DION NASH - GENERAL MANAGER & FOUNDER
Dion is a former international cricketer, having represented New Zealand for a nearly a decade before retiring due to a series of injuries. Dion’s passion for skincare dates back to his long days spent enduring sun, wind and sweat whilst toiling away at professional sport. This industrial exposure to the effects that environment has on skin formed Dion’s initial skincare regimen and later the basis for T&D’s ethos around how to look after and protect our bodies most valuable asset – our skin. Since founding Triumph & Disaster in April 2011, Dion has worked tirelessly to find the best chemists, ingredients and advisers to ensure T&D is at the very forefront of a clean, natural, ethical skincare revolution. Dion continues to evolve and develop T&D’s internal ideology to ensure what we put on our skin and how we protect it from the environment, utilises the latest green science with proven, effective, natural ingredients to deliver performance that leads the market, a commitment to excellence and evolving the game that will forever be core to the brands DNA.
Hailing from the sunny, citrus filled plains of Northland's, Kerikeri; Ben began his working career in Mount Maunganui to take a job in Kiwifruit. Then, in 2018 moved to the big smoke for a new venture, skincare. Something of a general knowledge whiz, Ben spends his spare time memorising the lesser known constellations of the southern hemisphere, watching cricket and spell checking old exam papers. A keen golfer, Ben has caddied for a guy called Barry who on the 7th he advised the slope ran right to left. The putt, however, ran more left to right and that was the end of the niceties from Mr Obama. Ben heads up the NZ Sales team here at T&D and brings a never say die attitude. He uses his intellect combined with a rare kind of Northland street gumption that means he gets the job done. Rock n Roll Ben.
Lani was born & raised on Auckland’s North Shore, which makes her from there, but she still kind of denies it. Lani used to spend her school holidays growing up on her Grandfather’s sheep farm in Nelson, where she spent long days herding sheep into pens, which kind of makes her a shepherd, but she denies that too. Lani does admit to having a real passion for business which is endorsed with a marketing degree and an eye for detail. Beginning her career in the Furniture industry before moving to T&D, where it is fair to say she was thrown in the deep, running all things e-commerce and social media for us and doing it with aplomb, something she cannot deny because we have seen it with our own eyes. Lani balances her work life through playing and coaching field hockey, bingeing old & new crime docos, completing the odd logic puzzle and has been known to spend slightly too much time with or talking about her dog.
Dafna Nimkovsky more commonly known as ‘Daf’ (like a punk just without the t-shirt) is T&D’s newest recruit. Creative by nature, Daf likes roaming the kiwi countryside in search of rare mushrooms and lost treasure. Born in Israel, to Jewish Russian immigrant parents but having lived in Aotearoa most of her life Daf ups our diversity count by a multiple of five. A heavy rock n roller, drawn to the classics but with a penchant for neo classical psychedelia Daf is a believer in quality over quantity. Graphic design is her passion but Marketing is her game, all of which makes her star quality in the T&D line up, we are stoked to have her.
Rachel Chow walked into our lives brandishing killer kicks and punk attitude, we hired her on the spot. Little did we realize just how far her penchant for expensive sneakers went. Hardly a week goes by without a new edition to the ‘Chow Range”, so much so Rach’s T&D nickname is ‘footlocker’ (the store, not a kinky wrestling move). Rach runs our flagship store, but is much better described as a T&D ambassador, she truly lives and breathes the T&D brand, has awesome knowledge of the products and amazing customer service both online and in person, our store would not be the same without her. Next time you are passing call by for a coffee, an update on the NBA scores and some fine ass T&D.