Excerpts from reference letters:

Source: Accor Asia Pacific Australia. General Manager Communications, Peter Hook.
Comment: During the launch of Kosciuszko Alpine Guided Walks Nolen (of Zest Productions Pty Ltd) proved himself a most dynamic project manager, taking a fledging idea and turning it into one of the most successful new tourism products of the past decade.

Nolen was responsible for dealing with all levels of business, from environmental groups and tourism bodies to ministers and was instrumental in getting NSW Tourism Minister Sandra Nori involved with the project.

It is rare for a marketer to actually translate vision into reality but Nolen truly made the launch of the Kosciuszko Alpine Guided Walks (owned by Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort) one of the greatest PR successes Accor has seen.

I would not hesitate in recommending Nolen for any position in project management, communications, marketing or PR as he has shown himself proficient at all levels and will continue to play a vital role in Accor's communications and PR projects of Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort and Kosciuszko Alpine Guided Walks.


Source: SkiMax Qantas. Managing Director, William Kernot.
Comment: Nolen Oayda of Zest Productions Pty Ltd worked for SkiMax Qantas for over a five year period. His role includes creating, implementing and managing marketing and promotional projects, general business expansion, advertising placement, photography and brand awareness campaigns.

Nolen is an honest, self motivated, conscientious and able employee who is dedicated to ensuring that the job is well done.


Source: Kellogg’s Australia Pty Ltd. Trade Marketing Manager, Vivienne Bruce.
Comment: We were very happy with the coverage we received for this event. The feedback from you in regards to our exposure was exceptional and was presented in several great formats which were easy to circulate around the business. I look forward to working with you in the future.


Source: Red Bull Australasia. Sports Marketing Manager, Chris Mater.
Comment: Zest Productions carried out the event management logistics of the Red Bull Ride, an international, world televised sporting event... and ran a well-organised and extremely efficient event that proved successful with competitors, staff, media, spectators & achieving all our set objectives... and continue to bring new management and marketing ideas to promote and run the event.
Zest Productions managed the Red Bull Rails ski & snowboard event in Jindabyne. This proved extremely successful and hassle free for Red Bull with Zest Productions managing all event operations including site, council, traffic committee, land owner approvals, staff management, budgeting and media management.
To be a great Red Bull event manager you need a Jeckal & Hyde personality – in that you need to be extremely well organised and also very creative – two qualities that are rarely found together. Nolen (of Zest Productions) has plenty of both. I would recommend Nolen & Zest Productions for any management position that requires self-motivation, project management, people skills & an innovative approach to the task.


Source: Deer Valley Resort USA. International Marketing Manager, Patricia K. Denny.
Comment: In cooperation with SkiMax and Qantas Airways, Nolen and Daisy (of Zest Productions) have helped to put Ski Utah on the radar screen in Australia. I personally worked with them in Deer Valley during their production of a special Ski Utah/SkiMax slide show. The resulting show was previewed to a group of key Sydney media personalities and received rave reviews for both photography and commentary. Following the press launch the show went on the road to Thredbo and Perisher resorts to be seen by hundreds of winter sports enthusiasts.


Source: Tourism Snowy Mountains. President, David Last.
Comment: The event was professionally managed, scheduled and well executed by the event management team from Zest Productions Pty Ltd.


Source: Crested Butte Mountain Resort USA. Director Media and Special Events, Gina Kroft.
Comment: Thanks for the great article and brilliant photography. Look forward to seeing you back in Crested Butte soon!


Source: State Emergency Services. Local and Area Controller, Les Threlfo.
Comment: I would like to congratulate you on the way you conducted the safety aspects of this event... I was amazed and more than satisfied with the militarily precisions with which you maintained the event.


Source: Australian Gallery of Sport & Olympic Museum. Curator, Judy Hansen.
Comment: The Australian Gallery of Sport & Olympic Museum has selected the following images from your collection for the travelling exhibition (titled Australia: Our Sporting Life) commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.


Source: Verbier Switzerland Tourism Office. Marketing Department, Jan Severine.
Comment: Thank you again for the magazines (feature article) we received. We really appreciate them.


Source: Snowy Hydro Limited. Area Manager, Robert Hope.
Comment: I would like to congratulate you and your team in the professional manner the event was conducted. I inspected the area during this event and way very pleased in the way the competition and support crews conducted themselves. Adequate environment protection had been put in place around the facilities being used and also security precautions were excellent.


Source: Zest Productions website - feedback from video sales client, Mark Madden.
Comment: 1st/ correspondence with your company, you get 10 out of 10. 2nd/ personality behind the emails, again you get 10 out of 10. 3rd/ information conveyed and accuracy, yet again 10 out of 10. 4th/ delivery of the product, 10 out of 10. 5th/ would I deal with your company again or recommend you? ABSOLUTELY. And I have!


Source: Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce. Nadene McLeod Moir.
Comment: The event was organised with real professionalism in spite of no such event ever before being held.


Source: Portillo Ski Resort Chile. General Manager, Henry Purcell.
Comment: Thanks for magazine, the article is great and we all enjoyed reading it.


Source: NSW Department of Sport and Recreation. Development Consultant Industry and Partnerships Division, Peter Boardman.
Comment: Nolen Oayda and his organising committee (Zest Productions) successfully applied for and received support funding unde the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation’s International Sporting Events Program toward the conduct of this event.
As a supporting sponsor, the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation was extremely pleased with the professional manner in which the event was co-ordinated by Nolen Oayda and his event team.


Source: Tourism Snowy Mountains. Deputy Chairman, Greg Roberts.
Comment: Congratulations to you and your team on a fantastic visual and technical event…


Source: Telluride Ski & Golf Company USA. Communications Coordinator Virginia Verney.
Comment: I enjoyed reading the piece on Telluride that you did for Ski Extra magazine. You took a great approach, editorially and pictorially, to describing our area…


Source: Emap Australia Pty Ltd. Editor, Tim Robson.
Comment: I consider Nolen (Zest Productions) a valuable and talented contributor to our magazine, both from a photographic and editorial perspective. Nolen is also a professional contributor to local and overseas skiing media, both in print and television.


Source: Snowy River Shire Council. Manager of Urban and Rural Services, Murray Blackburn-Smith.
Comment: It appears from community reaction that the event again exceeded all expectations. Overall I would like to congratulate you on another successful event and look forward to next year.


Source: Online Sports Marketing. Project Manager Belinda Wight.
Comment: I would like to thank you for all your had work as head photographer at the inaugural MobileNet Winter Xtreme Games.


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