Na­tional con­fer­ence hon­ours past icon with spe­cial award

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS - By Ker­sten Gen­tle Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer / FTMA Aus­tralia

THE 2017 FTMA Aus­tralia Na­tional Con­fer­ence was held at the beau­ti­ful In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Sanc­tu­ary Cove on 15-16 May and, like pre­vi­ous years, the num­bers in­creased and the feed­back has been fan­tas­tic.

The FTMA Con­fer­ence is al­ways fo­cused at net­work­ing and learn­ing and we there­fore start with the

Red Ac­tiv­i­ties Day on the Mon­day which is proudly spon­sored by Pryda Aus­tralia and Vekta Au­toma­tion. Del­e­gates can choose to par­tic­i­pate in golf or an­other ac­tiv­ity which this year in­cluded a half day ad­ven­ture at South Strad­broke Is­land with 4WD Bug­gies on the sand, Seg­way and Sand Dune board­ing.

The golf which was played at the pres­ti­gious Palm Golf Course had the added en­tice­ment with AB Phillips putting a $30,000 Hole in One prize for Hole 6. Steve Har­vey from Tim­bertruss came so close but missed out on the big money and no doubt a whop­ping shout at the bar by less than a me­tre.

The win­ning team was Steve Har­vey and Jim McA­dams (Tim­berTruss), Richard Knowles (CHHWP) and Lach­lan Magee (Choice En­ergy) with Gra­ham Leddy (Ver­sace) win­ning Near­est to the Pin and John Oul­ton (Pine De­sign) hav­ing the long­est drive.

The Red Ac­tiv­i­ties Day fin­ished off with the Of­fi­cial Ice-Breaker which was held at Dream­world in the Peter Brock Cen­tre where all of Peter Brock’s cars were on dis­play. Del­e­gates were joined by the col­lec­tions owner Peter Cham­pion who even started up the last of the big V8s. Of course we love a big of com­pe­ti­tion and through­out the night del­e­gates were in­vited to test their skills and speed on the V8 Sim­u­la­tors with the over­all cham­pion be­ing Alex Hull of MCM Frame & Truss.

The in­ner child came out in ev­ery­one as they lined up for their turn on the Dodgems bash­ing in to friends and foe as they sped around the track in what looked like to­tal chaos at times.

The con­fer­ence, a full day event, was held on the Tues­day and in­cluded fab­ri­ca­tor pan­els, work­shops, speak­ers and a great trade dis­play by our val­ued spon­sors. The topics var­ied from credit ad­vice, OHS, In­dus­trial re­la­tions, fit-for-pur­pose tim­ber, pro­duc­tion costs, steel ver­sus tim­ber, mar­ket fore­casts and new mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties.

All the speak­ers were well re­ceived and the in­for­ma­tion gath­ered from the work­shops is in­valu­able in­for­ma­tion gath­ered to use in projects such as the Mid-Rise Tim­ber Build­ings Mar­ket Im­ple­men­ta­tion Group and gath­er­ing del­e­gates thoughts on the is­sue of steel in the mar­ket place.

The fab­ri­ca­tor pan­els, in my opin­ion, are vi­tal as these are the true ex­perts and fab­ri­ca­tors can learn so much by shar­ing in­for­ma­tion that helps lift the stan­dards of the in­dus­try. Topics such as train­ing your staff and em­ploy­ees with tim­ber knowl­edge, how your busi­ness has han­dled the pre­fab­ri­cated floor cas­settes and of course the al­limpor­tant know­ing your busi­ness costs were key is­sues dis­cussed with nine fab­ri­ca­tors on three sep­a­rate pan­els.

The con­fer­ence fin­ished with the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Din­ner which as al­ways was proudly spon­sored by Multi­nail Aus­tralia. Del­e­gates started with the pre-din­ner drinks spon­sored by Carter Holt Har­vey Wood Prod­ucts and the 50 Mo­jito’s on or­der didn’t go far as ev­ery­one quickly got in to the spirit of the Luau on the La­goon with many del­e­gates dressed in their best Hawai­ian shirt or dress.

The din­ner was also where we pre­sented the In­au­gu­ral Clive

Martella Ser­vice to In­dus­try Award. Clive was an es­sen­tial per­son within the FTMA Board. Not only was he one of the peo­ple who worked hard to get the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion go­ing but he re­mained a Di­rec­tor through­out his time on the board.

He was Ker­sten’s go-to per­son with tech­ni­cal, pro­duc­tion or busi­ness is­sues and he al­ways came through, not only for her, but for other fab­ri­ca­tors as he was al­ways will­ing to share in­for­ma­tion to im­prove the stan­dards of the in­dus­try and help his com­peti­tors.

Sadly, Clive Thomas Martella passed away on 28 Septem­ber, 2016, at the young age of 62 af­ter a short but coura­geous bat­tle with can­cer, leav­ing be­hind his beloved wife Ruth and three adult chil­dren, Cather­ine, Treina and Clive Jnr. It was beau­ti­ful to have Ruth and Clive’s sis­ter Sue Maxwell with us at the con­fer­ence din­ner to present the award.

Be­fore Clive passed away we told

him we would be honour­ing him with the Clive Martella Ser­vice to In­dus­try Award. Typ­i­cal of Clive he said he didn’t need it as he was truly a hum­ble per­son but he meant so much to us that we need it. We want to con­tinue his legacy by recog­nis­ing peo­ple who shared his pas­sion for our in­dus­try.

A group of four in­dus­try lead­ers who were all Clive’s friends, Michael Read (Keith Tim­ber & Hard­ware), Doug Maxwell (Clive’s brother-in-law and busi­ness part­ner in MB Pre­fab Fram­ing), Steve Col­lier (Tim­berTruss) and Phil McCor­mack of McCor­mack Hard­wood Sales were ap­pointed to the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee.

There is no cri­te­ria for the award as we wanted the award to re­flect Clive’s val­ues .. some­one who went out of their way to help peo­ple and busi­nesses in the in­dus­try ... some­one who was hon­est and com­mit­ted to see­ing the na­tional frame and truss in­dus­try in­no­vate and grow

... some­one who has made a great com­mit­ment to our in­dus­try.

Reg Owen, for­merly of RJ & JJ Owen in War­rnam­bool, a busi­ness now known as Owen­truss which is run by Reg & Jenny’s sons Peter & Glenn Owen, was the in­au­gu­ral re­cip­i­ent of this award as he is ex­actly that sort of per­son. He is a true in­dus­try en­tre­pre­neur and there is no doubt without his in­volve­ment in our in­dus­try through­out many decades our in­dus­try would have strug­gled.

Reg, like Clive, firmly be­lieves that the key to suc­cess in busi­ness is to have the right peo­ple in place and look af­ter them.

Reg, like Clive, be­lieves in shar­ing in­for­ma­tion to help fab­ri­ca­tors grow which in turn helps the in­dus­try become stronger and there is no doubt at all through Reg’s in­no­va­tion that he has not only helped the frame and truss sec­tor grow, but has shaped it through his in­no­va­tive ma­chin­ery.

All in all the con­fer­ence was a great suc­cess and achieved what it set out to achieve, bring­ing the in­dus­try to­gether for much needed learn­ing and net­work­ing.

L-R: Jeff Strat­ford (Pryda), Justin Flana­gan (Calco), Nick Barnes (Pryda) and Chris­tine Flana­gan (Calco).

L-R: Reg and Jenny Owen with their son Glenn and Wife Maryanne.

L-R: Alas­tair Woodard (WPV), Ash­ley and Mel Young (Fortruss) and El­iz­a­beth van der Plaat (High Coun­try Frame & Truss).

Clive’s wife Ruth Martella (left) and his sis­ter Sue Max­well pre­sent­ing the award to the In­au­gu­ral Re­cip­i­ent of the Clive Martella Ser­vice to In­dus­try Award, Reg Owen.

Ed Ser­rano (Vekta Au­to­ma­tion) with Bren­dan Schneider (Sun­bury Wall­frames).

L-R: Michael Blyth and Peter Celep of Tilling with Multi­nail’s Wendy Boyd.

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