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Meet the Lauxes Team

Global Team

Tim Dawson

CEO / ENTREPRENEUR / MASTER MANIFESTOR

Tim is the genius behind our innovative grates. He is also an inspiring leader who always encourages us to be the best we can. Tim enjoys family time on weekends with his wife and three children, challenging himself at True Grit or Tough Mudder events and changing the world “ONE GRATE AT A TIME”.

Justin Corke

HEAD OF SALES / R & D / FITNESS FANATIC

Justin is our ‘SUPERSTAR’ he throws himself into any task. From handyman to Video star and Head of Sales. His charismatic charm has the ladies swooning, but we love him because he is a funny, easy going larrikin.

Vai Nomani

HEAD OF OPERATIONS / FIXO MAN / MR SMOOTH

Vai is your go to man for technical knowledge of our products. He ensures our products move around the country the most efficient way possible. Out of the office, you’ll find him playing footy, coaching his team or being a social butterfly after dark.

Mariano Juarez

HEAD OF MARKETING / ARTIST / FUTSAL PLAYER

Mariano (Nano) loves to design, create and question the status quo, giving life to our core value “we don’t do boring”. His ability to see things differently coupled with his design skills strengthen our winning team. He loves to play football or futsal regularly and believes that pineapple does in fact belong on pizza.

Barb Dawson

HEAD OF PEOPLE & CULTURE / WELLNESS ADVOCATE

Barb is a real people person and her warm friendly manner is very engaging when connecting with team members. She has an innate ability to find absolute gold when attracting new team players. Out of the office, you can find Barb attending Boot Camp Fitness sessions, being a Super-Nan and meal prepping for the week ahead.

Stephen Hung

HEAD OF PROCUREMENT / NUMBERS GUY

Stephen is cool calm and collected and never misses a beat. Out of the office he loves to play basketball and his favourite tradition is celebrating Chinese New Year with his whole family.

Nick Robinson

HEAD OF IT / SPACEMAN

Nick knows the ins and outs of IT like nobody’s business. From software development to creating websites and everything in between, he really “makes shit happen”. When Nick isn’t busy at Lauxes, you can guarantee he is working on one of his many projects at home including figuring out how to get himself into space, literally!

Kara Gibbs

PEOPLE & CULTURE DIVISION LEADER / SOLUTION SEEKER

Kara’s bubbly and positive outlook is why she was the perfect candidate for her role. She brings with her the tools and mindset to achieve both personally and professionally. Kara thrives on understanding the underlying reason for everything and enjoys the simple pleasures and surprises in life.

Casey Mawer

GENERAL MANAGER OF USA / MS DELIGHT

Casey has acquired superpowers in communication through her love of travel and adventure. Her ability to listen before taking action means you will get to your solution sooner rather than later. She is passionate about creating memories with the people she loves.

Tyla Els

EA TO CEO / CREATIVE WORDSMITH

Tyla is our CEO’s personal communicator and executive assistant. She has many talents but her passion for creative writing is second to none. Her way with words is mesmerising as she comes from a wealth of knowledge in the field prior to joining the team here. With Tyla’s talent and our team’s hunger for growth, we really are limitless!

Charles Ng

GLOBAL IT SUPPORT / BASKETBALL ENTHUSIAST

Charles personifies #Wedon’tdoboring when helping the team with all things IT. He’s crazy cool and super into basketball, his why is competition, the dedication required and the legends that play it.

Alex Rodriguez

GLOBAL SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT / MOTIVATED

Alex (aka “Bigote”) is a champion at proactively looking for ways to improve our social media impact. His passions are sports, movies, travels and going out and learning new things. On his days off, he likes going on a hike or catching up with friends and family.

Caleb Salud

GLOBAL GRAPHIC DESIGNER / ACTUAL WIZARD

Caleb is an adventure junkie who’s always on the move, and when he’s not, he’s dreaming of hiking Everest. Caleb loves learning, whether it’s mastering design, exploring faith, or picking up Spanish. His pet peeves are slow walkers and loud eaters, and he can’t resist fried chicken, carbonara, crispy pork, rice, and ice cream. His favorite family tradition is celebrating each other’s victories with a meal.

Yanina Roque

GLOBAL MARKETING COORDINATOR / ABSOLUTE POCKET ROCKET

If not working, Yanina would be exploring diverse cultures worldwide. From sushi to chips with tomato sauce, Reese’s to asado and pistachio ice cream, Yanina’s palate is as diverse as her interests. She thrives on exploring new things, whether it’s traveling, meeting people, or trying new foods. With family, she treasures traditions that blend quality time with delicious meals—a recipe for lasting memories. 

Australian Leadership Team

Brendon Welsh

GENERAL MANAGER OF AUSTRALIA / FAMILY GUY / FEARLESS LEADER

Brendon is a devoted family man both at home and in the workplace, who embodies integrity and empathy. With a compassionate heart, he fosters a supportive environment where all those in his team thrive. Always ready with impactful advice and constructive feedback, Brendon guides others towards success, nurturing both professional growth and personal well-being by embodying all four of our core values.

Matt Tusa

OPERATIONS DIVISION LEADER / QUIET ACHIEVER

Matt keeps the grates rolling out the door with all care taken for their long journey interstate or overseas. Nothing is too much trouble for Matt who is always in good spirit and sometimes entertains us as he sings along to music.

Makayla Woodley

MARKETING DIVISION LEADER / CREATIVE SOUL

Mak is bright and bubbly with one of the best giggles you’ve ever heard. She is a passionate about creative writing and would love to one day spend her days reading, writing novels and going for long bike rides.

Kurt Caliva

SALES DIVISION LEADER / PROUD FAMILY MAN

Kurt provides quality knowledge and support to our Area Managers in Australia. He lives and breathes “We Make Shit Happen”! When he takes his Lauxes cape off, he is a dedicated family man and loves a good cook up, which we totally celebrate. As they say, the way to our heart is through our stomach. 

Finance

Sumin Kang

ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT / RELATIONSHIP BUILDER

Sumin loves numbers! She is an absolute breath of fresh air and the joy she finds in life is wonderfully contagious. She loves having a picnic in the sunshine with her family and her favourite tradition is celebrating all the little things.

Emmy Hayakawa

ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT / OPTIMIST

Emmy is passionate about making people happy (especially friends and family) because their happiness is what brings her true joy. Her favourite tradition is New Year’s brunch because there’s good food and family to share it with.

Operations

Matt Tusa

OPERATIONS DIVISION LEADER / QUIET ACHIEVER

Matt keeps the grates rolling out the door with all care taken for their long journey interstate or overseas. Nothing is too much trouble for Matt who is always in good spirit and sometimes entertains us as he sings along to music.

Natasha Usher

HQ TEAM LEADER / PROUD DOG MUM

Tash really hit the ground running here at HQ! She loves her furbaby Lola to bits and is also passionate about uplifting others. Her favourite tradition is spending Christmas as a family (and a really close second are the festive Jelly Shots).

Samantha McLachlan

PRODUCT ADVISOR / TEAM MOTIVATOR

Sam is an early riser, hitting the gym at dawn to kick start her day. Weekdays are all about efficiency, but weekends are about spending quality time with her husband and kids.  Her passions include camping, exploring the outdoors, and sports. Whether she’s inspiring others or cheering on her kids at their sporting events, Sam bring enthusiasm to everything she does. Her go-to drink? A refreshing pink gin or vodka. 

Surae Millington

PRODUCT ADVISOR / HQ SUPERSTAR

Rae dreams of globetrotting and is an advocate for personal growth. With a passion for sushi, acai bowls, and global flavors like kebabs and Mexican cuisine, Rae dreams of exploring diverse cultures around the world and prefers efficiency and a bit of hustle! Always on a quest for self-improvement, she aims to live a vibrant life true to personal values, constantly evolving into her best possible self. 

Jac Webb

QLD WAREHOUSE MANAGER / COOKIE MONSTER

Jac is a gun in the QLD Warehouse packing and booking orders to go out to our valued distributors. When he’s not in the warehouse counting grates, he’s counting the cookies left in the kitchen. Jac loves to learn new things and improve himself to be the best he can be at all times. In his free time, he often takes up fitness challenges like Raw, Tough Mudder and the Q1 stair climb to name a few.

Brooklyn Gossling

QLD WAREHOUSE ASSISTANT / SPORTS FAN

Brooklyn hit the ground running! He is passionate about sports because the feeling of doing physical activity with a reward/objective is satisfying and his favourite tradition is going out to dinner to celebrate a family member’s achievement.

Owen Palmer

QLD WAREHOUSE ASSISTANT / MASTER CHEF

Owen helps keep the flow and vibe going in the QLD Warehouse with his “can do” attitude and music.  He’s a man of many talents (Chef/Fish keeper/Competitive TCG Player) to name a few.  His favourite tradition is having the family together at Christmas and enjoying good food.

Hugh Todman

VIC WAREHOUSE MANAGER / LEGO MAN

Hugh has joined the VIC team and is the man with a plan. He is not only committed to getting our grates out as fast and safe as possible but also to looking after those around him.

Tom Hazeltine

VIC WAREHOUSE / CRAFTSMAN

Keeping the flow of grates in and out of our VIC warehouse is one of Tom’s strengths. You would love to hang out with him and talk about anything while eating sushi, burgers and Doritos. He is also passionate about blacksmithing/metalwork and archery!

Tre Waters

WA WAREHOUSE MANAGER / MENTAL HEALTH AMBASSADOR

Simply put, he gets in and gets the job done! His journey is one of self-discovery, growth, and an unwavering commitment to living life unapologetically. Tre would love to travel the world and stream his adventures while being a spokesperson for men’s mental health.

Marketing

Makayla Woodley

MARKETING DIVISION LEADER / CREATIVE SOUL

Mak is bright and bubbly with one of the best giggles you’ve ever heard. She is a passionate about creative writing and would love to one day spend her days reading, writing novels and going for long bike rides.

Sales

Kurt Caliva

SALES DIVISION LEADER / PROUD FAMILY MAN

Kurt provides quality knowledge and support to our Area Managers in Australia. He lives and breathes “We Make Shit Happen”! When he takes his Lauxes cape off, he is a dedicated family man and loves a good cook up, which we totally celebrate. As they say, the way to our heart is through our stomach.

Terry Jane

NATIONAL OUTBOUND PRODUCT ADVOCATE / FOOTY FAN

Terry comes with sales knowledge & experience to create purpose driven conversations with our potential clients. In his time off, Terry plays guitar, enjoys going on trips with his wife, loves AFL and is a passionate supporter of the Geelong Football Club.

Leza Shaw

TRADE & COMMERCIAL OUTBOUND / DOOR KICKER

Leza breaks through barriers to showcase the grateness of Lauxes Grates to the world. She is driven and persistent till she gets the results. We absolutely love her ‘never quit’ attitude. In her home life, Leza is always creating something new for her home, friends or family.

Sharon Pye

QLD AREA MANAGER / PEOPLE PERSON

Shaz is a true people person and her number one passion is raising much needed funds and awareness for the Cancer Council to help those struggling with cancer. She would love to one day travel around Australia camping.

Connor Jackson

QLD AREA MANAGER / ADVENTURE MAN

Whether he’s riding horses, snapping nature’s best, or building intricate models, Connor thrives on creativity. He’s all about woodfire pizza, gyoza, burgers, scrambled eggs, and Ukrainian vareniki. Bringing ideas to life? That’s Connor’s game—from brainstorm to build, he’s on a mission. With a zest for exploration and endless creativity, Connor keeps life exciting, whether hanging with family or diving into his next big project! 

Travis Volpe

VIC AREA MANAGER / CURIOUS MIND

Looking after our distributors in the area with his wealth of knowledge and experience in the trade industry. Passionate about wellbeing, growth and learning, he believes it is important to enjoy the present moment and do things that make you happy.

Kim Sedgley

VIC AREA MANAGER / KIND & HUMBLE NATURE

Kim delights our distributors & team in VIC with her kind ways. You will instantly click with her because of her vibe and also her grate personality! She is passionate about so many things – people, animals, film photography and munching on vegetarian carbs, to list a few.

Jake La Scala

SA AREA MANAGER / WELLNESS / PASSIONATE

With a wealth of hands-on experience and knowledge in the trade industry, Jake ensures our distributors are well looked after. He is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle as well as animal rights. He loves to give back to the community through volunteer work and we think that’s grate!

Tammy Gowen

NSW AREA MANAGER / FUNNIEST PERSON YOU'LL MEET

Simply put, she’s easy-going and down to earth!  She dreams of traveling the world and has a passion for helping others succeed. Her favourite traditions revolve around spending quality time with family and friends letting her hair down (metaphorically speaking).

Luke Drummond

WA AREA MANAGER / SOCCER FANATIC

A Family Man who values time with loved ones, especially those he won’t see for long. Soccer is his lifelong passion, inherited from both sides of the family. Luke’s favourite tradition is Christmas Lunch, the rare moment when the entire family, scattered across states and countries, comes together for a special celebration.

Individual/Virtual Collaborators

Marion Vista

TEAM SUPPORT LEADER / FOODIE / SUPER AUNT

Marion is committed to helping the company grow globally. She tackles anything we throw at her and always exceeds our expectations. Never underestimate Marion’s knowledge, she knows what makes all departments tick. Marion enjoys shopping and dining out when she’s not working.

Darel Vista

TEAM SUPPORT OFFICER / FOODIE / FAMILY-ORIENTED

A beach lover who dreams of a seaside home for tranquil sunrises and sunsets. Her passion for cooking stems from a commitment to providing her kids with healthy, natural meals. For Darel, her favourite tradition is family reunions, where the joy of sharing a meal and chatting completes her world.

Lauxes Ambassadors

Beau Algeri

INTERNATIONAL MANAGER / BBQ BOSS

Beau really knows his stuff, ask him anything about installing grates and you’ll get the very best advice. When he’s not on the road for Lauxes you’ll find him enjoying family time. Beau loves to show off his BBQ skills with family and friends.

Lou Di Rito

FIELD STATE LEADER SA / FAMILY MAN / CHARITY MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIAST

Lou keeps his finger on the pulse when it comes to his SA customers. His vast industry knowledge and welcoming personality makes him your go to man. When he’s not out and about traveling the state, he can generally be found spending time with his family or watching his beloved Adelaide Crows play.

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Why choose us?

Our skilled team of industry professionals are happy to answer any questions or provide options for any type of application/install. We understand that square pegs don’t fit into round holes, which is why we developed a product designed by trade for trade as a problem solver. Our customisable options and ease of on-site install makes us a builder’s choice and functionality, durability and affordability makes us the number one consumer choice!