Edstein Creative is a privately owned stone masonry business with outlets in Taree on the Mid North Coast, Sandgate in the Hunter and Point Clare on the Central Coast.
The business operates throughout regional NSW supplying Stone Benchtop and Glass Splashback products to the building market, monumental products and a range of landscape paving products to the building and residential segments. The company has a heritage that dates back to 1896 and today blends cutting edge technology with traditional stone masonry values to be one of the leaders in the Australian Stone Industry.
The Taree factory houses one of the most technologically advanced stone production facilities in Australia. The factory utilises cutting edge CNC stone working equipment from Italy, Germany and France. The entire operation is controlled by software from the US and Germany combining to create a streamlined operation that can monitor production 24/7 from any location.
Owners Paul and Jennifer Gray have a long history in the Joinery industry stretching over 30 years. Paul had been a long-time customer of Edstein Creative so when the opportunity came up in 2008 to purchase the business Paul and Jennifer saw it as a positive move to secure the supply of stone to their Bathroom products company as well as investing in an industry and business on the move forward.
CEO Nigel Ferguson
Nigel has over 20 years of experience in the stone industry and as a previous owner of the business he has an intimate understanding of all facets of the business. Nigel is a Shipwright by trade and has worked in all sections of the business to gain firsthand knowledge of how the business operates. Nigel has traveled extensively through Europe, USA and Asia to gain knowledge of the world stone industry so the best practices and equipment can be sourced to place the business at the forefront of the Australian Stone Industry. Nigel is a firm believer in investing in technology and ensuring the business has a sustainable future.
Operations Manager Peter Bachmann
Peter joined the company in February 2020, bringing with him a vast knowledge in Design, Production and Management.
He has swapped the hectic lifestyle of the city and in return now enjoys a quieter country life, near the beach.
His ability to lead his team by example, his energetic enthusiastic disposition and sense of professionalism, will ensure that Edstein Creative, under his leadership continues to be recognised as the number one leader, in Kitchen bench tops, stone and complimentary building products throughout Australia.
Administration Manager Belinda Donellan
Belinda has been with the company since 2008 and brings a wealth of financial & administration experience. Belinda moved her family from the Hunter to the North Coast to enjoy a Sea Change and loves being a part of the local community. Belinda is a vibrant member of our team and her hard working nature and experience make her a valuable asset to the company.
Sales and Marketing Manager Britt Homewood
Britt joined the company in 2015 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience on an executive level across multiple aspects of business, specialising in Sales and Marketing. Having worked in businesses both within Australia and Internationally across many domains Britt has brought a fresh outlook to the company. Growing up in the region Britt moved back from Sydney, returning to be close to her family on the North Coast.
WHS Robert North
Rob is one of our newest team members, joining the company in August 2020. Rob relocated from Sydney to the Mid North Coast a few years ago to unwind from the hustle and bustle that is city life. The coast has been a welcome change for his family and for Rob professionally. Rob spent most of his career in high level policing, investigations and risk management, he brings a wealth of risk management and work health and safety experience to our team. He is focused on education, culture change and employee safety. Rob is passionate about people and aims to ensure we all make it home safely each and every day.
Finance Assistant Donna Brown
Donna joined our Finance team in 2017 after relocating back to the area. Donna’s experience in finance & administration in the small to medium business sector has brought a wealth of knowledge & understanding to the day to day operations of our company. Donna & her family are enjoying being back on the Mid North Coast after 9 years of living in Western Australia & Newcastle.
Donna is currently on maternity leave and will be returning to work with Edstein Creative soon.
Finance Officer Donna Bolte
Donna Bolte joined the team in January as our new Senior Accounts Officer. Donna has extensive knowledge of Administration, Management and Accounts. She had a long career in the banking industry working her way up to Business Lending Manager before purchasing a local Business in Taree where she was responsible for the financial management and day to day running.
Check Measure & Installation Supervisor Tony Weir
Tony has a long history in the Stone Industry which started in South Australia and has been at Edstein’s since 2002. Tony has over 20 years’ experience in the trade and is a Trades Qualified Stone Mason. Tony is a key member of our team running the Southern Check Measure and Installation side of the business. Tony is well respected for going the extra mile to keep both our customers and staff happy.
Northern Check Measure Supervisor Geoff Blanch
Geoff is another of our trades qualified Stone Masons who has been with the company since 1992 and brings a wealth of infield knowledge to the team.
Geoff looks after the North Coast check measures and has a great working relationship with our customers in this region.
Southern Check Measure & Installation Supervisor Nick Twentyman
Purchasing Officer Garry Leslie
Garry has been with the company since 2000 and has worked his way through the shop to become the Production Supervisor.
Garry works very closely with Sean Murray to ensure production runs smoothly as well as ensuring we purchase the right products at the right time at the right price.
Production Assistant Jason Oirbans
Jason is the voice that most of our customers hear on a daily basis. Jason has the important role of managing our estimating, job book in and job management prior to production. Jason has been with us since 2008 and his organisation skills prove invaluable which many of our customers tell us on a regular basis.
Monumental Installation Supervisor Ralph Whyte Butler
Ralph is our longest serving employee starting with the business in 1989 and is a fully trades qualified Stone Mason. Ralph works infield taking care of the installation of our range of Monumental products. Specialist projects also form part of Ralph’s resume where his wealth of knowledge is often called upon to guide us through those trickier jobs.
Central Coast Monumental & Kitchen Sales Consultant Taylor Williams
North Coast Monumental Sales Consultant Nieve Mallaby
Hunter Monumental Sales Consultant Rachel Williams
Rachel commenced with the company in 2016 looking after our Central Coast facility, covering both kitchens and monumental. She has since pursued her passion in the monumental side of the business becoming our Monumental Sales Consultant in the Hunter Region. Rachel has had diverse customer experience and now has the honour of being able to assist clients with their monumental requirements. She shows compassion, professionalism and a high level of creative skills when designing monuments and inscriptions to remember loved ones. We offer comfortable air conditioned private meeting room where you can meet with Rachel and your family members and be shown the options available. Rachel will guide you through every step, ensuring your loved ones lasting memory is as unique as they were in life.
Hunter Showroom Manager Donna Brown
Donna manages the Sandgate showroom and provides support to our sales team operating out of the Hunter and Central Coast. Donna commenced with the company in 2015 and brings with her a wealth of experience in administration and customer service. She is and effective team member and is only too happy to help with any enquiry at our Sandgate showroom. Living and working in the Hunter all her life, she has vast knowledge of consumer requirements in this region.
Hunter Showroom Assistant – Chelsea Evans – Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Chelsea has recently returned to the company after a brief stint in another industry. Chelsea’s bubbly personality brings a lovely positive atmosphere to the Sandgate showroom. From her previously experience with Edstein’s and her other passion as a make up artist Chelsea has a natural gift with bringing colours together in a cohesive and creative fashion. She also has extensive experience in customer service and is happy to help with any enquiry. Chelsea is currently at the Sandgate showroom on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, she would love to help you with your project.
Administration Officer: Jill Powell
Jill Powell has recently joined the company as the Senior Administration Officer. Jill has recently relocated to the area, purchasing a home in Harrington. Jill has a long career in Administration, Training and more recently WHS and has gained considerable knowledge working in the mining industry. She will be a great asset to the Admin team and will be available to assist all members of the team with any administration tasks.
North Coast Showroom Assistant/ Trainee Estimator: Keegan Jobson
Keegan has recently joined the Edstein Creative sales team as Trainee Estimator and Showroom assistant in our Taree showroom. Keegan has lived in the local area his whole life and whilst he is new to the stone industry he brings with him vast knowledge in Customer Service, Sales and Manufacturing. Keegan is focused on ensuring all clients receive the best possible customer experience whether this be in the showroom, on the phone or via email. Drop in and see Keegan at our Taree showroom where he can walk you through the many options available for your next project.
The North Coast Team