Mick McCormick - Staff member at Mccormick Training

Mick McCormick – Founder

Mick was born and raised in Zimbabwe. After leaving school he studied teaching and taught primary school for three years.

He moved to Johannesburg in 1975 and served as the National Sales Manager for a highly successful business equipment company for eleven years. During this time, he spent twelve weeks in the United States on intensive Sales and Sales Management courses and decided to open McMcormick Institute of Training in 1986.

Mick has conducted over 4 500 Leadership, Sales, and Customer Experience Workshops with a total of more than 60 000 delegates.

Mick has a real passion for people and thrives on seeing his principles being developed through people

Ryan Bidgood - Staff member at Mccormick Training

Ryan Bidgood – Director

An Entrepreneur at Heart, Ryan has worked as a CEO and Director of multiple businesses over the past 20+ years, both in South Africa and Australia.

Office National Africa, a business that he founded from his study at home, grew to a network of 72 outlets in Southern Africa, employing more than 1 000 staff with a combined turnover more than R790 million.

His passion and expertise are around IT, Finance and Sales & Marketing.

Nick Denoon-Stevens - Staff member at Mccormick Training

Nick Denoon-Stevens – Senior Facilitator

Nick is most importantly the father of two kids, a son of 14 and a daughter of 12. He is into extreme sports, triathlons, mountain biking and long distance running. He loves coffee, kreef, connecting and crème brule.

 After finishing national service in the Navy, Nick did his time at Stellenbosch University and had lost his first business by the age of 23. He then got into corporate training and has been facilitating training workshops for 25 years. The last time he had a boss and a salary was April 1996!

 He runs predominantly sales and management development workshops. He helps sales teams understand the numbers in selling; helps create a greater level of business acumen in companies; and assists people to communicate better and handle the conflict situations they find themselves in. His business and financial acumen simulations also develop critical thinking, business decision-making, basic accounting and operations management.

 He has a fresh, high-energy style of facilitation and has a passion for simplicity and getting delegates to leave with a practical toolkit of what to do to change their personal and team performance and understand the financial implications of the decisions they make.

Chantal Verster - Staff member at Mccormick Training

Chantal Verster – Customer Success Executive

Chantal Verster is a powerful business driver whose vision is to carry companies through rapid and continuous growth.  

She likes getting people excited about the growth and development of themselves and their teams. She is the Customer Success Executive at MIT Africa and drives new business for MIT Africa. 

Previous to this she worked for Love Trust (NGO) as a fundraiser.

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Annabelle Johnson – Senior Facilitator

Annabelle has been in the Sales and Leadership space for 28 years and has extensive experience in running her own business and working in corporate environments. She has motivated and empowered large sales forces and management teams, focusing on sales excellence and leadership skills development. She has developed key growth sales strategies, tactics and action plans and ensured the successful execution of these strategies required to achieve financial targets.

She has honed her ability to align teams to work towards common goals and KPIs and takes a consultative approach to assist them to understand that communication and accountability are critical to obtaining success. Annabelle is skilled in fast-paced environments with cross-functioning teams and ensures collaboration to gain different perspectives to refine strategies.  

An extremely passionate and practical facilitator who believes that there is always a way to achieve anything you set your mind on and facilitates a solution to every roadblock.

Fionna Coetser - Staff member at Mccormick Training

Fionna Coetser – Sales Support

Fionna Coetser started her career as a Nursery School Teacher and Principal.

She excelled as a top Achiever in Real Estate in Cape Town and went on to work for a Recruitment Company for 20 years as a Consultant.

Fionna’s passion is helping people achieve their goals and making a difference in the business world.