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The Rental Journal Podcast
23 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
#45 - Chatting With Ali Hajj: What I learnt Implementing Rental Software into a 1000+ employee Caterpillar Dealership
Ali Hajj is a degree qualified and experienced Communication & Electronics Engineer with an accomplished working history spread across 11 years’ practical experience in driving improvement and change initiatives within the heavy equipment/rental industry. Ali first gained his equipment rental experience at the largest Caterpillar Dealership in the Middle East, Zahid Tractor in Saudi Arabia. Having completing various roles within the company, one of Ali's key achievements was Project Managing the Implementation of Infor M3 into Zahid Tractor and Ejar Cat Rental Store.Ali recently made the decision to move from Saudi Arabia to Sydney Australia with is family.Ali Hajj's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/enghaj/
39 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
#44 - Chatting With Tony Colon: The journey from the U.S Military to Herc Rentals
Tony Colon served in the U.S military before eventually joining the equipment rental industry. Tony has worked at companies such as Cummins, Caterpillar, United Rentals and Herc Rentals. Based in San Diego, Tony is a Field Service Technician at Herc Rentals, and recently completed his MBA.Tony talks about the transition from the U.S Military to the civilian life and the journey he has been on to get to where he is today.This episode is sponsored by Makinex Construction Products. Makinex has been designing original, award-winning, solutions-based tools and equipment for industries such as hire, flooring, construction, and landscaping since 2004. Learn more at https://makinex.com/
92 minutes | May 31, 2021
#43 - Chatting With Stephen Donnelley: The equipment rental industry has been such a big part of my life
Stephen Donnelley is a Director at Donnelley Civil and Vortex Group of Companies. Stephen was the Managing Director of National Hire Group, which eventually merged with Coates Hire, Australia's largest equipment rental business. Growing up in a family business in Wollongong, Stephen was mentored by his father and some of the industry greats, such as Andy Kennard, Barry McDonald, Neville Kennard, Sam Greenberg and Peter Lancken to name just a few. We learn about Stephen's journey in the equipment rental industry, which is truly a remarkable one.
39 minutes | May 24, 2021
#42 - Chatting With Andy Martin: Martin Plant Hire acquired the rights to the easyToolhire Scotland brand
Andy Martin is the Managing Director of Martin Plant Hire, an independent, Scottish firm with depots covering the whole of Scotland. Andy is second generation rental with his father starting the business 47 years ago. Growing to become one of the largest independent hire firms in Scotland, Martin Plant Hire recently acquired the rights to the easyToolhire Scotland brand.easyToolhire is part of the easy group, the same as easyJet, easyHotel and easyGym.https://www.martinplanthire.co.uk/https://easytoolhire.com/scotland/
1 minutes | May 23, 2021
Episode Highlight: Why am I here? What can I control? What can I Influence?
In episode #25 Manal Thomas from Coates Hire provided some great advice to anybody starting a new job or joining a new industry.
42 minutes | May 17, 2021
#41 - Chatting With Bruce Fouracre: The history of 1300TempFence
Bruce Fouracre has over 25 years experience in the equipment rental industry and is one of the Directors of 1300TempFence. Starting with the family business back when it was called Ready Bin, Bruce would help take the business on a journey to become one of Australia's leading temporary fencing providers for what is known today as 1300TempFence.We take a trip down memory as Bruce runs us through the history of 1300TempFence and his journey in the equipment rental industry.Bruce Fouracre LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-fouracre-08541647/Website: https://www.temporaryfence.com.au/
44 minutes | May 10, 2021
#40 - Chatting With Doug Levings: I was told I would never make in the equipment rental industry
Doug Levings has over 40 years experience in the equipment rental industry, running his own company and also working at various independent and national rental companies throughout Australia. During one of Doug's first interviews he was told that he would never make in the equipment rental industry. He would go to eventually become the Manager of that individual and have a successful career in the industry. Doug talks about the importance of mental health and being honest with yourself, explaining some of the struggles he faced and how he overcome them. Multiple guests on this podcast have mentioned that Doug was an influential figure in their career. This episode is sponsored by Makinex Construction Products. Makinex has been designing original, award-winning, solutions-based tools and equipment for industries such as hire, flooring, construction, and landscaping since 2004. Learn more that at https://makinex.com/
55 minutes | May 3, 2021
#39 - Chatting With Jason Stanczyk: I told the doctor that panic attacks don't happen to me
Jason Stanczyk is the Vice President of Operations for EDCO, an American manufacturer of surface preparation equipment, professional sawing equipment, demolition and drilling machines. EDCO also provides hand tools and vacuum systems. EDCO is family owned and operated. Jason is 3rd generation rental. His grandfather Leo Swan, an ARA 2006 Hall of Fame Inductee, started EDCO with his business partner Ed Harding. Leo and Ed, rental store employees in the 1950s, began solving their rental customers’ problems by creating products for their specific needs.Jason opens up about a defining moment in his life when he had a panic attack. First thinking the doctor was wrong, Jason talks about what brought on the attack and how he dealt with attacks moving forward.EDCO: https://www.edcoinc.com/ This episode is sponsored by Makinex Construction Products. Makinex has been designing original, award-winning, solutions-based tools and equipment for industries such as hire, flooring, construction, and landscaping since 2004. Learn more that at https://makinex.com/
35 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
#38 - Chatting With Steven Brooks: I was travelling for work 250 nights of the year
Steven Brooks is the National Sales Director at Great Lakes Lifting Solutions, a family owned equipment rental business based out of Illinois. Steven talks about the benefit of renting out niche products in the rental industry, the challenge of spending long amounts of time travelling for work, becoming a Spydercrane dealer and the exclusive dealer for SmartLift and how social media, video content plays such an important role in keeping customers informed about equipment available for rent.Great Lakes Lifting Solutions - https://www.greatlakeslifting.com/ This episode is sponsored by BigRentz, learn how BigRentz can help increase your rental utilization today at:https://www.bigrentz.com/
50 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
#37 - Chatting With Blake Menning: Equipment prices are going up and rental rates are going down
Blake Menning is the Vice President at All Choice Rentals out of Alberta Canada. Blake has won numerous awards including Rental Person of the Year through the Canadian Rental Association, he was included in the 14 people to watch under 40 list and was nominated in the Ernst & Young EY Entrepreneur of the Year. During the podcast episode we speak about how Blake joined the industry, managing a growing diverse fleet, how All Choice Rentals became featured on the TV show Gold Rush and how important independent rental companies are to the industry to ensure a high level of service and stable rental rates.This episode is sponsored by Baseplan Software. Learn how Baseplan can improve efficiencies and decision making through their fully integrated ERP solution.https://www.baseplan.com/
39 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
#36 - Chatting With Freddie Blanton: Hey Hey Hey It's Freddie at Bobcat!
Freddie Blanton is a Sales Representative at Bobcat of Spartanburg, however he is no ordinary Sales Representative. Freddie has managed to build a fantastic social media following where he uploads videos of his Hey Hey Hey It's Freddie at Bobcat video series. He also placed first in the Bobcat 2020 “Give Us Your Pitch” Contest.The equipment rental industry lacks individuals that create engaging video content on social media. Freddie talks about how he first got into heavy equipment industry, the process of building up confidence and what made him decide to starting building up a personal brand on social media.Bobcat 2020 “Give Us Your Pitch” Contest.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhGKdpvfNq4Freddie Blanton LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/freddie-blanton-b1496872/Freddie Blanton Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/freddieblanton/?hl=en
58 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
#35 - Chatting With Bryan Peters: Don’t wait, the time will never be just right
Bryan Peters has over 20 years experience in the equipment rental industry. Bryan is the President at AdvanceTrac Equipment, a full-service equipment brokering and consulting firm focused on optimizing heavy equipment fleets. Bryan talks about growing up in the family rental business in Texas, going into business for himself and some of the challenges he faced in starting a company during in the middle of 2020.AdvancedTrac Equipment - https://www.advancetrac.net/This episode is sponsored by BigRentz, learn how BigRentz can help increase your rental utilization today at:https://www.bigrentz.com/
39 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
#34 - Chatting With Mike Rooney: How we significantly increased our equipment damage recovery
Mike Rooney is the General Manager at World Wide Rental Services in Denver Colorado. Focusing on large earthmoving equipment, Mike was the companies first employee and has helped grown the business to 10 locations across the U.S. Mike talks about some of the challenges he faced when he first the rental industry, how World Wide Rental Services significantly increased their equipment damage recovery and his journey to become the General Manager.https://worldwiderentalservices.com/https://www.rubbl.com/
55 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
#33 - Chatting With Caleb Yell: Taking your equipment rental business online
Caleb Yell is the CEO of Rental Hosting and is the leading the charge in terms of helping transition the equipment rental industry into having more of an online presents. In this episode Caleb provides advice to rental businesses that are thinking about increasing their digital footprint, how he fell in love with the equipment rental industry and what are some of the common challenges people are faced with when trying to build a new website or customer portal. Completely integrated with Point of Rental, Rental Hosting touches on areas such as online quotes, reservations, equipment availability and pricing.This podcast episode is sponsored by BigRentz, learn how BigRentz can help increase your rental utilization today at:https://www.bigrentz.com/
44 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
#32 - Chatting With Matthew Nemes: Get out of the way of yourself
Matthew Nemes is the Victorian State Manager at All Lift Forklifts and Access Equipment and joined the equipment rental industry 7 years ago after pursuing a professional soccer career in England. Matthew is also the Founder of Brain Play Performance Management where he helps professional athletes and individuals through developmental coaching, with some of his clients being included in the Australian Socceroo's team.Brain Play Performance Management - https://www.brainplay.online/All Lift Forklifts and Access Equipment - https://allliftforklifts.com.au/
42 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
#31 - Chatting With Rod Lentino: We can now see all of our OEM machine data in a single screen
Rod Lentino has over 15 years in the equipment rental industry, working at companies such as Komatsu Canada, SMS Rents and Cooper Equipment Rentals. Rod is currently the Rental Fleet Manager at Cooper Equipment Rentals, one of the fastest growing rental businesses in Canada. Rod was involved in implementing a telematics solution that enables the Cooper Team to view data from multiple GPS units in a single screen, empowering their staff to make faster and more informed decisions about their rental fleet.
28 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
#30 - Chatting With Kate Everitt: For to long I let other people dictate my path
Kate Everitt has over 20 years experience in the equipment rental industry, first joining the material handling industry with companies such as Brambles and National Fleet before eventually joining Baseplan Software, an ERP software provider for the equipment rental industry. Kate is currently the Director of Customer Success at Baseplan and talks about the journey in the industry, some of the challenges she faced and some advice to other women in the equipment rental industry.
41 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
#29 - Chatting With Sarah Kuhne: I was included in the Top 100 Women in Construction in 2020
Sarah Kuhne is a Project Manager at her fathers family business, Guardian Gantry Hire in Queensland Australia. Working at a family business Sarah is exposed to all facets of the business, and is in the process of also completing her PHD at Griffith University. In 2020 Sarah was included in the Top 100 Women in Construction and someone to watch as a future leader of the equipment rental industry.
37 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
#28 - Chatting With Chania Rodwell: I do believe unconscious bias is a real thing
Chania Rodwell is the Group Finance Director at Vortex Group of Companies, one of the fastest growing Pump and Power provides in Australia. Chania recently joined the equipment rental industry after spending over a decade in the private equity industry. Chania talks about how she got to where is today, advice to people thinking about partner with a private equity fund, some of the challenges women face in their career and advice to other females interested in joining the equipment rental industry.
37 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
#27 - Chatting With Angela McLachlan: Customers would call and request to be put through to a man
Angela McLachlan has over 20 years experience in the equipment rental industry, first joining through her fathers business, General Rentals. Today Angela is the Application Support Manager at Onsite Rental Group and was the recipient of the 2020 ONSTAR award. Angela talks about her journey in the industry, some of the challenges she faced in her career and advice to other females interested in joining the equipment rental industry.
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