WE ARE STRIVING FOR A GREATER GOOD Image of: James Agius representing Ecotech signing agreement with Hebei Sailhero to manufacture Ecotech EC9800 range of analyers under a licence to Ecotech in 2008 David Mimery FORMER CADET, NOW OPERATIONS MELBOURNE My Ecotech journey has been a growing one. Starting in high school, and being the youngest person in the company (to date), I guess I see it from a different perspective, a less experienced one, you could say. But I’ve seen a lot interesting things from many aspects of the company and one thing I can clearly see is the growth that’s already happened, and the potential for even more growth. So my journey at Ecotech has been interesting, a bit different from other career stories, but certainly interesting. And it’s involved a lot of growing up. Viral Chitroda OPERATIONS INDIA I started in Ecotech as a Production Engineer. I was placed with Mark Staples and Daniel Bloomfield in the Research & Development (R&D) department. I got good training from both of them. When I started, Ecotech was a company with approximately 100 employees. Sebastian Wojtas ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING SERVICES (ERS) MELBOURNE Although I have only been with Ecotech in the ERS department for a year, it has gone so quickly with a steep learning curve. I have had to get my head around all the different instruments and sites and resources available to use. It has been a challenging but rewarding first few months, and I am still learning new things every day. Rob Brown HEALTH, SAFETY, ENVIRONMENT & QUALITY (FORMALLY, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY) Many years ago, it was really hard to get the big picture on who our customers were across all of our branches and around the world. Each branch and Sales representative had their own little piece of the puzzle and managed through various tools such as spreadsheets and personal address books. I’m proud to have been involved in the steady evolution of the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software we use to track our customers and the opportunities we have to provide them with great products and services. Our first big step was to implement an extremely complex package called iExtensions that sat on top of Lotus Notes. This database was actually made up of dozens of separate databases that all had to be synchronised across every branch. While it sort of worked and hogged the network, it eventually was going to die so we had to look for a replacement. Our next big step was to migrate all of the information we’d built up over the three years we used iExtensions into the world’s leading CRM software - Salesforce. This is now a key tool for Sales and Marketing and I’m really happy to see that we are growing this platform to encompass Production and Service. Who knows where it will stop. Image of: Diwali Party, Ecotech Industries One year after I started I got an opportunity to set-up Sailhero in China for the EC9800 series analysers, and a year after that for the Gas Calibrators (Gascals). Working at Sailhero was altogether a different experience and I realised that with great Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and pictures, language is not a barrier. From the past two years or so I have been in India working for Ecotech Industries. I was very fortunate to have this opportunity. In this project I gained a lot of experience that one can only get when a new company is getting established. ECOTECH : TOGETHER
WARM WELCOMES Rhys Evans TECHNICAL SUPPORT & SERVICE MELBOURNE My career with Ecotech began way back in 2002 in a very strange way. My first job fresh out of university was with the Queensland EPA (Environment Protection Agency). Chris White, now Ecotech Queensland Branch Manager, was actually my boss. After being with the EPA for just over a year, I decided that I wanted to move into the private sector. Having worked with several instrument manufacturers, the Ecotech branded EC9800 analysers were the ones I liked the most, so I sent off an email to Ecotech explaining who I was, what my history was and enquiring if there were any jobs available. A few days later I got a phone call from someone at Ecotech (they didn’t introduce themselves) saying they had received my email and wanted to have a chat. We then proceeded to have a very casual conversation about what I was doing at the EPA and my skills, etcetera. At the end of this very relaxed conversation I heard, “Well my name’s Robert and as far as I am concerned welcome to the company. I’ll have my people get in touch with you to make the arrangements,” and then he hung up. That was it! I put down the phone, quite perplexed, turned to Chris and said “I think some guy at Ecotech named Robert just offered me a job, I don’t even know what the job is” and Chris laughed and said that was Robert Dal Sasso, the CEO of Ecotech. Micheal Planck RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT MELBOURNE Mi casa su casa My first words to Nicholas Dal Sasso were, “I’ve just been drilling holes in your roof.” He took it well. From that first day Ecotech made me feel welcome in not just a new job, but a new country. And I’m still happy to be making scientific instruments instead of bombs. Chris Fowler Image of: Micheal Planck A LIGHTER SIDE SYSTEMS MELBOURNE Judy Dal Sasso had a fake spider put into her desk draw as a joke by someone with the initials “RM”? Never forgot how angry and terrified she was when she opened the draw. It went on for about 30 minutes. It was then we all found out that Judy was “seriously’ terrified of spiders! Sort of funny to us but I’m sure not to Judy. All in good humor! 2006 Ecotech moves to new custom designed 4000m 2 building in Melbourne _ Ecotech wins Governor of Victoria Export Award: Small to Medium Manufacturer Award Stefanus Irwanto SOUTHERN SALES VICTORIA I remember when I had to climb an 80 meter mast to collect anemometers. 2 x 80 masts in one day by the way. My colleague enjoyed it and I was clinging to the mast for my life. At least I took some good photos from the top of the mast. 41
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