This month, I sat down with Carley Sawford who is a Director as well as the SA Branch Manager for Calibre One, in addition, she is also the Business Development Manager and also the National Sales Manager. Many hats! Despite all the roles that she has a Calibre One and having just returned from her honeymoon, I was lucky enough to get some time with her so that we can all learn a little more about this incredibly busy and talented woman.
How did you get interested in your field?
I actually fell into it accidentally, I started working in the Telstra call centre doing outbound sales while studying at Uni and found I had a natural talent so ended up giving up uni and pursuing a career in sales.
Typically this is where I ask what you did before Calibre One, but as you’ve shared your story about dropping everything to start a company, tell me a little bit about jobs you had before the Telstra call centre.
I have been driven by money from an early age and couldn’t wait to start working. I used to go to my Dad’s work on Saturday mornings when I was 14 and wash the cars and then I applied for a job at Hungry Jacks as soon as I was old enough and worked there throughout high school.
Where are you from originally?
Adelaide, but more specifically I spent most of my youth in a small country town called One Tree Hill where we had a 10 acre hobby farm, I was lucky to realise every young girls dream and my Dad bought me a pony when I turned 5. When I was about 16 my family decided on a sea change (literally) and we moved to the beach in Semaphore.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
There is no typical day really. It can range from a day in the office responding to tenders and assisting my customers or out on the road visiting existing and potential customers to spending the day in Shareholder meetings, Management meetings and performance managing or training staff. No day is ever the same, which I love.
What is your favorite part of your job/working for Calibre One?
Definitely the people. Our staff and leadership team are amazing and I value each and every one of them, we have built a fantastic culture and are very protective of it, as a result we are so careful when we hire anyone to join the team. I am also extremely lucky to own a business with Hayley and Darren who are my best friends and over the past ten years they have become part of my family. To not only be able to work with but also build a business with your best friends is an absolute dream.
You recently got married! Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Planning an overseas wedding is not for the faint hearted, especially with my workload at Calibre One, especially leading up to end of financial year. It was stressful even with the help of a wedding planner! Rocco and I were married at The Kamaya in Uluwatu, Bali on May 26th in front of 33 of our closest friends and family. It was amazing and I wouldn’t change a thing!
What do you like to do outside of work?
Family is extremely important to my husband, Rocco, and I. We are lucky to have really close and supportive families. Mine is quite small in comparison to his, Rocco is Italian and has a large close family which have adopted me as one of their own.
Outside of work we spend a lot of time with family, we also enjoy good food and wine so we love to travel and try new restaurants. We are lucky to live so close to some of the best wine regions in Australia and love going away to a good bed and breakfast for the weekend. To balance this out, my healthy hobby is training at F45.
Tell us about your home life
Home life is with my husband Rocco, we have been together for two and a half years. A French Bulldog and a baby are next on the to do list. I have two adorable nieces, Gia and London and a nephew Ollie who I absolutely adore. I’m the oldest of three with a sister, Bree who is two years younger and a brother, Toby who is six years younger. We are all really close.
Do you have any hidden talents you’d like to tell us about?
Nothing special unfortunately! Although, if you ask my girlfriends they would say I have been known to be the first one on the dance floor, definitely getting a bit old for that now!
Do you play or watch any sports?
I don’t play any sports, I do love my exercise though. I watch the AFL. My Dad played until he was 36 so I basically grew up at the footy and my Grandfather played for Port Adelaide in the 1956 and 1957 premierships so I’m a definite Port Power supporter, it’s in my blood. My husband Rocco is a crows supporter so it’s a wonder my Dad let him in the family!
What type of music do you like?
I love music, anything RnB, especially old school, I also love commercial house and Reggaeton. Thank God I actually have rhythm because I am absolutely tone deaf, failed the recorder in year eight and cannot sing to save my life!
What does a typical weekend look like for you?
A typical weekend involves red wine, good food and catch ups with family and friends.