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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Marang Masokoane

Virtual Assistant

Marang is a Johannesburg based VA who was born in the United Kingdom, but completed her secondary schooling in South Africa, and has been based here since. She has a strong background within corporate / commercial law firm environments, having performed many administrative roles therein. She also has a number of years of experience in the Non-Profit/ NGO sector – and is passionate about public benefit work and being of service to others. She possesses exceptional computer and numeracy skills; having excelled in these subjects. She has sharp analytical skills and has experience writing and editing longer documents like articles, blog pieces and even funding proposals and reports.

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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

I am a virtual assistant based in Cape Town, South Africa. I have 10 years experience working as a medical secretary together with 17 years working as a PA. I pride myself in my ability to complete all tasks given to me and am always prepared to go the extra mile. My knowledge and experience in office administration and secretarial duties ensures that I meet and exceed all client expectations. I have experience in online research, transcription, sorting expenses receipts and capturing, preparing daily sales co-ordination sheets, medical stock control and other administrative tasks. I am passionate and committed to my job and look forward to putting my experience into action by adding value 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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Phillippa Atkins

Virtual Assistant

I am an ordinary person that prefers to do the extra, thus hopefully creating extraordinary results.  At the end of the day, no matter what skill I apply, all goals should be for the mutual success of the entire team or company.  If someone had to ask me what I thought my highest attribute is, I would say it’s Passion.  I believe that you have to love what you do.  I consider myself passionate in all areas of my life and I always strive towards excellence in whatever my hand chooses to do.  To accomplish excellence, its not just about working hard or doing, its about what you think, your mindset. And even when you fail, because we all fail, we get back up and move towards the goal. I have experience in Office Administration and Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Client Liaison, love organising and ensuring smooth streamlined tasks and being efficient. Every day is a new opportunity to give your best, learn and grow and add value to another.

 

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Jacqui Pratt

Virtual Assistant

I am a virtual assistant based in beautiful Yzerfontein on the west coast, in Cape Town. I have travelled extensively, and after attaining my Economics degree at University of Cape Town, I spent seven years in London working in Investment Banking. I have worked in various areas within banking such as Private Clients, Foreign Exchange Product Control and Equity Confirmations. I also worked for my family in their property business for five years so I have an excellent understanding of the property industry. I then moved to Bahrain in the Middle East and worked in recruiting, and was the Office Manager there. Most recently I was in Dubai, working as a Legal PA for five years. I have reported into Senior Partners and VIP’s. I have worked for teams of up to seven lawyers so I have a great ability to multitask! I have a good attention to detail in both documents and excel spreadsheets and have worked extensively with Visio and PowerPoint. Lastly, I am a people’s person and love communicating and learning new things. I am passionate about everything I’m tasked to do, and always give my all.

 

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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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Kaamielah Phillips

Virtual Assistant

As a natural writer Kaamielah tends to show attention to detail in the story. She is a filmmaker by trade, and thereby a great story-teller! However, thanks to her passion and drive she gives 100% to every task assigned to her. Kaamielah has follow through and loves giving the best customer service to each of her clients. She loves spending time with her daughter and writing short stories.

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Chantal Moss

Virtual Assistant

I’m a Graphic Designer/DTP Operator with 13 years experience. I am skilled in Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, InDesign, Imovie and Office. I am Mac and PC literate, and have a thorough knowledge of repro and print as well as print design, layout and finished art. I’m an organised individual who works well under pressure and i am able to meet deadlines. I am a goal orientated person, a fast learner and imaginative with many innovative ideas. I have great communication, organisation and time management skills. I pay close attention to detail and can handle multiple projects concurrently. I’m able to recognise a clients needs and meet them. I am  confident, responsible and mature, a solid worker who pays attention to detail. i have interpersonal skills, good social interaction and am a team player.

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Desire van Aswegen

Virtual Assistant

Detailed oriented organized and hardworking, I can provide support in various projects and have a strong command of the English language. I have over 12 years of administrative/PA experience and during this time I have developed a wide range of skills to deliver quality results, I am also equipped with a complete home office. I am a leader and take initiative which enables me to utilize my strong organizations skills, prior experience, education and full ability to work successfully as a Virtual Assistant. I can bring value to your business with my experience. I am assertive, detailed, take pride in my work, treat others how I want to be treated and always give 100%.

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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, as an internationally qualified Pitman professional, I have enjoyed a successful background in office management, administration as well as marketing and branding. My career spans various industries thus enabling me to be a highly motivated self-starter. Being reliable, trustworthy and hard-working as well as extremely organised  has ensured that I display a thoroughness in execution of tasks. I possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and am able to liaise confidently with senior management at all levels. I am highly skilled in project planning, coordination and management of projects, keeping within allocated budgets and planned timings and have successfully delivered on numerous marketing and advertising campaigns that I have been fortunate enough to be involved in.  Being a freelance writer, I am able to use my creative flair and humour to engage with readers.