In our new blog series – Five Minutes with a Kemtile Expert – we get to know Akeel Ahmed, Business Development Manager, based in Kemtile’s Warrington office. From having graduated in construction management to working in the industry for more than a decade, Akeel has led a highly successful career so far…
- What is your role at Kemtile?
I am a Business Development Manager at Kemtile, a division of Stonhard. I’m responsible for the growth & development of existing customers and identifying new opportunities for the company. I also work closely with Stonhard’s European team while working alongside Kemtile’s Area Sales Managers on a daily basis.
- Can you share a bit about your background and experience in the flooring industry?
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Teesside University in 2016, I have a background in working for a resin flooring and chemical manufacturer. With a solid 8 years dedicated to the flooring sector, my broader experience in the construction sector spans 11 years.
- Can you highlight a favourite project or accomplishment you’ve been involved in while working at Kemtile?
Our work at Johnson Matthey, Royston, Cambridge was a complex 12-month project during which I compiled the specification/design with a cleanroom contractor – including the program input from our CMG team.
We conducted independent material testing and assessed the existing coatings to guarantee the safety of all individuals working in the area to eliminate any chances of harm to all working in the area as it was a live facility. These evaluations were carried out following discussions with the cleanroom contractor, the main contractor and the client. After careful consideration, it was determined that Stonclad GS was the most suitable system for this facility, due to the speed at which we could install the Stonclad GS system which was a big benefit to all involved as it reduced the programme. The solution was also selected due to its impressive technical properties which were ideal for this type of environment.
In a highly sensitive environment, we installed the Stonclad GS power-trowelled system in different phases including an ESD variant for the critical areas. The Kemtile team also took charge of ventilation, dust and noise monitoring, effectively managing and adhering to these responsibilities whilst on site which was done working closely with our in-house HSEQ Manager.
- What is the best career advice you have ever received?
The best career advice I’ve ever received was that: “Building connections and strong networks is crucial. Each day brings new lessons and opportunities for growth.”
- What is your favourite thing about working at Kemtile?
My favourite thing about working at Kemtile is its depth of vast experience and expertise. Our team boasts extensive expertise across various domains, including civil work, resin applications, tiling, and drainage. Each day at Kemtile brings unique challenges and experiences.
- How would you describe the culture within the Kemtile team?
Resilience, collaboration, and loyalty are integral aspects of the culture at Kemtile.