ANTONIO CACACE, born in Sorrento, migrated to New Zealand in 1991. Antonio has an extensive background in the Food and Beverage industry and in 2002 founded the very successful La Bella Italia restaurant and shop. Antonio also has been actively involved in promoting Italian food and culture, especially the Italian Festival New Zealand.
Rachel Priestley of The Prodigal Daughter – brings armloads of Italian Gourmet Wine and Food - artisan-produced Italian tastes to New Zealand after 10 years in Italy as a wine and food consultant, sommelier and chef. She says "Food and wine was my life and work for 10 years in Italy. I produce all sorts of Italian salumi products from happy pigs in New Zealand, I have opened six Italian restaurants in Italy, taught Tuscan chefs how to cook Tuscan cuisine better, taught male chefs from Puglia in the South of Italy their own cuisine, and they hated me, in fact one of them took off and still lives in Denmark."
Councillor and Treasurer
LIZ MAXWELL is the principal of ESP Ventures Limited. Founded in 1998, ESP Ventures project manages business events from international trade fairs, marketing and PR, to corporate meetings and incentive and loyalty programmes. Liz is highly respected in her field and has established strong networks nationally and internationally within her industry.
Councillor and Immediate Past President
MICHAEL STEPHENS is a leading New Zealand film and entertainment Lawyer. Michael has been closely involved in the development of New Zealand's film production and digital entertainment industry for over 10 years. Michael is the founding principal of Stephens Lawyers and has a personal and professional interest in the future of East/West co-productions, and funding for film, animation and other digital content projects.
Beppe Carrozzino, born in Torino, immigrated to New Zealand in 2009 after more than 20 years’ service in the Italian Police Force. Since moving to New Zealand, Beppe began working in the coffee industry and now has an extensive knowledge in the hospitality sector. Since 2015, Beppe now lives in Auckland where he is currently the National Business Development Manager for a renowned Italian coffee company. He is a highly personable skilled professional who is a self-motivated bilingual individual.
Gianfranco has operated almost his entire working life in the Financial Area, setting up and managing worldwide captive finance companies for the Fiat Group. Gianfranco has also spent many years as an International Consultant, providing assistance at General Management level and offering his technical expertise in Asset-based financing.
Since the early 80's, MARIO LEONTI has specialised in the ICT industry as a software developer/programmer working with organisations such as Massey University. Mario has served as President from 2005 until 2010 and brings to the Chamber experience and networks which have been instrumental to the Chamber's growth and success.
Cav. Carolina Izzo is the managing director of Studio Carolina Izzo Ltd. After twenty years restoring works of art for major institutions in Italy, in 2001 Carolina and her family, moved to New Zealand. She worked for many years at the National Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa and she’s now running her own business specialised in Conserving Art & Heritage.