AUSTRALIAN HARDWARE JOURNAL
| JUNE 2017
CSS CONFERENCE COVERAGE
xtensive workshops and a trade show had already been held
throughout the week, with the 15 year anniversary dinner
being the highlight of the conference. As guests arrived at
the celebratory dinner, an expansive visual timeline welcomed
guests in the foyer, spectacularly highlighting the CSS journey over
the last 15 years.
An inspiring digital presentation by CSS was also showcased
during the dinner, which noted that for CSS, “to continue moving
forward, we are constantly analysing, critiquing and evolving our
strategies to ensure we remain relevant and dynamic in today’s mar-
ketplace. After 15 years we have the experience and the passion to
ensure we are looking forward and the best is yet to come.”
Several service recognition awards were also presented to
longstanding members on the night including five year service
awards to: Darren and Sally Turnball from Banks Bolts, Chris
and Linda Waring from The Bolt Barn and Daniel Freshney of
CSS Co-Founder JeffWellard, also presented two 15 year member
awards to Kencor Sales and DBF Tools and Construction Supplies.
As founding members, both companies have put an enormous effort
into the support of the company, he said.
“When we started off we had 11 companies that supported us
as suppliers. If it was not for them, we would not have started
and if it was not for our founding members, we also would not
be here tonight.”
“The reason why independent companies like ours are successful,
is because they have passion and they love what they do and we see
this in every one of them. And when we look for somebody, we look
for that passion. This is also reflected in our video and we see that
from a lot of suppliers as well who have come along for the journey,”
Mr Wellard said.
During the celebratory dinner, Mr Wellard also recognised a
brand (as opposed to a company), which he believed had a lot to do
with the establishment and success of CSS.
“This recognition award belongs to a brand which has been
with us since we started and is one of the reasons why we are
where we are today. The original custodians of the brand also
had a lot to do with the development and growth of CSS. The
brand is Powers Fasteners and it has been with us since day one.
We would like Derek McClure to come up and accept the service
award on behalf of Stanley Black and Decker who now own the
L-R - Derek McClure, SBD, on behalf of Power’s brand; Jim Osborne, Ramset/Reid; Simon Terrell, Sika; Zane Bendix, Pferd; Jeff Wellard,
CSS Managing Director; Doug Flynn, DBF Tools and Construction Supplies; CSS Director and Founding member, Peter Corstorphin,
Kencor Sales; CSS Director and Founding member, Fred Hall, DBF Tools and Construction Supplies and CSS Director and Founding member Iain Brown, Bordo.
CSS celebrated its 15 year anniversary at the group’s annual conference held in
Melbourne from May 3 to 5. During the opening presentation at the celebration
dinner, held at the Sofitel, CSS reported that it remains at the top of its game due to
partnering with only the best traders and suppliers, who all share the same vision.
15 years in the making