Cardinia Shire is home to many wonderful, innovative and successful businesses; while success can be defined in many ways, we often see the glitz and glamour, but don’t often see the trials and tribulations on the journey to get there.
Elite Building Services is a true success story in many ways, highlighted by Bek’s recent win in the HIA Business Partner Awards (you should check it out, because it is an amazing award, and one I think that should exist in many more industries – 2020 entries are open now). That win means that Rebecca is now the Victorian finalist in the Australian Housing awards in the same category, and will have another presentation to attend on the Gold Coast in May this year. Not far behind that achievement is the fact that Elite have been finalists in the local Casey Cardinia Business Awards for the last four years running – and there aren’t too many who can claim that!
Elite Building Services is a family owned and operated business with more than 20 years’ experience in the building industry. Based in Maryknoll, 60 km south-east of Melbourne, Elite specialise in building beautiful boutique custom homes in the suburbs and towns south-east of Melbourne, in the Casey, Cardinia and Baw Baw regions and surrounding suburbs.
Elite Building Services cater to a wide range of needs, from new residential homes through multi-unit developments to house and land and investment projects. Based in the picturesque town of Maryknoll, Elite cover most of the south eastern region, including Cardinia, Baw Baw, Casey Greater Dandenong and Knox. They are so confident in their work, and sub-contractors, they built their own Hamptons home country retreat, which is also a display home!
In their latest success – one of Elite Building Services homes featured in the final episode of Open Homes Australia! It aired on Saturday, 18 January at 1.30 pm, but if you missed it, you can catch the full segment here
What hasn’t been mentioned much is the journey to get them where they are today, and it is, to say the least, remarkable.
Bek has been involved in the community for the 30 years she’s lived in Cardinia Shire, from performing as a clown in the Yakkerboo Parade through coaching local basketball teams to fund-raising events through her work-places. (This continues today with Elite Building Services adding extra avenues of giving). In 2008, Bek incorporated Elite Building Services, and the following year, while Nick began the process of his builder’s license application, Bek commenced her law degree at Deakin University.
In February of 2010, everything came – almost literally – crashing down when Bek was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident that almost killed her. Trapped in the wreckage of her car for more than 3 hours while emergency services worked to get her out, , Bek was left with enormous injuries, including bleeding on the brain, broken bones, bulging discs, severed tendons and more. The damage done mentally was just as severe, from depression through to P.T.S.D. and anxiety.
She was in the Alfred Hospital for a week, and then rehab in Springvale for a month – for the first three weeks, Bek was unable to walk without a frame, wash or even eat by herself. It took more than a year for her to regain full use of her right arm.
Then -a further miracle. In May, Bek and Nick discovered that Bek was 14 weeks pregnant – had been about 2 weeks at the time of the accident, but the baby had survived – and she’d completely missed the first trimester.
In 2011, Bek took up her studies again – slowly and with grit. She could still not hold a pen or write properly; exams had to be done verbally through the disability unit. (2017 saw Bek graduate with her law degree, with Honours.)
2014 saw the resumption of the creation of Elite Building Services, with their first home being built for Bek’s parents. The journey didn’t get much easier, with the PTSD and anxiety keeping Bek mostly housebound (outside of seemingly unending medical appointments and rehabilitation sessions) and sleeping and working unusual hours. Now, in 2020, the depression has been kicked to the curb – which is amazing – but the trauma remains – Bek still doesn’t drive and has many ongoing specialist appointments and rehab – it is a long road to recovery.
Having heard a little of her plans, I cannot wait to see what the future brings for Nick and Bek and Elite Building Services
And if you want to get in touch, or check out their work, there’s a plethora of ways – pick whichever suits your style!
Telephone: 1300 883 754
Snail Mail: PO Box 634, Pakenham Vic 3810
Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Out of office hours appointments available