Janet van Zyl, Operations Director at Samson Technologies, discusses her career progression from receptionist to her current role at the company. 

“I started my career with Samson Construction Products in 1991 as a part time receptionist and became familiar with customer liaison, particularly understanding the needs of customers within the construction industry,” says Janet.

Six years later, Janet was appointed as personal assistant to the Managing Director, David Samson, where she took an active role in marketing the company.

Samson Construction Products was sold in 2005 to BASF Construction Chemicals, which saw Janet move into the role of Internal Sales. During her time at BASF, Janet developed a rapport with the key accounts she managed and she assumed the role of Production Planning Manager in their Westonaria plant, until 2011.

“In the same year, myself and my fellow partners, David Samson and Ian Thomson, as well as my husband Sarel van Zyl, took Samson Technologies on a new path to deliver a range of high quality concrete flooring solutions to the market,” says Janet.

Janet has spent many hours in the laboratory understanding the product performance and developing a keen interest in the chemical reactions that make the products effective.

“I believe that my strength lies in my integrity. My feminine approach in a male dominated industry, hard work and sound technical knowledge have carried me into my third decade servicing this market,” concludes Janet.

For more information contact Samson Technologies on Tel: +27 (11) 462 2666 or via www.samson.co.za.