Momento Musings

Meet our team of the decade

 

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On June 10 we hit a record of 10 staff being with us for 10 years – alongside our Managing Director, Geoff Hunt. That’s pretty special and we’re very lucky to have such loyal human beings working for us. We thought you might like to know a little about what they do and what makes them tick.

Geoff

GEOFF HUNT
CO-FOUNDER + PRODUCT MANAGER

Geoff is our captain who is responsible for dreaming up Momento, our new products and processes. He can be found strategising, coding, printing and searching for chocolate.

What do you do at Momento?
I steer the good ship Momento and I love the team we have assembled

Favourite thing in life?
Inventing things

First music you bought?
I snuck out of basketball practice at school to buy Back in Black by AC/DC

Fave food?
Haloumi cheese

First pet’s name?
Snowy the fox terrier

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
There aren’t many countries I wouldn’t like to visit. Iceland is next on the list.

James

JAMES WHITWELL
CO-FOUNDER + CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

James, Geoff and Libby worked together 20 years ago in the early days of interactive CD-ROMs. He has a very large brain that makes our software excellent and our network safe.

What do you do at Momento?
I look after all the technical things (IT and programming)

Favourite thing in life?
Cafe stop after a hard bike ride

First music you bought?
Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth

Fave food?
Hot chips

First pet’s name?
Papageno (he was a budgie)

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
Antarctica

Libby

LIBBY JEFFERY
CO-FOUNDER + MARKETING MANAGER

Libby enjoys meeting our customers and suppliers and sometimes hugs them too early in the piece! She is so committed to Momento that she talks to customers in her sleep.

What do you do at Momento?
Write all the communications, manage our social feeds, coordinate events, get to know the photo book publishing network and run the Photobook Of the Year Awards

Favourite thing in life?
Sunshine streaming right through you, and being immersed in a visually stunning film or historical novel

First music you bought?
Soul II Soul Volume III – Just Right by Soul II Soul

Fave food?
Cheese and crackers, especially when teamed with red wine

First pet’s name?
Nelson (a ginger tabby)

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
Outback Australia

marbeen

MARBEEN FELIPE
WEBSITE TEAM LEADER

We have never seen Marbeen without a smile on his face in the whole 2,600 days he has worked for us. He is the kind of employee you want with you to bottle or duplicate.

What do you do at Momento?
Web developer, and I enjoy building new things

Favourite thing in life?
Building things

First music you bought?
The Fat Boys on vinyl from HMV

Fave food?
Spaghetti bolognese

First pet’s name?
Nate (a black labrador)

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
Back to Japan

Joe

JOE CAI
SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Joe is our quietest biggest achiever. He keeps slightly different work hours but his output is extreme, as is his ability to deal with complex technical issues.

What do you do at Momento?
I am C++ software developer and write the code for Momento’s software

Favourite thing in life?
Sports

First music you bought?
Liangzhu (Butterfly Lovers), a violin concerto on cassette tape

Fave food?
Seafood

First pet’s name?
Maomi (a generic name for cat in Chinese, for my white cat with large black spots)

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
Switzerland

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EDDY QUINNELL
WIDE FORMAT PRINTER

Eduardo came to work for us after Geoff’s mum drove him down the W.A. coast. He loves memes, flashing lights and handles paper like it’s the most precious object on earth.

What do you do at Momento?
Make your dust jackets and printed covers happen

Favourite thing in life?
Breathing

First music you bought?
Aqua

Fave food?
Chicken feet

First pet’s name?
Frankie

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
North of The Wall

Priya

PRIYA HARIHARAN
SOFTWARE TEAM LEADER

Priya is not only a spectacular coder, but her craft skills are second to none. She has been known to knit a scarf in a few hours while watching her husband and son play cricket.

What do you do at Momento?
Take care of the Momento software

Favourite thing in life?
Creating cute and creative craftwork

First music you bought?
Tamil music

Fave food?
Tandoori Chicken

First pet’s name?
Enzo (a budgie)

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
Japan

Aya

AYA OYANAGI
PRODUCTION MANAGER

Aya’s attention to detail is impeccable and her genuine concern for her staff is impressive. Our suppliers also love Aya because she is so organised, professional and thoughtful.

What do you do at Momento?
I look after production and stocks

Favourite thing in life?
Crafting, making things

First music you bought?
Sonatina album

Fave food?
Sashimi

First pet’s name?
Pucchi

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
India

Marty

MARTIN PENNY
BINDER

Marty has actually worked for Momento for 14 years because he used to bind our books before we established our own facility. All he wants is a shed with sawdust on the floor.

What do you do at Momento?
Manage the bindery

Favourite thing in life?
Being with family

First music you bought?
Hot Summer Hits 78

Fave food?
Unfortunately anything fried!

First pet’s name
BB (a labrador cross red setter)

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
Around Australia

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JESSICA O’SHAUGHNESSY
OPERATIONS MANAGER

Jessica is a working-mum-superwoman with an immense capacity to problem solve multiple issues at the same time, and at lightning speed. No wonder she wants a nap!

What do you do at Momento?
Anything from product development, to work health and safety and everything in between

Favourite thing in life?
Sitting down

First music you bought?
Too ashamed to admit, my colleagues would never let me live it down

Fave food?
New Zealand fish n chips

First pet’s name
The Cat

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
For a long uninterrupted nap 🙂

Jackie

JACKIE LENTELL
NZ CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER

Jax is our employee of the decade in New Zealand. She makes every customer feel like they’re number one rather than just another number. She also likes a wee chat!

What do you do at Momento?
I love helping people make beautiful books, and in the process I get to make lovely connections. I feel privileged to be a small part of preserving their special memories.

Favourite thing in life?
Aside from the obligatory answer – I have an awesome family – I’m mad keen on my two canine fur babies, Molly and Bella. I also love taking photos, driving everyone who knows me crazy, with my constant ‘recording of memories’.

First music you bought?
Leif Garrett by Leif Garrett. I was in love with him but he couldn’t really sing.

Fave food?
Blue cheese quince paste and crackers, liquorice, mango … not all at once though.

First pet’s name
Whiskey, a big grumpy black cat.

Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
No question … ITALY.

23 comments

      • Dot Saxon-Williams

        I was one of your first customers and had trouble burning my MBF onto a CD and ended up taking my computer to Geoff’s flat in Mosman ( I think) Momentos first office! Wall to wall computers!
        I wasn’t very computer literate in those days. I have now done many books and recommended Momento to lots of friends and have helped them with the program.
        It is the best program by far, you can do so much with it and the quality is the best I have seen. I was so happy when I could do the books on Apple.
        I have been very busy in my retirement but now catching up with trip books! Thanks for a great program, keep up the good work. Dot.

  1. Jill Miller

    Been using Momento for a few years now. Love the photo books! First time I got confused with the end process (yes, I’m much older than this gorgeous techy team!) and rang for assistance. Person I spoke with was marvellous. So helpful and I could understand him! Thanks guys for all you do!

  2. Leanne Tuxford

    Have been using Momento since 2007 I think for both books and Xmas Cards. Love how you can access the books on the website, and it gives me a sense of security should anything ever happen to the books. The best quality too. Lee

  3. Sue

    Love what you do, I must since I keep coming back. Nice to meet you all as I have always found patient help when needed!

  4. Suzanne Smith (aka Suzie)

    I love Momento and have had 15 books produced over the years. I travel a lot and find it is so easy to store my memories with Momento. I have at times found it difficult to do something but have always received wonderful service.

  5. Julie Abbey

    Love Momento. The program is great with so much to choose from and the finished books are very professional and well produced. Have done 12 books and currently doing number 13. Thanks to you all.

  6. Caroline Bready

    I have quite a collection of momento albums and their quality is exceptional. I am “low tech” but the process is so easy and help is never far away. An outstanding product and service…Thankyou for many happy memories.

  7. Richard Ainsworth

    It’s always a pleasure to deal with Momento. Your product is excellent and other friends really enjoy looking at my photo books. Currently I have seven books out on loan to other people. It was great to read about the hardworking staff that make it all happen. I look forward too doing another decade of business with you.

  8. Peter Tame

    Love meeting your team, you do a great job. My last book (The Dog House) is so popular that I will probably have to order more. Thanks again for a good job well done.
    Peter Tame.

  9. Geoff Lane

    Wow! What a team! Thanks for this personal introduction to you guys who do such a great job with a fantastic product. With 9 books over the years and more on the way, I can’t thank you enough for such superb quality and support 🙂

  10. Jenny Rose

    What a great team. It’s lovely to read about the personalities of the wonderful people who make our memories look wonderful. I have used Momento for many years for travel books, friends special birthdays and also for a record of each of our grandchildren every year for the first five years of their lives (might make it a few more now that they are growing fast). Thank you Momento team for the best books in town.

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