Friday, 22 January 2016
Photo (left to right): Ian Watt, General Manager of Future-Proof Building; Blair Jenkins, winner; Craig Grammer, CEO of J. A. Russell Ltd.
December 14, 2015
The 2015 Future-Proof Building National Tradeshow Series concluded in Queenstown on November 19th, after 16 successful shows across the country attended by 4,000 industry professionals.
By attending the shows participants had the opportunity to enter the draw for the FPB Series grand prize of a brand new 2015 Mitsubishi Triton Ute valued at over $34,000.
The lucky winner of the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton Ute was 24 year-old Blair Jenkins, a recently qualified electrician working for Bishman Electrical Contractors. Blair was “stoked” to receive the news that his name had been drawn as the lucky winner. “The ute is such an awesome prize and it will provide me with a vehicle that I can take to work and at present I have to use lock ups on site for all my tools and equipment”, said Blair.
Growing up in the Kaitaia region, Blair made a move to Auckland at the age of 17 to take up an electrical apprenticeship with Bishman Electrical after finishing his course at Unitec – a move he does not regret. Bishman Electrical have been supportive of Blair through his learning and development. “The team at Bishman’s make it a great place to work and they support young guys coming into the industry, looking to develop their skills and experience”, said Blair.
Blair is now 3 months in as a fully qualified electrician, mainly focused on commercial projects and specialising in switchboard and mains supply work.
Seeing the opportunity to learn about new products and further develop his technical skills, Blair came to the West Auckland show in August with a colleague from Bishman Electrical. They came away from the show with new tools and knowledge of some of latest electrical componentry. Blair explains, “We really enjoyed some of the interactive displays and talking to suppliers about new products. It was great having the opportunity to also see products from other areas of a building development like plumbing and building.”.
Needless to say Blair is glad to have attended the show and took the opportunity to say “a massive thanks to Future-Proof Building, J. A. Russell Ltd, Carters &Plumbing World for putting on such a fantastic event with the opportunity to enter such a great competition”.
One thing we know for sure is that Blair will definitely be there again next year!
To see the 2016 Tradeshow dates click here.