About our teamOur management team collectively has over 180 years of industry experience in providing unparalleled service on a commercial scale. Our proven and precise systems of implementation, management and delivery means our team is well equipped to help government and private facilities achieve outstanding results. By recognising, rewarding and empowering our staff we are able to continually outperform our clients’ expectations.
Vadim GurevichManaging Director
Vadim has 24 years of industry experience having started Challenger from a two-employee enterprise with a single cleaning contract. With a proven track record of managing and growing the business to the size it is today, including the expansion of the three key divisions (Hospitality, Commercial and Food & Beverage), associated change management and client relationships.Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics, Diploma in Business Management, Australian Certified Cleaning Contractor, Senior First Aid Certificate
Thomas BeissertGeneral Manager of Operations
Thomas has over 20 years of experience across the hospitality, food and beverage and the cleaning industry both in Australia and internationally.His impressive and diverse career has seen him hold positions such as Chief Steward at Kempinski Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Munich, and Executive Chef of the Urban Purveyor Group where he was responsible for a portfolio of numerous high risk and large-scale food and beverage operations. Thomas oversees all operational aspects of Challenger, he is an exceptional leader and key advisor to the Managing Director.Qualifications: Master Trade Qualification Commercial Cookery, Food & Beverage Management Traineeship with Kempinski Hotels, Certificate 4 Training & Assessment, Certificate 4 WH&S, Silver Maintenance by HEPP Germany, First Aid
Marlon AronowitzFinancial Controller
Marlon has extensive experience in financial accounting across diverse industry segments, including; services management, IT, retail, wholesale and manufacturing.His expertise and well-rounded knowledge and experience ensures Challenger maintains exemplary standards of accountability and business practices.
Marlon supports the Company Director assisting in business processes, financial affairs, business strategy and compliance.
Cory Heuston-RichardsonNational HR Manager
Cory has a comprehensive history in workplace relations and management across diverse market segments.He is a member of CAHRI and has 15 years’ experience, providing Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations advice and support to small, medium, and large businesses to ensure compliance with legislation. Cory leads Challenger’s Human Resources Department overseeing, industrial relations, workers compensation, occupational health and safety, remuneration and staffing functions. Cory’s chief concern is to cultivate a high-performance culture that attracts and retains the best talent in the market. Qualifications: Bachelor of Business, Human Resources Management
Nikki GurevichBusiness Systems Manager
Nikki is a founding member of Challenger, with over 22 years of experience in managing business systems, processes and standards within the organisation.Nikki was responsible for the implementation of Challenger’s ISO 9001 certified Quality Management System (QMS) and is also responsible for managing the system on a day to day basis. In addition to maintaining our QMS, Nikki oversees our Quality Tools, IT Systems, WH&S and Environmental Management Systems with tremendous precision.Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts
Peter StephensGeneral Manager Sales & Marketing
Peter has held a number of senior management roles within the facilities management supply industry over a 15-year period. With a strong commercial focus, Peter combines a pragmatic approach to problem solving with a track-record in building successful teams to achieve business, sales and marketing objectives. Peter’s knowledge and expertise is drawn from 25 years within the Waste Management, Hospitality, Labour Hire and Hygiene Services industries working with numerous well-known Australian and international companies.
As the General Manager Sales & Marketing, Peter is tasked with creating new business strategies, identifying new digital opportunities to increase customer engagement. Qualifications: Bachelor Degree in Marketing, MBA Business Management
Salvatore ManzoniChief Estimator
Salvatore has 25 years’ experience in the cleaning and property services industry. Prior to his tenure at Challenger, he held senior positions at multi-national facilities management organisations, participating in many successful tender bids across various market segments. Salvatore is responsible for the management of the bid costing process at Challenger, developing and preparing cost estimates for all projects and services. His wealth of industry experience and expertise ensures our clients receive efficient, innovative and cost-effective service solutions.Qualifications: Diploma in Accounting
Allan MitnovetskyGeneral Manager Queensland
Allan has extensive management and legal experience built on 18 years as a senior manager and commercial lawyer.Allan’s experience includes eight years as a partner at a leading Queensland law firm, which involved Allan overseeing large commercial transactions in Australia and internationally, simultaneously managing teams of professional and administrative staff and assisting clients to achieve their commercial objectives. Allan is a member of the company’s senior leadership team and has the dual function of managing operations throughout Queensland and being the General Legal Counsel for Challenger Services.Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Law, Legal Practitioners Admission Board, Post Graduate Diploma in Australian Immigration Law & Practice, Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Practice Management Course. Allan is on the register of Legal Practitioners in NSW, QLD and the High Court of Australia.
Ian LangleyGeneral Manager Victoria
Ian is responsible for the day to day management and control of all Challenger’s operations in Victoria.He has over 25 years of experience within the security and commercial cleaning market. With an excellent eye for detail and outstanding customer service skills, Ian ensures the highest customer satisfaction targets, commercial imperatives and key performance objectives are met and maintained. Qualifications: Risk Analysis Manned Guarding, Close Protection Officer, Special Security Level 3, Level 2 Award in Security Guarding Static and Patrol, NEBS Management Certificate, Education to Promotion to Senior Non-commissioned Officer
Alex AtkinsonNational Housekeeping Manager
Alex draws on 23 years of Executive Housekeeping experience working within luxury 5-star hotels and serviced apartments.Most notably holding the position of National Housekeeping Manager with Meriton, where she was responsible for 6 major property openings and the oversight of the entire Meriton serviced apartment portfolio. As a leader in the industry, Alex has held the position of Executive Housekeeper for the Park Hyatt Sydney and has also served as the Vice-President for the NSW Housekeeping Associations. In addition, she has successfully project managed and delivered 9 national and 1 international 5-star hotel openings and 6 national refurbishments.
As evidenced by Alex’s impressive career, she is an exceptional asset at Challenger. Her ability to introduce new processes and systems, as well as effectively manage her team has resulted in increasing service delivery standards across Challenger’s Housekeeping Division.
Qualifications: Associate Diploma Hospitality Management in Hospitality