How did you get started in the rail industry?
I came from the auction industry as a nationwide auctioneer of transportation, construction equipment and ag. I chose the rail industry because of the fact it is unlike any other business and I can still have direct contact with customers!
What do you love most about your job/the rail industry?
I love the fact Vancer designs, builds, and engineers every piece of equipment we rent or sell. It allows me to customize the equipment to meet my customer’s needs and NOT offer them a “cookie cutter-one style fits all” machine.
What do you find yourself doing most in your downtime?
My wife, Tammi, and I have 4 grandkids that we love to see. I love to camp, fish, hunt and ride motorcycles. I am also restoring a 1972 C-10 when time allows!
How do you define the “future” of rail?
The industry is headed to efficiency and building WITH our customers. In the past, it was a certain machine, take it or leave it with little to no support after. Customers want a team and a relationship that they can trust. The “old buddy” system is fading quickly, and the demand for a “partner” is rising.
What do you enjoy most about being part of REMSA?
I enjoy the people. Seeing customers and talking machines and plans with their groups is rewarding.
Anything else you would like to add/share?
I honestly have never been prouder to work with a team like Vancer. They truly care for their customers and work hard to earn business every day. From a Contractor, Short Line or a Class 1 – everyone is treated the same, and our team is top notch!
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