Jul 06, 2012
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Position: MD of Fiberpipe
Main Activity of the Company: Manufacture of glass-reinforced pipe for water and sewer applications
Date and Place of Birth: March 8,1961, Johannesburg
Education: 1979 – Matric, Florida Hoërskool, 1979; BCom, Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg, or UJ), 1983; BCom (Hons), UJ, 1987; CA (SA), 1989
First Job: Articled clerk at Alex Aiken & Charter, 1987
Career History Prior to Current Position: Group accountant at Barlows Consumer Electric Products, 1989; account manager at Barcep Finance, 1992; FD and co-owner at Panasonic Business Systems Ermelo, 1994; financial manager, Protech Group, 1999; FD, Amitech South Africa, 2002; MD, Amitech South Africa, 2006; MD, Fiberpipe, 2011
Size of First Pay Packet: R750 a month
First Job with Present Group: FD, 2002
Value of Assets under Your Control: R85-million
Number of People under Your Leadership: 110
Management Style: I am an entrepreneurial and results-orientated leader
Personal Best Achievement: My family
Professional Best Achievement: Management buyout of Amitech South Africa
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: God
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Peet van der Westhuizen
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Sir Richard Branson
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Sir Richard Branson
Philosophy of Life: Work to live, and not live to work
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Management buyout of Amitech South Africa
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Death of my youngest son at the age of 18
Hope for the Future: That the people of South Africa are educated properly to ensure the future success of our country
Favourite Reading: Wilbur Smith
Favourite TV Programme: Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory
Favourite Food/Drink: Lamb shank
Favourite Music: Shania Twain
Favourite Sport: Motorsport
Favourite Website: None
Hobbies: Motorcycling and squash
Car: BMW M6, Porshe 911 Turbo and Kawasaki ZX14
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Drivers who hog the fast lane
Favourite Other South African Company: Standard Bank
Favourite Foreign Company: Virgin
Married: To Cathy since 2004
Children: Neil, 28; Shaun Loots, 27; Michelle, 26
Clubs: Alberton Squash Club
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