Meet the Team
From family, travel, sports, fishing, horse riding, and classic cars – we’re a pretty lively bunch here at Ideal Electrical. What we do share in common is an absolute commitment to providing the very best in service to you.
Find out a little more about us below:
Gonzalo brings to Ideal Electrical a wealth of experience in the electrical wholesale industry and with Rexel, our parent company.
He joined Rexel back in 2001 as National Category Manager, Datacom, HVAC and Renewables Energies at Rexel Spain, then, since 2003, progressively extending his scope of responsibility to be the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (2003-2008) and the President & CEO at Rexel Spain from 2009 to 2013. From 2013, he moved to Paris as Group Chief Marketing Officer and SVP Purchasing & Supplier Relationship Development reporting to our Group CEO, Patrick Berard. Gonzalo is also President at Bizline (our home brand) and an Executive Committee Member at the Rexel Foundation, which is dedicated to innovation in energy efficiency and energy progress.
Gonzalo holds a PhD in Automation, is an Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University in Spain, MBA from INSEAD in France, Master in Leadership from the IMD in Switzerland and Master in Marketing & Sales from ESIC in Spain.
He’s a sporting enthusiast, playing any sport, including golf, ski-ing and swimming, all to a very high level, which fits well with our Kiwi culture; hopefully we can get him to support the All Blacks along with his family of 4 boys and his wife.
Mario is an experienced Finance Executive who joined the Ideal team in November 2014 after a number of roles in both the manufacturing and service industries. His financial experience spans over 20 years in a variety of organisations including KPMG, ALSTOM, Transfield Services, ABC Learning Centres and RCR Infrastructure. Mario has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mario has a passion for empowering people to develop skills valuable to their careers and their performance in the organisation. When he is away from the office, Mario enjoys spending time with his family skiing and fishing in his adopted homeland of New Zealand.
Chief Operations Officer
Steve is responsible for the operational direction of the company including Central Purchasing, Supplier Management, Category Team Management, Customer Services, Business Systems, Quality Assurance, Business Improvement and Master Data. Steve has 21 years’ experience in the Electrical industry starting with Mastertrade before joining Ideal in 1999. He has held roles including Branch Manager, Regional Manager and most recently as National Purchasing and Inventory Manager. With this wealth of experience Steve is ideally positioned to drive forward our operations initiatives in support of our sales.
General Manager Sales
Shane started working as a sales rep for Ideal North Shore in 1997 before becoming an electrical / engineering apprentice. Since becoming a registered Electrian Shane has taken on several important roles with ideal including Branch Manager at Ideal Nugent street 1999, Area Manager 2012, Regional Manager 2014 and National Sales Manager 2015. Shane is married with 2 children and enjoys overseas travel, football and most other sports.
Edward du Plessis
National Data & Telco Director
Edward has spent the majority of his career with Telecom and Gen-I / Spark in the Telecommunications and IT infrastructure space. Edward utilises his experience and skills to meet every challenge and delivers on opportunities within the Data Telco Technology division. As the National Data and Telco Manager, Edward’s key focus is on the development and managed implementation of Ideal’s National Data Telco and Technology Strategy. Outside of work when he is not spending time with family, Edward can be found indulging his passion for Classic American Cars. This primarily equates to working on and cruising in his Cadillac.
Chief Marketing Officer
Matthew has worked for the company for eight years. Seven of those have been spent in our lighting division, where he has carried out a number of roles from Lighting Design, Sales, and Product Development. With a Certificate in Science and Technology (Lighting) from Massey University and has completed several other papers on marketing and management. Matthew travels abroad on a regular basis to attend international lighting fairs to ensure we are at the front when it comes to technology in our market. Matthew lives with his wife and young child in Auckland, after relocating from Christchurch just after the earthquake. He has competed in numerous ocean crossings with the Slate Swim series and likes to get out on his motorbike when time permits.
Tricia emigrated to NZ from the UK in 1998 and with her boys, she considers herself a local. Before joining Ideal, Tricia has had HR experience in variety of environments and roles, including wholesale, retail, business-to-business, public sector and not for profit; she started her career as a graduate trainee with Tesco Stores too many years ago, and had generalist HR experience with Nestle UK and Smithkline Beechams. In NZ, she has worked for Sky City and Griffins Foods, two iconic Kiwi brands before moving to Sara Lee where she was national HR Manager. At GWF she was People and Performance Manager before moving into a Sales Manager role within a sister company of the business.
More recently, Tricia has been contracting in a variety of Change Management roles mainly with Auckland Council and Auckland War Memorial Museum.Tricia loves the outdoors and can often be found mountain biking, tramping, ski-ing or generally enjoying beautiful New Zealand with her boys.
Steve started his life as an apprentice electrician in Auckland, once completed he headed to London to start his OE. Since his return he has spent all his working life in the electrical contracting and wholesaling arenas. Starting with Ideal in 2013 as a Key Account Manager and then progressing into the Area Manager role. He still holds a current Practicing License but enjoys Electrical Wholesaling given his passion for people and the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. In his free time Steve loves watching his kids play sport and spending time with the family at his bach in Whangamata.
Alan arrived in New Zealand in 1978 working as an industrial electrician at the New Zealand Steel Glenbrook plant before moving onto some of the major Think Big projects throughout New Zealand in the mid to late 1980’s.
Then 4 years’ experience in the Petro Chemical Industry in Taranaki, with 2 years offshore on the Maui “A” Oil and Gas production platform, then moving into Commercial and Industrial Electrical Construction Project Management.
Gained experience in both the Electrical Wholesaling and Product Sales positions mainly with circuit protection equipment manufactures.
Rexel Electrical Suppliers North Island Regional Sales Manager before moving into a Rexel Lighting Sales Managers position based in Tauranga.
Rob started off life as an Electrician in Whakatane predominately working in the domestic and commercial sector.
Rob hung up his tool belt and worked in radio broadcasting before embarking on overseas travel basing himself in London for 6 years. During this time working in Media, and latterly got involved in recruitment. Returning to his electrical roots in 2012 coming into Ideal Electrical as an Estimator, negotiating the supply of electrical goods on projects for our clients in the Lower North Island, Lower North Island Key Account manager, Area Manager for Wellington, and in May 2015, Area Manager for the Lower North Island. A highly motivated service professional with a dynamic personality, strong communication skills and relationship management strengths, Rob loves Cars, Music, Cinema and the good things that life has to offer.
Regan joined the company in December 1997 as a driver at our Riccarton Branch where he then progressed to Sales Rep, then Branch Manager before eventually moving across the city to become the Branch Manager of the Christchurch Branch situated in Fitzgerald Avenue. Regan was then promoted to Christchurch Area Manager, overseeing the 4 Christchurch branches, and in July 2015 became the Upper South Island Area Manager. An enthusiastic and motivated manager having experience from the basic branch level through to higher end management, Regan enjoys the challenge that electrical wholesaling offers. An avid sports fan but with a particular passion for rugby, which he has managed to represent both West Coast and Marlbourough at first class level and also played several seasons for Canterbury B. His other passion is his family; he is married to Sonia with two daughters Sophie and Mia.
Brian has over 35 years’ experience in the wholesale electrical industry – this illustrious career started with ABB, before Pacific Dunlop and then Ideal/Rexel, where he has held a variety of roles including acquisitions, CFO and key branch and operational management roles. With a background in IT and accounting, Brian (or “BK” for short) originally joined the team in 1997 as IT Manager, quickly progressing through to General Manager Networks and then Operations Manager, leaving in 2003 to set up a family dairy farm business – Brian relocated from Auckland to the beautiful South Island which he now calls home.
Thankfully for Ideal, the grass was not greener for BK, and in 2007 he returned to the Ideal family as the Oamaru Branch Manager before progressing to Branch Support Manager then LSI Area Sales Manager in 2015. Brian is a wealth of knowledge and information for us, especially around finance and IT and the practical implementation at a branch level. He enjoys rugby, horse racing and beer.