Hiring spree for Adelaide LED start-up
Adelaide LED start-up VALO has made four appointments to expand its team from six to 10 as it looks to bring its electronics manufacturing operations to South Australia.
The Kent Town engineering firm, founded in 2014 by Indaily's 40 Under 40 alumnus Aaron Hickmann, supplies LED lighting systems to commercial and industrial clients – among them the Adelaide 36ers at the Titanium Security Arena.
The company, which currently manufactures its products in Asia, says three of its new hires are joining the firm’s new commercial division in a bid to accelerate growth.
Long-time South Australian businessman Sam Vial has been brought on to lead the commercial team as Chief Commercial Officer.
Vial joins after nine years working with component manufacturers Motherson Group, most recently as Chief Commercial Officer of Motherson Medical.
A UniSA graduate, Vial has held senior commercial roles at companies in Japan, the US and the UK working across sales and procurement.
Working under Vial will be Josh Dolan, who has been brought on as VALO’S new Business Development Manager.
Dolan’s previous experience spans across multiple companies in the construction sector, including national manufacturing firm Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, stone suppliers CDK Stone and property/tourism company Quest Serviced Apartments.
He is touted by his new employers as highly experienced in project management, property development and marketing.
Michael LeVene is the third senior appointment at VALO, joining as Product Development Executive.
LeVene has spent the best part of the last five years as an ICT Business Manager with APC Integration – an industrial automation and custom software company based in Adelaide.
With a background in electronics engineering, he has also held roles with Vision Systems, Brook Engineering, the Water Industry Alliance and Tindo Solar.
VALO has also brought on long-time SA Water coordinator Jodie Mason as Office Manager.
Hickmann said VALO expects to grow to 30 employees by 2022 as it expands into 3D printing, advanced manufacturing and commercial drone services.
“It’s been a long-held vision to bring VALO’s electronic manufacturing to South Australia with industry 4.0, and we are gearing up to launch the new facility later this year,” the CEO said.
“Our new Commercial team is just the beginning, with a significant pipeline due to infrastructure investment across the country.”