Meet the Management
Heidi Levitt – President & CEO
Do you look at The Big Picture? I do. I stand back, observe a situation and end up seeing the answer to a complex problem. Looking at The Big Picture helps me make tough decisions and solve problems – both for myself, and for other people.
I rely on my team to help me figure out forward paths. It’s important to me that the people I work with – employees and customers – have a voice. My door is always open. Communication isn’t just a cornerstone of the way I do business; I’m pretty good at it, too. I love connecting with people, which has translated into many friendships around the world, personally and professionally.
Speaking of communication, I am fluent in English and French and I’m in the process of adding Spanish and German to my repertoire. I can toast in 20 different languages – definitely a skill that comes in handy with all the travel I do! I’ve been called Dora the Explorer more times than I would like to admit. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world throughout the course of my career and I love it – the food, the language, the culture, the people.
I am game for just about anything. I dive into life head-on, with gusto and a positive attitude. You won’t ever catch me saying something like “That’s not my job!” or “Sorry, no can do!” I work hard, and I play hard. I believe in the power of networking, which is why it’s important to me to be involved in many different communities around the world – from the Board work I do, to the associations I belong to.
Family is so important to me, and I try to run our business like it’s my family. In fact, we employ multiple families within our company – we must be a pretty good place to work! Besides family, integrity is something I value very much, and I expect it from our employees, as well as our supplier and customer partners.
If you think we might be a good business match, or you want to know more about me, catch me on twitter below, I would love to hear from you.
Tim Haight –Managing Director, Global Digital Solutions
G’day everyone. I guess you could say as a transplanted Canadian, I am NLT’s longest serving Australian on the NLT Global Team! I started NLT Australia in 2005 but I have been in Australia for over 20 years now. Although, as my job and lifestyle dictates, I spend a lot of time traveling the world, when I am in country, I reside right here in Mooloolaba Queensland. Other fun facts; I love motorcycles, boating, diving and other outdoor sports like kayaking, surf skis, well, water based activities in general. I do truly believe that living life to the fullest is the only approach for me and others who I am lucky enough to share my life with!
I am a strong believer in relevant industry groups and in light of this, I am on the executive for MESCA (Mining Energy Services Council of Australia) and I have been for almost 15 years, as well serving as Councilor for the Australian Industry Group (AIG) since 2013.
My role as Managing Director of Global Digital Solutions has me responsible for all NLT Digital products and solutions including, Sales, Integration, R&D, Deployment and Support. Backed by a strong team of experts out of three facilities in Santiago Chile, Toronto Canada and Brisbane Australia we are ready and able to work with the global marketplace. I fully believe and count on this talented team of professionals I have around me and I am a leader that believes in letting the team do what they were brought in for. Although, anyone who knows me can assure you that when in a group, I do tend to voice my opinion when I feel passionate about the subject. So, feel free to ask me what NLT are good at but be prepared for a chat!
Please make contact anytime especially if you have a problem you’re interested in us solving for you.
Fred Kopeschny – Director of Research and Development
“I’m a quiet guy until I get enthusiastic about something. I like to spend my free time on the lake, looking for that big Muskie!.”
Fred is responsible for the development of products and services that NLT offers. Together with his team of skilled engineers, he manages the process from initial product idea, gathering requirements, designing the solution or product through to hand-off to our manufacturing facility.
Robert Torelli –Director of Operations
“I enjoy playing and watching soccer (Forza Azzurri!), golf, exercise, and above all else, spending time with my family.”
Rob holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and joined our team in 1995, he is responsible for the day to day operations side of the business. Rob’s foremost responsibility is in manufacturing; where his focus is on the fulfillment of customer orders. He does this through supply chain management, material procurement, and the scheduling of production requirements all the while maintaining the numerous product approvals that drive the quality and integrity of our products.
Lean thinking and action is a big part of what Rob brings to NL Technologies. Lean is not just about the big changes. What is even more powerful, are the small incremental improvements made consistently over time, from all departments, that truly add up to considerable efficiencies.
Richard Trask- Quality Manager
“Let’s make it happen!”
Richard has been with NLT Canada in a frontline management role since mid-summer of 2000. He has played a vital role in the manufacture of our lamp and network products since the introduction of the Generation II cap lamps. His duties include maintaining the Quality Management System to several international standards, implementing innovative and continual improvements to our products and processes, leading the training program for service technicians, and providing hands on customer support. He also takes the lead in maintaining our excellent reputation for Occupational Health and Safety performance. A native Torontonian and an avid sports fan, though not necessarily of all Toronto’s teams, he also enjoys playing various forms of fantasy sports, card games, chess, and classic movies.
I was born in NSW, but grew up in Brisbane making QLD my home. I joined the army straight out of high school and it was here that I learned the values of integrity, leadership, giving everything 100% and taking care of your people. I have a background in Information Technology (IT) and Project Management; and spent 5 years in Blackwater, Central QLD working for Wesfarmers Curragh Mine in IT. I love fishing, golf (I don’t get to do this anymore), rugby union/league and more importantly spending time with my wife and 3 boys.
I joined the NLT family back in March 2012 and while my role has changed over the last 3 years, as the Customer Services Manager of Global Digital Solutions it is my job to focus on customer satisfaction with regards to NLT’s products, quality service and support. While this can be a challenging role, I enjoy the challenge of continual improvement.
With NLT, every day presents new opportunities and challenges for myself individually, and for our team of qualified engineers and technicians.
Trent Woodcock- Integration Manager
I grew up on a farm on the world famous Great Ocean Road, southwest of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Farm life was hands-on and working with heavy machinery set in place my love for mechanical solutions and interest in how things operate. I enjoyed tinkering with parts that enabled efficient and effective improvements.
I moved to the big smoke in Melbourne to advance a career in IT/Telecommunications, which was another interest of mine. My IT career developed with Telstra, in the mobility department.
After relocating to Queensland, I proved myself in a new field – High-Rise Residential & Commercial Construction- and used all of my experiences as a Project Engineer; ensuring projects were delivered with required quality and safety on time and within budget.
Then an opportunity arose with NLT Australia which fit all of my experiences – on-site production, new solutions, communications, networking, project delivery- from start to finish. Commencing as an Engineer, I worked across all areas of the business. When NLT Global Digital formed in mid-2014, I was made formally accountable for all Global Digital Projects to ensure delivery beyond expectations. I have managed projects in Canada, the US, Chile and the UK in design and delivery of solutions for tunnel construction, underground coal, and metals mining. I also work with NLT’s external partners, often innovating on-site – like at Joy Global on an Arctic Circle project.
As Global Integration Manager, I work with Sales, R&D and Engineering to come up with unique solutions and ensure they successfully roll-out to the client.
My diverse career path has helped me to be open-minded and creative in coming up with solutions for a variety of problems – give me your problem and let me see if I can fix it!
Outside of work, I love to ski, boat (fixing them rather than for recreational use) and I’m pretty mean in the kitchen, with my wife calling me the Aussie version of Jamie Oliver! At home I have renovated our home with new floating timber floors, retiled the bathrooms and laundry, replaced the kitchen and built a great outdoor entertainment area, fit with a wood fire pizza oven to enjoy the warm evenings.
If you think you have a challenge or are interested in finding out more, please contact NLT Australia, and ask for MacGyver – my other nickname.
I’m a resident of France who has lived in Chile since 1999. If I had to choose one work to describe myself, it would be passionate. That passion is what led me to move to Chile from France in 1999 to be with the love of my life, and is the same passion I feel every day for my family. It’s also what keeps me so excited to work for NLT, even after 15 years with the company.
My management style is a little different than most – I prefer to work cooperatively with my staff, which can be hard in a country like Chile, where it’s typically thought that the manager should make all the decisions. That’s why when choosing staff for hire, I have to make sure they can fit into this type of cooperative environment, helping to enact positive change for our company, and their coworkers. My MBA in Business Administration from Universidad AdoIfo Ibañez of Santiago de Chile really helped me expand my knowledge of management and develop my own personal style of leadership.
I’m a mechanical engineer, but specialized in instrumentation when I was living in France. I’ve managed to build up this area for NLT Chile over the years, and today, we’re regarded as experts in portable and stationary instruments for environmental monitoring, gas detection, and industrial hygiene.
Besides my passion for my wife and family, I also love languages. Besides speaking French, I’m bilingual in English and Spanish, thanks to my parents, who speak both languages as well (but with very strong French accents!). And with my frequent business trips to Brazil, I’m well-versed in Portuguese, too. I’m also a huge fan of my home city’s football club, Olympique de Marseille – they’ll be champs again soon!
Finally, I owe a huge part of the great man I am today to my daughter, Sophie, who passed away in November 2013 at 11 years old. Sophie taught me, and many others, that life is beautiful, and that those who speak often don’t always have a lot to say. Sophie also taught us that love is the greatest force, life can be too short, and that you’ve got to live your life for today instead of waiting for tomorrow.