Ask the Expert

ASK THE EXPERTS: RICHARD WARIN...

In a very special edition of Ask The Expert(s), we speak to two industry members at the coalface of the skills shortage in the window furnishings sector. After long careers in all parts of the industry, Richard Waring and Dot Grantham are now out and about educating the next generation of industry experts. WFA spoke to them about the challenges they face, training staff in a pandemic and what the future holds for the industry.
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ASK THE EXPERT: TONY CASSAR IN...

Arriving from Edinburgh Scotland at age 28 with just a backpack on your back is not the usual route into the Australian Window Furnishings Industry, but Kathryn Polgar has carved out a career that finds her now as General Manager for one of the leading wholesale suppliers in the industry, Ricky Richards. In this edition of Window Furnishings Australia’s Ask the Expert Series, Tony Cassar talks to Kathryn about leadership, managing in a pandemic, and the role women can play as leaders in the industry.
Tony: Welcome Kathryn thank you for being part of WFA Ask the Expert series. Kathryn:... READ MORE

ASK THE EXPERT: TONY CASSAR IN...

From an apprentice printer to head of one of the largest blind fabricators in Australia, Geoff Turner from Viewscape reflects on leadership, manufacturing in Australia and the dangers of being a middle-aged man in Lycra.
Tony Cassar:  Geoff, thank you for being part of the WFA Ask the Expert series.... READ MORE

TONY CASSAR INTERVIEWS KATE BE...

Video conferencing and working from home may have been the new normal for most in this industry, but not Kate Bessell. Working remotely for Adelaide wholesale fabricator Pinz from the south coast of NSW was the norm for Kate until March 2020 when she moved back to Adelaide in the midst of a pandemic. After 11 years of remote working, lockdowns couldn’t get in the way of her passion and she is now back in the office every day and loving it. Tony Cassar finds out more about Kate in this edition of Ask the Expert.
Tony: Kate thank you and welcome for being part of the WFA ask the experts... READ MORE

Tony Cassar interviews Andrew ...

Tony Cassar interviews Andrew Lebeter, National Wholesale Manager, Skins2Go about dealing with COVID-19, his passion for business and golf, and more. 
Tony: Andrew welcome. Thank you for being part of the WFA magazine, Ask the expert... READ MORE

Tony Cassar interviews Steve P...

In the latest instalment of WFA’s Ask the Expert Series, Tony Cassar chats to Norman Australia’s Marketing Manager Steve Payne about mentors, leading a team in a pandemic, motorbike riding for a living, and having the courage of your convictions.
Tony: Steve welcome and thank you for being part of the WFA Ask the Expert... READ MORE

Tony Cassar interviews Jim Ter...

In a COVID-19 safe Ask The Expert, Tony Cassar spoke via video link to Jim Terrell, General Manager, Australasia Interiors and Homewares at Charles Parsons, about his time in the industry, marlin fishing, growing up as a ‘barrow boy’ in London’s East End and what the future holds for business.
Tony:  Jim Terrell thank you for your time today and your involvement in the Window... READ MORE

TONY CASSAR INTERVIEWS JOE TUR...

As President of the Blind Manufacturers' Association of Australia (along with his highly regarded position as the previous Director of Image Blinds), Joe Turner proved the ideal candidate for a special 'Ask the expert' interview during Super Expo 2019. Here, his friend and industry colleague, Victory Curtains and Blinds' Tony Cassar, quizzes Joe about his early days at Luxaflex, his rise through the industry he has helped to grow, and his personal interests and passions.
TONY: Joe Turner, welcome and thank you for your involvement in the Window Furnishing Australia... READ MORE

TONY CASSAR INTERVIEWS JENNY B...

As she prepares for a new chapter in a diverse and stimulating career, Jenny Brown, National Marketing Manager at Hunter Douglas, shares her unique expertise, insights, professional milestones and passions with Victory Blinds’ Tony Cassar.
TONY: Jenny, welcome, and thank you for your time today and your involvement in the... READ MORE

TONY CASSAR INTERVIEWS FRANK C...

Decor Blinds Director Frank Cairns talks to Victory Blinds Managing Director Tony Cassar about the changes he's witnessed over three and a half decades in the industry and the art of keeping a work life balance.
TONY: Frank Cairns, welcome, and thank you for your involvement in the Window Furnishing Australia... READ MORE

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