Michael Skates, Managing Director
Born and educated in Christchurch, Michael’s professional career has encompassed a wide variety of major asset management roles, sales focussed solutions and technical field expertise.
As Head of Retail Operations for Orix NZ Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Orix Corporation Japan) Michael was responsible for managing a large team of sales professionals and staff which attributed to him gaining wide and varied experience working in a major multinational corporation. After 15 years with Orix NZ Ltd, Michael made the second industry change of his career, moving to one of New Zealand’s leading property development companies. Encompassed within the larger group was a business specialising in the supply of electricity and billing solutions to multi-tenanted buildings and developments. Appointed to run this Company in 2006, Michael quickly built a knowledge, passion and drive for the electricity industry, culminating in his acquisition, rebranding and establishment of Prime Energy in 2010 as an independent Electricity and Gas Retailer servicing customers nationwide.
As Prime Energy’s Managing Director, Michael operates as a hands-on leader, interacting daily with his team, customers, network companies, Generators and a multitude of other industry participants and influencers. Michael’s ethos for life has translated seamlessly into a company culture of energy, dynamism and agility. Prime is focussed on providing the market with a Retailer prepared to understand and respond to its consumer’s needs in an evolving and exciting energy environment.