I finished a degree at University, I was a Civil Engineer, working in an Electrical & Construction company in Sydney. In the early 1980's the Engineering trade was a male dominated industry, and there was no room for a small petite young girl to make it, thus forcing me to change my career.
With no knowledge of the printing industry, I started working in the dispatch section of one of the oldest printing companies in Australia, Leigh Mardon Pty Ltd, later owned by Coca Cola Amatil. I was promoted to work in the estimating department (which was so easy at that time, as I was a Building Estimator to start with) and that's when it all started. I worked and trained on the floor, hands on training to be able to apply my estimating skills. It was all fun and exciting, having another trade in my life, and I fell in love with the art of printing.
I had the passion for it and later on I was promoted to be an Assistant Production Manager and in charge of the overall running of the business. I have worked with more male co-workers than I ever did in my Construction experience, it was funny! And I had to fight for my spot and to be known as "one of the few females" in the industry who actually knows printing.
With our 2 decades of "hands on" experience, it was time that I make it on my own, and Monteray Supplies was born.