The BUZZ Team

Ben Crossen APRCSA​

Director and Principal Consultant

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Ben is a Foundation member of BUZZ and is now the owner and Managing Director of BUZZ.  Over the past ten years Ben has consistently been the top performing Hospitality, Tourism and Travel recruiter in New Zealand and has worked with some of the countries top establishments,

Ben has spent time living and working overseas where he found his calling for recruitment working in the competitive UK Market.

An out of the Box recruiting innovator, Ben is known for his working relationships with leadership and his experience in niche searches.  

Simon Baker

Senior Career Designer

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Simon grew up within the Hospitality Industry though his parents. He completed his Hospitality Studies at CPIT. Upon completing his studies Simon headed to Europe and spent nearly eight years running Bars and Nightclubs before returning to New Zealand and becoming an Operations Manager for a Hospitality Group in Wellington. Simon then went on to owning his own restaurant for over six years before he found recruitment.

Having now been involved in Hospitality Recruitment for over three years, Simon, as a Career Designer for BUZZ loved connecting quality Candidates and Clients together

Jo Coburn

Recruitment Coordinator

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Christchurch born and bred, Jo has previously worked in  recruitment for call centres and IT. She has been with BUZZ, as a Recruitment Coordinator, since early 2016.  Having worked in the Hospitality Industry for over ten years, Jo takes great pleasure in recruiting in an industry she enjoyed working in herself.  

With a degree in Sociology and having studied Psychology, Jo has a thorough understanding of human behaviours and interactions.  She is passionate about food and loves to dine out, sampling the amazing hospitality New Zealand has to offer.

As Recruitment Coordinator, Jo supports the consultants assists with screening candidates, and completing reference checks.

Being a people person, Jo enjoys the interaction with candidates and clients and providing the best service possible.