Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Stephen Wright

Founder & Director

Stephen Wright founded Mascot Steel in 1978. He acquired a small steel processing firm called R.H. Engineering in 1977 which was located on Chalmers Street, Mascot. In 1978 he moved the company to its current site at 261 Coward Street and renamed it Mascot Steel.

Mr Wright began his career in construction and manufacturing in the early 1970s. He has worked tirelessly over the decades with a range of clients, from small builders on residential jobs to large corporations on important infrastructure projects. There’s hardly a suburb in Sydney that doesn’t contain a piece of Mascot Steel, from housing and commercial buildings, roads and train stations, restaurants and theatres to high-rise apartment blocks.

Mr Wright take pride in the diversity of projects delivered as well as the diversity of his team at Mascot Steel. Mr Wright has a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and family.
Despite the growth of the company over the past 40 years, Mr Wright has maintained a solid commitment to supporting the local community. Through his leadership role at Mascot Steel, Mr Wright has supported local community groups, sports clubs, schools and local events in the South East Sydney area. He is also an active volunteer with the Australian Living Kidney donor network after donating a kidney to his brother in 2009.

In 2012, Mr Wright moved into a Director role with a greater focus on business strategy whilst paving the way for Mr Joaquim Mendes to diversify further and grow the business as Managing Director.

Mr Wright is married with three children. He is a massive fan of rugby, both union and NRL. He is a stalwart supporter of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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Joaquim Mendes

Managing Director

Joaquim Mendes joined Mascot Steel in 2002 as the Head of Production.  He was appointed Managing Director of Mascot Steel in 2009.

Mr Mendes has a Diploma in Production Engineering and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering.  He also has a Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law & Practice from the Australian National University.  He has over 30 years experience working with steel in Australia, India, and the United Arab Emirates.

Mr Mendes is passionate about engineering and creating new products and services.  Since joining Mascot Steel in 2002 he has overseen the expansion of Mascot Steel’s fabrication services to include a wider range construction clients as well as entry into specialist services.  He is an expert in production strategy and new process development.

Mr Mendes is married with two children and is involved in local community activities and fundraising for a variety of causes.  He is a big sports fan, especially when it comes to soccer.

Darryl Sequeira

Location Manager Botany

Mr Darryl Sequeira joined the sales team at Mascot Steel in April 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and has over 20 years of experience in the construction, sales and hospitality industries.

Prior to joining Mascot Steel, Darryl held senior roles in industrial supply sales for the construction industry. He has also worked in quality and risk assessment roles on large road infrastructure projects. His on-site knowledge of infrastructure projects and quality control means he understands the pressures and concerns our customers face when ordering steel – whether you are a first-time DIY customer or a seasoned infrastructure engineer.

At Mascot Steel, Darryl brings his expertise in commercial sales and quality assurance to deliver outstanding service and top-quality products for our customers. He is highly adept at building and maintaining relationships with suppliers and ensuring customers get the right product, at the right time, for their jobs – big or small.

Darryl is married with one child. In his spare time, he plays soccer for the Eastern Creek Soccer Club.

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Marc Aquino

Manager Structural Division

Mr Marc Aquino joined Mascot Steel in 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and is a certified boilermaker.

Marc began his career almost 20 years ago in a small fabrication and machine factory. Since then, he has gained further expertise in structural and heavy metal fabrication. He also has experience in manufacturing machine parts and coordinating complex fabrication projects.

Marc is highly adept at estimating, problem-solving, process and production management. At Mascot Steel, Marc has built strong relationships with both staff and customers. He brings strong leadership skills to the role that helps ensure projects are completed to a high degree of quality and artistry.

Outside of work, Marc enjoys going to the beach with his family. He is a mad sports fan and enjoys watching basketball.

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Jonathan Mendes

Manager Sheet Metal Division

Jonathan Mendes has been a part of Mascot Steel since 2014, equipped with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He is well versed with AutoCAD and has also completed a CNC Machining course.

His engineering passion was sparked while working as a student trainee at Mascot Steel during semester breaks. Jonathan has since gained valuable experience in various company roles, including the fabrication shop floor, fitting and assembly, programming, and operating CNC machines. Currently, he manages the Sheet Metal division at Penrith.

Outside of work, Jonathan is a keen sports enthusiast who delights in culinary experiences and travel.

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Samurdhi Jayakody

Manager Laser and Robotics

As the Manager of the Laser and Robotics Department, Sam excels in 3D design and drafting, CNC code development, intricate project schematics, and robotics engineering. He has a degree in Bachelors of Science in Mechatronics Engineering from one of the esteemed universities of South East Asia. His expertise spans a range of machinery, from lathes and milling equipment to laser, plasma, guillotine, and press brake machines. Whether your project is large or small, Sam has the know-how to transform your blueprints into reality.

In his personal life, Sam is happily married and cherishes spending time with family and friends. He’s a passionate follower of Cricket.

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Pritam Vaz

Manager REO & General Fabrication

Mr Pritam Vaz joined Mascot Steel in February 2024, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a diverse educational background. He has earned a Diploma in Project Management from Western Sydney University, a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, a Diploma in Tool Designing, and a Bachelor of Commerce. With over 21 years of experience in the heavy structural steel and sheet metal fabrication, production, manufacturing, and construction industries, Pritam is a seasoned professional.

Before his tenure at Mascot Steel, Pritam served as a Production Head and Project Lead in a Sydney-based manufacturing firm catering to architects and consultants in the Acoustic Linings Industry. His career spans various sectors, including the fabrication and erection of roof structures, pre-engineered buildings, heavy structural gantry road signs, and pylon and ATM kiosks for major banks. Pritam has also worked on pylons and information signs for petrol stations and has experience in designing and manufacturing press tools for sheet metal components.

In his current role at Mascot Steel, Pritam applies his expertise in project management, and the fabrication of steel and sheet metal components, including REO bars, to contribute to the company’s success.

On a personal note, Pritam is a family man, married with one child. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends and has a passion for travel.

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Jennefer Belonio

Machin Programmer & Operator

Mr Jennefer Belonio joined the production team at Mascot Steel in 2013.

Jen has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and almost 20 years experience working with CNC machines across the globe.

Jen is skilled in 3D modelling and drafting, CNC machine programming, complex project drawings, and robotics.  He has worked with a variety of equipment including lathe, milling, laser, plasma, guillotine and press brake machines.  No matter what the scale – big or small – Mr Belonio has the experience to bring your drawings to life.

Outside of work, Jen is married and enjoys going out with friends.  He is an avid boxing and basketball fan.