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Allan Fullerton
Co-Founder/Sales Manager

Allan’s background is in mechanical engineering and he’s a qualified fitter, turner and machinist and served his apprenticeship manufacturing stainless steel valve components for the dairy and petrochemical industries, but spent most of his working life in the hydraulic fluid power industry. It was a keen interest in manufacturing that led Allan (and his father Ian) to want to develop and manufacture the Powerglide Elevators product in their own factory in New Zealand.

Allan now leads the Powerglide sales team and is still responsible for product design. Out of work, Allan’s interests include mountain biking, sailing and MotoGP. He’s also a very average ukulele player!
Ian Fullerton
Co-Founder/After Sales Engineer

Ian Fullerton is a qualified fitter, turner and machinist, with over 40 years in the fluid power industry. Ian designed the very first Powerglide Elevator to install into his own home so he could reach the basement level wine cellar!

Ian was instrumental in the design of the hydraulic system they use in the Powerglide Elevator system and as a result of this focus, now have probably the most sophisticated elevator hydraulic system on the market. Ian is now responsible for After Sales for Powerglide, taking care of safety checks, servicing and compliance inspections. Ian’s hobbies include gardening, mountain biking and playing the guitar.
Daryl French
Chairman

A professional director, Daryl is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors, and his governance focus is on companies in growth or change management mode. His career began with sales, marketing and senior management roles in the ICT industry. He left a senior management role in IBM Asia Pacific to concentrate on New Zealand industry, however his success with these companies has once again seen him conducting business globally. Coupled with a strong background in ICT Daryl also brings vast knowledge and experience across the SME sector, having run a number of businesses and developed new markets in competitive areas.

As Chairman of Powerglide, Daryl brings energy, enthusiasm and innovation to the boardroom table, combined with an astute focus on finances, structure and efficiencies. He has been part of the Powerglide team since 2010.

Away from the boardroom, Daryl enjoys the hunt and chase of trout fishing, is a keen follower of most sports and is an active member of the Tauranga business community.
Fiona Fullerton
Finance and Customer Liaison

Fiona is co-owner of Powerglide and has been part of the team since its beginning. She manages all of the finance and accounting for the company, as well as ensuring we maintain good communications with our customers and suppliers.

Fiona has a background in accounting and has also worked as crew on a yacht that sailed from Auckland to Spain, a nanny in Kensington and a shepherd in the Scottish Highlands.

Fiona’s interests outside of work include gardening, socialising, mountain biking and daily yoga workouts.
Mark Findlay
General Manager

Mark joined Powerglide in January 2016 and is responsible for delivering on our strategic direction, making sure all aspects of our day to day operations run smoothly, and that we continue to exceed our clients’ expectations in everything we do.

Mark has a sales management background and has worked for a leading New Zealand distributor and in high performance team environments. In a former life he was an Americas Cup yacht rigger so he appreciates quality engineering.

Our product performance and design are what set us apart, so Mark’s always looking at innovative ideas and new methodologies to improve our product, operations and business processes. He’s loving being part of a growth industry, and partnering with some incredible architecture and building professionals on some truly amazing builds.

Having recently completed his post graduate Diploma in Business Management, Mark now has more time to go sailing and hang out at the beach with his wife and their dog.
Pete O’Brien
Installation Engineer

Pete is responsible for ensuring the installation of our Powerglide Elevators is stress-free for all involved. He works closely with our design and sales experts to ensure what gets manufactured in our workshop and what’s actually installed on site match to meet (and exceed) customers’ expectations.

Pete communicates with builders and project managers to ensure everyone is on the same page so when that when it’s time to install the lift, it’s all to schedule.

Pete has been with the Powerglide Elevators’ team for three years and has considerable experience in the lift industry. His knowledge of other lift systems has proved invaluable to Powerglide and has enabled us to refine our installation system and ultimately improve the end result for our customers.

Outside of work Pete is a keen outdoors man. His passion for hunting means he can be difficult to get hold of during the roar season!
Kerry Hazelden
Welder

Getting the perfect weld every time is what drives Kerry. A qualified welder, Kerry is one of the newest members of our talented team, and is responsible for fabricating the rails and carriage components.

Kerry has Certificates in Fabrication and Mechanical Engineering, and a background in aluminum boat building and sheet metal fabrication. Her enthusiasm, attention to detail and creative input in the workshop is invaluable.

Away from the workshop, Kerry enjoys spending time with her daughter and friends, and heading off on random adventures and road trips.
Richard McCallum
Operations Cadet

As a key member of the operations team, Richard is responsible for the construction and finishing of the lift car assemblies, and assembles and tests the Hydraulic systems in each one of our lifts. As well as looking after inwards goods and ordering stock, Richard assists with the logistics of preparing the elevator assemblies for transport to site.

Richard has more than 15 years’ of technical service experience in various roles from manufacturing and assembly to installation, service and repair. With the growth of Powerglide, Richard’s role is increasingly evolving into a project management role.

In his spare time Richard enjoys socialising with family and friends, hiking, computing and old school arcade emulation, and working on projects in his home-based workshop.
Ben Fullerton
Security

Ben has been part of the Powerglide security detail since the day he was born. Although his comprehension of the English language is poor and his engineering and computer skills are minimal he’s proven to be a reliable and dedicated member of our team. Ben’s goal is to earn a position on the management team but in the short term is content to spend most of his time at work asleep. Ben is the initial contact for visitors to our Mount Maunganui factory and his interests include long walks on the beach, chasing mountain bikers, digging holes in the lawn and the wrong end of other dogs.