Thursday, 04 August 2016


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Tandy Coleman (centre, holding the book) was joined by friends and family at the launch of “Expert Mavericks” which took place at a gala event held at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg recently.

Tandy Coleman, CEO of Polyflor SA, was selected to share her journey to success in a brand-new book entitled, “Expert Mavericks”, compiled by international Laughter & Happiness Professor, Shareen Richter. This publication showcases thirteen extraordinary individuals - each one a maverick in their field - and highlights their individual journeys, struggles and important life lessons learnt along the way.  Other personalities featured in the book include hip-hop artist Cassper Nyovest, Craig Wing, a futurist who worked at Google and Air Mauritius Regional Manager Carla Da Silva. 

According to Richter, a maverick is someone who is a visionary, someone who creates change in communities, and who creates change in people’s lives. Someone who can impact a few or impact a thousand. 

“I put together this book because I wanted to showcase how incredible South Africans are, how taking ordinary people with a passion and a dream, you can achieve anything and become anything. There is so much opportunity in South Africa and the intention of this book is to inspire others to be the best that they can be and to be a maverick in any area that they choose. Each one of the mavericks is completely different from each other,” Richter said.  

A portion of book sales is going to the Smile Foundation, an NGO that assists children with treatable facial anomalies like cleft palates and other conditions.

Commenting on how she feels about being featured in the book, Coleman says: “I was incredibly humbled when Shareen first approached me to share my story with her for inclusion in the book.  Whilst I never regarded myself as one of the giants in business, she convinced me that I do have a story to tell of how I learnt from my mistakes, grew from my successes, and used these lessons to become the best version of me I could be. I relish any opportunity I get to give back to the community, and to be able to make a difference in other people’s lives.  Being part of this book was very uplifting and special and will hopefully help to inspire and help other aspiring business leaders,” she concluded.