Regional Sales Manager, NSW and New Zealand
English-born, New Zealand-raised Mike Podziewski oversees the Terex AWP sales operations for the Genie® brand in northern NSW and New Zealand.
An avid footballer, Mike, who grew up in a small town 2.5 hours from Auckland, now lives on the Central Coast of NSW. He divides his time between his hire rental customers in Australia’s most active state for access equipment and the country where he lived for the better part of the last 20 years.
Before landing at Genie, Mike worked as an electronics technician for five years after school, while simultaneously completing several electronics courses at his local polytechnic. By his mid-twenties, the well-travelled Kiwi took a role with Carnival Cruises in the U.S. as an electronics technician. In 2012, Mike returned to Auckland, and a field service engineering position with MITech, a printing, labelling and packaging company. He shifted to sales in September 2013.
Mike started with Youngman Richardson & Co (YRCO), the national distributor for Genie access equipment in New Zealand in 2015. With YRCO, Mike scored the prestigious role of Product Specialist for Genie Access Equipment.
In 2017, Mike was on the move again after his wife Leah won a work promotion, which involved a transfer to Sydney. Opportunely, a role with Genie servicing its northern NSW and New Zealand customers presented itself, and Mike, the perfect candidate, started in his current position in 2018.
With his knowledge of his new employer’s products, Mike hit the ground running. “It’s easy to be passionate about this industry when you work for Genie, a brand that is truly passionate about its customers,” says Mike. “The industry is incredible because everyone is happy to help each other and share information.”
Mike returns to New Zealand regularly and continues to collaborate almost daily with his replacement at YRCO, Dean Dewitt, and his mentors Ed Richardson and Phil Fairfield to ensure Genie remains an access equipment supplier of choice in New Zealand.
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