Coffee & Chit Chat: Steven Crema, Director at Camillo

Our dedicated crew are the reason Camillo is a respected building company. At the core of every Camillo construction is more than the sturdy materials that hold strong, it’s the skilled hands and sharp minds that bring each project to fruition. And it’s those who lead our team to success every time.

Let’s get to know the people behind the builds.

Share a coffee with…

Steven Crema, Director

Steven is a third-generation Crema, and is quite literally – family. A carpenter by trade, with a clear ambition to take the Camillo business forward, he is constantly developing new skills and building practices to ensure we continue to maintain leadership within the Melbourne construction industry.

Working alongside the construction teams, Steven ensures projects are delivered on time and on budget, whilst always maintaining the high-quality standard Camillo is known for. For over 19 years, he has poured his blood, sweat, and tears into the business, right next to the crew and workers who help us all strive for excellence.


Camillo: First up – what are you sipping on?
Steven: ¾ Strong Cap – my go-to coffee order.

Camillo: Tell us about how you got your start in the industry.
Steven: I got my start in construction back in 2002 when I started working as a labourer with Dura Constructions. From there I decided to do my Carpentry Apprenticeship in the same year, and I worked towards receiving my qualifications as a carpenter. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Camillo: What’s one thing that surprised you about your role?
Steven: My role at Crema Group has evolved into a more leadership role over the years. Through this progression, from Carpenter to Director, the biggest surprise to me would have to be adapting to different management skills and being able to communicate with many different personalities as a leader. The hats I’m wearing have changed, but these have been welcome changes as we continue to move the business forward.

Camillo: What’s one thing you wish people knew about you?
Steven: That I’m a strong advocate of asking for help. I believe it’s always better to ask questions to get clarity, rather than hesitating, pretending to know what you’re doing, or even feeling like you’re too proud to ask. This open communication approach ensures that we as a team are always moving forward effectively and confidently. I always tell my team – if you’re unsure: ask for help.

Camillo: Name the most interesting project you’ve completed to date.
Steven: Right now, it’s got to be the Moonee Valley townhouses, due to their complexity and build quality. A close second would be the Carlton project, even though we’re not at the finish line yet. An honourable mention goes to the Sandringham project – this was an enjoyable job mainly thanks to the team’s collective drive to deliver quality, and on program. I can’t be prouder of that.

Moonee Valley townhouses

Camillo: What are you most proud of in your career so far?
Steven: Career-wise, it would be achieving my CB-U and DB-U registration. These are a representation of my education, experience and knowledge in managing and executing construction projects combined. Personally, it’s that I get to work together with my family every day. That’s something I don’t take for granted.

Camillo: After talking shop – what’s your idea of a perfect Melbourne weekend?
Steven: A game of footy with my son Noah or bike rides/ beach time with my family. I also love heading to the Mount Buller Gravity Trails with my cousin

Camillo: Final question – can you share your favourite hidden spot in Melbourne?
Steven: It’s another mountain biking destination – the Red Hill MTB Track on the Mornington Peninsula. I love it for its diverse terrain, challenging climbs, and amazing scenic views. It’s a gem.


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