the management team
Our business model involves sourcing and utilising experienced management staff who understand each client’s industry and requirements. When we select a member of our management team we make sure that they are committed to our three core principles, outlined below.
- Teamwork – we ensure that all management team members are committed to helping each other in pursuit of the total satisfaction of our clients’ needs.
- Latest technology – we ensure that our management team are kept up-to-date with the latest in cleaning technologies, understand the cost and implementation of these innovations, and can assist our clients in identifying when these may be needed.
- Excellence – we ensure that our management team has an understanding of the high standards offered to and expected by our clients.
Antonio Cerqueira (Chairman): Antonio is a Director at Daily Fresh foods services. Prior to taking up the role with Daily Fresh Food Service Antonio founded the Oporto fast food outlet and took the company from a small shop in North Bondi in 1986 to be a nationwide recognised Portuguese style chicken brand with over 100 stores. Antonio returned to Oporto 4 years ago, as a consultant, and contributed to business growth and a significant increase in sales.In his role as a Director at Daily Fresh Food (DFF) Service Antonio has overseen DFF to become one of Sydney’s leading foodservices distributors supplying schools, clubs, restaurants, cafes, caterers and event organizers with dry goods, grocery, frozen foods, smallgoods, poultry, dairy, seafood, and freshly prepared salads to the Sydney metropolitan area and north to Newcastle, west to the Blue Mountains and south to Bateman’s Bay. Antonio joined the directorship of GAVS Holdings PTY/LTD (Hospitality Services) in May 2010 and again took the company from a small to a big business with nationwide operations. Antonio has been president of Fraser Park Football Club for 5 years and has presided over a period of financial growth and self-sustainability of football operations. He has personally sought the involvement of a very dedicated team of volunteers and has worked with the team to bring about one of the most successful periods in the football club’s history.
Victor Lopes (Chief Executive Officer): Victor has over 23 years experience in corporate management of cleaning services. His industry background includes managing a staff of over 120 people employed in the Qantas Club Lounges at Sydney Airport Terminals T1, T2, T3 , the Sydney Opera House, Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and numerous government sites, including the Department of Defence. His extensive knowledge of flooring issues, chemicals and cleaning equipment makes him highly valued by all clients that meet with him to discuss their varied requirements. Victor is also extremely diligent in making sure all jobs are comprehensively specified in writing, so that misunderstandings are avoided and client budgets are protected. He has an extremely keen eye for the detail needed to spot areas that require attention in the cleaning process, to the extent that clients are often impressed when they hear Victor’s solution for a problem they hadn’t even been aware of.
Alan Serebro (Marketing Director): Alan has over 25 years business experience gained in three continents: the USA, South Africa and Australia. Alan’s career began on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange trading floor- specialising in trading gold shares, from there Alan joined a South African based Steel and Metals trading business with offices in the USA . Thereafter Alan invested in a medical equipment and pharmaceutical distribution company in the USA that traded across a 50 states and was instrumental in directing the marketing activities of a telesales department of 15 staff- capable of reaching clients in 3 time zones . On moving to Australia, Alan was an investor and Director of a Finance and Equipment Leasing company based in Sydney . In 2011 Alan joined GAVS Group as a Director and shareholder. His extensive knowledge of marketing has led to the acquisition of numerous key clients in the medical and commercial fields , for the business. Alan is involved in developing the lead generation of new clients and he has also been instrumental in implementing innovations in marketing strategies via the internet and print mediums. Alan is also involved in assisting with the sourcing of new suppliers and purchasing for the company as well as the Security Division . He has a Bachelors Degree (Univ of Cape Town, South Africa), Management Diploma (Univ of San Diego, California) and an Advanced Management Diploma (Stanford Univ, California).
Jose Pacheco (Operations Manager): Jose has over 25 years cleaning experience and extensive knowledge of the many major buildings in Sydney that he has serviced over the years. Jose also has a particular skill in dealing with cleaning emergencies caused by floods, fire damage, chemical spills or bird waste. In addition, he has both experience and expertise in the area of special event cleaning. Jose uses his knowledge of chemicals and cleaning equipment to quickly solve the problem of unexpected or unusual stains or marks on any floor or surface area. He takes great care to make sure all quotes for clients are based on giving our staff the adequate amount of time required to deliver an exceptional service.
Robert Lillington (National Hospitality Manager): Robert has worked for many years in senior positions in the corporate lounge divisions of a number of airlines, assuming responsibility for managing large numbers of hospitality staff. Robert joined the GAVS Hospitality Division to expand the group into the hotel services sector and to promote housekeeping and maintenance of public areas to our growing number of hospitality clients. His hotel services background covers nearly 30 years in the business, including international experience in Macau for the Venetian Hotel Group and hotels in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville, Canberra and New Zealand (SPHC Group). With extensive knowledge of hotel KPI requirements and attention to detail, Robert has spearheaded the growth of the group’s hospitality sector. Robert has a Dupont Workplace Health and Safety Diploma, is HAACP accredited and also has a Senior Level Hotel Diploma.
Con Tsamardos ( National Sales Manager): Prior to joining GAVS Group, Con has gained over 12 years first-hand experience in a Senior Role in Sales and Operations within the cleaning and security industry. This knowledge has equipped Con to be able to assist clients quickly and efficiently by preparing quote within the cleaning and security sector. Con has been involved in winning major national contract within the medical, hospital, Agedcare, commercial and industrial related sectors with a keen eye for detail, proactive client relations and a thorough knowledge of KPI’s. Con’s strength is that he is able to assess each client from 3 perspectives – the client, the staffing as well the needs of the GAVS Group. Con focuses on being a good listener in all situations- carefully consulting with clients to ensure their specific needs are met in this current competitive marketplace.
Vijay Vijendra, ACMA, CGMA, (Financial Controller): Vijay, former senior manager of Ernst and Young Chartered Accountants, manages our finance division. With over 20 years experience in strategic planning, forecasting, budgeting and financial analysis, he is as highly valued member of the management team. Vijay has worked for a variety of large companies in the United Kingdom, the USA, Sri Lanka and Australia.