Wat­son’s jack of all trades


If the friendly face of Dave Stock­ley be­hind the counter in Wat­son In­tegrity in Feild­ing looks fa­mil­iar, chances are you’ve also seen him be­hind the counter of the Palmer­ston North of­fice.

Dave de­scribes him­self as jack of all trades when it comes to work­ing at Wat­sons and that’s hardly sur­pris­ing as he’s been with the com­pany for 10 years, the last five in the Feild­ing of­fice.

‘‘I’ve worn many hats,’’ says Dave, who hap­pened to be work­ing in the Palmer­ston North of­fice at the time he was in­ter­viewed, fill­ing in for a staff mem­ber who was on leave.

‘‘I know all the sys­tems so I’ve worked on re­cep­tion, in mar­ket­ing, pro­duc­ing ads for the Property Weekly and in property man­age­ment.’’

He’s also the in-house com­puter guru. Dave says IT is a hobby and he’s al­ways happy to help out.

But no mat­ter what area Dave works in for him the job is all about the peo­ple. ‘‘I en­joy see­ing happy peo­ple.’’

Dave’s en­thu­si­asm for the job was recog­nised when he won the Shin­ing Star Award of Excellence for best em­ployee in the Feild­ing Excellence in Business Awards a few years ago.

‘‘I en­joy look­ing af­ter cus­tomers and try to make them smile and en­joy their deal­ings with Wat­son In­tegrity.’’

Wat­sons is a fam­ily firm with every team mem­ber treated as part of the fam­ily, but in Dave’s case this par­tic­u­larly true as Mar­cus Wat­son is mar­ried to Dave’s sis­ter Rachel. ‘‘I was work­ing in sales ad­min­is­tra­tion in Auck­land when my sis­ter told me Wat­sons re­cep­tion­ist was leav­ing. I had a phone in­ter­view and got the job. I love it here.’’

You’re likely to find the friendly face of Dave Stock­ley be­hind re­cep­tion at ei­ther the Feild­ing or Palmer­ston North branch of Wat­son In­tegrity.

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