Lance Gracie took over the business in 2013 with one installer, one steel fabricator and one textile fabricator.

 

Whilst overseeing the running of the business he was also taking pre sales enquiries and was out quoting. It became apparent very quickly with the fast growth of the business that he needed to move Making Shade to larger premises and recruit more staff.  And with that the business and team have grown to three times the size today.  

 

Making Shade is basically made up of two separate arms under the one roof.

We have our Commercial & Residential shade solutions arm where one of our sales team will come out to you.  They will discuss options within your budget, give advice and suggest solutions. You have 30 days to consider the quote and if accepted we will then manufacture and install your product(s).

Our other range of products sit under our Motorhome side of the business.  This is our very popular and successful Shademaker Awning & accessories. This part of the business is where we manufacture and assemble our Shademaker Awning and we can either fit the Awning to your Motorhome, Caravan or horse float in our workshop OR send you a kitset version with a set of instructions.

MEET THE TEAM:

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Lance Gracie

GENERAL MANAGER

Lance has owned the business since 2013. He comes from an engineering background and with his technical knowledge can usually think outside the box and create something unique for you. He’s also pretty handy behind the computer and can computer design whatever you need.

 

When he’s not managing the business and staff, Lance will be on his jet ski or out on a boat fishing whenever he can!

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Craig Garner

WORKSHOP MANAGER

Craig is often the person you meet if you come in our showroom. He is our controller of chaos!


Once the jobs are underway and products and parts are ordered, Craig takes over your job making sure it meets its installation deadline. He’ll co-ordinate all the different elements and bring them
altogether in time to be installed. He’s responsible for scheduling and the manufacturing staff.


When Craig isn’t at Making Shade, you can find him spending time with his family.

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Louise Dow

ADMINISTRATOR

Louise will often be the person you speak to when you phone. She can book you in for a quote, answer product queries and greet you in the showroom. After you’ve paid your deposit, she also sets up your job, orders products and parts and gets your job rolling. She looks after our website, social marketing and general admin.

 

When she’s not at Making Shade she’s running round after her
3 x kids and hubby!

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Ricky Childs

TEXTILE FABRICATOR & INSTALLATION

Ricky sews and welds. He also installs. He is the wearer of many hats. He also likes the tricky stuff – so anything that requires a bit of brain power – call in tricky Ricky.

 

He’s been in the trade for years and so can also think up a solution to most situations. He’s another Pom but we try not to hold that against him!


He also loves a game of pool and a beer. And spending time with his partner and boys.

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Keith Sutcliff

FABRICATION & INSTALLATION

The creator and maker of all your aluminium and stainless steel bits!

 

When he’s not welding and creating Shade Sail poles, Ziptrak Parts, creating custom brackets and the like, Keith can be found
manufacturing and installing our Shademaker Awnings.

 

He’s your go-to guy for anything Shademaker!! Just don’t call when he’s up a ladder! Oh and he’s English, but I guess he can’t help that!

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Danielle Mason

ACCOUNTS

Danni is our accounts wizard! Anything to do with invoices, accounts and numbers – she’s your gal!


She answers the phone with pre-sales enquires, books you in for quotes and can help with any general product queries. She manages payroll, weekly and month end reports, Xero reconciliation and so so much more.

 

When her fingers aren’t flying across the keyboard you can find her out
surfing!

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Lianne Slattery

TEXTILE FABRICATOR

Lianne spends her time on the sewing table and high frequency welder. She sews, she welds, she fixes, she patches, and she cuts! When she’s not creating a shade sail, preparing your blinds or preparing the material for an Awning, she could be creating a motorhome enclosure or accessory! It’s far greater than sewing straight lines!

 

In her personal time Lianne can be found trying to hook' the next big fish or always enjoys a good game of pool!

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Dominic Fanfulla

SALES & INSTALLATION

Dominic is likely to be the guy that will come to your house, measure up and provide a quote. When Dominic isn’t quoting, he’s busy installing one of our many products. He’s been at Making Shade for several years and has seen most situations and can usually find the best solution for you within your
budget! He usually won’t turn down a cuppa either!

 

When he’s not at Making Shade, Dominic is out fishing or spending time with his family.

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Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

Saturday/Sunday CLOSED

© 2020 Making Shade. All rights reserved. Contact: 0800 460 960 Email. info@makingshade.co.nz Location. 36F MacDonald St, Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.