#56 - Gary Kerr
Gary Kerr is the founder of Kerr's Hire in Victoria, Australia and has over 50 years experience in the equipment rental industry. Gary is a past President of the Hire and Rental Industry Association and is truly an industry legend.
Episode Transcription & Timestamps
[02:09] - How did you first become involved in the equipment rental industry?
[05:09] - Gary talks about when Wreckair Hire acquired Geelong Hire in 1981
[09:18] - Gary reflects on the day he started Kerr’s Hire
[11:08] - What is the history of Kerr's Hire?
[16:21] - Gary talks about almost selling Kerr's Hire to Kennards Hire in 2009
[21:56] - What do you look for in people when recruiting?
[23:27] - What are some options for career progression?
[26:45] - How important is it to keep Kerr's Hire a family owned business?
[29:36] - Gary talks about bringing his song Jared Kerr into the business
[32:37] - How do you think the industry is evolved over the last 20 years?
[35:09] - Gary talks about interviewing Phil Newby and the HRIA moving from state based to a national organization.
[47:51] - What is the Personal Property Securities Act?
[54:55] - What advice would you give to somebody thinking of starting their own Hire business?
[56:22] - Who played a big influence on you from a mentor perspective in your career?
[58:09] - If you could go back and give them advice to your younger self, what would you say?
[01:00:06] - How do you define success?