The Jim Aislabie Memorial Scholarship has recently been established by ASSA ABLOY New Zealand in commemoration of the life and contributions of Jim Aislabie to his customers and the ASSA ABLOY cause.
Based in Wellington, Jim was a valued sales representative for ASSA ABLOY New Zealand’s trade channel. Jim sadly passed away in 2008, following which it became apparent that his influence in this industry extended far beyond the trade realm. Industry groups, architects, customers and staff alike were all eager to share fond memories of his passion for the job and the support he had given them over the time he spent with the company.
The primary intent of the scholarship is to encourage others to live up to the standard of excellence set by Jim Aislabie. Nominations are put forward on an annual basis with the winner announced at the beginning of each year. Evaluation of candidates is made on a number of criteria including; personal attributes, product knowledge, dedication to the job and level of service to customers.
The first recipient of the Jim Aislabie Memorial Scholarship was Rob Wells, the Key Account Manager for ASSA ABLOY New Zealand’s architectural channel. Rob received this award in recognition of the proactive and innovative way he carries out his job, as well as his strong customer focus which reflects what Jim himself always strived for. The scholarship, which was presented to him on February, 19th at the company’s national sales conference, will see him travel to Australia to attend a training course and spend some time in the field with Australian representatives in early May.
Having known Jim personally, Rob was honoured to receive the Scholarship. He said he had always admired the approach Jim took to business, which had earned him a desirable reputation throughout the entire industry. Rob sees this award as a great opportunity to further his own development with ASSA ABLOY. He is particularly excited about visiting the factory in Melbourne and having the chance to work with and learn from Australian sales representatives in the field.