About Us

How it all started...

GO-VA was founded in May 2014 by Matt Kesby an Australian Entrepreneur and Execution Practise Leader for Franklin Covey. FranklinCovey is a global leader in effectiveness training, productivity tools, strategy execution consulting and assessment services for organisations and individuals. Well known for the books, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 4 Disciplines of Execution.

In 2008, Matt & his sister, Fiona Kesby GO-VA’s CEO, started offshoring tasks via Upwork (Odesk). There were many great success stories and also many frustrations in managing a virtual team working from home. Deadlines missed as VA’s were working for other clients, not being able to make contact for days, interruptions due to power outages and internet loss. Not to mention the loss of time training up new team members with each new project.

The concept was great but wasn’t truly effective. With Matt’s passion for the SME sector, his experience with freelance virtual assistants and his execution management experience, he wanted all business owners to have the opportunity to effectively offshore tasks without the high costs of setting up an offshore business or the loss of control via complete outsourcing. Thus, GO-VA was created. GO-VA finds the top talent in the market, have their client decide who and how work will be performed and then, house and care for them in their office in Cebu, Philippines. The office is led by Fiona who relocated to the Philippines in May 2015 and brought 16 years of Australian & International Recruitment experience. GO-VA’s philosophy is to offshore low value tasks to the Philippines in order to create more time for Australian, NZ, US, UK & Singapore based team members to execute on strategy and scale their business.

Company Values


  • Drive

  • Care

  • Learn

  • Find a way

  • Execute

LEADERSHIP

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Fiona Kesby

CEO  linkedin

Fiona Kesby CEO has over 18 years experience in the Recruitment Industry. She is passionate about providing team members with an environment that is supportive and caring, encourages career growth, confidence and a love for learning.
Matt

Matt Kesby

Founder  linkedin

Matt Kesby Founder & Entrepreneur who trains organizations in strategies that require people to significantly change their behaviors to deliver new & outstanding results. Has been outsourcing to overseas staff since 2008 and the owner of NUPAY Investments

OUR TEAM

Marnie Aliviado

Marnie Aliviado

General Manager

April Asufra

April Asufra

Operations Manager

Victoria Nolasco

Victoria Nolasco

Certified GO-VA Partner

Rowena Ortega

Rowena Ortega

HR Manager

Genevieve Almedilla

Genevieve Almedilla

Finance

Mary Castro

Mary Castro

US Clients Service Manager

Mary Weigel

Mary Weigel

Client Services Manager

Michelle Basalo

Michelle Basalo

HR – Employee Wellness Officer

Vanessa Apal

Vanessa Apal

Recruiter

Ann Preolco

Ann Preolco

Recruiter

Melissa Villamor

Melissa Villamor

Recruitment Admin

Miko Bernardo

Miko Bernardo

Recruitment Admin

Abert Catamco

Abert Catamco

Photographer/Videographer

Michael Aliviado

Michael Aliviado

IT Support

Nico Liu

Nico Liu

Results Coach

Mark Simbillo

Mark Simbillo

Results Coach

Mar. Veronica Omega PP

Maria Veronica Omega

Results Coach

Michael Carreon

Michael Carreon

Results Coach

Ruby Juevesano PP

Ruby Claire Juevesano 

Results Coach

Ian Sarthou

Ian Sarthou

Project Coordinator

Jvi James Luib

James Luib

Graphic Designer

Why Cebu?

  • 2nd largest city in the Philippines
  • 4.6 million people (2.5m in the metro)
  • 22 universities
  • 100+ outsourcing companies
  • 8th top global outsourcing destination in 2015
  • 30 minutes from the international airport & beaches
  • 15 minutes to mountain resorts
  • the Philippines ranks 3rd in Asia for English proficiency
  • relatively low cost of living

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