My goal was to own my own business by the time I was 30. I achieved this three years early.
— Tony Christiansen, Businessman

Tony had artistic talents since his school days and picked up after-school jobs signwriting stockcars and price tickets for local retail outlets.

His first job was as a ticket writer for the New World Supermarket chains and a sign writer for Tauranga Museum. He gained his experience in the sign-writing during his time and later tried applying for numerous jobs with signwriting companies before successfully landing one with 'Commercial Signs'.

He became foreman within 3 months. 

Tony left Commercial Signs and returned in 1985 taking a stake in the company. He later bought over the rest of the company and became sole owner.

I was blown away by the audience’s response. The energy and power of his story wowed our members that day.
— Murray Chapman, Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Over the next 15 years, Tony grew the business from one with 2 staff and an annual turnover of $90,000 to one of the largest multi-million dollar commercial sign-writing businesses in New Zealand.

A whole chapter in the best-selling book "Success in New Zealand Business" has been devoted to his journey in business.