Meet the team

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.

 

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 corporation on important infrastructure projects.  There’s hardly a suburb in Sydney that doesn’t contain 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 further diversify 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.

FAIZEL RIDDER – GENERAL MANAGER (PENRITH)

Mr Faizel Ridder joined Mascot Steel in 2013 in our Sales Team and soon moved into Production.  He is now the General Manager of Mascot Steel’s fabrication site in Penrith.

Mr Ridder has a degree in Construction Management from the University of Western Sydney.

Over the past 15 years working in the steel fabrication and construction industries, Mr Ridder has built strong relationships with both suppliers and customers across Sydney. He has previously worked as an estimator for an engineering firm in Western Sydney where he developed his skills in budgeting, costing, and drafting mainly large commercial projects.

As General Manager of Mascot Steel’s Penrith branch, Mr Ridder has become highly adept at all aspects of business management. Mr Ridder is proficient in a variety of production software including Autocad and Solidworks to deliver our customers a superior level of fabrication.  He enjoys leading a diverse production team that produces high quality products and services for large scale projects such as large commercial and infrastructure developments across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Mr Ridder is a keen motor vehicle and sports enthusiast and when not at work enjoys watching and supporting his favourite football team, Arsenal.

MOHAMMAD SAMAD – SALES MANAGER

Mohammad Samad joined Mascot Steel in 2016 and has over 25 years experience working in construction and steel fabrication.

Mohammad is a Civil Engineer with an MBA specialising in Construction Project Management.  He has recently completed Diploma in Leadership and Management from Australian College of Commerce & Management.

Prior to joining Mascot Steel, Mohammad managed a variety construction projects ranging from small residential to high rise commercial buildings.  He is an experienced estimator with skills in drafting, fabrication, installation, programming and scheduling.

Mohammad’s extensive on-site experience means he has the direct knowledge and skills to help customers find innovative solutions.  At Mascot Steel, he enjoys collaborating with customers to reduce costs and increase project efficiency.

Mohammad is married with two children.  In his spare time he is a professional tennis coach and plays for fun when he can.

MATTHEW HILL – SALES ASSISTANT

Mr Matthew Hill joined Mascot Steel in 2010.  He holds a Diploma in Marketing and Communications.

Matt has over 15 years experience in carpentry, joinery, industrial supplies and heavy construction.  He is highly adept in drafting, reo and structural estimations.

As a people person, Matt is renowned for building strong relationships and trust amongst both customers and suppliers.  He has excellent communication skills, knack for problem solving and efficient time management.

At Mascot Steel, Matt takes pleasure in working alongside customers to meet tight deadlines and deliver positive solutions.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys travelling the globe, going to the gym and leading a healthy, proactive lifestyle.

CARLOS RAMIREZ – SALES ASSISTANT

Mr Carlos Ramirez joined the sales team at Mascot Steel in 2016. When he joined the company he brought with him over 20 years’ experience working with steel.

Carlos holds a Certificate IV in Detail Drafting with an apprenticeship completed in structural steel.  Throughout his career he has developed expertise in drafting, production management and stakeholder management.

At Mascot Steel, Carlos thrives on the variety and diversity of customers that walk through the doors each day.  He has built a reputation for cultivating strong business relationships across the construction and manufacturing industries.  He is highly adept at quickly identifying customers’ needs and creating a warm, friendly atmosphere at the sales counter.

Carlos is married with five children.  In his spare time he watches basketball and Formula 1.

DARRYL SEQUEIRA – SALES ASSISTANT

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

VINAYAKA NELAMANGALA – SALES ASSISTANT

Mr Vinayaka (Vin) Nelamangala joined the sales team at Mascot Steel in 2018.  He has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering.  He also holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering with majors in manufacturing engineering and management.

Before joining Mascot Steel, Vin worked in both the hospitality and steel industries. His experience working in a steel rolling mill cemented his passion for working with metal.

Whilst studying for his Master’s degree at university, Vin focused his research on mechanical and energy sector engineering including the renewables sector.

Outside of work, Vin enjoys swimming, photography, bush-walking and going to the beach.

MARC AQUINO – PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

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 workmanship.

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

ENVER FREDERICKS – PRODUCTION MANAGER (PENRITH)

Mr Enver Fredericks joined Mascot Steel in 2016.  A boilermaker by trade, Mr Fredericks has worked in a variety of roles before becoming the Production Manager at Mascot Steel’s Penrith site.

Enver has 20 years’ experience in the construction and hospitality industries where he has built a reputation for outstanding customer service.  At Mascot Steel, Enver prides himself on working closely with customers to identify their steel needs and offer high quality services. He especially enjoys the challenge of big projects and always looks for ways to improve efficiency.

Enver is married with two children and enjoys watching sports and films.

LUIS CAMPOS – PRODUCTION COORDINATOR (PENRITH)

Mr Luis Campos is the newest member of the Penrith team having joined Mascot Steel in 2018.  He holds a Bachelor of Engineering with a specialisation in Materials Science. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management.

Prior to joining Mascot Steel, Luis worked in a diverse range of roles including warehouse operations, cost engineer and quality controller.  He has worked for multiple construction companies, data storage and information management services, and The Coca-Cola Company where his oversaw project innovation.

Luis is married and enjoys watching sports (mostly soccer) and cooking up a storm on the BBQ.

FARDEEN BOODOO – PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Mr Fardeen Boodoo joined Mascot Steel in 2010.  He has a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering (with Honors) and a Masters in Engineering (Manufacturing and Management) from the University of Technology, Sydney.  He is a member of Engineers Australia.

Fardeen has over 15 years experience in manufacturing and engineering.  He has worked as a maintenance engineering in a textile mill where he developed expertise in machinery and operations management.  He is highly skilled in drafting using AUTOCAD, estimating, planning, scheduling, and quality control.

Fardeen is a highly agile production coordinator – he gets across details quickly and adjusts plans and schedules to ensure work is delivered on time.  Fardeen and Mascot Steel the production team aim to regularly exceed customers’ expectations on both quality and timeframes.

Fardeen is married with two sons.  He enjoys keeping fit by jogging and playing soccer.

STEPHANIE WRIGHT – PROJECT MANAGER (CORPORATE SERVICES)

Ms Stephanie Wright joined Mascot Steel in 2018.  Ms Wright has a degree Social Sciences from the University of New South Wales and is a current MBA Candidate at the University of Sydney.

Stephanie has spent the last 15 years working in the not-for-profit, government and private sectors.  She spent 6 years working for the NSW State Government where she worked on reforms to the disability sector and social housing portfolio.

Steph is skilled in process improvements, strategic policy, marketing, human resources and IT project management.  At Mascot Steel she has upgraded our IT infrastructure, improved our corporate services processes and enhanced our online presence.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys keeping fit, going to the beach with friends and playing roller hockey.

JENNEFER BELONIO – MACHINE 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.