Our Team

Fortress is all about its people. We are proud of the industry knowledge, professionalism and personal service that has kept us at the forefront of our industry for more than 30 years

Tait Mitchell

National Manager-Fasteners
Email: tait.mitchell@steelandtube.co.nz
Tait started in 1999 as a sales rep covering Waikato/BOP, and later sales manager, then branch manager for the same area. Tait is very passionate about the Fastener Industry and supports customers and staff alike, he leads the Fastener business for the Steel & Tube group.

Daniel Lawrence
Distribution Manager - Albany
Email: dan.lawrence@steelandtube.co.nz
Daniel started with Fortress in 1997 and has had managed various sales roles for the company within this time, including establishing the Albany Branch. Daniel’s vast product knowledge is a key attribute in offering quality support to the industry.

Joseph Olliver
Branch Manager - Hamilton
Email: joseph.oliver@steelandtube.co.nz
Joseph started with the company in 2004, progressing through and covering many roles at Fortress Hamilton. With his current role Joseph now manages both the Fastener and Steel Distribution business in Hamilton. Joseph like many of the other Managers has excellent product knowledge in the Fastener industry.

Troy Neems
Branch Manager - Mt Maunganui
Email: troy.neems@steelandtube.co.nz
Troy joined Fortress in 1999 starting in the Hamilton warehouse, progressing into Internal sales and then Account Manager. In 2004 he moved to Mount Maunganui as an Account Manager for the BOP area, then proceeded to become Branch Manager. Troy is very committed to his role and has acquired vast Fastener experience along with his outstanding customer service.

Lisa Dahl
Sales Manager - Palmerston North 
Email: lisa.dahl@steelandtube.co.nz
Lisa has a wealth of fasteners experience starting with Fortress in 2013. Now managing both the Fastener and Steel Distribution business she leads a passionate work force committed to a very high level of customer service.

Sarah Karlson 

Branch Manager - New Plymouth
Email: sarak.karlson@steelandtube.co.nz
Sarah started with Fortress in 2016, with many years fastenings back ground under her belt. Sarah was promoted to branch manager early in 2018. Sarah now also runs the S&T distribution business from the same site as the Fortress business.

Wade McKenzie
Branch Manager - Wellington 
Email: wade.mckenzie@steelandtube.co.nz
Wade started with the business in 2013, he has been a successful team member starting as an account manager then sales manager through to branch manager. He leads both the Fastener and Steel distribution businesses producing amazing results in Wellington.