In 1974, Chris’s father Steve Kavakos founded Skyway Cleaning Services and Chris learnt and grew the business over many years, ultimately taking over in 1995.
AIA Group is built on traditional values of honour and trust, combined with modern forward-thinking innovations that align with industry trends and our customers’ needs. Our culture is built upon values of diversity, inclusion and ethical business practise. We are female owned and operated, and are committed to building a business that supports our employees and the communities we operate in, irrespective of gender, ethnic origin or physical and mental ability.
We are a competitive cleaning and related services company that provides clients with total business solutions and additional integrated services.
AIA’s history of satisfied customers and prestigious awards is a testament to the company’s long-standing commitment to quality, service and exceeding customers’ needs and expectations.
Katherine has been in the commercial cleaning industry for over 30 years. She joined her father-in law’s business Skyway Group in 1990 and worked her way up to an executive role in 1997. There she perfected her strategic and business development skills and was directly responsible for Skyway’s accelerated growth, improving revenue from $300,000 to $30,000,000 turnover in five years. Katherine tendered, won and maintained many blue chip clients across iconic brands in all segments including Industrial, hospitality, corporate and government. She co-established AIA Group in 2012 and is continuing to make a difference in the industry through her innovative and forward-thinking approach to developing customer-centric client solutions. She is passionate about gender and cultural diversity, sustainability and is also a Partner in First People Property Group, an Indigenous Supply Nation registered cleaning and facilities services business. Katherine holds a Diploma of teaching from RMIT and is a member of the Directors Institute.
Chris has over 35 years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry, having learned the business from his father Steve Kavakos. After finishing school Chris worked with the Ministry of Housing and gained vast experience of the property business. In 1995 Chris took over the family business, Skyway Group. He successfully grew the company to a recognised and highly credible national business through an unwavering commitment to being a trusted, credible and innovative service provider.
He co-founded AIA in 2012 and continues to use his reputation and track record of success to grow the business and while focusing on innovation and sustainability in his delivery of client needs. Chris consistently goes above and beyond client expectations, winning the prestigious Exxon Mobile no claims award (from the USA). He has been a proud annual recipient of the Boma Hospitality Awards for nearly a decade He continues to support a number of charities and foundations and generously contributes towards making a difference for physical, social and economic disadvantaged children.
Jaynaya is a proud Noongar/Balladong woman from Quairading in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia.
She has vast experience consulting on the development of strategic Indigenous Procurement Policies and Engagement Plans, assisting with the engagement of State and Federal government Social Procurement Frameworks and National Procurement Strategies.
After working with the AFL and Reconciliation Australia as the AFL’s Reconciliation Action Plan Program Manager, Jaynaya provided strategic guidance on the Meaningful Initiatives for sustainable reconciliation vision development. She has also spent 15 years in Employment and Recruitment Industry at Max Employment to understand labour force market trends and skills in demand analysis.
Jaynaya is a proud member of the following:
– SheEO Activator
– Supply Nation Member: Blakbone Sistahood
– Kinaway Member: Blakbone Sistahood
– Women in Board Leadership
– Leadership Victoria Diversity Mentoring (Indigenous)
– Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre Global Ambassador
– Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Board Member
– Wellah Women Board Member
– National Indigenous Cultural Centre