Growing up in both rural QLD and SE LD as the son of a builder, Thomas soon found his love of the construction industry and people involved in it. Upon completion of a Business Marketing and Management degree at the Queensland University of Technology,
Thomas quickly carved a successful career in hotel operations management. His broad ranging experience soon included travel where Thomas gained more thorough understanding of civil, landscape and building construction when appointed to a hands-on managerial role for a London construction company. This experience has proven invaluable today in efficiently managing staff and liaising with construction industry clients.
Thomas joined the AWX team in 2003 and has shown a unique determination and work ethic, which extends to his company wide management. His work ethic is complemented by a relaxed and direct approach to management ensuring all clients have the confidence in him to partner their staffing needs with his flexible hands-on motivational leadership. Thomas took up a shareholding in AWX and currently manages the operation of the business Australia wide, based from the Head Office in Brisbane.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Adventurous, Driven, Foolish.
What is your life motto? Enjoy the adventure while you are here.
When did you start pursuing your career and how long did it take to become successful? 15 years and a long way to go yet to being successful.
How much time and effort did you dedicate to pursuing your dream? Like most, I burned the midnight candle through the initial stages of the business and was on call 24/7 for my clients. I still do to an extent, though now I have a great support crew at AWX which gives me the opportunity for growth.
What are the challenges in your line of work? Unlike selling a standard product – we sell people. The challenge is not being able to have full control over humans. It has taken time to master the art of being able to pin the right people for the job.
What mistake taught you an extremely valuable lesson? I have learned that you need to be completely transparent with everyone. That way there is no way to get yourself in trouble.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given to date? No amount of effort makes up for a result.
In your mind, is formal training essential? No. Though I do believe you should continue to educate and inspire people toward life-long learning personally and professionally.
Do you think having a mentor is important? How would you go about getting one for this industry? Yes. Search for people that bring a different perspective on the market and industry – they don’t have to be industry specific. I believe that as far as a mentor is concerned it should be more geared toward developing you personally and your general business mindedness as opposed to being specific to your industry and the business you are currently in.
What are some steps those starting out can take to start/further their career? Work hard and enjoy yourself. Set personal and professional goals. No person that didn’t work hard got to where they are without goals.
What kept you going when you weren’t at your best? One step away from a win.
Do you believe that ‘making it’ is about luck and being in the right place at the right time? Definitely in some cases. Though I believe you need to put yourself in the right place to start with.