HANDS-ON EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Managing people and projects throughout Australia created an opportunity for Brian at 28 to relocate to New Zealand and establish an overseas branch of this same subcontractor, creating a business that employed more than 100 people across the country. Upon returning to Australia an opportunity to move from subcontractor to head contractor saw him join Melbourne builder APM Group initially managing commercial fit-out and construction projects, then business development, estimating and general management roles. An offer was extended to buy into the business.
From an initial shareholding Brian took over as managing director and major shareholder of APM Group in 2004, and over 4years without external capital or shareholder equity transformed a $34M small business into a $110M successful SME, more than doubling the amount of profit, growing retained earnings 8x and net cash flows 10x. In 10 years as managing director he expanded the business through constructing $1B in projects, overcame the Global Financial Crisis through aggressive turnaround, grew capability through Joint Venture, and as a business was awarded Victorian Master Builder of the Year in 2013