Meet the winning team behind 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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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 .

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Henriette Howell

Virtual Assistant

Young and vibrant! At the age of 22 , I believed that a women needs to be able to work from home. But how? With this in mind , I started searching for way how and this was how I found about VA Connect. I am a dedicated person, I love new challenges every day! Even if I focus on detail, that does not mean I work slow, I learn fast – diligent by thorough. I have over 5 years of experience in Administration duties and problem solving, creating of new Administrative systems. I am passionate of what I do, to improve productivity for myself and others. In my experience, I believe to be truthful, to be organised, to be focused and committed make me a great Virtual Assistant.

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Chantel Griffin

Virtual Assistant

Chantel Griffin is a Virtual Assistant / Personal Assistant with a combined 24 Years’ of experience. Chantel is passionate about her work and she prides herself on completing her tasks assigned with accuracy and speed. She is a professional, capable, determined and confident person. Chantel is an enthusiastic individual who is always willing to broaden her knowledge and work as part of a Team. Chantel is a well-organized Virtual Assistant, with extensive experience in supporting mid, senior and top level management by providing them with consistent administrative support. Chantel is a highly approachable individual who has a pleasant attitude and a willingness to make a positive mark. As her Client, Chantel will always strive to do her best to assist you in reaching your goals and or targets. Chantel’s philosophy is “Do what you LOVE so that you can LOVE what you do” Chantel Griffin resides in East London, South Africa.

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Tammy Nortier

Virtual Assistant

Tammy is a VA based in Tableview, Cape Town.  She has over four years of experience working as a VA and started this career path as a transcriber having worked on many, many projects for both local and international clients.  Tammy is well versed in customer service, having worked in the retail industry for many years prior to becoming a VA, and since becoming a VA has gained so much knowledge on various things needed by her clients.  Tammy’s niche would be social media marketing and management, curating of information, general and advanced administrative tasks and she has also worked on WordPress websites and with various online accounting packages such as Xero and Stripe.  There are many other skills which Tammy has and she is also a fast, eager learner and happy to learn whatever is needed to assist whomever she is working with.

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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 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

I’m based in Johannesburg and have worked for global companies for the past two decades, getting things done.   My experience has ranged from administration to project management and consulting on business efficiency and marketing strategy, and has always involved working in teams, across time zones and cultures.   As a professional Virtual Assistant, I aim for excellence and am always keen to learn, work better and more efficiently.  When I first used the Internet, the world opened for me and now I can work from my home-based office, and be in touch in real time with anybody in the world – provided they speak English.  I love writing, new technology and social media.

 

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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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Andrea Collocott

Virtual Assistant

I have more than 20 years of broad-based marketing experience within the investment banking, insurance and legal sectors at a local and international level, having worked in both South Africa and Europe. I have worked extensively in the corporate market and have successfully developed, and project managed brand, marketing and communication solutions in numerous organisations. I can implement business development and marketing strategies and actionables from initial concept through to final deliverables.

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Jenni Franz

Virtual 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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Michele White

Virtual Assistant

Currently based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Michelé  is an internationally qualified Pitman professional with a successful background in office management, administration as well as marketing and branding.  Michelé has enjoyed a varied career spanning several industries including the IT, Telecoms and investment sector.  Upon completing college, she travelled to the UK where she worked in the telecoms sector for three years before returning to Johannesburg, South Africa where she consulted to the IT industry and was employed by numerous large enterprises.  Presently, Michelé is a Virtual Assistant and Freelance Writer with proficiency in creative, female health, ghost, financial and web content writing.  She is studying to become a qualified life coach, is a member of SAFREA (South African Freelancers’ Association) and an avid feline devotee.

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Anita Granger

Virtual Assistant

My name is Anita Granger and I am a Virtual assistant with 25 years experience in admin, bookkeeping, basic accounting, some accounting packages, property management, All Microsoft packages. My background is Deloitte, Budget Car Rental and other big companies. Until 2014, I wanted to be a jack-of-all-trades for my clients, so I did my best to keep current and skilled in all things internet marketing, including Social Media Marketing Action Planning and Support, administration, Pastel, Sageone, property management. I then realised I was great at time management and increased my skills to include audio transcripts, PowerPoint presentations and sales and marketing. In 2014, I decided to pick a niche to focus all my learning and skills-development on. As it turns out, I enjoy being an Assistant – be it a Sales Assistant, Marketing Assistant, Personal Assistant or a general all round Admin assistant. I enjoy the creative element of it, plus, there are the technical aspects that I relish getting into as well. 

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Corne Morrison

Virtual 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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Susan Smit

Virtual Assistant

With a degree in Logistics Management and 13 years’ experience in Production, Brand Establishing, Building and the Logistical field, Susan strives to bring meticulous and calculated work to every client. She has a strong believe in positive human relationships and precision, all of these attitudes cemented by her career in Managing and Logistics. She loves anything to do with Product Costing and Sales Forecasting, Procurement of Logistical Services and dry goods, Stock take variances reduce to acceptable levels, Implementing technological Application and VPN Systems for route scheduling, customer history building, product movement – and survey reports & on time deliveries. Able to maintain a positive teamwork environment by developing mutual respect and trust. Proficient in analyzing and solving problems for maximum efficiency and profitability.

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Nicky Mee

Virtual Assistant

Nicky is a Cape Town based skilled marketing, social media & sales coordinator with over 20 years experience across a broad variety of industries and channels. With a background in secretarial – and high-speed typing skills – she is considered to be the entire package. Organised and reliable, she believes that excellent open communication lines with clients is the way forward in ensuring business needs and goals are met. With her personable approach and empathy for customer needs, Nicky is driven in her approach to business targets without compromising passion for customer service. She is a self starter, highly motivated and continuously upskills herself through on-trend marketing courses. Her passion lies in social media marketing and she thoroughly enjoys creating vibrant eye-catching content and social media posts that brings out her creative side. She is a quick learner and is happy to tackle anything that is put to her.

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Liz Silva Correia

Virtual 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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Jenny Lahoud

Virtual Assistant

I am a seasoned employee and come with experience assisting highly skilled professionals with organising and planning their life. I have been working as a personal assistant for over 10 years assisting managers and teams with scheduling meetings, diary management, booking travel and administrative support. I started out in the creative industry freelancing for photographers and ended up working in a blue-chip company. While my experience is diverse my aim is to be true to my values. I achieve the best results is in a friendly and relaxed environment which embraces a holistic lifestyle and values both the client and employee. Working virtually will allow me to utilise my resources and talents in a manner which is authentic, in the pursuit to maintain a healthy work life balance and allow flexibility to further my studies and personal dreams.

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Lliane Bratherton

Virtual Assistant

Residing in  Randburg, Lliane comes from a strong administrative background, with several years of experience in a variety of industries such as finance, IT, hospitality, event management, as well as consulting engineering.  In the consulting engineering industry she has experience with preparation and maintenance of tender documentation, tender adjudications, payment certificates, reports, fee proposals contracts and compilation and submission fo bids, to name a few, most of this work is done in Bill by Civilsoft.  Lliane is fully proficient in Microsoft Office, namely MS Work, MS Excel and MS Powerpoint. She is honest, reliable, hardworking, focused and flexible.  She performs well under pressure and considers herself to be professional in her approach.  Lliane prides herself on attention to detail and is dedicated to ensuring that all work sent out is of excellent quality and presented in a timely manner.