We sat down with Director Greg Betros and Associate Director Paddy McCarron to look back at the last 35 years.

I have worked on many local, national and international projects through my time, but a highlight would be the Tung Chung bridges in Hong Kong. It was six months behind but by the time I left, and we had obtained a number of extensions of times, it had gone from being six months late to being six weeks in front of schedule. Not only that, even though they spent an extra $1million Hong Kong dollars, they actually ended up making money from the project.

It is amazing to sit back and ponder how the business has changed along the way. We first started using Compaq 286 computers with 16Kb of RAM using 5 1/4” floppy disks and 20Mb of Hard Disk storage using basic software for planning and scheduling to the now sophisticated laptops and software. We have a policy of staying at the forefront of software technology so we can offer our clients the best possible service. In the early days we just had dot matrix printers now we have plotters and printers that print graphics that we have developed in-house that explain the project’s progress thus making it easy for our clients to know the status of their projects.

 

Dreams to reality

I never gave up in believing in my dreams. And with that ambition, belief, determination and family motto ‘make it better for the next generation’, I laid the foundation to begin and nurture G.G Betros and Associates, and now GBA Projects. Any success people gave me, I relate that back to my father and my grandfather; they’re the ones that set the foundation for it. It’s not just my success, it’s their success and now the success for the company’s future generations. I handed the reins over to Matt in 2017 and I know that GBA Projects is in capable hands with a strong leadership team developed by Matt. I am proud of the many achievements, and as we celebrate the significant milestone of 35 years, we look forward to many years of a sustainable and successful business.

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