Les O’Connell, the founder of LOC Construction, began his career with a carpentry apprenticeship in Timaru in 1974. After completing his apprenticeship, Les spent an additional two years as a tradesman, gaining experience and taking on more significant responsibilities, including managing projects.
In 1980, driven by his passion for rowing, Les moved to Christchurch and established his own building business. Over the next four years, he represented New Zealand in rowing, achieving remarkable success with two World Championship gold medals in 1982 and 1983, and an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
His rowing career instilled qualities such as persistence and an unwavering commitment to delivering nothing less than 100%, principles that have consistently guided his approach to business. These principles paid off when LOC Construction secured wins each year they entered the Master Builders House of the Year Awards, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to excellence.
With Les and Tom’s combined expertise and dedication to excellence, LOC Construction has maintained its reputation for delivering the highest quality work within specified timeframes and budgets. Les’s legacy, coupled with Tom’s fresh perspectives and leadership skills, drives LOC Construction’s ongoing success and commitment to exceeding client expectations.