VISION 2025: WE ARE GROWING; LASTING WORDS ROBERT & JUDY DAL SASSO Thanks to everyone who shared their memories for this book. I will cherish it forever to inspire my grandchildren and future generations of Dal Sassos. ” I have always taken opportunities when I see them, starting with taking a career risk and leaving stable employment to set up under my house servicing analogue equipment and doing odd jobs. We soon won an opportunity to develop a data acquisition system for the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA), and received a grant to hire two engineers. Soon, we also employed a sales person and moved into bigger premises. …And when prospective clients would visit, I would dress relatives up in lab coats so we would look like a much bigger business! I grabbed every chance I could to expand the business, and was fortunate that others saw the potential of Ecotech. Once I was in an airport in Hawaii on the way home from a conference when I heard my name called out over the loud speakers, and got a message asking if Ecotech would become distributors for Monitor Labs (which we ended up owning a few decades later!). We got some other big orders and customers, including BHP Steel in 1985 and the Cypress Government in 1992. Starting 2007, Ecotech won a significant government tender in our home state and we soon set up ambient air monitoring systems throughout Victoria. Today, we operate worldwide, and are a true multi-national organisation with our Indian operations: Manufacturing facilities of Ecotech Industries, as well as Ecotech Monitoring Solutions, with on-theground field technicians. Once upon a time, I was closely involved in hiring and enjoyed getting to know every one of you as an individual, rather than an employee. As we have expanded that has become harder, and will be harder still as we continue to move into new markets and employ more people worldwide. It is important to me, and to the business that we find new ways to stay connected, like sharing the stories in this book. I have come a long way from the 11-year old migrant with no English, who used to sell rabbit skins for pocket money. I am very proud of my heritage, and proud that I have been able to build a business that embraces cultural differences and celebrates diversity. I believe that if you do what pleases you, you will be successful. If you just work to earn money, you will not be successful. Thankfully, I am lucky to be surrounded by talented people who share my vision. This book is my way of thanking Ecotech staff - past, present and future. Here’s to the next 40 years and beyond together. Robert Dal Sasso Co-Founder ECOTECH : TOGETHER
WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS; WE ARE STRIVING FOR A GREATER GOOD; WE HAVE A PASSION FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS 6 When Robert first started developing the business, I was working as a bookkeeper for another company because he was not earning any money. After we moved to Eltham, I started working with Robert – doing everything from bookkeeping and sales orders, to cleaning the toilet! ” We had borrowed money at 17.5 per cent interest and with two young boys at school, it wasn’t easy but we managed. Soon, we hired a girl I played tennis with to work on Thursdays (so I could play tennis) and she became a fulltime receptionist. Then we hired a bookkeeper. We rented the place in Eltham and when it came up for sale, Robert was so stubborn he would not buy it, so we moved to Blackburn. Eventually we were able to pay off the loan and off we went. We moved to Knoxfield and hired more staff. I still did orders for a long time and as we grew, I concentrated on managing the financial side. I am Hungarian and my family background is German; we like to dot the “I”s and cross the “T”s. Italians are romantic, so they don’t care, they just believe it will be alright - the Italian army is not known for its discipline! I retired at the age of 66, at the end of 2010, and Nicholas, my son, is running the company – he has his father’s work ethic, so that helps. Nicholas is a great leader; he listens to everyone and doesn’t just give orders from above. While Nicholas is now the driving force of Ecotech, our other son Paul played an important part in our success! He set up the manufacturing originally, was Human Resources manager, found and organised Ecotech premises as it is today. He also developed the EMS (Ecotech Management System) software. I used to know everyone in the office, and took an interest in the family life of our staff – presents for their children, birthday celebrations, Kris Kringle, visit them when they were sick, that sort of thing. They jokingly called me “Mother Superior”. There are a lot of people I still know, but not everyone. I still pop in now and then - when the grandchildren let me. This book gives me a chance to reconnect and remember the wonderful people, places and experiences of the past 40 years. I am blessed to have shared more than half my life with Ecotech’s staff and partners. Thank you. Judy Dal Sasso Co-Founder 61
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