Owner Driver - - OWNER // DRIVER -

A MACK Gran­ite tip­per and dog rolls into the yard and be­hind the wheel is EPH Am­bas­sador, Brett De Niese.

De Niese lets the big bull­dog-branded tip­per idle down be­fore climb­ing out of his of­fice.

It’s clear from the out­set that De Niese is en­thu­si­as­tic about both his job as a ‘mud carter’ and the com­pany he rep­re­sents.

“I just love the work,” he says en­thu­si­as­ti­cally flip­ping his shades on top of his head. “Some of the sites we get into can be a chal­lenge, you have to be on the ball, but I love the chal­lenge.” This isn’t De Niese’s first out­ing as an owner-driver. “I’ve been a driver for about 19 years,” he says, “but a lot of that time was work­ing as an owner-driver.

“And I’ve been with EPH for about three years now. The com­pany is great to work for and they do their best to keep my wheels turn­ing. This is the best owner-driver gig I’ve had.”

De Niese pulls out his smart phone to give a demon­stra­tion of the app. The user in­ter­face looks pretty easy to nav­i­gate from an out­sider’s per­spec­tive.

“The job al­lo­ca­tion is sent to my phone,” De Niese says. “All the de­tails of the job are there and I no­tify the of­fice via the app when I’ve ar­rived and when I’m leav­ing. “The ton­nage and type of ma­te­rial are all logged via the app.” As you’d ex­pect from a com­pany that touts cus­tomer ser­vice as a pri­or­ity, all truck move­ments are tracked so all in­volved in the process know where the trucks are and when they’re likely to ar­rive on site.

“At the end of the shift I just get the cus­tomer on site to sign off on the days’ work through the app on my phone,” De Niese says. “The job then goes straight into the sys­tem for pro­cess­ing.

“I can see how much I earned for the day and when I’ll get paid, and it means that I’m not stuck on the com­puter at home in­voic­ing in my time off.”

It’s clear that Brett De Niese is more than happy with his EPH Am­bas­sador role. But it’s also clear that to him it’s more than just a job. “I love it,” he en­thuses. “I love truck­ing,” he pauses and smiles sheep­ishly. “Yeah, I just love it.”

Brett De Niese says he loves both the job and work­ing for EPH

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