a combined 26 years’ experience. In addition, Heidi has experience in the IT skills development and assessment field.   Her career has ranged from operations to project management in small businesses and global companies.   She has worked in teams across time zones and cultures.  As a professional Virtual Assistant, Heidi aims for excellence.   She is confident, competent and energetic and finds efficient ways to reach her clients’ goals. Heidi believes in looking for the good in life, and making the most of every moment. She is based in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

 

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Stacy Fleishman

Virtual Assistant

I am a virtual assistant based in Randburg, Gauteng. I have over 25 years experience working as a PA and Secretary. My various administration skills are of a high standard with particular attention to detail and accuracy. Calm under pressure, I remain motivated, conscientious, trustworthy and diligent throughout every task I undertake. My knowledge and experience in updating CV’s, transcribing. managing diaries, online research, typing and business administration are just some of my strengths. I enjoy the satisfaction in completing each task to the customer’s satisfaction.

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Jenni Franz

Virtual Executive Assistant

With over 30 years working experience in Corporate and the Private Business Sectors, I am really happy to be putting my wide range of skills and experience into working my passion, providing a professional office service to clients and adding value to their business.  Having worked from entry level to Executive Assistant, across time-zones and cultures, has given me a variety of skill-sets, ranging from deadline driven inputs to planning fun events, and I love the diversity of it all equally.  Although fully adept in working alone without supervision, teamwork is important to me as I believe we should be working together toward the same vision and result.

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Susan Smit

Virtual Assistant

“Experienced Virtual Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and project management field. With widely spread clients in different fields making life and work exciting as could be. I have strong administrative and project management skills, am a professional with a Bachelor’s degree – BComm focused in Logistics Management from the University of Stellenbosch. I believe in enjoying work. That is why I made logistics my business, ever-changing, growing, fast passed, my type of to do.”

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Liz Silva Correia

Virtual Marketing Assistant

I was born in Portugal, and moved to South Africa with my parents at the tender age of two, where I completed my studies both with the South African Curriculum and Portuguese Curriculum. Currently a final year student doing a BCom in Project and Retail Management, I have just over 10 years’ experience in working in the corporate world. I have had various roles from personal assistant to account manager. All these roles have taught me numerous skills in terms of administration; developing, structuring and implementing operational and strategic processes; marketing; CRM; cold calling; social media management; corporate event planning; sales and training. One thing I learnt about myself in the career trajectory I have had is that I am passionate about working with different people and assisting individuals, management teams, Exco members and Small business owners in reaching their objectives. I have a strong belief in shared success, your success is my success, so any project that I take on as a VA will be done with the open mindedness to learn, honesty, and dedication to the wellbeing of the client and the objective in mind.

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Lliane Bratherton

Virtual Assistant

Lliane comes from a strong administrative background, with several years of experience in a variety of industries. She has recent experience in transcriptions, writing and editing of blogs, scheduling meetings in Satori and Google Calendar, creation of e-mail marketing campaigns using mail-chimp, creation of marketing media using Canva, social media creation and scheduling, creating type forms, creation of lead pages with links, researching potential clients and more. Lliane also has many years experience in the preparation and maintenance of tender documentation, tender adjudications, payment certificates, reports, fee proposals contracts and compilation and submission for bids, to name a few. Lliane is fully proficient in Microsoft Office and creation and maintenance of databases

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Debi Bergstedt

Virtual Assistant

Debi comes from an executive background where she cut her teeth as a receptionist, quickly climbing through the ranks as an Executive PA and Office Manager. The skills learned in these roles have stood her in good stead and she thoroughly enjoys applying these skills to make her client’s lives easier. Debi takes her VA responsibilities seriously. She has fantastic interpersonal skills and loves to learn and gain new knowledge through her work experience. Being an Entrepreneur means she can help you take your business to the next level. She’ll focus on honing systems and processes for your business, while you focus on growing your business and taking it to new markets.

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Stacey Calitz

Virtual Marketing Assistant

Stacey Calitz is a marketing enthusiast with 8+ years experience in media, from print publishing to digital and social media. A diligent and committed individual who takes pride in her work and enjoys a challenge. Project Management is her best skill, and ensuring high quality outcomes motivates her constantly. She is a problem solver by nature and driven by the solution and not the problem. She loves working with people and treats those around her with respect. She feels the best way to learn is to do the work and figure it out as she goes along. She reside in Cape Town South Africa.

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Natalie Irwin

Virtual Executive Assistant

Natalie’s greatest passion is using her ability and skills to enable leaders to reach new heights. In this manner she helps her clients, which include high profile Executives, get the most out of their day in the most organised and professional fashion. She knows that no single approach is the right one for every individual. She has therefore focused on diversifying her experience in the hospitality industry over the last 20+ years ranging from working at the front desk, marketing, F&B, event coordination through to being an Executive Personal Assistant for Directors.

She is able to work and stay calm under pressure and goes above and beyond to deliver results for her clients, whilst always ensuring that integrity and morals are at the forefront of everything that she does.

Natalie has a Diploma in Tourism from the Cape Peninsula University. Her love for travel, in conjunction with the Diploma explains her extensive travelling and diverse international experience which she gained from working abroad.  Outside of the office she is committed to her education, family, running and keeping healthy.

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Bronwyn McCafferty

Virtual Sales Assistant

Bronwyn is based in Sunningdale, Cape Town and is a single mom to 2 wonderful girls.  Having over 15 years client relationship experience as well as appointment setting throughout her career in Sales and Sales Management, Bronwyn is a highly self motivated, extremely well organised and slightly OCD person in all that she does. She has experience in all general and advanced administrative tasks, an excellent knowledge of Micosoft Office,writing skills and PR skills including Social Media and she looks forward to learning and growing in all aspects of what is required of a VA.

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Maxine Clark

Virtual Executive Assistant

Maxine is an independent, energetic, and hardworking individual with an MCom in business management and an undergrad in Communication. She has over nine years’ experience in project planning, operations, administration, brand management and documentation. Maxine mainly consults to the retail industry with a focus on group operations. Her portfolio encompasses the management of the entire business, staff management, project and event management, tender/RFP compilation, overseeing social media, and the day to day business operations.

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Tracey Barkus

Virtual Assistant

Tracey is a Virtual Assistant with expertise in marketing, project management, writing and general business administration. She gained over 15 years of experience working in the marketing field before joining VA Connect as a Virtual Assistant in 2016. Tracey has good experience in writing blogs, articles, website content and marketing material as well as social media marketing knowledge and experience. Her business experience and education mean she is able to lend a hand to a range of tasks that need doing within a company, in a professional and efficient manner. Tracey is based in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal.