COMMON PEOPLE Ben Comelli, founder of The Tempo Group

How old were you when you founded the Tempo Group?
I founded The Tempo Group in my early 20s (Ben is now 34), growing the business to where it is today. 2017 is a significant year for me (and The Group) marking Tempo’s 10th anniversary. I feel like the journey has just begun and we have some exciting time ahead. 

That’s quite young. Did you always want to own your own business?
Yes, I did.  I commenced as a labourer in Rosebud and immediately knew I liked the building game. I was accepted into an adult apprenticeship, qualified and then pursued project management. It was a grassroots start, but this hands-on experience has been paramount to the growth of my business.

Remind us about The Tempo Group’s mission.
Our mission is to create high-end homes for clients looking for something beyond the ordinary. We have more than 10 years’ experience building luxury homes on the Peninsula. We understand the landscape. There are challenges with different blocks and we understand those challenges. We are very project-specific.

Please describe Tempo in a couple of words?
Innovation, Custom, Lifestyle, Flexible

What’s your style?
Relaxed. Our family is big on lifestyle. I also appreciate quality and beautiful finishes. A home has to be functional as well as an extension of yourself and the life you live. We are big on entertaining with family, extended family and friends. We live our life around a central indoor/outdoor entertaining area with barbecue, kids in the pool and a lot of fun.

Where can we see Tempo’s builds?
You can see our projects across the Mornington Peninsula, from Mornington to Mount Martha, Mount Eliza, Balnarring and Sorrento and also in St Kilda, Clifton Hill and Geelong. 

Are you a local?
Yes, my entire family is. I was born and bred on the Peninsula, and I live in Mount Eliza surrounded by friends and family.

What do you love doing on the Peninsula when not at work?
I am always focusing on work. I love what I do, so it's part of how I live my life, looking for new ideas or the next challenge. I have three young boys, and that is a handful and a lot of fun. My escape is dirt bikes, motocross and endure riding.
The team are also heavily involved in a house-gifting scheme – Global Village Housing in Cambodia. We plan to raise enough money to donate 50 homes over the next 12 months. 

Your mantra?
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give (Winston Churchill). I also think it’s pretty important to give it your all!

 

THE TEMPO GROUP

W: thetempogroup.com.au

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T: 0439 368 181