The SA Division hosted a President’s Breakfast at the Stables of Victoria Park in Rose Park on Wednesday 13th February.
Damien Brand, SA Division President, gave a very warm welcome and introduced SA’s new Divisional Secretary Janine Kitson before discussing collaboration as a key to building successful relationships with Government, Developers and Shopping Centres.
ASOFIA’s National Membership Manager Martine Poulain introduced herself to members and explained the expansion of her role from the North East region to now encompassing the Southern and Western Divisions. Martine will be working closely with Janine to build relationships with members in South Australia.
National President Chris Hookham gave an overview of the recent activities and achievements of ASOFIA nationally and acknowledged that whilst SA was the smallest division of ASOFIA, it is also the trendsetter being the first Division to employ a secretary – prompting other Division’s to follow suit.
Chris announced the location for the upcoming 23rd National Conference being in Canberra on the 25th – 28th October and encouraged all members to attend. He also discussed the challenges facing the shopfitting industry, including the lack of skilled workers and apprentices and the role ASOFIA plays in the industry, liaising with Government, TAFE and Developers alike to address this issue and ensure the growth of the shopfitting industry.