To kick off our International Women’s Day celebrations this month, we are inviting you to get to know and celebrate the great array of women we have working with us in the Precise Air Group. First up is Bec Occhipinti, one of our Melbourne based Account Managers whose unique background as a HVAC small business owner in what has traditionally been a male dominated field gives her a unique perspective on the future of women in our industry:
Bec, how did you end up working in this field? In 1996 my then-husband and I started our own business, initially on the domestic side of things and 3 years later branched into the commercial market .
What do you love about your role and the industry? I very much enjoy interacting and building a strong rapport with my clients, I love the challenge that the job brings and mentoring the younger generations that have chosen to pursue this field. We work in a very emotional industry and being able to understand the individual needs of our clients is extremely important and this is something I have learnt very well over my 23yrs.
What contributions do you give to make a difference in the industry? I believe my ability to communicate well with external stake holders adds a valuable contribution to my role along with my years of experience.
Do you see any particular challenges being in a female in a non-traditional role in the industry? I would say in the very early days I really needed to earn my place in this industry as it was such a male dominated field, I believe we are growing as a society and there is more and more acceptance and appreciation of woman in this industry.
What are your future career goals, aspirations, positions/job titles? I have grown so much in my 23 years in this industry and I have sat in many chairs. I would really to grow with this business and see where it takes me. I would hope that my options are varied and open.