Friday, December 2, 2022

Mining legend Ron Sayers remembered

Legendary mining entrepreneur Ron Sayers has been remembered as beneficiant, entertaining, and a big-thinking enterprise chief after passing away this morning.

Mr Sayers based mining providers enterprise Ausdrill in Kalgoorlie in 1987, which is now ASX-listed Perenti International.

From an preliminary one drill rig operation, Perenti has develop into a global enterprise with greater than $2 billion of annual income, working in 12 international locations throughout 4 continents.

He was additionally closely concerned within the native racing business, together with as a director of Perth Racing, and as a breeder.

Mr Sayers, aged 70, is known to have handed away peacefully solely weeks after being identified with abdomen most cancers, and was survived by his spouse Lyn and 5 youngsters.

Argonaut government chairman Eddie Rigg was a detailed good friend of Mr Sayers for a few years.

“He was an unusually inclusive, thrilling, humorous man,” Mr Rigg informed Enterprise Information.

Mr Sayers had overcome many obstacles in his life, he stated, together with leaving faculty at about 14 years of age.

“Might somebody emulate what he’s performed once more?” Mr Rigg stated.

“It’ll take a really particular individual to try this.

“To go from Kalgoorlie, his dad raised him; to go away faculty to get a mechanic’s ticket.

“A man who had polio as a toddler.”

The story of constructing the enterprise was a tremendous story, Mr Rigg stated.

“(Mr Sayers was) a giant thinker,” he stated.

“For a boy from Kalgoorlie he was an enormously massive thinker.”

Mr Rigg stated Mr Sayers was a contented man and an important storyteller, who would continuously have a crowd erupting with laughter.

He was additionally a really moral businessman, Mr Rigg stated.

“Ron is likely one of the most ethically and morally acceptable individuals I’ve met,” Mr Rigg stated.

“He used to have this saying- if it’s not honest, it’s not proper.”

Mr Sayers‘ partnership along with his spouse Lyn couldn’t be understated, Mr Rigg stated.

“He couldn’t have performed what he did with out her,” he stated.

100 miles an hour

Brian Mann ran Ausdrill’s Kalgoorlie operations for many years, and knew Mr Sayers from their faculty days.

“Ron was only a go-getter,” Mr Mann stated.

“His thoughts was going at 100 miles an hour.

“All the time searching for a chance.

“All the time proactive in searching for work.”

GR Engineering cofounder Tony Patrizi was additionally a detailed good friend and neighbour of Mr Sayers.

Mr Patrizi stated an apt description of Mr Sayers he had heard was that he was “larger than the Tremendous Pit”.

“A really right down to earth man, very a lot a person’s man,” Mr Patrizi stated of Mr Sayers.

“Very a lot an individual that was very (focussed) on serving to individuals and helping individuals.”

He was beneficiant, too, Mr Patrizi stated.

“Ron had numerous buddies,” he stated.

“I’d discover it exhausting to search out an enemy… while you’re speaking about Ron.”

He additionally mirrored on Mr Sayers’ ability as a businessperson.

“Ron all the time had a plan,” Mr Patrizi stated.

“The whole lot he did he all the time had a plan, that was his major forte.

“Did numerous listening, listened to lots of people, however Ron all the time had a plan.

“As a rule, our Ronald, a mere motor mechanic by occupation, would implement his plan and had so, so, so, many admirers in all aspects of life.”


In a press release right this moment, Perenti stated the corporate’s ideas have been with Mr Sayers‘ household.

“The expansion of the enterprise throughout his 30 years as managing director mirrored Ron’s love for the business and entrepreneurial spirit,” the corporate stated.

“He was a larger-than-life character who was vastly passionate in regards to the firm and the people who labored for him.

“Ron achieved an enormous quantity whereas he was concerned within the enterprise and his legacy lives on right this moment.”

The corporate stated the growth of Ausdrill had been fast.

Mr Sayers acquired his first enterprise a 12 months after founding the corporate, then branched out into Africa in 1991 and South America in 1992.

“Ausdrill expanded its providers in 1993 when it fashioned West African Mining Companies in Ghana and the corporate grew on the again of additional acquisitions and strategic alliances itemizing on the Australian Inventory Alternate in 1994,” the assertion stated.

“In 2007 he started to fabricate and preserve drill rigs and different ancillary drilling gear founding Drill Rigs Australia, an organization that developed the long-lasting Rock Commander Drills. 

“In the identical 12 months he teamed up with life lengthy good friend Peter Bartlett bringing each Ausdrill and Barminco collectively for the primary time in a 50/50 three way partnership African Underground Mining Companies.

“He retired from the corporate in July 2018 after 31 years.”

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