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AUSTRALIAN HARDWARE JOURNAL

| JUNE 2017

CSS CONFERENCE COVERAGE

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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

Rapid Supply.

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

Powers brand.”

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.

CSS celebrates

15 years in the making