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AMC Team keeps growing!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Elle ElliottAs the New Zealand team is starting to grow, we are proud to welcome Elle Elliott, the new Sales Coordinator in our Auckland office. Elle has a background in Administration and Telemarketing, and will be a great addition to our Sales team in developing business for AMC New Zealand.

How come you made the switch and decided to join AMC?
Well the warm welcome I received from Jody the first time I met her, who could resist switching to the AMC family! But in all seriousness, everything sounded just what I was looking for to help develop my capabilities and create opportunities to further my career.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
Setting a benchmark for this position so that in years to come (i.e. 2020 vision) my work and contribution to the success of AMC NZ from the beginning will be acknowledged.

Who inspires you?
I don’t think there is any one particular person as there are many people that inspire me for different reasons whether that be for personal or professional.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in your life? Personal or career?
Never give up, stay strong and move on as tomorrow is another day.
Personal – Life is not always straight forward, there are road bumps and if we don’t have those road bumps then we don’t learn for the next road bump.
Career – You have to work to get to where you want it just doesn’t get handed to you on a silver platter.

What achievements are you particularly proud of?
Juggling being a full time working mum & raising 2 beautiful children single handily

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spending quality time with my little family playing sports.

If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
I would have to say a dolphin (even though I hate swimming in the ocean) as they swim free and I like the freedom they have.

 

Brett LynchAMC Commercial Cleaning are pleased to announce Brett Lynch as the new Business Development Manager for the NSW office. Brett comes from a Trade and Services background where he started as a Yard Manager before moving to an Account Management role within a Commercial Cleaning company for the past 5 years.

What was your position prior to working with AMC and what did your role include?
I worked as an Account Manager for another cleaning company where my role included the following:

Client management and staff training throughout NSW, conflict resolution, client meeting, recruitment (employee and subcontractor), inspections, toolbox talks, ad hoc sales, monthly reporting etc.

How come you made the switch and decided to join AMC?
I made the switch to AMC as I wanted to further my career and I had limited opportunities available in my previous role.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
The challenge – a new role within in a new organisation was the challenge that I needed.

Who inspires you and why?
My wife, on a daily basis she continues to see the positive in any situation and puts the needs of others before her.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in your life? Personal or career?
Business – Within a management role the biggest lesson I have learned is to never assume anything. Always make sure you know and if you don’t find out.

What achievements are you particularly proud of?
I am proud of many things in my career but two that I am most fond of are:

  1. Earning my diploma in Management
  2. Winning NSW trainee of the year in my category (did not win overall though) and Timber and Building Materials Association (TABMA) trainee of the year.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my family and powerlifting

If you were stranded on an island which superhero would you have come save you and why?
The Green Lantern (Hal Jordon) because he is a cool dude

 

 

Mirella MattarAMC Commercial Cleaning are proud to announce their new Office Coordinator in their NSW branch, Mirella Mattar. Mirella’s bubbly personality and customer service skills are a great addition to the AMC family and we look forward to her contributions and future growth.

Mirella was happy for us to ask her a few questions to get to know her better…

What was your position prior to working with AMC and what did your role include?
I used to work at Oneshift which is an online temporary recruitment company. I was an Account Manager and my position included dealing with invoices, accounts receivable and customer complaints.

How come you made the switch and decided to join AMC?
I decided to join AMC as OneShift was going through a restructure and the commute to work was quite far for me. After doing some research on AMC after the position came up, I couldn’t wait to learn more about the company.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
I am looking forward to growing into my role and reaching higher career goals.

Who inspires you and why?
Danny Singh inspires me, he is such a good leader, a good performer and I learn from him every day.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in your life? Personal or career?
The best lesson I have learnt from life is “Never be upset about the past always look ahead for a good and successful future”, in other words have goals set up to achieve for and always think positive.

What achievements are you particularly proud of?
I’m proud that I have completed my university degree in Bachelor of Business and Commerce in Management and currently working with a great family called AMC.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy researching business strategies and plans, watching movies and cooking 😉

If you were stranded on an island which superhero would you have come save you and why?
I wouldn’t call anyone, I learnt the hard way! I’ve always had to be independent.

 

 

Haitham ArifakiAMC are pleased to welcome our newest Business Development Manager in NSW, Haitham Arifaki to the team. Haitham has over 20 years’ experience in an Operational and Business Development role within the NSW cleaning industry, as well as owning his own Fitness Studio on the side. His dedication to quality business practices has helped him build long standing relationships throughout his career and we look forward to his growth within the AMC team.

Haitham was happy to answer a few questions about has what lead him to working with AMC. Please see below to find out more…

What was your position prior to working with AMC and what did your role include?
I was the National Sales Manager/Operations Manager with a Cleaning Company for over 4 years where my role included networking to achieve an ongoing flow of opportunities, build strategic relationships, meeting and handling all dealings with C-Level management, creating specifications and calculating methods to each industry (this was my personal method, not used by the company as a template) just to name a few. I also ran my own Fitness Studio part time, offering Strength and Conditioning Coaching to Professional Boxers

How come you made the switch and decided to join AMC?
AMC is a large, National company offering better opportunities for me to grow a multi-million dollar portfolio. They have a vision of great growth and have a dedicated operations system in place to assist with large accounts. The previous company I worked for didn’t have the capacity to accommodate large accounts therefor struggled to honour some of my sales.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?

Who inspires you and why?
My family, honest and successful entrepreneurs and achievers who were handed the golden spoon.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in your life? Personal or career?

  1. Never to mix business with pleasure
  2. Precision and attention to detail is the key to success

What achievements are you particularly proud of?

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Activities with my family – we love the outdoors, sports and adventures.

If you were stranded on an island which superhero would you have come save you and why?
I would probably say Batman, his strength derives from hard work (training). Not superficial powers.

 

 

Robert McMillan Our team across the water in Auckland are pleased to welcome their first Operations Manager, Robert McMillan. Robert has worked in the hospitality industry as a Chef for over 5 years before he decided to change to a Sales role within a chemical company servicing the hospitality industry. Along with his managerial experience, Robert brings his strong attention to detail and commitment to quality to the AMC New Zealand branch.

We wanted to find out more about Robert so we asked him a few questions…

What was your position prior to working with AMC?
I was a Patrol Officer for Matrix Security in Auckland’s North Shore branch.

How come you made the switch and decided to join AMC?
My previous position before Matrix was an Operations Manager for another commercial cleaning company in Auckland, I enjoyed the daily challenges of the role so decided to give it another go after a year of security work.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
The growing of AMC in New Zealand and all the potential that AMC offer.

Who inspires you?
The many different people that I have had the pleasure to meet and work with over the years in various industries and come from all walks of life each striving for their best.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in your life? Personal or career?
Personal – life is what you make it, look in the mirror before looking at others to blame for your choices in life.
Professional – A career doesn’t come on a silver platter you have to work hard for it.

What achievements are you particularly proud of?
My wife and my children, who knows where or what I would have been doing without them.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Fishing (when I am allowed), Cooking (best food is homemade food), Camping and Hiking.

If you were stranded on an island which superhero would you have come save you and why?
Captain Morgan because he will bring the rum AND his ship.

 


Kylie Montomery
Our Victorian office has started 2016 with the addition of a new Telemarketing Coordinator – Kylie Montgomery. Kylie brings with her almost 20 years customer service experience as a phones consultant and will now be looking after a team of telemarketers working on campaigns across the state.

We asked Kylie a few questions to get to know her better and here is what she had to say…

What was your position prior to working with AMC?
I was with ANZ for 18 years where I started on the phones as a consultant  and  progressed my way up to a Senior Team Leader.

How come you made the switch and decided to join AMC?
I wanted to work closer to home as travelling to the city was not appealing and AMC gave me the opportunity to do this as well as obtain new skills in a different field.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
Acquiring skills and knowledge to achieve more in my career.

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by people who have a glass half full attitude – they see all tasks as an opportunity to learn and improve.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in your life? Personal or career?
The biggest lesson I have learnt  is to not say no to opportunities to learn and change, whether it be personal or career, never turn down the opportunity to catch up for a coffee or to work on that project, you never know where it may lead.

What achievements are you particularly proud of?
I am proud of being awarded the ‘Be Inspired” award at ANZ for my work on the Engagement committee as well as having my team(s) being nominated and on occasion winning various awards over my 10 years in leadership at ANZ.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I read (a lot) and I enjoy spending time with family & friends as well as going on Paranormal Investigations (Ghost Hunting).

 

 

 


Pasquale Di Virgilio
AMC Commercial Cleaning would like to congratulate Pasquale Di Virgilio on his new position as General Manager for our Victoria Office. Pasquale is no stranger to the AMC team, having started with us 7 years ago as an Operations Manager and then promoted to the National Operation Manager in  2012.

Pasquales extensive service industry knowledge, strong leadership skills and ability to detect and trouble shoot problems has assisted in his progression and we look forward to his continued success with AMC. We sat down with Pasquale to get to know him better and see what he has in store for AMC Victoria.

How long have you been at AMC and in what roles?
I started on the 10th November 2008 as the Victorian Operations Manager, then to National Operations Manager in 2012 & Victorian General Manager 17th September 2015

What do you enjoy most about working with AMC?
Delivering the service that we promise to our clients, assisting franchisees grow their business and of course the people.

What is your vision for AMC in your new role?
To strive for continuous improvement and business growth and to ensure that our people have a great work environment.

Who inspires you?
Everyone, I listen to everyone and try to take any positives out of processed information.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in your life? Personal or career?
Never assume! Show respect to gain respect!

What achievements are you particularly proud?
When I worked at Crown Casino, I was able to achieve great results in waste separation and minimisation, this was an area where Crown had issues for a number of years but through positive communication and involving all stakeholders and putting the correct procedures in place and advertising the monthly waste streams volumes we were able to achieve significant increases in organic waste and recyclable waste and therefore reduce the general waste. Not only was this good for the environment but also saved Crown a lot of money. I am also proud of my achievements at AMC in various roles and I am now really excited and look forward to the challenge ahead in my new role.

What, in your opinion, are the top qualities of leaders?

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Family time, catching up with friends, playing golf, tennis and jet skiing.

 

Jody McDonald

AMC Commercial Cleaning are pleased to welcome Jody McDonald as the General Manager of the AMC New Zealand office located in Auckland. With over 10 years’ experience in the commercial cleaning industry, her in-depth understanding of operational management and new business development, we are looking forward to Jody establishing AMC Commercial Cleaning in the New Zealand market and her contribution to the company’s growth.  We sat down with Jody to get to know her better before the official grand opening on October 30th.

What do you enjoy most about your current role?
I’m enjoying working for a large, progressive, international company that has a family feel to it. Having the opportunity to align my vision with AMC, I am looking forward to creating a dynamic, personal and professional company that delivers outstanding results through excellent service and supported management systems.

What does it take to become a female GM?
Patience, perseverance and going that extra mile. You must stand out, be willing to think outside the box, take managed calculated risks and genuine old fashioned hard work.

What do you think are the best ways to encourage and assist women to become leaders?
Find a mentor, someone whom you look up to, possibly in the same industry or someone you would aspire to be more like.  Embrace the relationship, listen, learn and take charge of change.

Who inspires you?
Many different people from all parts of my life: family, friends, work colleagues and clients.   People who, through hard work and determination, achieve their personal or professional goals.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in your life? Personal or career?
Personally; that you can only control your actions and not that of others.

Professionally; there is no substitute for hard work and perseverance.

Of what achievements are you particularly proud?
Having a successful career within the commercial cleaning industry which has led me to being appointed General Manager of AMC Commercial Cleaning New Zealand.

In your opinion, what are the top qualities of women leaders?
The top qualities I think women leaders possess are strong team building and problem solving skills, which is inspiring and can motivate others.

What is your vision for AMC Commercial Cleaning New Zealand?
To establish and maintain AMC Commercial Cleaning within the New Zealand market as the most respected and sought after commercial cleaning and facilities support service.

If you wish to find out more about AMC Commercial Cleaning New Zealand, please phone 021 661 326.

 



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