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Pytha Partners welcomes new team members

Introducing Kim Girdlestone – Operations and Marketing Some of you may have met the multi-talented Kim Girdlestone at our Pytha Partners Convention. Kim was one half of the fantastic pair serenading guests and rocking the Rooftop of the Holiday Inn Old Sydney. When she’s not singing up a storm, Kim has an eye for detail and some management magic that’s ensuring we are meeting customer expectations and building services to suit. She is also instrumental in developing our online presence for libraries and online training. Introducing Waleed Abdullah – Implementation Specialist Waleed has joined the team to fill a crucial technical position – Implementation Specialist. His focus will be on providing services and developing materials to support successful implementations for our customers, and his impressive skillset allows him to back up our technical team when extra support is required. Being based on the Gold Coast, Waleed is helping us extend our reach up the eastern coast, and is providing even greater local access for our Queensland customers. Of course, our superstar Tam will always be your first point of contact when you phone Pytha Partners. Tam will work out whose help you need and direct you to the right team member. Our contact details and office hours can be found...

Emstar Kitchens PYTHA Forerunners

Tony Galati of Emstar Kitchens in Thomastown, Victoria, was recognised for being an Australian ‘forerunner’ of PYTHA at the recent Pytha Partners Convention held in Sydney in October. Tony was acknowledged for his twenty-year dedication to the software during a special Gala event in the Sunset Room of Sydney’s iconic Luna Park. When he accepted his certificate (and a very nice bottle of plonk!), Tony was quick to grab the microphone and entertain the audience with his PYTHA story. As an enthusiastic young cabinetmaker in the 1990s, Tony was beginning to get the idea that technology would change his trade. When he discovered PYTHA software, Tony could see great potential in presenting kitchen and cabinet designs to clients in 3D. The investment was huge at the time, but this savvy business owner took the plunge and borrowed money to add PYTHA 3D CAD to his toolbelt. When the contract was done and dusted and his license was due to arrive, Tony shocked the PYTHA distributor when he asked what kind of computer he’d need to operate the software. Not only was he a software novice; he admitted he’d never owned a computer! Tony spent the first few weeks trying to get his head around navigating his first PC and learning how to use a complex 3D software package. The learning curve was steep, but in about three months he was doing renders for clients, and has never looked back! Pytha Partners Australia congratulate Tony on his vision and persistence, and look forward to the next decade with this PYTHA Pro. Keen to see how PYTHA can make a difference...

Celebrating PYTHA Pioneers

At our very special Gala event in the Sunset Room at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park, the founder of PYTHA 3D CAD, Willy Flassig, entertained the crowd with some hilarious tales about the very first trip he made to Australia to meet the then Australian dealer (think long dusty roads, kangaroos and a jet-lagged German who’s landed somewhere in the middle of Western Australia!). Although he had little hope for an avalanche of Aussie customers at the time, Willy shared his delight at the strength of our PYTHA community twenty years on. The twentieth anniversary of PYTHA in Australia was a great time to acknowledge the industry stalwarts who’ve been long-time users of this incredible software. We were honoured to have the following companies join us at the Gala, where they were recognised for their loyalty and support:     20 years Emstar Kitchens 15 years Bigway Interiors ARC Joinery Premier Furniture Rest Interior Emerald Shopfitters Euroline Joinery & Interiors Metro Joinery Minosa 10 years Furniture Design Studio Gellibrand Cabinet Works Interfar Furniture Systems Maxton Fox Ryde Joinery Yarra Valley Shopfitters With the formalities of the evening out of the way, guests rocked the dancefloor to the tunes of the Steve Foxe Quintet and the stunning Emma Birdsall (with thanks to Program Partner, Biesse). Some dress up props made for some interesting GIFS at the photo-station (‘cause who doesn’t want to wear a wig at some stage, right?!) – we’ll share these images with dinner guests via email. We’d like to extend a huge thanks to our program partners (ASOFIA, Austaron Surfaces and Biesse), our support sponsors (Family Wealth Advisory Sylvania,...

Wanted: your best PYTHA renders and technical drawings

Would you like to see your PYTHA creations featured in a book? Pytha Germany are compiling a book of 40 years of PYTHA 3D CAD, and they’re looking for the best of the best images, drawings and PYTHA creations from around the world. We’ll also showcase your work at the Pytha Partners Convention, and offer some pretty sweet prizes for the best technical drawings and renders. Send you submissions to vrowe@pythapartners.com.au today! (Note: keep in mind that if you send us your best drawings, our marketing team are likely to use them all over the place, so make sure you’re ok with plenty of exposure!)...

Staron® Solid Surfaces Design Awards now open!

Leading designers and architects from across the world are embracing the quality and versatility of Staron® Solid Surfaces, using the product in a wide range of applications. The Staron® Design Awards were created almost nine years ago, and offer a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the versatility of the product and the design skill of those specifying it. The 2017  Staron® Design Awards are now open, and designers, architects, developers, kitchen and bathroom designers and students are invited to submit their favourite design projects featuring Staron® Solid Surfaces. Entries may be submitted in any one of the following three categories: Commercial category – open to any installed commercial/industrial project (the winning entrant receives a prize of $2000 cash along with marketing exposure) Residential category – open to any installed house/apartment project (with winner taking home prize of $1000 and enjoying great marketing exposure) Concept category – open to any idea or concept that has not yet been realised. This can be a drawing, graphic or sketch, with a prize of $250 plus marketing exposure. The Staron® Design Award judges panel includes Sophie Watson from Indesign Magazine, Stephen Varady from Stephen Varady Associates and Amanda Stanaway from Woods Bagot. With their wide and varied experience, the judging panel brings a vast wealth of knowledge to the judging process. The judges meet in Sydney when the Staron® Design Awards close to decide on a winner for each category. Entry to the Staron® Design Awards is free and easy and can be made online at staron.com.au. Entries close on September 30 so don’t delay! Image: Commercial Staron Design Award 2016 winning design by Maria + Al...

Mark McCrindle to share his wisdom at Pytha Partners Convention

Is working with Generation Z zapping your energy? Are Millennials making you crazy? Or are you a part of the iGeneration and feeling misunderstood? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you won’t want to miss the knock-out keynote session at our upcoming convention in Sydney, with thanks to the support of Program Partner, ASOFIA. Mark McCrindle is an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author and influential thought leader with a great understanding of key social trends and their impact on our business operations – technologically, demographically, socially and economically. He believes it’s critical that organisations and leaders observe these changes, and respond to the trends in order to maintain engagement. The construction industry is certainly experiencing rapid changes in technology and demographics, and many business owners admit to struggling to keep up.  In their dealings with cabinetmakers, joiners, shopfitters and designers across the country, Pytha Partners have had many conversations with concerned operators about the declining number of apprentices, and the challenges they face in keeping younger staff on board long enough to train them well. The data seems to reflect these concerns: despite some enthusiastic efforts by various levels of government to increase the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships, numbers in most states continue to decline. On the other hand, university participation rates are on the rise, as are the numbers of young people moving directly into the labour market. What’s really concerning, though, is that those that do enter an apprenticeship directly out of school have a pretty low chance of finishing their time, with just over half collecting a trade certificate. Mark will offer...