Prior to establishing the company in 2006, Thommie held management and strategic roles at a number of multi-national companies based in South Africa, Africa and the United Kingdom. As a PhD and MBA Graduate, Thommie has personally been involved in successfully managing thousands of Business Plan Projects, Feasibility- and Market Research Studies on behalf of local and international clients.

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