Simon Harper

General Manager - Wakatipu & Mackenzie Laundries

Simon was born and raised at Mt Cook; however, he has always called Queenstown home. He joined us in 2019 after a long career in the hotel industry including senior management roles in NZ, Australia, and Fiji. Simon brings extensive managerial and financial skills to oversee and drive the strategic direction of Southern Lakes Laundries.

Utilising the extensive knowledge gained from his Hotel General Management experiences Simon is dedicated and committed to providing all the laundry’s customers a second to none customer experience.

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Silvi Locatelli

Operation Coordinator - Wakatipu & Mackenzie Laundries

Silvi joined The Southern Lakes Laundries team in May 2019 and was originally from Argentina but has been in New Zealand for over ten years and calls Queenstown home. Silvi is responsible for the coordination of the operational aspects of our business which includes but is not limited to Production, Engineering, HR, OH&S as well as a range of other duties. Silvi also holds a bachelor’s degree In International Relations.

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Marcos de Oliveira

Maintenance Engineer - Wakatipu & Mackenzie Laundries

In 2019 we welcomed Marcos to our team as our Maintenance Engineer, a key role in the laundry responsible for ensuring all our high-tech and high automation machinery is kept in excellent condition to ensure minimal disruption to our operations. Marcos is from Brazil and holds a Bachelor of Automation Electronics and has a postgraduate in Process and Production Engineering. We are fortunate to have Marcos’s extensive skill set keeping our laundry ticking over and ensuring our valued customers' linen supply is uninterrupted.

Kumar Chhantyal

Production Supervisor - Wakatipu

Kumar joined us in 2012 having completed a Diploma in Business Studies at Waikato Institute of Technology. Originally from Nepal, Kumar also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pokhara University. Upon joining the laundry Kumar began in Laundry Operations and proved to be a keen learner with an eye for making improvements whilst quickly grasping the importance of workflow and management of staff to improve productivity. Kumar was promoted to Laundry Supervisor in early 2015 and in 2020 he was promoted to Production Supervisor and along with Luis they run the entire day-to-day production operation of the laundry and assist our General Manager with the overall operational function of the laundry.

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Luis Gomez

Production Supervisor - Wakatipu

Luis is originally from Chile where he trained as an Informatics Engineer before working as a Technical Coordinator for testing in Chilean schools. He went on to work in logistics learning valuable skills in the flow of materials. Luis moved to Queenstown in 2014 joining our team in Laundry Operations before progressing to our driving team servicing our customers throughout the region and learning their linen requirements. Luis was promoted to Laundry Supervisor in early 2016 where he continued to apply his knowledge, experience, and staff management skills to ensure our production levels keep pace with our customers' demand.  In 2020 Luis was promoted Production Supervisor and along with Kumar they run the entire day-to-day production operation of the laundry and assist our General Manager with the overall operational function of the laundry.

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Ingrid Espinoza

Floor Manager - Mackenzie

Originally from Chile Ingrid moved to New Zealand in 2015. Ingrid holds a Psychology degree from the University of Santiago and upon arriving in New Zealand worked in several hospitality supervisory positions in both Christchurch and Queenstown, before taking on a laundry Supervisor role in Tekapo where she worked for 3 years. Ingrid joined the SLLL team at the Wakatipu laundry as a Laundry Supervisor Trainee in December 2020 where she was trained in all facets of our operations before being promoted to a full time Supervisor. When we purchased the Mackenzie Laundry in Twizel and rebranded it to Southern Lakes Laundries, Ingrid given her experience and background working in smaller more remote laundries was promoted to Floor Manager Mackenzie.

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Guilherme Nacismento

Laundry Supervisor - Wakatipu

Originally from Brazil, Gui joined Southern Lakes Laundries in 2016 as a laundry worker. In Brazil, Gui studied both metrology which is the study of time and measurement as well as completing an industrial apprenticeship that is focused on meeting local industrial company’s production and engineering needs. His work experience includes working on production lines for plastic molds for pens, car parts, and medical instruments. In 2018 Gui join the Supervisory team.

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Gaston Cassou

Laundry Supervisor - Wakatipu

Gaston is from Uruguay; he attended a Technical High School where his focus was on electromechanics. Electromechanics combines the processes and procedures from electrical and mechanical engineering in a production environment. After graduation Gaston worked for Coca Cola for 8 years as a production operator

Gaston moved to NZ at the start of 2018 for personal and professional growth and started working at SLLL in February. Using his engineering and production experience he quickly picked up the operational tasks in the laundry and demonstrated through his attitude and performance that he wanted to learn everything about the laundry to help with his understanding of our operations. His goal was to develop into a highly effective worker and hopefully in time become a supervisor, Gaston was promoted to Supervisor in 2019.

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