Pro­tege handed the reins

The Tatura Guardian - - People - By Tara Whitsed

It was 15 years agowhen a young and naive Mat Lan­g­ley be­gan his elec­tri­cal ap­pren­tice­ship with Tatura busi­ness­man Ge­off Reed.

Now, af­ter 34 years in the busi­ness, Mr Reed has sold the busi­ness to his young prote´ge´; chang­ing from Ge­off Reed Elec­tri­cal to Mat Lan­g­ley Elec­tri­cal.

‘‘Mat’s young and healthy,’’ Mr Reed said.

With more than one busi­ness un­der his belt, Mr Reed said a health scare in 2015 had caused him to re­struc­ture things within the elec­tri­cal busi­ness.

‘‘Mat was the log­i­cal man to take over; he’s known to all our cus­tomers,’’ he said.

Mr Lan­g­ley said noth­ing would change with the han­dover ex­cept for the busi­ness name.

‘‘We’ll keep all the cur­rent staff and keep look­ing af­ter our cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers,’’ he said.

Mr Reed and Mr Lan­g­ley said one of the things they en­joyed about the elec­tri­cal busi­ness was the re­la­tion­ships they had built with their clien­tele dur­ing the years.

‘‘You meet some fan­tas­tic peo­ple,’’ Mr Reed said.

‘‘We’ve got cus­tomers who have be­come great friends.’’

He said his big­gest re­gret over the more than three decades at the helm was not in­ter­act­ing with cus­tomers as much as he would have liked.

But one par­tic­u­lar set of cus­tomers, Mr Lan­g­ley’s par­ents, is what landed him the ap­pren­tice­ship back in 2002.

‘‘Ge­off worked for my par­ents when I was a lit­tle kid run­ning around the dairy,’’ Mr Lan­g­ley said.

‘‘I was go­ing to be an auto elec­tri­cian but af­ter we saw Ge­off, he gave me the op­por­tu­nity to work for him. ‘‘Now I know noth­ing else.’’ Mr Reed said Mr Lan­g­ley knew the busi­ness in­side and out af­ter start­ing out on the tools and pro­gress­ing through to elec­tri­cal work, su­per­vis­ing other ap­pren­tices, su­per­vis­ing trades­men and then into more of a man­age­ment role.

Mr Lan­g­ley had also been able to stay up to date with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy; some­thing Mr Reed said be­came chal­leng­ing among sev­eral other changes dur­ing his time in busi­ness.

‘‘The town has grown a great deal,’’ Mr Reed said.

‘‘The dairy in­dus­try has fallen away a lot.

‘‘We just progress though; we di­ver­si­fied a lot.

‘‘We used to work for dairy farms and ma­jor com­pa­nies and now its more the con­tract­ing and gov­ern­ment side.’’

Mr Lan­g­ley said they had been lucky, through Mr Reed’s con­tacts and knowl­edge, to take part in such a wide range of work.

‘‘Ge­off was will­ing to do any­thing, right from the start,’’ he said.

‘‘No mat­ter how big or how small a job was, he’d do it.’’

Mr Reed wished Mr Lan­g­ley all the best with his fu­ture en­deav­ours and noted he was only a phone call away.

‘‘I hope every­thing goes fan­tas­ti­cally for him,’’ he said.

Mr Lan­g­ley thanked Mr Reed for giv­ing him the op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t know half of what I do.’’

Suc­ces­sion plan: Tatura’s Ge­off Reed (right) is con­fi­dent Mat Lan­g­ley (left) is the right man to con­tinue his elec­tri­cal busi­ness. Pic­ture: Tara Whitsed

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