Tony is a MBA (AGSM UNSW) educated business and management professional with 30 years industry experience. He is married with two teenage children who constantly broaden his knowledge of music, fashion, hairstyles and what’s “cool”. Born in the city of Sydney, he spent most of his younger years in the sleepy North Coast fishing town of Yamba where he was always either on a surfboard, in a boat or holding a fishing rod. Tony is a keen musician and played lead guitar in performing bands during the 1980′s. He is also an avid sports fan and played rugby league, volleyball and basketball. He was also a junior life-saver (Yamba Nippers), high school athletic and cross-country champion and earned a black belt in karate.
Tony began his working career as an apprentice electrician where after four years he earned an “A” class electrical fitter/mechanics licence. He spent a number of years working for large electrical contractors in leadership roles and project managing major commercial and industrial construction sites around Sydney. During this time Tony completed an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering and numerous other industry specific courses which built on his knowledge, expertise and credibility with his peers.
Around 1990, Tony launched his own electrical contracting business which ran successfully for twelve years and employed on average twenty electricians and many subcontractors. The company engaged in domestic, commercial and industrial projects ranging in value from $300k to $1.5mil. Running a small business gave Tony unique all-round skills due to the requirement to fill many business functions from accounts to human resources. Most valuable of all was his strong work ethic, discipline and perseverance required to survive for so long in a very tough industry. Security of payment and unethical practices has always been an issue in the construction industry, and after years of legal battles chasing money, shrinking profits and increased competition, Tony decided to slowly wind the business down.
Seeking a new challenge and realising that his all-round skills and experience were valuable to employers, Tony then entered the corporate world in business development and operations roles, quickly gaining senior management and leadership positions. Tony has always been a very flexible, adaptable and goal driven person, and it was during this time that he decided to pursue post-graduate qualifications (MBA) to formally underpin the raw experience he had built over the years.
Tony is a lateral, creative thinker who will always push the boundaries for the sake of progression. You will normally find him taking the road less travelled and supporting points of view which are yet to catch on. He loathes office politics, group think, gossip, finger-pointing, lazy and dishonest people. Tony has a deep respect for genuine people who have earned their success through hard work, discipline, failure, pain, integrity, ethics, ability, intelligence and belief. He has a saying, “there is no success unless it is ethical success”!
Tony’s goal with this blog is to add to the business and leadership knowledge pool. If one phrase, one sentence or one word helps someone then he has achieved his purpose.
“Tony was my direct manager during his tenure at UGL. Tony provided support, unrivalled leadership and guidance for the diversely experienced NSW FM team. Professionally, Tony adopted a calm, thoughtful and measured approach. On a personal level, he displayed a great sense of humour, empathy and commitment for his job and his team. Tony completed his MBA whilst working for UGL providing him an enviable foundation on which to further develop his career. His departure from UGL left very large shoes to fill. It is my utmost pleasure to recommend Tony. I wish him every success in his future endeavours.” - August 30, 2012
“Tony was a strategic member of the Nilsen team and was pivotal in the re-design of the Nilsen Service business model. Tony was a professional in all he did and developed a strong team to support the business. I would recommend Tony as a manager with passion and commitment to get the job done.” – July 3, 2009
Tony is a Leader. I have witnessed Tony draw on his skill, experience and extensive training to develop an excellent service team. The team’s morale, clarity of goals and achievements has been notable from a view as a service provider. I am certain his client would feel the same. Tony will be an asset to any company seeking to develop, improve and grow. Best wishes to Tony.” - April 29, 2011
“Tony led his team at UGL as a Regional FM Manager with “Visionary Leadership”. He continually met his targets whilst nurturing a culture of teamwork and loyalty within. Tony will be an asset to any organisation and I have no hesitation in recommending him.” May 5, 2012
“Enthusiastic and engaging, Tony’s participation in facilitated class discussion added insight and depth to the leadership learning journey for all MBA students.” – May 18, 2009