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Nov 16, 2012

Steve Bannister

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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: and

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

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
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