Supporting endurance sport helps keep employees fit for work
SURVIVING endurance sports comes from solid training foundations. And if anyone knows about building foundations, it's Ausmar Homes.
Not only are the Sunshine Coast builders one of the best in the business, Ausmar is also a hub for fitness freaks.
Of a staff of about 35, nearly a third are actively involved in multisport events.
Leading the way is director Tony Bryan who is a keen triathlete (and also enters the odd mountain bike race), as is construction manager Sean Fraser.
Sales manager Josh Green and salesman Mark Wood are mad mountain bikers, while estimating manager Lukas Cann along with estimator David Schloss are adventure racers.
Salesman Chris Bidencope and estimator Rod Kennerson are keen cyclists, while supervisor Steve Loehr is into CrossFit.
Tony, who is currently in training for the Port Macquarie Ironman and a few other long distance events later in the year, said while seeking employees who were fitness fanatics wasn't a recruitment priority, outside work activities do speak volumes about an individual.
"All of these guys have families, kids of varying ages and crucial roles within Ausmar," he said. "I find that if an individual is able to lock themselves into a training program and achieve a goal come race day then this means by default they are normally super organised.
"This type of commitment and the required time management skills will generally roll over into their work life too, making them great at handling a busy work environment."
Ausmar is supportive of their endeavours and the Cooroy office has a kitchen, shower and even a washing machine and clothesline.
"We don't all train together, mainly because we all do different races," Tony said.
"But you can bet most mornings there's a group of three or four staff out and about somewhere together - this training time can be very productive as generally most discussions end up back at work, some of our best business ideas have popped up during a four-hour hill ride."
Lukas is currently training for the LunarC eight-hour mountain bike race this month and then onto the 48-hour Geo Quest adventure race in April.
David Schloss will also be competing in Geo Quest as a member of the Mountain Designs team, while he is also considering an adventure race in China (he can currently be seen training on roller blades).