25 years, and still count­ing

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IT TAKES a lot of ded­i­ca­tion to do some­thing for 25 years (and count­ing), but for Deon Hunt, it’s only a step along the way.

Last month he was recog­nised for 25 years of ser­vice to Amal­ga­mated Pest Con­trol with an award from the com­pany.

Born and bred in Chin­chilla, Mr Hunt started work­ing for the com­pany in 1992, and when the pre­vi­ous owner moved away he and his wife Wendy pur­chased the Chin­chilla fran­chise.

That was in May 1994, and un­der his su­per­vi­sion the fran­chise grew in size.

Mr Hunt now works as the op­er­a­tions busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager, after the com­pany bought back the fran­chise last year.

Mr Hunt said his wife Wendy has been in the busi­ness for 23 years.

To­gether, they have nearly half a cen­tury of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m very proud of what my wife and I have done,” Mr Hunt said.

He said the key to long-term suc­cess is hard work and good re­la­tion­ships.

“It’s like any­thing mate, you knuckle down and do the work,” he said.

“When I first started do­ing this, I’d go to Glen­mor­gan. You’d leave at half past five in the morn­ing and get back at half past eight at night.

“A lot of it is just cus­tomer re­la­tion­ship.

“But in say­ing that too, it’s the peo­ple we’ve got work­ing for us.”

While for some 25 years in the same place and in­dus­try may cause a shud­der, Mr Hunt said he had al­ways en­joyed his work and had no in­ten­tion of leav­ing.

“If I didn’t like it I wouldn’t have done it for that long,” he said.

“An­other ten years to go, un­less some­one tells me some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

Through it all he’s had a good sense of hu­mour.

“When I started I had a head of hair, now I have none.”

And he has a mes­sage for all his loyal cus­tomers.

“Thank you very much for 25 years and I’m here for a lot more to come.”

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

A DED­I­CATED LIFE: Amal­ga­mated Pest Con­trol gen­eral man­ager Mick Farr presents Deon Hunt with his gold watch for 25 years of ser­vice.

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