JANNI VASILAKIS .

Let’s start at the very beginning! How do you think your upbringing has shaped your career and entrepreneurial efforts?
I was taught a lot about focus and how satisfying it is to complete a job to a really high standard during my electrical apprenticeship – and I’ve carried those lessons with me through my career. There are not many things that feel better than completing work that I’m really proud of. Entrepreneurially, I enjoy that we’re still constantly playing with crazy ideas to see where they can take us.

What is it about Bright Group and this Industry that motivates you?
Running my own company is motivating for me – seeing the change in the last five years from the insane hours we worked when we first started the business with just Dean and I, to growing our team and now training several apprentices is really exciting. We’re focussed on growing the business sustainably and ensuring that we’re always delivering high quality work with top notch service.

I’m fascinated by the challenge of the electrical industry and all the different aspects there are to be involved in – in one week we can be handing over a luxury home, working on an industrial project and fitting out a commercial space.

What is the most interesting Project you have worked on?

We worked on a couple of Sydney Metro construction projects in the last year. They were incredibly complex and challenging from both a project management and electrical perspective – I liked the technical aspect of seeing the progress as well as the satisfaction of working on a big project that the local community will use and enjoy.

What excites you about the future of this Industry?
I’m really excited about the potential that smart homes + buildings have to improve energy efficiency and make life much easier – the opportunities are pretty much endless when programming automation systems. Combined with renewable technologies and energy efficient devices it has such a big opportunity to reduce overall running costs as well as be much kinder on the environment.

DEAN HUNTER .

Let’s start at the very beginning! How do you think your upbringing has shaped your career and entrepreneurial efforts?
I’ve always been incredibly driven and social – the opportunity to own and operate my own company is an exciting challenge that combines both of those characteristics. I love that every day at Bright Group is different and that we are always looking for new ways to grow.

What is it about Bright Group and this Industry that motivates you?
The growth of Bright Group from when Janni and I started it in 2015 to now is really amazing – being able to mentor and grow our team to be the best electricians that they can be is an incredible privilege. I’m proud of the close team culture that we have.

The electrical industry in Australia is so dynamic. Being able to showcase our electrical work in beautiful high-end residential homes, in bold commercial fit outs all the way through to working in heavy industrial settings is a testament to the broad skillset our team possess. There’s always new things to learn!

What is the most interesting Project you have worked on?

We recently completed a couple of Sydney Metro construction projects that were really interesting. It required a very high level of expertise, attention to detail and professionalism which I thought was achieved perfectly by our team. It’s really exciting to get the opportunity to work on large projects and be able to see the final result enjoyed by the community.

Every couple of months we seem to have a new ‘best’ or ‘biggest’ project, so I am really excited to see what the post COVID period brings us.

What excites you about the future of this Industry?
As we move to a more automated and energy efficient future, I believe that our industry will see a strong generation of highly skilled electricians who are working towards a greener, cleaner future.

WILL TOWNSEND .

How long have you been working for Bright Group?

Since the beginning of the year.

What is it about Bright Group and this Industry that you enjoy?

I love the work culture. I enjoy being around like-minded people who share the same work ethic that I do. I also enjoy the variety of work, from high end residential homes to industrial/commercial projects, this enables me to be constantly learning and gaining new skills. I like that this industry is hands on and mentally stimulating.

What is the most interesting Project you have worked on?

The most interesting project I have worked on is the Darling Exchange Project. This involved the fit out of three separate commercial kitchens. I liked this project because it was fast paced and I was able to work on it from start to finish.

What excites you about the future of this Industry?

I am excited to see what technology is developed in the near future. Since I began working within the industry there has already been a huge range of technological growth.
Particularly of interest to me are the advancements relating to home/building automation and solar energy. I feel that technological developments within this industry can have a significant impact on energy usage and our carbon footprint.

ELLIOT SMITH.

How long have you been working for Bright Group?

Since December 2018

What is it about Bright Group and this Industry that you enjoy?

The company culture at Bright Group is certainly one of, if not the company’s greatest assets. Dean and Janni have created an environment where everyone involved in the company is valued. The company have a genuine interest in your personal development as a worker, as well as your personal well-being/life away from work. Bright Group understands the importance of work-life balance, endeavouring to ensure everyone remains happy at and away from work. It is a young, driven, tight knit team where everyone’s input , feedback, knowledge and work-ethic is taken on board and rewarded to help grow and further the company’s strong reputation.

Another facet of the company which I enjoy is the variety of projects that I’ve been a part of. Having previously worked for two large companies who were predominantly involved in large scale high-rise residential projects, it has been a nice change to come to a company that works on various domestic, commercial, industrial, and council based projects. Being involved in the different projects from high-end luxury homes, to restaurant fit outs, to industrial/mining sites, and local community facilities is something I’ve certainly enjoyed. Not being stuck on the same project day in day out has been a blessing, and I have gained very valuable experiences that will hold me in good stead moving forward.

In terms of the industry, I like the lifestyle of being a tradesperson. Like any job it can be full on at times with its up and downs, but for the most part it gives you time to do things which you enjoy outside of work that a lot of other occupations unfortunately don’t. I think the Electrical industry itself is so diverse and constantly evolving with new technologies which gives you the opportunity to specialise, or work across a broad spectrum of areas. The industry also gives you the chance to meet new people, which in turn leads to networking opportunities and a chance to grow.

What is the most interesting Project you have worked on?

I can’t narrow it down to one specific project, but I’ve been fortunate enough to work on several beautiful homes.

Certainly, this lovely old home in Annandale comes to mind. It was a renovation project which kept the old feel but incorporated modern elements (LED strip lighting, floor heating, feature lighting/chandeliers, garden lighting, new bathrooms, windows, underground cellar, etc). That was a beautiful home which looked unreal after it was done.

What excites you about the future of this Industry?

It will be interesting to see what new technologies evolve in the electrical industry in the years to come, and what takes over the “now” in demand products.

It will also be exciting to see how Bright Group develops! The company is in good hands and on the right path, so it will be cool to see where Dean and Janni take it. Hopefully I can be a part of their journey for a little while yet!