​​​​​NECA News, the official publication of the National Electrical and Communications Association, is a bi-monthly magazine that offers news, features and instructional information on all the relevant issues within the electronics and communications industry. This first national edition was published in September, bringing insights and expertise together from every state and territory across the country, and featuring one of our experts, Jarrod Smith.

Fredon Electrical VIC Director and General Manager Jarrod Smith was approached around 6 months ago to participate in an article about his career and experience in the electrical industry.

The inspiring ​article centres on themes of hard work, ambition and teamwork, particularly when reflecting on the humble origins of our Victorian Electrical division.​

In January 2016 Fredon Electrical opened for business in Victoria, in a small office in Kensington, with just Jarrod on the payroll. But he soon set about selling his dream and vision to others, to build the formidable team they have today.

​His first employee was a former colleague, Rudy Adlaf. Together they worked countless hours preparing tenders small to large. Luke Osenkowski came on board as Estimating Manager, then Gary Falvey joined, not long after, to head up the construction division and Angelo Graci the service division. ​

Jarrod credits their success to the talented and dedicated staff he is proud to have gathered around him.​

Recognise that you can’t do it on your own. Surround yourself with talented people, back them and build a positive, successful, driven team and inclusive culture.

Jarrod Smith, Fredon Electrical VIC Director and General Manager

​Jarrod also shared his insight and advice for others-

To those starting out in the industry, Jarrod’s advice is to, first and foremost, believe in yourself and back yourself. Secondly, planning and setting goals is vital to any business’s success. ​