About Us

The Raspberry Express is an operating unit of Trip Convergence Ltd, a limited liability company registered under New Zealand company law.

The company was founded by Paul Minett and John Pearce, who live in Auckland, New Zealand.

The business system underlying the Raspberry Express is patented in New Zealand and Australia, patent pending in the USA and Canada.

We are very concerned about issues such as climate change and the decline of fossil fuel energy resources.  Our purpose is to reduce the amount of energy consumed by commuter traffic.  Our mission is to make it easier and more rewarding for people to share rides.

Our Founders
Paul Minett, Co-Founder and Managing Director
Qualified Accountant (Canada, NZ), MBA (Auckland). Financial controller (various employers). Strategy and process improvement consultant (KPMG Consulting Inc). Own strategy consulting business, Strategic Lift Ltd. Chairman, Precision Marine Ltd (jobbing machine shop). Innovative ‘big picture’ person. Currently carrying out all networking and market development activities.

John Pearce, Co-Founder and Director
Mechanical Engineer. Held senior positions in a corporate environment and has experience in general management, change management, industrial relations, strategic business planning, public representation, research management, operations management, decision analysis, negotiation, construction project management, acquisitions & divestments, quality management, and environmental policy. Has own management consultancy: Quality Strategic Decisions Ltd.

Our advisory board members include:
Paul Toliver,
34 years of experience in the transportation industry including Director of the King County Department of Transportation, Transit Director for Seattle Metro, Deputy General Manager/Chief Transportation Officer for the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) and Assistant General Manager for Operations for the New Orleans Regional Transportation Authority. Paul is a current member and former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Norman Y. Mineta Institute, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). He is also a past Vice President for Management and Finance of the American Public Transit Association and past National Chairman/President of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. Paul has both a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Mikael Aldridge,
Currently working in advertising, Mikael’s most recent role has been as business-to-business global planning director for the world’s leading cell phone manufacturer. He has over 20 years experience in marketing across many categories including services marketing and public good marketing. One of the first to successfully integrate new media into campaign planning, he is used to doing a lot with a little.

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