With his hair slicked back hair and dressed in a smart blue chequered jacket, Matt Cowley looks the part as he stands in his new office.

It is not yet his first day as chief executive, but he is still greeted with smiles from his newest colleagues at the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce.

The 36-year-old is already cracking jokes with some of the team.

Although he has a new title, he is not a newbie here.


Cowley has been involved with the chamber for more than a decade, mostly through its business network of young professionals, Linkt.

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