Simon was the Owner and Director of JSM Electrical in NZ for over 10 years and had built extensive electrical experience and client relationships throughout all of New Zealand.
Simon and Kabe met nearly a decade ago and knew early on they had similar values. A like-minded approach would see them working closely together in the future, which turned reality when Simon, Kabe and Tayfun decided to start Keece, New Zealand. Fast forward a few years and after a few discussions… and beers… Keece merged and acquired JSM Electrical, along with all of their staff in early 2019 which saw Simon, Leon, Kabe and Tayfun as the four Directors and Owners of Keece, New Zealand.
In Simon’s downtime you’ll find him on the West Coast fishing or in his shed tinkering with his cars.
Simon is very passionate about high quality craftsmanship and has a strong commercial outlook to ability to the see the big picture - he’s always a few steps ahead! Simon is a proud local and his extensive experience, relationships and local knowledge further strengthen the Keece mark of quality in New Zealand.
Keece was the vision of Owner and Director, Kabe Collins in the early 2000s in Melbourne, Australia. After deciding to swap the frying pan for a drill, Kabe hung up his chef apron and replaced it with a tool belt the very next day.
During his apprenticeship, Kabe recognised a niche opportunity in the commercial electrical industry to deliver quality, high-end and cost-efficient electrical solutions. Upon completion completing his apprenticeship and contractors' course, Keece opened its doors in 2006.
The leadership skills Kabe learnt in the kitchen, along with his electrical qualification, quickly become his greatest assets and key ingredients for the organic growth of Keece. This, along with his passion, drive and focus on building trusted relationships (let's be honest, usually over a beer or two!), saw Keece expand its national footprint and clientele.
Fast-forward to today, Kabe is an active Director/Owner overseeing Keece and ensuring it stays true to its service promise while, along with the other Directors, expanding operations throughout New Zealand (and Australia-wide).
Leon brings over 15 years' local experience and knowledge in the electrical trade throughout New Zealand. Having started his apprenticeship with Simon at JSM Electrical, Leon gained other industry skills and experience before deciding to rejoin back JSM Electrical in 2015 as part of the leadership team.
His work ethic, passion and attention to detail saw Leon quickly take on a more leadership role and in 2018 became Simon's business partner at JSM Electrical. Then following the merge and acquisition of JSM Electrical into Keece in early 2019, Leon is an Owner and Director of Keece, New Zealand.
His positive approach and transparent communication (along with his smile!) are valuable assets to the team and driving the Keece values and business offering in New Zealand.
When Leon isn’t at work, you might spot him at the local golf club on the weekends – ask him what he swings off?!
Tayfun met Kabe during trade school (in Melbourne) when they were both completing their electrical apprenticeships in the early 2000s. Their complementary skills were apparent from Day 1 when they teamed up together at trade school. On the same day Keece opened its doors, Tayfun was signed on as the very first employee.
Tayfun’s natural and complementary leadership skills, along with expertise of running complex projects quickly saw him on the leadership team and becoming a Director and Partner of Keece in 2007.
With established foundations, Tayfun fosters strong business relationships based on a reputation for excellence and continues to oversee end-to-end large-scale projects while also growing the operations in New Zealand and Australia.
Tayfun also oversees the estimating team as well as mentoring and upskilling staff to be their very best. His electrical knowledge is unprecedented - give him a try! Clients benefit from his industry knowledge along with his friendly communication style and commitment to excellence.
His passion along with his calm, and pragmatic, solution-focussed approach is a valuable asset to Keece.