Building operations software company, Bueno, has gone fully employee owned in an effort to engage and reward its staff on a deeper level than traditional workplaces.
The four-person executive team, led by company founder and chief executive Leon Wurfel, recently bought out their initial investor for an undisclosed amount and set a large portion of the business aside for employee equity, which will be provided on top of salary to all employees.
Mr Wurfel told The Fifth Estate his aim was to get employees engaged not only with the financial outcomes of the business, but also its sustainability goal of improving the way buildings run through data.
“We’re interested in having people as part of our team that care about the ‘why’ not just the ‘what’ that they’re doing,” Mr Wurfel said.
“It’s also about fairness and making sure that if people are working for this company and doing their best work here during the prime years of their life then they get a share of the upsides.”
With 50 people already on staff, Bueno is currently looking to expand with new hires as it shifts its operations more to providing software as a service, rather than conducting more hands-on building management.
“We wanted to focus on the technology more and use that as a tool to empower other people so that they could have an impact with our tools,” Mr Wurfel said.
As part of the new strategy, the company recently hired a new senior data scientist and head of product, and is still looking for a senior frontend developer and finance lead.
“These new hires that we’re making are really around cementing the strategic change that we’re making for the business,” Mr Wurfel said.
Mr Wurfel added that data services such as his would be crucial for filling a hole left in the property industry over the coming years as the workforce ages and moves to retirement.
“It just doesn’t seem to be the kind of industry that’s attracting a lot of new workers into it. And you’ve got all of these old hands that have been doing it for a long time and they all seem to be hitting retirement age at once,” Mr Wurfel said.
Mr Wurfel said he hopes the property industry can shake off its reputation as one of the slowest adopters of new technology, to attract younger people to the field and help fill the gap of those moving on.
Circular economy powerhouse, Ashleigh Morris will serve as a technical expert to the Green Building Council of Australia, having previously collaborated with the GBCA to develop the Circular Economy Leadership Credit for their Green Star Rating Tool.
The seemingly tireless Ms Morris, who holds a slew of other titles and accolades, will also carry on as chief executive of circular economy advisory firm Coreo.
Her new role will involve reviewing project documentation submitted by applicants to the GBCA to determine if they adhere to the Green Star guidelines.
Proving that the sustainability industry also has its ups and downs, Carlos Sanchez has joined international elevator giant Schindler Group as head of its sustainability office.
The self-styled sustainability guru spent the past seven years working with tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris International, to cut down on their carbon footprint and will now help Schindler do the same in the innovative world of elevators.
Peter Menegazzo has officially taken over from Jonathan Callaghan as chief executive of Investa Group, starting this month.
Mr Menegazzo has been with Investa for the past 15 years, and was an executive for the past 10 of those. He also spent a stint with the company from 2002-04.
Having spearheaded many of the Investa’s achievements during that time, Mr Menegazzo emerged on top of an internal and external executive recruitment process.
He will now oversee a crucial next step for Investa, having sold 50 per cent of its management platform to global real estate firm, Oxford Properties last November. Investa will act as Oxford’s partner across its commercial assets in Australia, including the flagship Parkline Place office development in the Sydney CBD.
In Hobart, proving that location is no barrier to service delivery GHDWoodhead has hired Bec Wilkie as senior architect to work alongside architecture design direct or James Jones. Ms Wilkie has more than 18 years of local and international experience at the forefront of design for significant civic, cultural, education, multi-residential and commercial projects, She recently worked as part of the team for delivering The Hedberg, a new performing arts building at University of Tasmania.
She joins around 300 other architects in the company that’s about 10,000 strong.
National practice leader Leone Lorrimer said Ms Wilkie would be “a great asset to the team with her significant experience gained in international design practice, and on iconic Hobart projects”.
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The national, community-based organisation has been advocating for waste reduction and resource recovery since 2003.
They need someone to engage with businesses in the Eastern Suburbs to facilitate the transition away from single use plastics, as well as spread the message through traditional media, online and through government and council organisations.