Leadership Team

Hickory’s business is founded on the expertise,
character and experience of its employees.

Michael Argyrou


Co-founder of Hickory, industry
leader and passionate advocate
of the built environment.

During Hickory’s 25 year history Michael has created a collaborative environment where strategy and values are seamlessly integrated. A passionate advocate for the built environment, Michael is focused on engaging key stakeholders and building relationships to promote continuous improvement and transform the constructed landscape in Australia.

George Argyrou

Joint Managing Director

Co-founder of Hickory, champion of innovation, impassioned leader.

Beginning his career as a carpenter, George is one of the industry’s most impassioned leaders, driving the incorporation of Green Building, Lean Construction and new technologies into Hickory’s methodology and developing best-practice models for the construction industry. A champion of innovation; George is focused on sourcing the newest materials and methods and establishing the group’s own prefabricated building systems.  

George Abraham

Managing Director

A team leader at Hickory and a key player in the industry.

George graduated from a Construction Management degree with 1st class honors and has managed major projects for some of Australia’s largest building firms. His stakeholder management skills continue to deliver outstanding results for Hickory, where he takes pride in leading by example, working together with his teams to get the job done.

Steve Stavrou

Commercial Director

Strong communicator and negotiator with attuned business acumen. 

Steve uses his broad industry experience established over 25 years to oversee design management, contract evaluation and negotiation, buildability, procurement and trade packaging, and provides financial and administrative leadership.

Kin Law

Estimating Director

Expertise to provide sound strategies and achieve accurate results.

Kin is responsible for leading the acquisition of new contracts for the Group. He has worked for some of the biggest names in the Asia-Pacific property and construction sector throughout his 25-year career, and possesses a unique skill in simplifying complicated tasks, providing sound strategies and achieving accurate results for clients.

Chris Ong

Commercial Director, Sync Building Systems

Expert Commercial Management across Construction, Infrastructure and Prefabricated projects.

Chris has successfully led large-scale public and private projects in Australia and the UK across the residential, government and infrastructure sectors. He is now concentrating 20 years commercial management experience on Hickory’s extensive prefabricated bathroom business, leading the delivery of new modular projects across Australia.

Eddie Pallotta

Operations Director, Sync Building Systems

Engineering superior bathroom solutions for the construction industry.

Sync simplifies the highest risk area of a construction project with an expertly engineered, fully manufactured solution.  Eddie has utilised a combination of international automotive manufacturing experience, degrees in mechanical and metallurgical engineering and project experience within Hickory’s Construction division to develop this market leading new product.

Poly Kiosses

General Counsel

Composed dispute resolution and contract negotiation.

As Hickory’s in-house General Counsel, Poly has an impressive portfolio of experience in the construction and engineering sector, from a $600m engineering procurement and construction contract for one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, to multi-million dollar arbitration disputes and contract agreements.

Danny Pegorin

Façades Manager

Leading façade design, fabrication and installation for over 30 years.

Danny has worked on many of Melbourne’s most high profile projects for some of the world’s largest international façade companies, and possesses an unrivalled knowledge of window, curtain wall, steel and aluminum façade systems.  He now leads an extensive team of local and offshore specialists to design, procure, fabricate and install facades across all of Hickory’s projects.

Shan Kumar

Chief Engineer - Head of Engineering Innovations and R&D

Award winning structural engineer behind many of Australia’s landmark projects

Named one of Engineers Australia’s Top 30 Most Innovative Engineers, Shan’s expertise in structural design and engineering has been vital to the development of Hickory Building Systems. A passionate advocate for education and the built environment, Shan is a published scholar who remains actively involved with numerous universities, industry bodies and research institutions.

Warren Pryer

People and Culture Manager

Senior HR generalist with policy, procedure, strategy formulation and roll-out experience

As an experienced talent specialist, Warren plays a key role in developing this industry’s most capable and confident construction professionals, and attracting new talent to work with us at Hickory. Warren’s passion is building teams and developing high performing cultures.

With the continuing and steady growth of Hickory’s workforce over the last couple of decades, we remain committed to developing our staff and supporting them to reach their career goals.

Sammy Ali

Head Office Manager

The face of Hickory

Managing Hickory’s busy head office, Sammy welcomes staff and visitors with a contagious smile. Sammy uses initiative to organise office operations and procedures and is the main point of contact for pretty much everything, making her an invaluable part of the team.


With a background in hospitality, Sammy makes a killer barista coffee, bringing energy and a bit of fun to the office.