Posted May 15, 2017
Ari Golonek is a Project Manager at Greene Fire and is responsible for implementing projects in VIC, SA and TAS. He is working in the contracts/sales team along with Darren Civil and Sarah Maree Gillespie. Let’s get to know Ari a little better with the Q&A.
Tell me about yourself?
I come from Poland, Cracow where I grew up right in the very middle of the city. When I was around 14 years old, I moved to Australia the east of Melbourne with my family.
After I finished high school, I studied Building Design and Technology at TAFE as a pathway to becoming an Architect. After completing this diploma, I had worked as a draftsman for industrial/commercial air conditioning specialists.
A year later I started working in warehousing for about 3 years, where I performed numerous roles, although not architecturally related, this experience provided me with a broad knowledge of logistics and general warehousing operations.
Eventually I decided to change my career and get back into construction. After looking intensively for a drafting job, I landed a drafting position for a louvre company. I took a role as a main design draftsman but I also managed the warehouse where my fork lift license came in handy. Over time, my experience grew, I also assisted project managers with minor office-site related tasks.
After 2.5 years, an opportunity arose to join the Greene Fire team in Victoria. I saw this as another step on the ladder toward success, where I can move on from a drafting-only job. I started in early January 2017 as Project Manager, stepping out of my comfort zone of drafting. This job allows me to learn and explore fire in the construction industry and learn about life safety systems.
I have lots to learn as my new role presents me with new challenges, but I look forward to it. Also, if you want to progress and be successful, you have to constantly move up, which is why I started bachelor of Civil Engineering over a year ago.
What you do at Greene Fire?
I am a Project Manager – Some of the main key responsibilities are; project management, producing shop drawings, organising and supervising site work.
On top of that I will be involved in assisting the Business Development Manager (BDM) in sales and marketing of our products and services. I enjoy meeting new people from clients and site works.
If you could do another job for the day what would it be?
International food critic, travel and present with David Attenborough
What is your greatest challenge for the year ahead?
Time management – work, school and family!
What is something about you that most people wouldn’t know?
I could think of few things, but why spoil the moment, I only started.
What is the one thing, you can’t live without?
Well… air, I suppose.
I love too many things to just narrow it down to one.
I love food and trying new things, camping and getaways with my wife (more new food to try as well)… the list goes on, such is life.
Which is your favourite destination you have visited and why?
Last year, I went to my birth country in Poland for three weeks and loved it!
How would you to relax?
Depends on the day…. So many ways to relax:
- Camping away from city
- Simply a good movie, homemade pizza, and have a beer or wine (depending on the weather)
What are your career highlights to date?
Just started my new job in early January, my highlight is drafting some impressive fire systems in buildings throughout Melbourne.
What is your bucket lists?
- Dive in a cage with sharks
- Travel as much as possible
- My dream trips to Japan, Machu Picchu (Peru), New Zealand, New York and Switzerland.
- Happiness and healthy lifestyle with my family
- Learn how to snowboard
What is your favourite quote?
“Oh! this is so good!” (usually food related)
It has to get worse before it gets better’ (I say that a lot in polish)!