Ron Redman’s passion is people – meeting them, engaging with them, working with them, helping them and supporting them. And he has built a thriving career in the kitchen, bathroom and furnishing industries based on this passion.
From an innocuous start as a storeman for Leopold Barnett, Ron took up a position as a sales representative with Richard Small Distribution Pty Ltd (RSD) and thus began his connection with the kitchen, bathroom and furnishing industry – and the Blum brand. The changing landscape of the industry in the late 90s saw the establishment of Blum Australia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blum Austria. Ron was appointed a member of the management team of Blum Australia and remained in that position – across various roles – until his retirement in August 2018.
Ron continues to contribute his time to various industry associations. Ron has been a member of the HIA Brisbane Kitchen & Bathroom Committee since 2011 and was a member of the Sunshine Coast committee from 2011-2014. He was also a guest judge for the FIAA Awards in 2017 and 2018, and has had a long-standing relationship with the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute since its conception in 2007.
His support of the industry has also included various speaking engagements including the HIA National Conference, Designex, KBDi’s 2012 Conference, and presentations at a range of chapter events around the country. Ron was the Key Note Speaker at the TAFE-FURNTAG Conference in Albury Wodonga in 2011 and addressed the Kitchen Studio NZ National Conference in Auckland in 2018.
Ron has travelled regularly to significant overseas trade shows including Interzum, Ligna and Eurocucina. He was also instrumental in establishing regular Blum Factory Tours at the company’s head office in Austria – tours he has conducted since 1997. Working closely with the Austrian Head Office, Ron has participated in numerous product development platform groups such as DYNAPLAN and the DYNAMIC SPACE workshops.
Ron has continued to invest in his professional development and now holds a Sales Management Certificate, Industrial Selling Certificate and a Professional Presentation Techniques Certificate from the Australian Institute of Management. He has also undertaken a variety of other short courses in sales and presentation skills including Train the Trainer.
Ron is a Certified Life Coach and holds a Cert IV-TAE in Training & Development Assessment. Ron’s valuable experience in Sales, Branding, Customer Relationship Building, and Training & Development are now available to companies and individuals in Australia and overseas.