Get to know the people working hard for you and helping to bring your projects to life in our Meet Team Alliance series.
In this instalment, we meet Brendan Russell, our new Depot Manager at Ashford. To find out more about Brendan, his experience and what he brings to the Alliance team, keep reading.
Welcome to Alliance Tool Hire! Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you end up in your current role?
After graduating from the University of Kent in sports management I decided I wanted to build a career in management in the tool hire industry, working my way through various roles of the industry until I became a manager in 2017. I previously worked for a large PLC for nearly 10 years but felt very restricted. I heard a lot of good things about Alliance Tool Hire regarding the way they operate, their core values and how they always go the extra mile for their customers and decided I wanted to be part of that journey.
So far, what’s your favourite part about your job?
I like the autonomy to manage my depot how I see best and not have restrictions on what I can do, I can source and supply whatever my customers need.
What does a typical working day look like for you?
Up at 5:30, no need for an alarm - my little girl does that for me! In the branch by 7/7:15, a cup of tea is a must. I make sure my team is all well and ready for another busy day. Then the doors are opened and the customers’ orders start coming in. The majority of my day is spent doing what I like best - speaking to and servicing my customers.
You’re based in Ashford - where are your favourite local spots?
My wife tells me the Ashford Shopping outlet is good for a bargain and I have found a few local pubs for lunch which are great for customer meetings.
Go-to takeaway order?
I love a pizza but wouldn’t say no to a Chinese or Indian!
What’s your favourite tool?
Having hired many power tools in my career I find our Hilti range to be very reliable. In particular the TE700 and the TE1000 breakers are great bits of kit which my customers love because they know they are reliable and always have the power to get the job done quickly.
What does a perfect Saturday night look like for you?
I love a good restaurant with my wife and a few drinks.
If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why?
I’m a Liverpool supporter and grew up watching the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher so would love to sit down with them.
What are your proudest achievements in your professional and personal life?
Becoming a manager and in my personal achievements has to be my children.
Tell us three things about your role that you want your customers to know
- I’m a very positive person and I aim to create a pleasant work place for my staff and customers.
- I’m very dedicated to my job and I understand the importance of my customers getting the right kit at the right time.
- I have a great understanding of tool hire, I can help you get the best tool for the job.
Describe Alliance Tool Hire in three words.
Ambitions, reliable, friendly
Get in touch with Brendan at our Ashford branch today!
T: 01233 659 659