The Team BPF Equipment | Meet the Team at BPF Equipment without the Team BPF Equipment would cease to exist.
They are all part of a valued team that has been around since 2001, giving our customers the best experience possible.
Read on to find out more of what makes the team at BPF Equipment
Ben started his career in the family business as an apprentice diesel mechanic servicing a fleet of Bedford Trucks and maintaining the diverse range of production equipment. After qualifying as a mechanic he went on to the big boys’ toys at Scania Trucks, later moving into sales. After Scania he recognised an opportunity in the forklift game and became the State Manager for Linde Forklifts here in South Australia.
With his knowledge of mechanics, sales and a desire to “be his own boss” he started BPF Equipment with his very tolerant, beautiful wife Terry. Together they built up BPF Equipment from humble beginnings to the diversified business you see today.
Straight to the point, Ben calls a spade a spade and sometimes has a grumpy awe about him but in fact has a good sense of humour – you do need to “dig“ for it at times…. .
One thing that pricks Bens ears up is the sound of a rumbling V8. He has a rumbling V8 Ute but one issue that he faces is; if he took the dog, Terry would have to sit in the back!
Ben is passionate about his company and is always looking at options and equipment to better serve the customer.
Likes – Enjoys sales, time out at home on the farm. Dislikes – Inconsiderate drivers
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Starting as a hairdresser owning her own salon, Terry quickly adapted from sweet old ladies to grumpy old men!
With the new change of life in 2001 to support her husband in the Capital Equipment Industry, Terry has successfully taken on many challenges over the years. This experience has given her the knowledge to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes and to give customers the support they require on a day to day basis.
Claiming the title “Boss Lady” if you don’t pay your bill, you answer to Terry!
Likes –Cats, her kids, chocolate and sometimes Ben! Dislikes – Tea made with a tea bag.
Daniel will be a familiar face to some as he has come back to BPF Equipment after 10 years away. Daniel resides down South and originally started work as a furniture polisher.
He left that job in pursuit of something more that he could get his teeth into and started work for Prompt Hire. This is where he picked up his interest in equipment, especially earth moving and mini loaders.
He worked for BPF after Prompt hire for a period of about 3 years before leaving and starting his own business “Awesome Concrete” This is when Daniel bought his own machinery to do the concreting work. What did he buy?? — a NEW Kanga PW628 with a 4in1 and a NEW Takeuchi TB216 – 1.7 Tonne excavator. So if you have any questions about those 2 machines ask Daniel, he knows them better than anybody. Daniel is the man for Takeuchi at BPF !
Likes – Getting away in the caravan as many times as he can. Dislikes – Nescafe Coffee
Jon AKA Jono grew up on a large hobby farm in Inglewood, South Australia. He had exactly that, lots of hobbies! From pulling apart anything with an engine to running amuck on go-karts and motorbikes his parents were always kept on the edge of their seats.
Jono did his apprenticeship in the Automotive Industry using the skills he taught himself growing up on a farm. Seeking a job that offers more variety, BPF Equipment saw Jono as a genuine team player with the vital technical skills required to join the team.
His work ethic, abilities in problem solving and customer service skills will ensure that your machine will go back to work with confidence. Giving Jono time to get back to eating the last piece of cake!
Likes – Anything with an engine, beer and fishing. Dislikes – Doing the dishes.
Liane grew up in Athelstone in the north east foothills of Adelaide and loved going ‘up the Gorge’ in summer to cool off in the shade instead burning to a crisp at the beach. She started her administration career in the Commercial Kitchen Equipment industry supplying cafes, restaurants, hospitals.
After 16 years she decided she needed a new challenge and found that in the Heavy Engineering Industry where she learnt about fabrication quality and safety while handling all things administration and maintenance.
Joining BPF Equipment in September 2015 for a new chapter in her life she has settled in well and is enjoying being back in customer service where she can support our valued customers and our team daily.
Likes – Camping up the Murray River, bonfires, music and cider. Dislikes – Arrogance, mosquitos and aero guard.
Michael is local Adelaide man, growing up around the Gawler area. He started out fencing but decided early on that he wanted a trade behind him. Michael spent the next 4 years qualifying as a mechanic specialising in cars and light vehicles.
Michael joined BPF equipment to acquire new skills in elevating work platforms and earthmoving equipment to ultimately improve his skills and progress his knowledge further. When Michael is not at work he enjoys being around, and even working on, cars and bikes.
Likes – Going to speedway, racing or drifts and Bourbon. Dislikes – Dogs that dig in the garden bed
Vitaly came to Australia from Kazakhstan when he was 12 and from a young age has always enjoyed taking things apart and improving them.
He has been a fully qualified mechanic since he was 21 and has only known mechanical and electrical work. He has worked on cars, trucks and boats, pallet jacks to container loaders for the last 18 years. He is head mechanic for a national drifting championship winning team and travels interstate regularly for racing events.
He is really enjoying being a part of the team here at BPF to be able to bring better service to our customers.
Likes – Racing, perfection and anything sweet. Dislikes – Imperfection, non-thinkers
Lenny was born in Mt Barker and moved around a bit with his family and ended up in Kangaroo Island. When Lenny finished school he worked in a bakery.
Lenny met his future wife in KI and moved from KI to Adelaide where he started his mechanical apprenticeship at a Stihl dealership. He is now married with 2 Kids.
Likes – Fishing and camping although limited with young kids Dislikes – none to mention on the bosses website
Dylan is also another Kangaroo Island Kid, leaving the island at the age of 5. He grew up in Port Pirie till the age of 12 then moved to Moonta where he finished his schooling and gained an apprenticeship with a local ag dealer.
He moved to Adelaide several years ago where he was employed as an excavator mechanic in another company. He joined BPF in 2020 and enjoys the variety of equipment at BPF.
Likes – Fishing, eating smoked meats cooked by dad, horse racing and golf Dislikes – Idiot drivers
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Tom grew up in Kanmantoo on a small farm. He really enjoyed fixing and breaking (then fixing again) anything mechanical from a bikes, cars or even a chainsaw.
As soon as he was old enough to escape school he got an apprenticeship with the family business as a mechanic. Tom left the family business for about 10 years and pursued other roles in the mechanical field. He has since rejoined the family business (yep you guessed it he’s related to owners Ben and Terry) in 2021 with the prospect of getting into sales.
Likes – Anything running on petrol, anything made of beer and his daughter Dislikes – people inside the square, old farts that set there overspeed limiters in their cars, hey Dad.
VALE - Ryan James Manhire
It is with great sadness that we advise our families, friends and clients that our great mate “Stiffler” is now “laughing with, checking out – and most likely pranking the angels”
Not a day goes by, that when you see a Holden, you think of Stiffler — He is sadly missed by all.
Ryan rebuilt his first engine for his own car while still at school at the age of 17 and realised his passion for cars, especially his VK Calais V8.
He worked at GMH Holden for 7 years on the engine line and when Holden’s went bust he was given a fantastic opportunity to be doing something he loves here at BPF Equipment.
He is excited to complete his apprenticeship to secure his career in this industry, and is enjoying the variety of machines at BPF and the fact that no two days are the same.
Likes – Mowing the lawn and talking to his neighbours about the youth of today. Dislikes – warm beer