Nov 26, 2010
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Position: MD of CERadvance Engineering Ceramics
Main Activity of the Company: Technical and industrial ceramic solutions for the petrochemicals, mineral processing and general engineering industries
Date and Place of Birth: August 27, 1971, Pretoria
Education: Matric, Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria, 1989; BTech (ceramics technology), Pretoria Technikon, 1997; BSc (Hons) (environmental technology), University of Pretoria, 2009
First Job: Laboratory assistant, Moh-9 Armour Ceramics
Career History Prior to Current Position: Product manager, Moh-9/Multotec Wear Linings
Size of First Pay Packet: R1 000 a month
First Job with Present Group: Technical director
Value of Assets under Your Control: R12-million
Number of People under Your Leadership: 25 people
Management Style: Intuitive and (mostly) democratic
Personal Best Achievement: Re-entering the academic world after 15 years of full-time work and completing an honours degree in an entirely different field of study
Professional Best Achievement: Being named the overall winner of the Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year competition for 2010
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My mother and my father
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: My mentor, ceramicist Dirk Skawran
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Reinhard Mey (German songwriter)
Philosophy of Life: Every company, every community and every civilisation thrive on the energy provided by those who do more than what is generally expected of them
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Cofounding CERadvance with business partner Dave Kelly
Hope for the Future: That Africa, as a whole, realises its renewable and sustainable energy potential and becomes a global trendsetter or leader
Favourite TV Programme: I do not own a TV set
Favourite Music: Traditional middle and eastern European folk music
Favourite Sport: None
Favourite Website: www.hellopeter.com
Hobbies: Music, musical instruments and crafts
Car: Not stated
Pets: I am an aquarist
Miscellaneous Dislikes: ‘Unteachable’ teachers, nonleading leaders, nonserving politicians and the bad service culture across the board – from municipalities to your local hardware store
Favourite Other South African Company: Chamberlain (over a 100 years old, but still family owned)
Favourite Foreign Company: Kyocera
Married: To Dalena (née Steÿn), an urban designer
Children: Krisjan and Marjan
Clubs: Not stated
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