From a young age, Sam knew he was going to end up running his own business.
He started his electrician training in Tauranga when he was 16, including a fulltime year at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, before moving to Auckland. This allowed him to be closer to the New Zealand music scene – outside of work he’s a singer and plays a number of instruments.
Once in Auckland, he did an SAE Certificate in Audio Engineering, which nicely complemented his electrical training.
The company he was working for became heavily involved installing heat pumps, as their popularity grew in New Zealand, which gave Sam an extra string to his bow. After completing his apprenticeship in Auckland, he took a few months off for his OE in the UK and Europe.
On his return, Sam founded First Point Electrical. Following a year on his own, he doubled the business, employing another electrician. Four years later, he moved the business to its present location, and took on more staff – the team is now nine strong.
Although Sam is now largely a manager, he occasionally goes back on the tools just to keep up with the work. The next move, he says, is growing the business further.