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Colony Group Team Spotlight: Nick Verburgt

The Colony Group team is delighted to welcome Nick to our Brisbane office. He’ll be working across all Colony Group clients as our new Online Manager, doing front and back end development as well as animation, illustration and offering regular dad jokes. In this instalment of The Colony Blog, we get to know a little bit about Nick and why he chose Colony Group.

Why/how did you choose this career path?

Growing up I had no idea what I wanted to do. I just hoped it would be something creative. I’ve had the opportunity to try my hand at a few different disciplines over the years, which I’ve melded into a jack-of-all-trades skillset. The fact I can use them all in one career is just brilliant.

What was attractive to you about joining the Colony Group team?

A variety of interesting clients and a group of amazingly talented people – as well as a social awareness and wanting to give back to the community. The fact that the office is a 10-minute walk from where I live is just a happy bonus.

What will you be doing in the Brisbane office?

As the Online Manager and Developer, I’ll be creating, streamlining, improving and general overseeing of all things digital.

What’s your favourite part of your job and career?

The creativity – and most importantly sharing creativity as a team. I’m passionate about what I do and love seeing that in others.

What do you do outside of work?

When I’m not sitting in front of the computer being creative at work, I’m sitting in front of the computer being creative at home. I always try and have a couple of little projects on the go. Beside that I enjoy playing the guitar and bass (both poorly) and try my hand at photography as well.

Favourite music/band?

Favourite band, hands down: Faith No More! I’ve seen them live 7 times and I have over 180 vinyls/CDs/cassettes/books/etc. in my collection. Big fan. Big nerd.

Favourite part about living in Brisbane/QLD/Australia?

I grew up in Canberra, lived in various other cities and countries after that and then lived in Denmark for 14 years. When I felt it was time to return to Australia, I chose Brisbane. There hasn’t been a day where I’ve regretted that decision. It’s big enough to be busy and exciting, but small enough to not be a concrete jungle. It’s green, it’s sunny and has a very relaxed vibe.

What’s your dream job (besides this one, ha!)?

I would love to travel as a photographer. Maybe not as a war correspondent, but more in travel and tourism.

Tell us something about you that no one would ever guess just by looking at you.

I can speak fluent Danish. I think my Danish friends would question my fluency, but I can speak it. Doesn’t really get much use in Australia though.

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