Thomas’s career in the outdoor furniture industry started in 2005 when he joined one of Australia’s largest retailers of BBQ and Outdoor Furniture. After many successful years in sales, customer service and sales training along with detailed product knowledge he realised that more could be learnt working for a specialist niche business rather than a head office managed, big box retailer.
In 2010 with the desire to learn more he went to work with a small family business specialising in Outdoor Furniture in the southern suburbs of Sydney. This gave Thomas a great understanding of how the industry worked but, at the same time also realised that the industry was changing. The days of retailers buying outdoor furniture from local wholesalers and importers were coming to an end. With consumers going shopping with smart phones and tablet devices meant that prices needed to be competivtive while offering outstanding quality.
Since late 2011 Thomas Bi annually visits many factories around the world looking for The latest styles and outstanding quality.
Thomas established Premium Patio in partnership in late 2011 and started working full time on the business from February 2012.
Premium Patio has experienced rapid growth since it started trading in 2012. Since August 2013 the business had outgrown it’s small warehouse/ display in Marrickville and relocated to Alexandria 4km from the CBD of Sydney.
As for Thomas’ mission for the future? Simple, to bring great designs and quality outdoor furniture to the market place for less.