STRENGTH

Even though John West was let go by Mayne Nickless back in the mid 1990s, he still be­lieves it was one of the best en­vi­ron­ments to learn the trade in which he has had so much suc­cess. In fact, he thanks them for en­abling him to un­leash the en­tre­pre­neur­ial

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John West’s ca­reer was like any other com­mit­ted young man’s; he started out at the bot­tom, worked hard and showed the drive and ini­tia­tive to de­velop a lead­er­ship skillset that was in­valu­able to the com­pany and his fu­ture ca­reer. When John first joined Mayne Nickless he un­loaded trucks and drove fork­lifts be­fore mov­ing into a su­per­vi­sory po­si­tion.

“I worked my way through the busi­nesses,” John says. “I was there for 20 years and ended up be­ing GM Aus­tralia for the lo­gis­tics di­vi­sion.”

In 1994 af­ter a dis­agree­ment with his boss over a ma­jor 3PL con­tract, Mayne Nickless let John go. How­ever there were no re­crim­i­na­tions or re­grets and he still holds a soft spot for the com­pany.

“Mayne Nickless taught me my trade – it was where I de­vel­oped my skills. When you look at this in­dus­try, there are not many peo­ple of a cer­tain age who haven’t worked for them. They were a su­perb com­pany and trainer.” The sep­a­ra­tion was a bless­ing. “I wouldn’t be in the po­si­tion I am in now if I’d not parted ways with Mayne Nickless at that point in time,” John says as a mat­ter of fact.

He dab­bled in a range of projects and in 2000 formed DGL af­ter see­ing a niche in the stor­age and trans­porta­tion of dan­ger­ous goods. He ap­plied his ex­per­tise to con­tract lo­gis­tics and

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