If you follow Soft Tech on social media, you may have seen our new employee announcements introducing several stellar additions to our team over the past few months. Below is a short bio from each of them offering some insight into who they are, how they feel about joining the Soft Tech Team and how they’ll be adding value for our customers:
Technical Services – APAC
After graduating from University, Derek joined an aluminium distribution company where he started as a Project Coordinator. In this initial role he often had to help fabricator customers calculate their extrusion, component & glass orders, to get them to use the company’s newest systems. Each enquiry would take many hours of time and so he started to create coded spreadsheets for each system to assist in calculating those cutting sizes, component quantities and optimized material lists.
The spreadsheets grew in complexity and capability to a point where they were given out to customers to use in their own businesses. By doing this he created loyal customers who ordered material simply because it was made easy for them. Still today there are many fabricator businesses using these spreadsheet calculators for their ordering requirements.
Four years after joining the company Derek was asked to help start-up a new Research & Development Department – initially, a team of only two people. He was directly involved in fabricating product, AS2047 & AS2484 testing, Acoustic & Bushfire testing, WERS modelling, system design and software development. Derek’s passion for developing system software to make it easy to quote and build product for the Australian wide fabricator network led to him taking on the role of National Product Manager for estimation software. In that role, he led a team that produced one of the signature V6 databases which today is used as a benchmark in the Australian marketplace.
“Over the term of my career I have seen many changes in the V6 software and I am very excited to now be part of the Soft Tech team,” says Derek.
Derek has over 15 years’ experience in programming V6 databases and we’re delighted to have him on board!
Alex is originally from Romania and has seen more countries than his age count to date. Coming from a family business in the fenestration industry back in Romania, Alex graduated with a Computer Science Bachelor followed by a Masters in Information Systems Management.
With over 10 years’ of experience both as a consultant and as an employee for organizations throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the US, Alex has seen first hand that an business cannot thrive without happy customers, and at the same time, a business cannot grow without its people. This is the reason he has a tremendous focus on the learning solutions that Soft Tech are designing for our customers and our people.
Alex is a strong advocate that life is a continuous learning and development curve, regardless of age or condition. “I am here to make a difference that will have an absolute impact on Soft Tech’s customers and people,” says Alex. “By implementing bold learning design concepts to support and enhance our existing training programmes, Soft Tech aim to provide state of art solutions to support our customer’s success and our people’s growth.”
We think Alex is a great fit for our core business. Welcome to the team Alex!
Senior Relationship Manager – APAC
With 15 years’ experience in Information Technology through a wide variety of roles and responsibilities ranging from Business Analyst, Service Delivery Manager, Operations Manager and Senior Account Manager; Nicholas brings a broad business administration skill set and detailed eye to the Soft Tech team.
Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science with double major in Information Technology and Information Systems, Nicholas has previously helped to service a majority of ASX Top 200 businesses through his prior tenures. Whilst new to the Fenestration industry, Nicholas’ prior experience stands him in good stead to quickly build his knowledge on this new and challenging industry, as well as the Soft Tech client base.
“Nicholas’ role will focus on engaging and expanding our existing Australian and New Zealand fabricator user base. He’ll also be getting involved in a number of internal projects to support our company strategy.” Tyron Ball Soft Tech Co-CEO.
Outside of work, Nicholas likes to ride his mountain bike, spend time with family, watch movies and he passionately follows the St Kilda Saints Football Club in the AFL and Melbourne Storm in NRL.
Welcome on board Nicholas, we’re fortunate to have you with us here at Soft Tech.
Implementation Team Lead – APAC
Born and raised in Poland, Slav moved to the UK after graduating with a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science. He started his career in the fenestration industry, first on the shop floor, then as CNC operator shortly after joining the business. It wasn’t long before Slav transitioned into an IT specialist role and co-developed the company’s database, going on to assist business partners and customers in database development across all UK and Irish aluminium suppliers.
After taking up a Project Manager role that required him to move to Australia, Slav was responsible for coordinating and developing databases and software functionality for the Australian market, before accepting an offer to work with Soft Tech.
“I’m super excited to work with the Soft Tech Team. I’m hoping this role will be a long-term challenging opportunity for me and will allow me to grow my professional skills, while utilizing my knowledge and experience to support Soft Tech’s Customers” says Slav.
We’re also super excited to have you on our team Slav!
Strategic Account Manager – APAC
Brett has over 20 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry, with a keen interest in Building Information Modelling (BIM). In previous roles, Brett has implemented Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflows and design to fabricate on processes, with his most recent role being at Autodesk. While there, he resolved various business challenges through the use of technology.
“We are excited to have Brett on the team – he brings with him a ton of experience and drive. This role is at the heart of Soft Tech’s strategy to increase our customer facing presence and to better understand and help our users.“ Tyron Ball Soft Tech Co-CEO.
In his spare time, Brett enjoys mountain biking and camping with his wife and three children.
Great to have you with us here at Soft Tech Brett!
As we move into 2020, you’ll be seeing a few more new starter announcements as we build and align our team with our global strategy, so keep an eye out on our social media for further updates.