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 Sean Murray
Sean joined Edstein Creative Stone in 1997 following a career in production management with a large joinery company based in Taree. Sean brings a level of knowledge and organisation to the business. Sean is a key member of our management team as he provides information from both the customers and the production facility.
Monumental, Compliance and HR Manager Allan Davis
Allan has been with the company since 1998 and brings a healthy dose of passion and enthusiasm to the workplace. Allan’s role encompasses a number of key areas that require a level of discipline that he excels at. One of Allan’s key achievements is guiding the company to Silver Status in the NSW’s Government Sustainability Advantage program in 2011.
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 is the most recent addition to the management team joining the company in 2015. Britt brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience on an executive level across multiple aspects of business, specialising in Sales and Marketing. Having worked extensively in business both within Australia and Internationally Britt promises to bring a fresh outlook to the company. Growing up in the region Britt has recently moved back from Sydney, returning to be close to her family on the North Coast.
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.
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.
Hunter Monumental Sales Consultant Peter Fairbairn
Peter Fairbairn is one of our most experienced consultants having been with us for over 15 years. Peter has lived in the Hunter area all his life and works out of our Sandgate office. When asked what he enjoys most about his role here, Peter holds great importance and satisfaction in assisting clients to design and organize a dignified memorial to commemorate a life lived.
North Coast Monumental Sales Consultant Darren Boyd
Darren is our newest team member working in the Monumental Sales role. His family have lived in the local area for 6 generations and although trade qualified he has also gained experience in retail and in aged care administration. Experience in this field has developed his skills to assist families through the difficult journey of losing a loved one and guiding them through the next stage of providing a fitting memorial. Darren is approachable and compassionate and ready to face the challenge of his new role.
Central Coast Monumental & Kitchen Sales Consultant Rachel Williams
Rachel has lived on the Central Coast for the past 34 years, Rachel has been immersed in the industry through a local family business for over 15 years. Customer service is her specialty, whether you have questions on kitchen products or need assistance with your kitchen design, Rachel will be able to assist you. In this diverse role she also has the honour of being able to assist clients with their monumental requirements, showing compassion and professionalism in designing suitable monuments to remember loved ones. Living and working in the Central Coast all of her life, Rachel has vast knowledge of consumer requirements in this region.
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 Taneal Forbes
Taneal assists clients with colour selections at the Sandgate showroom and provides support to our sales team operating out of the Hunter and Central Coast. Taneal commenced with the company in 2015 and although she is new to the company she brings a wealth of customer service knowledge from the industry. Taneal has worked in a customer focused role for 8 years and is passionate about meeting customers needs and providing the best service possible. With broad knowledge across design styles, Taneal can help bring your vision to life.
Kitchen Sales Team: Lynne Jones – North Coast, Britt Homewood – Hunter, Britt Homewood – Central Coast
Our sales team works closely with our Sales Manager to provide the link between the company and our customers. These roles could be considered one of our most important and the pride and effort these ladies bring to our company are proven through the strong relationships that exist between the company and our clients.