Managing Director – Victoria of Probuild, Australia
There’s no shortcut to success and usually, it takes persistence, patience and hard work to get there. That’s not an earth shaking statement but many people want it the easy way and often talk about the “should haves, could haves and would haves”.
Instead, someone like Luke Stambolis decided to wake up from his dreams and pursue them many years ago.
His road to success started then and has taken him to become the Victorian managing director of Probuild, a national tier one construction company in Australia.
He has a 20-year career in construction and has worked on several iconic projects in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
Luke has a proven track record of working with clients and key stakeholders to ensure consistently high quality delivery of projects. With a Degree from RMIT in Construction Management, he has spent the last two decades refining his skills in all facets of projects from concept, feasibility, master planning, pre-construction to construction delivery.
“I believe that hard work will get you to where you want to be – I’ve always applied myself whether it’s in work or my personal life.”
“In the beginning, I was inspired by my uncle who was a residential house builder and I think it’s also to do with my European heritage as we are known to build great buildings. So, it’s all in the blood,” Luke says with a chuckle.
After he graduated from RMIT in 1996, he worked on the Crown Casino project. “I was invited to be part of the special effects delivery team and that involved building the waterfront fire brigades and main lobby water fountains. It was a very exciting time for me, especially as it was my foray into the industry.”
After that project was completed, he worked as a cadet for another tier one builder at the time. He made such an impression in his time at the company working on hospital, retail and high rise projects that Stambolis soon became the project and site manager for several of its major developments.
“When I was 30, I went to the UK to work on Westfield London, a billion dollar project that was a huge success. I joined Probuild a few years ago, mainly to oversee its high rise portfolio in Melbourne CBD,” he explains.
Probuild is one of Australia’s largest construction companies with a national pipeline of projects worth $4 billion and an annual turnover of $1.8 billion with their line-up of retail, commercial and residential developments.
Aside from being responsible for multiple million dollar projects, Luke also likes to challenge himself outside work.
“I like fly fishing even though I’m not very good at it. It’s a constant torment that’s similar to golf because if you’re not doing it often enough, you can’t master it. But one of the main things I love about it is that it makes you go to places you have never gone before so it gives you an opportunity to explore mother nature,” he says.
Luke is married to his wife Eve, who’s also in the industry working with interior design and they have two sons. “I believe that hard work will get you to where you want to be – I’ve always applied myself whether it’s in work or my personal life. I can’t always sit still for very long – I love to learn new things and am now developing my kids hoping to pass on some knowledge and wisdom to them,” he says.
Probuild works across commercial, educational, industrial, residential, retail, entertainment and sports and leisure sectors, overseeing all facets of project delivery, construction planning and management. It is currently delivering some of Australia’s largest construction projects including Victoria One, Eastland and Chadstone shopping centres in Melbourne, Grand Central Shopping Centre in Toowoomba and The Towers in Western Australia which will include the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel.