Q. When did you start at Quartile One?
I started in January 2010 when it was still Red Button Group. I was amongst one of the first people hired.
Q. Why did you join the company?
I was impressed by the vision that Rob and Mark (founders of The Red Button Group) had: an Asset Management company focussed on bringing real results and change, by using a data-driven approach to enable customers to build a better business. After working for larger companies, I liked the idea of having a more direct impact on the outcomes of the businesses I worked for.
Q. What type of businesses do you work for?
Recent projects include large mining companies (fleet selection, replacement analysis), an OEM (business case in a bulk-material-handling vs. HME equipment comparison) and a plant hire business (zero based budgeting tools for a large privately owned heavy equipment fleet). Prior projects involved rail equipment (rolling stock and below rail), mine fixed plant and port infrastructure. The variety in work, projects and stakeholders, while working with a fine group of smart and driven colleagues is something I really enjoy.
Q. What has been your favourite project to date and why?
My first project was a memorable one, with the objective to create a budget for a fleet of >5,000 pieces of rolling stock. When the original plan (sample size & extrapolate for the fleet) was not going to give the right outcome for the customer, we changed the approach and ended up building a zero based budget for >150,000 components. This was a very rewarding project: from really understanding what owning the customer’s problem meant, to overcoming challenges, to a project outcome that was well-received by the customer.
Q. What do you find the most rewarding in your role at Quartile One?
Delivering results that are well-received by the customer and organisation. Every project is unique, and it feels great when you articulate the problem(s), and deliver a great outcome for the customer, based on real data. Best compliment is to hear we didn’t just solve a problem, but had a real impact on someone’s role, or on a business as a whole.
Q. What would you say are some of your key achievements?
- Worked with a large multi-national client on a mine & port expansion project to deliver an $800 million (zero based) budget and 20 Asset Management Plans. This included training on and handover of the tools (20 AMPs & >100 models) to enable the customer to effectively manage this budget and these assets.
- Delivered a $500 million zero based budget for a large privately own railroad operation (covering >1200km track, 120+ locomotives & 5,000 ore cars). Using a data driven approach the customer gained valuable insights in budgets, maintenance debts and peaks & troughs in cost & labour requirements.
Q. What is a surprising or random fact about you?
My wife and I own A Touch Of Dutch, a Dutch shop on Whidbey Island (north of Seattle). So if I’m not behind the computer working for Quartile One you might find me selling Dutch foods, liquorice and much more… or out and about, enjoying the beautiful Pacific North West!
Q. Do you have a favourite quote to live by?
A day without laughter is a day not lived (approx. translation from Dutch). We work hard to achieve great results, but you have to allow some time to have fun as well.