At GemLife, we’re a community inside and out. We love getting to know our resident stakeholders, so here’s an opportunity for you to get to know us better too. A family-run business through and through, GemLife would be nowhere without its staff members and we like to make sure they know that they’re appreciated. Here you can learn a little about their backgrounds and why they love working for GemLife.
Grant Epple, our Senior Project Manager, has been with us since January 2016 and is an integral part of the working process of any GemLife project. Grant stays quite quiet about his past achievements outside of the workplace, but let’s just say he is to be considered the fittest person in the entire GemLife organisation. Read more about gold medal-winning Senior Project Manager, Grant Epple:
How did you get into project management?
GE: My interest in construction goes back a very long time. I initially wanted to be an architect as I was always good at technical drawing. In my first year of university I studied combined disciplines whereupon we were treated to a lecture by Civil and Civic – that was it for me – I was hooked. After my degree, I was banging on their door for a job and I ended up working there for six years. From that point on I have worked on anything and everything – apart from high-rise buildings before I arrived at GemLife.
What inspires you?
GE: Roman engineering and construction, and to be honest any ancient civilisation’s infrastructure and architecture. I am utterly fascinated with how they could do so much with such limited technology and machinery – pure genius. Even today we still see Roman aqueducts standing, it just shows the level of ingenuity.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
GE: I enjoy the variety of challenges. We’re always working across multiple activities and the role is never the same day to day. I really enjoy watching the whole process unfurl.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
GE: In a word, kayaking. For the last ten years, I have been heavily involved in the local paddlers club. I have been treasurer for the last eight and I have now become that person that everyone goes to for all their club questions. Generally, on Saturdays I will be involved in events or programmes for the club. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to win a few state and Australian gold medals in a team boat within my age group.
When I’m not paddling, I generally try and stay very fit with most Sundays being used for triathlons, the combination of running, cycling, swimming, paddling and the occasional advanced race. I’m also very involved in my local Surf Life Saving Club Currumbin. I’ve been doing active patrols for the last 15 years and was of course, a nipper as a kid.
Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?