Posted October 23, 2016
Karl Pettit is Business Development Manager at Greene Fire responsible for technical sales of projects in NSW and ACT. He is working in the sales team along with Kerri, Melanie, Jenni and Sarah Maree. Lets get to know Karl a little better with Q&A.
Tell me about yourself?
I am originally from England and grew up in a small village just north of London. My childhood was spent playing in the local fields and the family’s farm. You could hardly call it playing, my dad had me driving the tractor from age ten and helping with other chores around the farm. I must admit it was great. My work and trade was as a qualified Commercial Heating Engineer.
In 2006 I became an Australia citizen after living here for nearly 10 years. Since being in Australia I have only had two employers, three if you count the change from Coopers Fire to Greene Fire in April. When I came to Australia at 27 years of age there was not much need for my trade, well in NSW at least. I had to started as a labourer for a stone masonry company. They specialised in façade restoration and I soon worked my way to becoming a TA accepting more and more responsibility. I became the first aider and safety representative for the company. I then gained my basic electrical licence to tag and test the tools while performing the tasks of a cadet reporting to the Project Managers. From this I progressed on to managing the factory with included the procurement and delivery of materials for a time, before eventually becoming a Project Manager.
One day I was having a conversation with a friend and they mentioned that Coopers Fire were looking for a Project Engineer. This appealed to me as they were in Caringbah which is close to my home. I had recently had the birth of my first son and found it appealing to get an opportunity to work closer to home.
Since starting at Coopers Fire I have managed to perform well in all the roles that I have had, working up to Senior Project Engineer then on to Installation Manager and now with Greene Fire as the Business Development Manager for NSW and ACT.
During my time with the company I have travelled quite extensively and only last year had a business trip to New York to have training on the McKeon fire shutters.
Things in my home life have gone from good to great with the birth of my second son in 2013.
My life here in Australia is, as you can tell, all about work and family.
If you could do another job for the day what would it be?
I really do not know. I don’t even think about doing anything else. I would like to project manage the building of my own home one day, but this would defiantly take more than a day.
What is your greatest challenge for the year ahead?
Overcoming my fear of public speaking. I can speak to a group of people that I know but it’s a little different with strangers.
What is something about you that most people wouldn’t know?
Not sure really. I am quite open and tend to mention what I am up to. I am not secretive. Maybe that I can be a little shy believe it or not.
What is the one thing, you can’t live without?
Where is your favourite destination you have visited and why?
Thailand. It’s been three years since I last visited but I have been there about ten times. I love the people, food and the culture.
How do you like to relax?
Spend the weekend with my family and in the evenings have a glass of wine with my partner.
I recently started back at the gym and this is helping break up the day.
What are your career highlights to date?
I think that managing the smoke curtain installation at 50 Martin Place is one of the highlights, but there are many that I could mention.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Maybe 51 with eleven and eight year old boys, still enjoying life.
Tell me one thing that is on your bucket list?
I would like to still keep travelling. It’s been twelve months since I have been overseas and this really is not like me. Natalie and the boys like travelling so I hope to see as much of the world as possible with them before I “take a dirt nap”.
What is your favourite quote/s?
“I love eating out”
“I love food”
“You cannot live without it”
“Harden up princess”, I say this quite often.