Nov 16, 2012
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Full Name: Steven Allan Bannister
Position: CEO of VBV Engineering Supply & Services division
Main Activity of the Company: Engineering solutions, including pressure vessel and heat exchanger manufacture, as well as pump, filter and valve supply and reconditioning
Date and Place of Birth: February 10, 1959
Education: BEng (mechanical), Stellenbosch University
First Job: Development engineer at AECI's Somerset West dynamite factory
Career History Prior to Current Position: I worked at various plants as a project engineer for AECI in Sasolburg before being sent to the UK for two years to train at the ICI Runcorn works. I spent five years as section engineer in the chlorine and cyanide business units and left Polyfin in 1993 to start Enserve Engineering Services, specialising in the reconditioning of pumps and valves. I sold the company to VBV Holdings at the end of 2011
Size of First Pay Packet: R900 a month
First Job with Present Group: CEO of VBV Engineering Supply & Services division
Value of Assets under Your Control: R50-million
Number of People under Your Leadership: 150
Management Style: Persuasive
Personal Best Achievement: Raising four wonderful children
Professional Best Achievement: Being appointed operations manager at the age of 32
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My mother, Valerie Bannister
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Kim Fraser, my last manager at Sasol Polymers
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People's Republic of China – he is the best strategic planner in the world
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks Coffee – he believes pasionately that business is about more than just making money
Philosophy of Life: Never shake the hand of a negative man
Biggest Ever Opportunity: My current position at VBV Holdings
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Trust betrayed
Hope for the Future: That South Africans of all skin colours rally together and accept that, to make money, we need to add value
Favourite reading: Anything written by John Grisham
Favourite TV Programme: Extreme Engineering, Discovery Channel
Favourite Food/Drink: Sushi/Allesverloren Port, a good expresso
Favourite Music: Alan Parsons
Favourite Sport: Hiking in the Drakensberg
Favourite Website: oddee.com and thisiswhyimbroke.com
Hobbies: Koi keeping
Car: VW Tiguan
Pets: Busta, my bull terrier
Miscellaneous Dislikes: Bad drivers and stupidity
Favourite Other South African Company: Value Truck Rental
Favourite Foreign Company: Apple
Married: To Nicol Kirwan since December 9, 2006
Children: Lauren, 24; Grant, 23; Duncan, 17; Natasha, 16
Clubs: The South African Koi Keepers Society
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