'Craig built businesses that New Zealanders wanted before we knew we wanted them.'
SIR JOHN KEY
No Limits describes Craig Heatley's entrepreneurial life. It charts the good times and the bad, his philosophies, his approach to currency trading and the significance of becoming the first person from the southern hemisphere to be invited to join the world's most prestigious golf club, Augusta National, home of the Masters.
Heatley was still at high school when he created a subdivision on the back of $200 saved from his paper round. A few years later, building a mini-golf course launched a business that in 1986 saw him become the youngest person to have then featured in the National Business Review's Rich List.
But it is Sky Television that was his boldest and most precarious undertaking. The fledgling company teetered in the early nineties as rugby suffered its own crisis, torn between its amateur heritage and the forces of professionalism. Heatley could see the answer. Making it happen is part of his story.
'I found this book incredibly inspiring. The lessons about the importance of networking, taking risks and anticipating the future have encouraged me to think deeply about how we can get ahead.'
DAVID, SMALL BUSINESS OWNER
'Without Craig there'd be no Sky TV and without Sky we would have lost the battle for our players. The importance of Sky to professional rugby in New Zealand cannot be overstated.'
'Despite his extraordinary networking and business skills Craig Heatley is a mystery man. Read this book and discover one of New Zealand's most interesting and complex characters.'
Joanne Black is an award-winning journalist. She currently lives in Washington DC, where she is a speech writer, a freelance journalist and author of the New Zealand Listener's popular Back to Black column.
Allen & Unwin
A&U New Zealand
Paperback - C format
Biography & True Stories