OUR
HOOLAGANS

These are the people that take your business to the next level, that engage with your customers, that hope and dream and sweat for your brand.

Danie

Danie Brink
CEO & Founder

Having lived in the USA, Australia and all over South Africa, I have developed a passion for growing business at a global level. I came to realise that the modern online world offers new and exciting opportunities for businesses to thrive. That’s why I founded hoola Agency in 2016, with a passion for developing people and business and using the digital world to do both.

Our hoola team is the evolution of this realisation and I am excited about the possibilities that await us and our clients. I place a high value on family and I love the outdoors and the pursuit of an active lifestyle.

Kenny

Kenny Holloway
Acting MD

Propelling progress fuels me – human and consumer behavior, market and industry trends, and business and brand performance are all so interestingly different that sometimes growth requires innovation and change and other times consistency and stability – collaborating to advance sustainability solutions is a part of the joy of agency worklife!

I would like to be thought of as a God fearing, people loving, broad-minded-narrow-downing, insight generating, wisdom guiding guy who listens well and loves bringing out the best in people. But what is said about oneself is much better done by others.

I am a husband, a dad, a son, a brother, an uncle, a pastor, an economist, a writer, a scholar, a surfer, an explorer, a wannabe farmer, a proud South African, and a very average musician.

I truly count working with great people on great brands to make remarkable differences in this modern era, with and through Hoola, a great privilege and blessing.

Jadine

Jadine van Breda
Strategic Director
My greatest passion as a strategist lies in learning about the intricacies of each business from the people I meet, and how to implement that knowledge in solving clients’ challenges and building their dreams. Having been with hoola from the start, I strive to maintain our rich company culture, which is truly different to any agency or corporate setting that I've experienced. On a personal note, I have a great love for people, food, photography, advertising and other cultures.

Lauren

Lauren Wait
Business Director

I'm passionate about people and thrive off building relationships. The hoola way is unique in how we collaborate and find the right marketing solution for our partners. We have the opportunity to influence people's experience with, and perception of great brands. In my career, I've been challenged and have had the incredible opportunity to work with brands in different sectors. I love the passion and energy in our industry. I strive to lead by example and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Jamie

Jamie Bell
Creative Director
It's all about the passion. For amazing creatives' executions, for the idea to beat all others and to do it without compromising the true artform that is designing for solutions.

I love to connect with clients on a personal level, to understand what drives their passion and to always meet on a level that's not becoming of typical pretentious advertising 'Mad Men' language.

Let's do awesome things in this world, together.

Andrea

Andrea Jackson
HR Consultant

I am passionate about learning, self-development and equipping leaders to face a new world of work. My objective is to help create more successful individuals and organizations. My motto is to encourage and mobilise and I believe everyone has something amazing within them. My faith and family are most important to me and when I don’t answer my phone it’s probably because I’m out horse riding.




Neil

Neil Dickson
CFO

I'm extremely passionate about business, and finding the best and most innovative ways to build businesses is where I find joy. As much as the creatives might not like to hear it, it's looking closely at the numbers that drives good decision making! I firmly believe that the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts and that by careful analysis, we can make those tiny gains that make all the difference. Away from the office, I love running ridiculous distances and I have completed a number of ultra marathons - another passion where the numbers count!

Michelle

Michelle Brink
HR & Accounts
My passion for people inspired me to complete my Bachelors Degree in Education with a specialisation in the Psychology of Education. I want to bring out the very best in people. I have realised that this can be done through education, mentorship or simply playing a support role. I believe in living a balanced life where family and health come first. I enjoy working in a team where I can inspire people and grow alongside them.



Zinzi May
Art Director
I was drawn to visual communication because of the power it has to influence the world. I love Africa and believe in its potential to have its own unique identity.

I focus my career on building proudly African brands and believe in the power of brand self-identification - don't be like anything else, be yourself! I find joy in spending quality time with family and investing in local art and brands.


Jessica Ah Sing
Senior Digital Analyst

I’m passionate about people and technology, and to me - marketing is the best of both worlds! I believe every person and every brand has a unique story to tell, and I love how through advancing technology, digital and social media, we are able to tell these stories in new and innovative ways!

When I’m not at work with my hoola family, you can find me ballroom dancing, cooking or on a spontaneous adventure with my friends.

Diann

Diann Holder
Junior Bookkeeper & Agency Coordinator
I've always just loved working with numbers and finding solutions to problems, so it only made sense for me to join the world of accounting. They say if you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life and never has that saying been truer than right now, being a proud hoolagan.

Not only am I doing the job I love, but I get to do it with the most amazing bunch of people. If I'm not busy on a spreadsheet or calculator, you can find me spending time with my family, cooking, baking or watching documentaries.

Chris

Chris Hoelson
Senior Copywriter
The power of words fascinates me! Their ability to paint spectacular pictures, elicit emotion and bring amazing ideas and concepts to life is awe-inspiring. I have a passion and deep appreciation for the spoken and written word. My career path has meandered through the corporate landscape to the forest of creativity, where I have finally found a place that feels right! In my spare time you can find me on the golf course, surfing, or gaming on my PC. I'm an avid reader and dabble in art when I get the chance. This wonderful new journey continues and I'm proud to be doing it as a hoolagan!

Charné

Charné McLean
Senior Creative: Design
Over the few years that I  have spent in the working world, I’ve learnt that listening, patience and understanding are some of the most important skills you can offer - and that you should always wash your teaspoons after using them. For me, being a graphic designer means communicating a message in the most visually appealing way. I have a passion for creating designs that incorporate clean lines and symmetry.   When I’m not searching for the perfect colour palette, you will usually find me either watching a good Netflix series or napping alongside my two cats. 

Luré

Luré Dicker
Senior Brand Consultant
I thrive on bringing creative solutions to problems, so I decided to make it my career. Making people smile because they finally found just the right product, is what I'm all about. When I was younger, I wanted to be a superhero - someone who can change the World! But I don't need to wear a superhero costume and I don't need to fight crime - I just need a laptop and amazing products/services that will change someones world. In my free time you will find me between loved ones or doing something creative. I also viciously support all coffee businesses with a decaf option in my area.

Chelsea

Chelsea Gardner
Creative: Design
I've always dreamed of working in the creative world, and I love that working at hoola allows me to do just that, alongside a unique team of creative individuals. It excites me that there’s always something new to learn, especially in this ever-growing digital world we find ourselves in, which fuels my love for the creative industry as there are endless possibilities and always room for growth! When I’m not at work, I’m spending time with my family, friends and 4 cats, or exploring other passions of mine, which include photography, hiking, plant-based cooking and yoga.

Odwa Lalela
Brand Consultant

For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to become a TV presenter. Since then, my fascination with how everything worked behind the scenes gripped me even more. I'm fascinated by the process of making small brands realise their full potential in the digital world. I have a great love for the creative world, and its ability to reveal so many people's hidden talents. When I'm not at hoola, you'll find me with my head down reading a good book or at a cute coffee shop with friends.

 

Elzaan van Eeden
Brand Consultant
From the age of 16, I fell in love with the world of events, PR and marketing. After graduating, I jumped into a PR position and experienced my first taste of this diverse industry. Fast forward a few years later, I find myself at hoola, ready to learn more. What I love about this industry, is that you get to help brands grow. When I'm not working, I'm cuddling my four-legged, furry kids or spending time with friends. I also love to cook / bake, or kick back with a good book / series.


Nathan

Nathan Benjamin
Senior Creative: Design

I've always been intrigued by how things work, both independently and as a collective. This curiosity appealed more to my creative side and over time evolved into a passion for Design, Illustration, Motion Graphics etc. Honestly, I love all things in the creative realm but I have a true devotion to Layout and Typography. My goal is to become a more well-rounded creative and expand my skill-set into Art Direction. I relish the opportunity to work as part of a dynamic team, especially one where we share the same passion for what we do. In my down time I'm still creating, whether it be a chalkboard typography piece or a digital illustration. Away from the keyboard you'll find me outdoors in nature, or simply just watching cartoons.

Lonwabo

Lonwabo Ngcwayi
Junior Conceptual Creative

I am motivated by the pursuit of the best version of myself possible; how great can I possibly be as a creative and how much of an impact can I make in the world. These are the conversations I have with myself and those close to me. I follow my goosebumps and that pursuit led me to learn a number of creative mediums of expression. I treasure positivity and I enjoy spending time in spaces that refill me, in places that reflect me with people that renew me. I grew up in a rural Xhosa village and I strongly believe that the childhood memories and the ideas birthed in that space gave me an interesting creative perspective. I truly believe that being African, in the current creative landscape, is a real "superpower."

Bradley Dubbleman
Senior Strategist

My life's goal is to help others while growing as a person myself. The betterment of mankind and personal development is very important to me. Design is a large part of my life, both in a professional & personal setting. I love everything about art & design, from exploring new boundaries and challenging concepts to creating something entirely unique. I have a fondness for nature and space, it brings on new ideas and feelings of calmness.

I'm very chilled & relaxed, usually spending my free time either watching some anime or gaming into the night.

Lené van der Merwe
Senior Brand Consultant

I started working in the marketing and advertising industry 7 years ago and have earned real-life experience in customer service, branding and campaign management.

I recently moved back to the Eastern Cape and home is definitely where the heart is! I value the heart and soul that goes into developing brands. Being able to help clients grow and meet their busniness needs is very rewarding. I believe in customer service with a smile, transparancy, hard work, getting back up every time you fall down and that a little humor goes a long way.

I enjoy quality time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, throwing a few weights around in the gym and searching for a good bottle of red wine.

 

Ryan

Ryan Sainsbury
Senior Creative: Design

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but imagine the life that cat experienced. I've constantly found things that may seem mundane to others a chance for learning and understanding things fully. I treat design the same. Why do things look the way they do? Why does this colour make me feel a certain way? It's these small, seemingly mundane aspects, that usually are the drivers for reinforcing an idea. My passion lies in creating things that move. Giving a set of pixels its own unique personality is something quite magical, and I live for creating that magic.

Robyn

Robyn Furstenburg
Senior Brand Consultant

I have a fiery passion for brands and understanding how people immerse with the brands they love and why they do. The marketing industry is fascinating to me and an incredibly challenging one which is why I fell in love with it. It goes without saying that hard work, resilience, focus and determination are what set you apart in anything in life, particularly your career. Dreams don't work if you don't but, ultimately, everything is hard until one day, it's not. I believe that if we believe fully, work consistently and are supported by people who are like-minded, we humans are capable of doing extraordinary things.

What lights my world are the people I'm surrounded by and the energy that comes from them, staying in touch with my health and fitness by appreciating the divine outdoors, and getting genuine fulfilment out of the work I am doing, no matter where or how that might be.

Kai

Kai Schoemarker
Junior Conceptual Creative

I've always found fulfilment in the act of learning and thus have never had a "dream job" - unless you count when I was five and the answer was "a Mommy" or "Barbie in Swan Lake". What I learnt about has never been much of a bother to me, as long as I was continually growing as a person, which makes hoola the perfect place for me. Working alongside an array of unique individuals in the Creative, Brand, and Digital teams has given me the opportunity to forever improve and have a laugh at the same time.

Some of my passions in life include learning languages, socio-political factors, problem solving, storytelling, and the arts. I'm also partial to Dungeons & Dragons, reading, and swimming.

Noludwe Makwetu
Digital Assistant

After having studied and worked in the entertainment and creative industry for half of my life now and being a part of a fast-paced, ever evolving and impactful industry, I hold the belief that to live a successful and fulfilling life, one must be creative, unrelenting and tenacious. I truly believe that the humility to accept that we do not know everything in the bigger scope of existence and the willingness and excitement to keep exploring and learning is what keeps our souls young and us continually evolving into the best versions of ourselves.
Deep! I know. lol. But as my favourite poet in history, Charles Bukowski, once said...

" If you're going to try, go all the way! There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is."

*Cue Don't 'Stop Believing' by Journey*

Savannah

Savannah Connacher
Brand Consultant

Remember the days when Pepsi and Coca Cola used to battle it out through combative advertising campaigns? Those campaigns got me hooked on the idea of going into marketing and advertising. Despite having an interest in marketing from a very young age, I studied psychology first - psychology and marketing go together like tea and rusks! Once I finished up, I went on to study digital marketing, and here I am! Surprisingly enough, my love for writing got me my very first job in rugby journalism. Best believe I know all there is to know about rugby now so cheering on the Bokke at least has some context. After moving on from the world of journalism, I tried out agency life, and the rest is history! When I'm not at the office, you'll find me flipping through recipe books cooking up a storm, outdoors taking photos, laughing away with my friends and family or planning my next trip!

Akhona

Akhona Yosa
Brand Consultant

Communication works for those who work at it – John Powell I love how effective communication is needed not only in business, but in pretty much every aspect in life. It’s the middleman between confusion and clarity – much like I’m the middleman between the clients and the audience/resources/suppliers and so the list continues... I started with a Diploma in Journalism and needed to broaden that skillset, hence the degree of Arts in Media, COMMUNICATION, and culture. If I’m not glued to my work PC screen, I’m at the park with my doggos, trying out new hairstyles or places, taking random pictures, reading fantasy books/novels, or glued to another screen watching Netflix.

Devon

Devon Schoemarker
Junior Copywriter

I gained a deep appreciation of what makes people who they are through my studies in Industrial Psychology and Sociology, but it was what I learned from my friends in between classes that showed me what joy there can be in story telling and writing in general. Combining these two facets of myself to create words that can inspire people became my goal. I’ve always been a fan of the creative side of life; doing Visual Art in high school, playing drums since I was 12, becoming an affiliate Twitch streamer, and even attempting to start a couple of podcasts with friends! Entertainment and inspiring people has always been a major motivator for me in life. If I’m not writing then you’ll find me streaming my favourite games on Twitch, creating new encounters for my players in Dungeons & Dragons, or watching terrible movies while enjoying some good banter with my friends.

Kim Yvonne Phillips
Senior Creative: Design

I aspire to be continuously inspired — to be passionate and compassionate in my everyday life and show that part of myself through the creative work that I do. I feel blessed because my active imagination has given me the drive to learn, grow, and conquer obstacles in my graphic design career and personal life which before felt near impossible. Working with a powerhouse of a team is the very thing that makes my day-to-day so exciting and fulfilling. For me, conveying emotion is so important, which is exactly why I find myself loving every moment I spend creating and communicating in the marketing world. Apart from my day-to-day as a creative, I am an absolute night owl, which gives me time to spend as an aspiring aerial artist and performer OR feeding my video game addiction. Find what fuels your fire and make it burn!