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Farewell Steve!

Thu, December 23, 2021

It going to be a case of Christmas Leave with a capital “L” for Taranaki Regional Manager, Steve Jury. That’s because he will be leaving for good due to retiring, after 14 years with the company.

“I’m really looking forward to chilling out and catching a few waves over the summer, not to mention dealing to all of those home maintenance jobs at my place and also for my daughter.”

During his time with Armourguard, Steve built up the branch from being one of Taranaki’s smallest security providers, to nowadays being its largest. Steve says there have been many changes in the security industry since he joined in early 2008.

“Back in those days our branch mostly did static guarding and mobile patrols but nowadays we do a lot of health and safety work for clients.  That has ramped up even more now that Covid vaccination passes have come into force.”

Until Covid the branch also did a lot of event security work, which has taken a hit over the past 18 months but is slowly starting to bounce back. One such event – the Rugby World Cup – really stood out for Steve.

"It happened in my first year in the business and it was a huge undertaking to provide full security and traffic management for several Cup games in Taranaki. Not only did we have to provide around 100 security people – a big challenge for a small branch like ours - but we also needed to train them in conjunction with the NZ Rugby Football Union. It was a major undertaking but an exciting and enjoyable one,” he says.

Steve is happy knowing he is leaving Armourguard’s Taranaki region in great hands.

“We have an excellent operations, administrative and frontline team here, with many of our people having been with the company a long time. What’s more, we also have some long-term customers who we have a strong working relationship with.”

He has already started handing the reins over to the new regional manager, Maria Setu.  The Taranaki local joined Armourguard in early December, having managed a local labour hire company.

“Not only does she know the region well, but Maria also has excellent local business contacts. This includes her having provided labour hire services to a number of Armourguard’s local clients, so she is off to a great start with us because she knows them already.”