By Ilana Koegelenberg
The annual fellows’ luncheon for the Johannesburg centre of the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) was once again a hit, bringing together many familiar legends in the industry.
The annual industry highlight took place at the usual Johannesburg Country Club in Woodmead and was well-attended by roleplayers of all ages, including many past presidents of the association.
From left: Jaco Pieterse (SAIRAC Johannesburg chair), Mariet Pieterse (SAIRAC Johannesburg secretary), Mike Hewan (speaker), Stan Andrews (speaker), and Grant Laidlaw (SAIRAC national president
The fellows in attendance were honoured for their long-standing commitment to the association and the industry, each called up individually to receive a small token of gratitude from SAIRAC in the form of a customised leather binder.
The fellows are: Pat Burke, Ron Burns, Alan Curry, Roy Hannah, Antoine Herman, Alec Johannsen, Colin Kelly, Grant Laidlaw, Barney Richardson, Bert van Aarle, Herman van Niekerk, Annemarie Wake, Donald Burns, Andries van der Walt, Clancy, Mariette, Frederik Kleyn and William Scott.
The SAIRAC Johannesburg fellows in attendance with Grant Laidlaw (SAIRAC president), front right. Back, from left: Alec Johansen, Barney Richardson, Clancy Mariette, Roy Hannah, Patrick Burke, Annemarie Wake, and Ron Burns. Front, from left: Herman van Niekerk, Alan Curry, and Grant Laidlaw.
A great lunch followed, highlighted by the spit braai meat and various interesting side dishes.
Then it was time for the first motivational speaker of the day to take to the podium: Mike Hewan, a marketing and sales consultant and entrepreneur (amongst many other titles), fired guests up with his talk on “sales vs relationship management”.
After briefly explaining his background and how he likes re-igniting the passion in people, he looked at how a positive attitude can help sales people and gave some helpful tips on how to improve the customer experience and subsequently sales.
He was followed by Stan Andrews from the Stand for Stan project which assists disadvantaged amputees with quality prosthetics. Andrews is currently the fastest para-triathlete in Africa and shared his incredible journey of achieving things everyone (including himself) though impossible – like climbing Kilimanjaro with just one leg!
Dessert, coffee and catching up with old friends followed – making for a merry afternoon for all.