Stephen Ellich as CEO

17 May 2016

Since March, Stephen Ellich, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for UASG, started in his combined role as CEO for AE Smith. Stephen brings a wealth of knowledge in national utilities, construction and service experience to the role.

A well-known brand with a long and proud history, Stephen recognises AE Smith as being one of the oldest and most integrated HVAC providers in Australia.

“The AE Smith brand is well supported by the deep technical engineering and operational delivery capabilities of the team. When a customer engages AE Smith they know that the job will be done properly, no matter how complicated it is. From my discussions with customers, it seems that AE Smith is the ‘go-to’ company when the engineered solution must be done right the first time. This is why AE Smith is regularly considered the preferred partner for critical infrastructure projects.”

“In an industry full of new players with limited capital backing and sparse technical capability, AE Smith stands out as the one of the most sustainable, technically proficient and truly end-to-end, self-providing, end-to-end design, construct and maintenance HVAC companies.”

AE Smith and UASG working together to build great relationships

“Even before the formation of the Infrastructure, Telecommunications and Utilities group sector, the technical and business development teams from AE Smith and UASG were working together. At a structural level, there are now some common leadership roles and teams within the group sector, which will facilitate close working relationships and this will make our organisation even easier to work with.”

With AE Smith and UASG going to market as one to provide energy and water efficiency solution to customers, Stephen comments:

“Our customer value proposition is clear, simple and unique. We are one of the only companies that can provide turn-key solutions nationally, using in-house resources to reduce the customer’s utility costs through an Energy Performance Contract (EPC). Our expert team will upgrade critical infrastructure, apply renewable/alternative power solutions and deploy new assets that can reduce consumption, whilst funding the upgrades through sharing the savings in the utility costs. This gives the customer all the energy and water efficiency outcomes they want, for no upfront capital cost, while reducing their current utility cost base.”

Helping the community

Aside from his work at Spotless, Stephen holds a strong belief in giving back to the community, helping children improve their lives. He is on the Board of several charities supporting YMCA Victoria, YMCA Australia, St Kevin’s College and Edmund Rice Camps.

Born in Sydney, Stephen and his family moved to Melbourne in 2009. Stephen has been married to his wife Sandra for 25 years and has two teenage boys, Brendan and Jarrod. Stephen holds an Honors degree in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA from UTS (Sydney).

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys surfing with his sons, gardening, karate training, and barracks for the NRL Roosters, and the AFL’s St Kilda Saints.

Stephen Ellich
Stephen Ellich