Hailing from Bruce Rock in the wheatbelt of Western Australia, Mike Verhoogt, founder of Bruce Rock Engineering, has forged an enviable reputation for designing and building some of the toughest and most versatile trailers in Australia.
With a solid mechanical background, David Oliver, Sales Engineer at heavy vehicle braking specialist Knorr-Bremse, has advanced to become one of the leading authorities in the technical aspects of heavy vehicle braking systems.
A fitter and turner by trade and a self-taught engineer, John White started Delta Hydraulics in 1975 as a service and repair operation specialising in underground mining equipment.
Lionel Moore began his career in the road transport industry in 1964, serving his apprenticeship at O’Phee Engineering, which later became known as O’Phee Industries, in the small rural Queensland town of Brookstead.
From an early age Steven Teofilo took an interest in trucks and the engineering work done by his father. Undertaking a cadetship with an Australian truck manufacturer while completing his engineering degree led to a long-term career with the same company.
Starting as a cadet draftsman at a Queensland cement works in the early 1960s, Graham Weatherhog subsequently moved into truck body and trailer building. In 1979 he was one of five men who started Shephard Transport Equipment and has remained with the company to this day.
Hew McDonald, Operations Manager at Evolving Workshop Technologies, has a wealth of mechanical and engineering experience behind him. Of his many achievements, perhaps the most notable is his invention and development of the Elevating Work Platform for workshop pits.
Marco Quaranta started his career in the Service Department of IVECO Italy in 1987 before moving to a Dealer Network Development role and then a short spell in Information and Communications Technology.
Bob Martin is the National Training Manager at JOST Australia. He has been employed by JOST since 2001, having served as the company’s Brisbane Branch Manager for 18 years and then in 2019 moving into the newly formed National Training Manager role.
Originally from Kirkland, Washington in the US, Noelle Parlier has made quite the impact in Australia’s truck and trailer scene. When she’s not exploring the wilderness or on the ski slopes, she can be found tinkering with Kenworth and DAF equipment.