National conference honours past icon with special award
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.