Key contacts at Synergy Positioning Systems
Mike Milne Managing Director, Synergy Group Founder View Profile
Managing Director and the Synergy Group company founder Mike Milne has a career spanning more than 30 years in the Civil Engineering, Roading, Earthmoving, Survey, Asphalt Paving and Construction industries. After established Synergy in the late 1990’s and working from his home in Auckland, Mike has grown the business to nearly 40 employees and extended both the scope and range of activities to include operations in New Zealand and Australia with consultancy work also undertaken in the Pacific Islands.
Prior to establishing the Synergy Group, Mike was responsible the management of a large privately owned capital equipment business supplying Internationally Branded heavy earthmoving and roading machinery throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland and is a member of Roading New Zealand, The New Zealand Contractors Federation and the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association. Mike likes to take a hands-on role within the Synergy group and is particularly involved in new product and service innovation along with the core areas of asphalt paving and three-dimensional machine automation.
Mike and his wife live with their teenage family in Auckland. Mike’s a key supporter of his children’s many and sometimes varied schooling and sporting activities. Mike also keeps up with his cycling and swimming and is a keen albeit strictly amateur snow skier. Mike also likes to get on the water for a bit of a fish, when he can, and finally is an enthusiastic armchair technical advisor to the New Zealand All Blacks.
Louie Schutte General Manager - Sales & Marketing View Profile
Synergy Positioning Systems’ technical manager Louie Schutte has recently stepped into a new frontline role within the company, focusing on the rapidly growing 3D GPS machine control market as National Machine Control Manager.
A familiar face to many within Synergy’s diverse client base, Louie has been selling, training, installing and supporting machine control customers since 2007. During recent years he has specialised in machine control sales, which has ultimately culminated in his new role.
With the rapid evolution of machine control technology – both in terms of the technical capabilities of the software itself, as well as its growing industry adoption within New Zealand – Louie is excited about the opportunities the new role brings.
“In this new role I will continue to design and roll-out machine control systems for heavy equipment used in the construction industry,” he says.
“Topcon is a world renowned positioning company developing ground-breaking, exciting technological advances in this space.
“A prime example of Topcon’s exceptional R&D efforts is its recently released “mast-less” dozer system, called 3DMC-MAX. This system uses two inertial sensors, enabling the dozer to run at full speed and up to four times faster than any other dozer system, yet still maintain a consistent, almost mirror-like finish with no GPS mast on the blade.”
Louie says he will be looking to bring his in-depth knowledge and experience in sales, sensor technology – including GNSS, hydraulics, electronic control systems, optical control systems and Topcon Magnet back room software solutions – to both new and existing clients.
Over the last decade Louie has helped develop and implement many positioning solutions for customers across New Zealand and Australia.
Louie’s background as a qualified surveyor means he appreciates both the challenges that busy infrastructure and civil earthworks companies face in planning and implementing cost-effective ground works, as well as the many resourcing, health and safety, cost and time benefits Topcon 3D GPS machine control technology can help deliver.
Scott Robertson General Manager - Finance & Operations View Profile
Synergy Positioning Systems’ newest recruit is Finance Manager, Scott Robertson.
Scott joined the team at its Albany headquarters earlier in 2016, following nine years working with a large scale wholesale food manufacturer and exporter.
Scott has also previously logged time working within finance operations in the United Kingdom, along with six years spent working for an auditor agency.
“I’m really looking forward to getting involved in the wider construction industry through Synergy Positioning Systems,” he says.
“There are a lot of significant players that Synergy supplies equipment to, so it is a very fast-paced environment which is great.
“It’s all about finding out what you need to report on and ensuring that reporting is carried out correctly; we want to make sure the process is as streamlined as possible for our many clients around the country.”
When not in the office, Scott likes to take to the golf course. Having played in several tournaments in the past, Scott says the sport is a passion he has developed over many years.
John Morrison Machine Control Sales – Auckland View Profile
John joined Synergy at the end of 2011 as Service Manager after 13 years in the document solutions game – the final four of which as team leader. John is responsible for all aspects of customer service and support across Synergy’s diverse and cutting-edge range of products and services.
John has experience and qualifications in electrical, electronic and engineering solutions, and has a strong focus on building effective systems and processes to deliver the outcomes you want.
In his ‘other’ life, "When he is not selling machine control systems, John likes hitting the local tracks…..".
Bryce Swainson Survey & Construction Sales, Auckland View Profile
Joined Synergy in November 2012 after having worked as a camera technician in the New Zealand film industry for the past 17 years. Over that period I developed a strong knowledge of optics for lenses and cameras.
New to the industry and having completed my Topcon factory training, I bring an enthusiasm and passion and a lot of good humour to my new career.
Weekends are dominated with sports and watching my kids play league, softball, touch and netball. I am the Chairman of the East Coast Bays Barracudas Rugby League Club and my kids and I all play softball for the East Coast Bays United Softball Club. Somehwere in between of the activity I try to fit in my other passions which is music, movies, art and the beach!
Sam Rye Regional Manager - Central View Profile
Machine Control and Survey Support specialist Sam Rye is striking out into new territory for Synergy Positioning Systems; he will be the company’s first team member permanently based in Wellington.
A native of the capital, Sam has recently returned from Australia where he began his machine control career four years ago and has hands on experience with a large range of construction machinery and equipment.
Surveying is second nature to Sam though, as he has been working within the industry since joining a Kapiti Coast-headquartered survey consultancy straight out of school. Following these early beginnings, Sam spent many years in surveying roles across the Greater Wellington region before venturing overseas.
John Overhill Regional Manager - Southern View Profile
John joined Synergy in April 2017 and comes with a wealth of experience in the machine control industry. Born in Tokoroa, John has spent his entire working life in the earth moving and construction industry. Previous to working at Synergy Positioning Systems, John spent sixteen years working in machine control and is proud to have seen the technology develop from its infancy to the advanced technology we see today.