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Rapid Group Board Members and Head Office 2017.

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GRAEME GARDENER
Director | CleanX Cleaning Supplies

Graeme started CleanX Cleaning Supplies in 2008 in Brendale on the north side of Brisbane, initially as an independent reseller. Joining the Rapid Group soon after proved highly beneficial with respect to improving sales outcomes, providing valuable professional development and operating within a supportive and collegial network.

Enjoying a diverse career with 12 years in the Australian Defence Force before completing a Degree in Business (Accounting) from QUT, Graeme went on to work as an accountant and finance manager within a range of businesses segments including transport, service delivery, distribution, and software development.

He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance, with the Australian Institute of Company Secretaries which led to appointments as Company Secretary to the Boards of two companies.

With the change in the cleaning supplies market since the GFC, and the growth in the Rapid Group, Graeme believes we will soon be in a position to compete nationally with the larger companies that have dominated the scene. He is confident his previous Company Board experience combined with I.T. knowledge and accounting background will make a valuable contribution to the Rapid Group Board in supporting its members and growing market share. Graeme joined the Rapid Group Board in 2016.

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STEPHEN MAKINS
Director | RapidClean Newcastle

Stephen has been a senior executive with several multinational companies prior to owning the RapidClean Newcastle store. These roles included being employed as the Executive Director of listed $250m company Hudaco and General Manager of Nilfisk Advance in Australia and New Zealand. During his time at Nilfisk Advance he turned around the cleaning equipment operation from a loss maker to solid Group level returns. This Included the consumer appliances in hardware and electronic retail, industrial equipment and spares, and the service van division.

Stephen is now the owner of RapidClean Newcastle, which is an industrial retail business in cleaning supplies and equipment. The customer base has been rebuilt with value added to customer operations, reliable inventory and processing, and restored supplier support. Systems utilization of selling, ordering and processing has also been significantly improved to benefit the service levels experienced by their customers.

His wealth of experience with multinational companies aligned with his ability to understand the needs of SME’s makes Stephen a valuable member of the Rapid Group Board that he joined in 2016.

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RODNEY MACNAMARA
Director | Abcoe Penrith

Rodney Macnamara has had an Auditing, Finance and Accounting background starting his career as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG working across a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, services and energy and natural resources.  This also involved exposure to due diligence work, mergers and acquisitions and IPO’s.

After 7 years at KPMG, Rodney progressed into a more commercial finance and operations role with a multi-national company, Kao Australia Pty Ltd, with parent company in Germany and ultimately owned by a listed company in Japan.  This was in an industry that distributed professional hairdressing products/chemicals to 5,000 salons throughout Australia and New Zealand with a key focus on customer relationships, sales and marketing.

After 10 years as Finance and Operations Director at Kao Australia Rodney progressed to the role of Managing Director – Salon Business, which he did for a further 3 years.  This role focused on sales (including customer service), marketing and education departments but also worked closely with the supporting departments (Finance, IT, HR, Supply Chain, Warehousing) to deliver a total solution and support to our customers.  Rodney had full responsibility for the profit and loss of the salon business which had sales of $40 millon.  This role also formed part of a broader Management Committee that developed strategy for the entire business that consisted of a mass business (BioZet laundry powder, Biore face creams and Jergens body moisturisers) and a prestige business (Molton Brown).

Coming from a very strong accounting, auditing and financial base to roles involving strong sales, marketing and education focuses. This breadth of experience coupled with the ability to lead and manage teams provides a well-rounded career.

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JAAP STEEGHS
Director | JNL RapidClean

As an immigrant from the Netherlands I moved to Australia in 1999 and married my wife Bec. After 3 years in the country I was given the opportunity to become a partner in JNL Industries a long standing cleaning supply business in Toowoomba. After 5 years I bought out my then partner and father in law Richard Davis and have grown the company since then by nearly 100%. When I was approached 3 years ago by the Rapid group  to join, my decision was easy to make and I joined the group early 2015. I enjoy being part of this organization immensely and have been honored  to have been elected as a board member for the group.

As part of a great team I am confident that we will achieve our goals for the coming 5 years and beyond.

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David Thyne
Director | RapidClean Tasmania

“I am very excited to be part of the RapidClean family and feel honoured to have been recently elected to the RapidClean board.

I have been in the cleaning and packaging industry for 13 years, jumping in green with a start up a business selling packaging then 7 years ago Glenn and I joined  the RapidClean Group. The amalgamation with RapidClean was the best business decision that Glenn and I ever made, seeing many positive changes within our business.

I started in the business when ringing orders through from a phone box was a thing, now I’m in the cloud doing orders while talking to my customers. I see an evolving landscape in the Australian marketplace and firmly believe the RapidClean model will be the measuring stick for many in the future. I have been in sales for over 25 years in many varying roles, witnessing many amazing changes that have taken place over that time.

I look forward to helping the RapidClean members navigate through our next growth phase which will be both challenging and stimulating.”

GRAEME MAGEE
Director | Concept Cleaning Supplies – Ballarat

Graeme was elected onto the Rapid Group Board in 2015.

He has been a member of RapidClean since 2002 and has owned and managed his own business in Ballarat since 1988.

Graeme has vast experience with over 50 years service in the cleaning industry.

He has been successful in winning the RapidClean Member of the year and Hako Dealer of the year awards amongst multiple industry accolades.

Graeme works to assist Alzheimer’s Australia.

BRUCE LEES
General Manager

Bruce Lees has been the General Manager of the Rapid Group for over 6 years during which time the Group has grown from 26 to over 45 members and has more than tripled in turnover. He has overseen the implementation of a national accounts program and established international associations with INPACS in Europe. Bruce has been employed in the cleaning supply industry for over 25 years with long term senior roles with chemical manufacturing and cleaning accessory supply companies.

He is the driver of the Rapid Group’s fund raising activities for the Cancer Council and holds multiple industry qualifications including: Certificate in Sales, Food Safety Training, Walk on Wood Certificate and the BSCAA Cleaning Induction Certificate.

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DONNA WILLMETTE
Office Manager

Donna has worked with the Rapid Group since 2011 and is exceptionally well-organized. She manages the administration and accounts side of the RapidClean business with her team of dedicated staff.

Donna is the facilitator of the Rapid Group’s fund raising for the Cancer Council. She also participates in the Relay for Life and is a serving Committee member for Penrith Physical Culture club.

ROBERT MUSILLI
National Account Manager

Rob has been the National Account Manager of the Rapid Group since 2012 and has been working in the supply industry for over 21 years. Rob initiated the national account program for the Rapid Group and has managed it to a position where the turnover is measured in the millions.

He holds multiple industry qualifications including: Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Certificate in Sales, Wholesale and Customer Service, Infection Control Training, Food Safety Training.

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