Starting out in the industry in 2015, the team at Trail noticed first-hand how hard it was to run an effective financial advice business. Generating leads, following up with prospects, and effectively managing admin was a huge challenge for their previous financial advice business.
The hardest part of all? Clients were ready to do business online, but the advice industry was not. The team looked everywhere for great software to accelerate sales for mortgage and insurance brokers. The key detail here is 'great software', not some antiquated software built 15 years ago, based off an excel spreadsheet. They wanted something powerful yet simple, something they could be proud of presenting to their clients. Meeting people face to face is very important, but having the flexibility to work from anywhere, and do business with prospects the way they want was an advantage the team knew they needed.
When they couldn’t find software that was right for their broking business, they built it themselves. In under two years, while refining the product, their broking business settled over $200mn in mortgages. The team achieved this without any prior broking experience. Over 70% of their clients were advised and processed online, without ever meeting face to face. All of this while testing and refining their software. Their goal has always been to make great financial advice more accessible, which the team is uniquely positioned to achieve.
Chuck Slogrove, along with Ben Krebs & Jon Krebs sold their stake in the advice business to double down on their vision to bring next generation software to brokers around the world. They’ve packaged up the tools they used to run an extremely effective advice business and are making them available to all mortgage & insurance brokers for the first time. They are passionate about making great brokers extraordinary.
Chief Executive Officer
Chuck Slogrove understands financial brokers, having previously successfully exited from his own financial advice business. He is a graduate in Finance from the University of Auckland. He is responsible for the direction of the business.
Head of Operations
Nick guides the operational teams in Trail and KAN. He executes on new strategies and refines our existing ways of working, applying his background in technology and engineering degree. Nick enjoys playing tennis and has a black belt in Taekwonfirstname.lastname@example.org
Business Development Manager
Warwick assesses whether Trail is the right fit for prospective users. He looks to understand the intricacies of each individual business show them the value Trail can bring to their unique ways of working. He is also in charge of organising office birthday email@example.com
Business Development Manager
David, Trail's BDM, offers extensive experience in the financial advice sector. With 5 years in the mortgage industry and a successful track record as a broker, he can help businesses make informed decisions about Trail services and whether it is the right fit. In his free time, David stays active through firstname.lastname@example.org
Madison helps Trail find and develop the best people for the job at hand. She has a background in HR, accounting, account management and demonstrating IT software. Madison is also responsible for the well-being of all office email@example.com
Client Support Specialist
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Angel's specialty is supporting our valued clients in navigating Trail.
She is responsible for delivering quality service and meeting users' needs. Angel loves flowers, bubble tea and nice stationery.
Client Support Specialist Expert
Erica is responsible for ensuring that all of Trail's users receive the support they need as soon as possible. She has a background in IT with a true passion for helping others. Erica used to teach hula-hoop classes in New Jersey.firstname.lastname@example.org
Client Support Specialist
Logan's role is to support clients with their end to end use of Trail. He has a background in onboarding and supporting businesses in a range of CRM and SaaS softwares. In his free time he enjoys playing football and spending time with email@example.com
Head of Barketing
The world's worst guard dog, Luna is a very enthusiastic greeter and will do literally anything for whatever it is that you're eating.
Chief Technology Officer
Ben is in charge of Trail’s product and systems. He is responsible for ensuring Trail is secure, robust, and reliable. He has experience working at a Microsoft Partner company, and has an engineering degree from The University of Auckland.
Nick works best finding the balance between Client Want and Developer Need. He strives to manage that balance with our overall business goals. He is currently the un-official New Zealand Kendama Champion.
UX & UI Designer
Hannah is responsible for creating and translating our users' needs into functional and appealing user-friendly designs. She assists in developing new software features with the team. Hannah owns two cheeky cats and is a dungeons & dragons nerd.
Principal Software Developer
Billy is passionate about front-end development and product design. Having previously been part of a team that helped grew a local startup into an international success, he hopes to use his knowledge and experience to make Trail even more awesome.
Duy is responsible for building and upgrading features of Trail. He had worked as a university lecturer and project manager in Vietnam for more than 10 years. Duy loves dancing even though he doesn't know how to dance.
Max brings in-depth knowledge of the development tools used at Trail. He is responsible for maintaining the speed and security of the software. He owns a cool dog named Wolfgang.
Phoebe is in charge of planning new projects for the software and aligning the needs of both advisers and the business to ensure Trail is the best it can be. She has a background in international business and marketing. In her free time she enjoys creating digital firstname.lastname@example.org
SQL & Devops Engineer
Gary is responsible for all things data and Azure. He is very passionate about relational databases and considers SQL his second language. He is often seen at the local bar and joining two tables together. His co-workers consider him a wizard at photoshop and is prone to being silly at times.
Su is in charge of leading the Vietnam team and makes sure that everyone works and communicates well with the New Zealand team. Drinking coffee is his cup of tea.
Luan works in the Vietnam team as a full-stack developer. He is in charge of building new features in Trail together with the team. He loves reading Chinese martial arts novels.
Son works in Vietnam team as back-end developer. He helps develop new features and maintain the current system. He loves his lovely cat and travelling around Vietnam. He has a shelf with many books and anime figures.
Cuong is responsible for implementing new features and improvements for Trail. Cuong is a fan of mobile games when he has free time.
Thuan works in the Vietnam team as a software developer. He is responsible for implementing new features, improve old features for Trail. Besides programming, Thuan likes playing volleyball and cycling.
Nam works in the Vietnam team and is responsible for implementing new features and improvements for Trail. Besides programming, he's also passionate about travelling and playing e-sports.