The 2018 RFUANZ Awards were presented on the 2nd of May, at the Gala Dinner and Awards Night, to the following individuals:
Service to the Industry sponsored by Tait Communications – Brian Davis, Brian Davis Consulting
Brian Davis is one of the more well-known names in the NZ radio industry, and for good reason. His reputation for meticulous workmanship is soon proven in the real world, with no detail overlooked. He demonstrates an exhaustive knowledge of the NZ radio regulations.
Brian started his career in 1975 as a Trainee Radio inspector. Since then he has worked in numerous roles including Radio Inspector, Radio Engineer, Radio Surveyor, Accredited Radio Tutor and examiner just to name a few.
Brian takes pride in his work and is always diligent to ensure that his engineering is accurate and well documented. We have never had any issues with Brian’s professional work or conduct and see him as an exemplary ambassador for the industry
Project Excellence sponsored by Hytera – CSE Genesis
Surf Life Saving Northern Region (SLSNR) administers lifesaving activities on the West coast from the Far North right down to Raglan, and on the East coast from Whangarei Heads down to Mairangi Bay an area that encompasses 17 surf lifesaving clubs, covering 24 beaches.
Genesis Communications (now CSE-Genesis) was awarded the project and implemented a comprehensive network replacement solution. CSE-Genesis’ Motorola solution fully met SLSNR’s objectives for a future-ready, digital platform that provided reliable communications to support lifeguards in their mission to protect, assist and save the beach going public from difficult and potentially tragic situations at the beach. The Digital Rescue Network was shown to be simple to use and learn, robust, with a range of additional useful features and the ability to be scaled up in terms of coverage, capacity and introduction of added-value technology.
Technical Excellence sponsored by Radio Activity – Downer Dunedin
The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake event is now an important part of New Zealand’s geophysical and human history. Immediately after the quake it was apparent that the community of Kaikoura was cut off and unparalleled damage to roading infrastructure had occurred. Downer ITS of Dunedin were approached to formulate a plan to provide an immediate communications network for the temporary remedial repairs of the Inland access road.
Employee of the Year sponsored by RFUANZ – Vicki Mischefski, CSE Genesis
Vicki has been an integral part of our team from Day 1, working across all functions of our business. Vicki came to Genesis (now CSE Genesis) from a sales support background and working in IT. Since then, Vicki has worked hard for Genesis and made herself well known amongst our Auckland based partners and competitors. Vicki is the hub of our team culture and always brings energy to the workplace. This energy naturally spills over into her interactions with customers, who she goes to all lengths to help get an outcome for. Learning the Genesis products and solutions and applying them to our customer’s daily challenges has always been second nature to Vicki and she has now taken a more full time direct role within the sales team as a result.
Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Push Wireless – Michael Hooper, Outback Communications
Michael joined Outback Communications in 2015 with only some very basic electrical knowledge as he had previously been fitting tow bars to vehicles and wiring up the trailer plug. Although Michael had limited knowledge he was keen and eager to learn. During his time with Outback Comms, Michael has been immersed in each part of our diverse service offering, thus allowing him to develop a range of technical skills. Michael is halfway through an Auto Electrical apprenticeship which has also helped to formalize his electrical knowledge.
Outstanding Sales, Support & Service – Matt Alexander, Outback Communications
Matt’s nomination detailed exceptional sales, support & services for his work with a local Christchurch utilities company. Outback Communications has been working with this company for the last 3 years, and Matt has taken ownership of this customer and developed a strong working relationship. Matt reviewed the existing installation and components and together with the customer formed a specification for their new vehicle fit outs. Matt has also changed numerous components to improve efficiency and reliability of the installations. Matt not only manages the technical side of this customer but also manages the sales and development of this relationship. Matt’s focus is to continually improve the offering to the customer and ensure that the vehicles are future proofed for new technology advances.