The Team

john snr profile

John Kotzé

Co-Director & Founder

John is an Agricultural Economist and Chemist, who is fascinated by new inventions, which is how Eagle Eye came to be. John has been involved in the development of specialised bird-control products for more than 15 years. Hooking up his caravan and heading to off-the-grid camp sites is John’s idea of the perfect getaway.

Chris Kotzé

Chris Kotzé

Co-Director & Founder

A successful hotelier, marketer and accountant, Chris is passionate about the Eagle Eye product. Being able to market products that he and his brothers helped to develop ensures a personal and meticulous level of service excellence. A family man who loves the outdoors, playing golf, and traveling to the bush, Chris is the International Chief Marketing Officer for Eagle Eye Bird Control Trust.

John Kotzé, Jnr

John Kotzé, Jnr

Director

John Jnr left the medical industry 10 years ago to join the family business. Like his father, he is an innovator who enjoys research and development projects. He is constantly trying to improve our current products and is involved in sales, web and print marketing, IT, and he also oversees the USA branch. Outside of work, John's passion is to braai, particularly in a beautiful spot along our coastline.

James Blatherwick

James Blatherwick

Director

James is a B.Com graduate of the University of Stellenbosch and started with Eagle Eye in 2009 as our accountant. However, it quickly became apparent that his communication skills and love of people made him far more suited to the sales side of the business. Today, he runs the Gauteng branch, as well key accounts for some blue-chip clients. A dedicated family man, with a wife and two children, who loves the outdoors, James still finds time to keep extremely fit and LOVES golf.

Welmedine Gysman

Welmedine Gysman

Administration Manager

Welmedine started out at as the friendly face of Eagle Eye Bird Control as Receptionist in 2008, when the company was still in its infancy. As the company grew, so did Welmedine’s role. Gaining qualifications in bookkeeping and Pastel Accounting, Welmedine was promoted into managing the administration for the company. Friendly, motivated, and driven to deliver her best in all that she does. Welmedine offers part-time tutoring services. Social, with a passion for music and singing, Welmedine loves spending time with her friends and family.

Riaan van Wyk

Riaan van Wyk

Area and Sales Manager

Riaan has been part of the Eagle Eye Bird Control team since 2012, initially starting in the warehouse and working his way up to Area and Sales Manager, he oversees the KwaZulu-Natal operation along with his other day-to- day responsibilities. The outdoors, and particularly Namibia and the Orange River, are Riaan’s passion. His qualification in Tourism Management initially led him to pursue a career in guiding intrepid travellers on adventures such as river rafting and overland tours. After that, Riaan moved into transport logistics before joining Eagle Eye Bird Control. His outgoing personality and wicked sense of humour often result in more than a few practical jokes on unsuspecting victims in our office! Married with two young children, Riaan is an avid cyclist and keen golfer.

Alan Rodger

Alan Rodger

Financial Manager

Alan joined Eagle Eye in 2012 and has always been involved in the financial side of the business. With the growth of the business in that time, Alan’s department has expanded from a staff of one, to a staff of four. Following his studies in auditing and accounting, Alan worked in a variety of industries before leaving the accounting profession. This broad industry exposure has stood Alan in good stead for his current portfolio. Alan has seven grandchildren, ranging from one to 24 years in age and is very active in his church. His main pet peeve in life is queues – particularly at SARS or the bank! He loves to socialise with friends and family and is happiest at home.

Alfred Markram

Alfred Markram

General Manager – Gauteng

A farm boy from the Northern Cape with a love for the rush of city life in Gauteng. Since joining Eagle Eye in 2012 as a Sales Consultant, his passion for his role has seen him move up to the General Manager position. From climbing skyscrapers in Sandton to assessing houses and industrial buildings down at ground level, Eagle Eye has given Alfie a great perspective on life. On how important it is to build yourself and your team to improve their lives. A self-confessed work addict, Alfie also enjoys tending his garden to relieve stress as well as spending time in the bushveld to reconnect with nature. Blessed with a wonderful wife and lovely baby girl, he also enjoys keeping up to date with all sports, particularly rugby and Formula 1, to stay relaxed and grounded.

Yolandie Kotze

Yolandie Kotze

Accountant

As a B.Comm (Accounting and Logistics Management) graduate from the University of Stellenbosch, Yolandie spent eight years working in the finance area of the private healthcare sector before joining the company. Being married to John Jr and keeping an eagle eye on the team’s spending habits are both tough jobs apparently but Yolandie loves being part of the family business. Fellowship is an important part of Yolandie’s daily life and her favourite hobby is gym-avoidance.

Hilary Barker

Hilary Barker

KZN Area Manager

Experienced in the manufacturing and warehousing sector, with 13 years spent in the pest control industry and four years in bird control, Hilary is more than qualified to manager the KwaZulu-Natal area. Hilary joined Eagle Eye in 2014 as the Durban Branch Manager. The team now consists of six members, with an installation team and a bird-removal team. Based in Umbogintwini, Hilary loves her role with the company, is a mother of two and grandmother of two. A favourite way to relax is in a cosy restaurant with good bottle of wine. Hilary loves birds, cats and dancing … but is not a fan of swimming!

Mark Linnow

Mark Linnow

Warehouse Manager

Mark joined Eagle Eye after 10 years in the structural design industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team as our warehouse manager. With a passion for work flow and operations, he is driven to improve our warehouse systems. Mark’s mission is to provide our customers with products of the highest quality, and first-class installations. This is backed up by excellent logistics and product support for our national branches. Mark is an environmental activist and loves exploring with family and friends, relaxing around a fire in fellowship, and learning the history of the places he goes to and the people he meets.

Chris Pelser

Chris Pelser

Bloemfontein Area Manager

Chris is Eagle Eye Bird Control’s Area Manager in Bloemfontein, where his B.Com (Marketing) provides a good basis for promoting the company and for providing a high-quality service to our customers. A true outdoorsman, Chris worked as an adventure coordinator before joining us in 2016. He has also served as a volunteer, hosting Christian-based camps and loves mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, road trips and spending time with friends.

Tanya Gollis

Tanya Gollis

Johannesburg Office Manager

Tanya is the Office Manager for Eagle Eye Bird Control’s Johannesburg branch, which means she is organised, efficient, and keeps everyone on their toes. Having joined the company in 2016, Tanya now runs all the operations in Johannesburg. A born-and-bred Jo’burger, Tanya is married with one daughter and loves to socialise with her friends and spend time with her family when she’s not keeping everything ship-shape at the office.

Carla Pohl

Carla Pohl

Administration Manager

Carla began her career at Eagle Eye Bird Control as Receptionist and Administration Manager in 2016. Currently studying Industrial Psychology at UNISA to complete her degree, Carla is responsible for setting up and developing the HR department and all relevant policies and procedures. A keen squash player and runner, Carla likes to explore new wine farms and restaurants in the company of good friends and family.