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Patrick looks after multiple sites across the North Sydney region, including government and schools. He also manages a team of supervisors and ensures that all contracts are running smoothly for his staff.
“It certainly keeps me busy, but it’s enjoyable and I get a real personal satisfaction out of my role.”
Patrick is a carpenter and builder by trade. He’s worked with government contracts for close to 18 years and knows the ins and outs of the industry.
But after witnessing Ben Bayot’s leadership, Patrick knew Facilities First was his next big opportunity. He was inspired by what Ben was able to create and wanted to follow in his footsteps.
“I knew of Ben and I looked up to him. I got asked to come in for an interview with him, and I was very interested in a new opportunity as I knew it would also be a great progression for my career.
I was in my previous role for about eight years and I knew I needed a bit of a change. Coming over to Facilities First, I feel like it’s been a step in the right direction.
I did some research on the company and learned about what it’s been involved with and was really inspired by how Ben turned a smaller business into a growing company. I was really excited to see where this opportunity would go.
Since I’ve been here for over 12 months now, we’ve doubled in size. I’m really excited to see where this company goes. We have a lot of great people here, and I’m really excited to be part of the future.”
Since working with Facilities First, Patrick is impressed with the positive work culture and truly enjoys working alongside his staff members.
“I just really love the people here and the culture; we’ve got a lot of great people here which is a real testament to what Ben said to me at the beginning of my journey here. He wanted to build a dream team, a company with great employees, great experience and knowledge. I really value what Ben tries to do and how he continually evolves the business.
Facilities First really cares about people. And when you’ve got a good leader, everyone’s going to follow that example.”
As a Contract Manager in the maintenance space, safety is Patrick’s number one priority. It’s how he ensures that his staff are well cared for and how he strives to display care in his day to day business.
“Ultimately, we want everyone to go home safe to their families. Safety is not negotiable and it’s something that needs to be factored in. We do a lot of high-risk work in our portfolio, so it’s important to make sure that my staff members can drive home every day to their families.
It’s a big focus for me because I’m managing 14 staff members and sometimes it’s a pressure cooker contract, so there’s a lot of things going on. We want to please people and there’s a lot of moving parts, so accidents can unfortunately happen.
But it’s just a matter of making sure that we do everything right. It’s as simple as following procedures, making sure contractors and staff are following clear instructions. It’s also important for me to listen to my staff, touch base with them, have regular meetings and not lose that communication – that is really important.”
When Patrick’s done and dusted with his work responsibilities, he loves spending time with his family in the outdoors. He enjoys staying active and soaking up the sun at the beach. Patrick also enjoys golf, soccer and spending time with his friends on the weekends.