Today we recognise and thank Tony Sarri for 20 years of service at Southern Innovations.
“For many, Tony is undoubtedly a familiar face,” says Warwick Beutler, managing director, Southern Innovations. “As our senior retail sales consultant Tony has built a reputation for his knowledge of luxury bathroom solutions, in particular the latest in European design and manufacturing.”
“In fact, a number of our customers seek Tony’s assistance when they come in store for the first time. His honest advice is what keeps his customers coming back – not to mention he’s always up for a chat!”
We know that the contribution and loyalty of long-serving staff like Tony is essential to the success of our business. His experience is paramount in his relationship with repeat customers and helping to mentor new team members.
Left: Tony and the team during construction of the Fyshwick showroom in the early 2000s.
When asked what he enjoys most about working at Southern Innovations, Tony says, “Here I feel like part of the family. It’s a family environment and I have a strong rapport with my colleagues. I consider the people I work with more like friends than colleagues.”
Twenty years is a long time, but he recalls some of his earlier days. “I remember the day I turned up to work with bleached hair. Clearly the [then] latest men’s hairstyle wasn’t appreciated by Warwick who wasn’t a fan of the bleach and had a few words to say about my new look. Looking back it was clearly just an indication of my nineties style and sophistication,” Tony laughs.
Tony at our annual celebration of 10 years or more of tenure (2018).
Tony says he’s driven by having happy customers who come to him not quite knowing what they want but who leave the showroom feeling great about the vision and selections for their home.
If you’re in the market for quality tapware, Tony will likely recommend Hansgrohe for its cutting-edge technology and consistently impressive product design. And for cookware and appliances, Smeg remains a strong favourite – designed and manufactured in Italy by a family business which continues to set the benchmark for appliances.
So when you’re doing your next renovation and want that “something extra”, we know you’re in good hands with Tony.
Congratulations, Tony, on achieving twenty years of tenure. You’re a valued member of the Southern team and, yes, you are indeed part of the family!
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