Podcast Episode

#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?

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