21st April 2022 Employee Stories



Nick Pizzino, General Manager of Steel and Site Services successfully marks his 20th work anniversary with the Ahrens team in August 2022.

Interestingly, he kickstarted his career with the company after he begged his mum to leave school early. Nick was more interested in pursuing fulltime work and getting a head start on earning a living rather than being based in a classroom setting.

Initially working with Glyn Stevens as a sub-contractor for Ahrens, Nick then spent the next 12 months completing remote and interstate works before returning to SA as an Ahrens employee. Ironically, both continue to remain in prominent roles with Ahrens, where Glyn is currently the General Manager of Resource Operations.

With a love for outside work and using his hands, it was a natural progression for Nick to pursue a job on the tools. Initially working as a cladder/site labourer with the site crew in 2001, Nick’s peers soon noticed his potential, including his skills and work ethic, so invested in his training for dogging, plus basic and intermediate rigging. Over time Nick continued to add to his unique skillset, which included educating himself about the construction industry.

When an opportunity knocked to become a supervisor, Nick grabbed the role with both hands where he continued to thrive with his team for several years. His exemplary work ethic continued to shine and soon enough Nick was announced Operations Manager of Ahrens Site Services, followed by a few years in a Project Management position.

It’s pleasing to say Nick has been involved in all parts of the Ahrens business, working across multiple levels and with a variety of people.

His hard work and determination to succeed has been the driving force behind his career achievements at Ahrens. Nick is grateful for the relationships and friends he has made across the 20 years, and he continues to value the lessons taught by his mentors, which he says ultimately shaped him into the leader he is today.

Nick now enjoys being that mentor to the next generation who also move up through the business, where he helps to maintain a positive workplace. Surrounding himself each day with like-minded people is a highlight of his role.

When asked of his fondest memories over the years, Nick struggles to pin-point one single event, however he says the places he has travelled to and seen would never have been possible without a career at Ahrens, which he is truly grateful for.

Today, Nick oversees the Ahrens workshops Steel Fabrication, Paint Line and Site Services divisions nationally, having been in this role for 4 years.

His one piece of advice is: “Just be ready when an opportunity comes around and never shy away from a challenge as the biggest risks always have the biggest rewards”.

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