Wayne Neary

9th October 2020

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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Full Name: Wayne Neary

Position: MD of ICON Group

Main Activity of the Company: Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering construction services that are needed to get commercial, industrial or mining sites into a state of build readiness

Date and Place of Birth: September 5, 1981

Education: Michaelhouse and the University of Cape Town

First Job: Construction, in the UK

Career History Prior to Current Position: I worked for a construction company in the UK, before returning to South Africa, where I continued to advance my career and skills

Size of First Pay Packet: £2 000

First Job with Present Group: Operations manager

Value of Assets under Your Control: R100-million

Number of People under Your Leadership: 100

Management Style: Pacesetting

Personal Best Achievement: My family

Professional Best Achievement: Our company

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My father

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Warren Buffett

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Richard Branson

Philosophy of Life: Seize the opportunity

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Waking up every day

Biggest Ever Disappointment: None

Hope for the Future: To continue to build our business, while contributing

towards the building of our nation

Favourite Reading: Autobiographies

Favourite TV Programme: Anything involving machines or wildlife

Favourite Food/Drink: Sunday roast and water

Favourite Music: Rock

Favourite Sport: Rugby

Favourite Website:

Hobbies: Cycling and golf

Car: VW Amarok

Pets: Dogs

Miscellaneous Dislikes: None

Favourite Other South African Company: Bidvest

Favourite Foreign Company: Virgin

Married: To Solenge Neary, since March 2020

Children: Oliver, 8

Clubs: None

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor




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