In the latest edition of our Getting to Know series we chat with New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory Area Sales Manager, Wayne Magennis.
Wayne talks us through his passion for classic cars, his long wait to join the REDARC team and how he would deck out his dream rig.
What is your working background/what were you doing before you joined REDARC?
Where to start! I come from a family of classic car enthusiasts and a father who loved a good DIY job. From an early age I was encouraged to always try fixing things on my own. My father believed if you can break it you should know how to fix it, and save a buck along the way. I started my working career as a fitter and machinist. It was during my time in fitting that I was introduced to electrical, as I completed an electrical disconnect-reconnect certification.
From there I was lucky enough to have several field service roles, building and installing all sorts of cranes and servicing and installing forklifts and materials handling equipment on heavy vehicles like tail lifts and vehicle loading cranes. I was lucky enough to be involved in every aspect of the various roles from welding to wiring whilst receiving numerous internal training opportunities in all aspects of the products.
It was later in life when I was given an opportunity to work with another company doing products for the same industry as REDARC, where I learnt a lot about the industry and further fuelled my interest in auto electrical accessories. It was around this time when I first spoke with the one and only Anthony Kittel. Anthony offered to move me to Adelaide as he did not have a position at that time in New South Wales, but unfortunately with a young family it was not meant to be and I took a role with Sonar as a BDM in the solar industry.
Something that I later learned, was that Anthony was keen on me working with another big company to build my experience and it worked out great. I eventually worked up to the role of product manager for power products and then one day the phone rang and Anthony offered me the opportunity to apply for NSW Area Sales Manager, I was all in. That was 5 years ago this October and the rest is history.
Talk us through what an average day at REDARC consists of?
A typical day at REDARC starts from the minute I wake up and it is usually spent visiting installers and resellers of our products with new product advice and technical assistance all over NSW. No two days are ever the same, as one day I could be attending a trade show, meeting and assisting consumers the next day and in a factory where they build military products the next. It’s fast paced and never monotonous and I love it.
What is the best thing about working at REDARC?
I have worked with brands that are not as well appreciated in the market before and the feeling you get from those experiences can be very depressing. But from the first minute I started working at REDARC I have never felt that way.
Take away the amazing products and people I get to work with every day, REDARC as a company care about everything. Don’t get me wrong we are in business and trying to grow, but REDARC does it by the way of investment, awesome customer support and for me personally they invest in their people, whether it’s providing further education or helping support you with personal matters, we really are a family at REDARC and that helps me get up every day and want to go to work.
What is your favourite REDARC product and why?
It’s so hard to choose with so many great products. The Tow-Pro Elite electric brake controller is just one of those products that has revolutionised the brake control market, not just in Australia but abroad as well.
I must also mention the BCDC1225D and BCDC1240D in-vehicle DC to DC chargers, as I am lucky enough to see what goes on behind the scenes and also get to see the results from independent experts that show the performance advantage.
What is your dream rig? And what gadgets would you put in it?
As I mentioned earlier, I’m a classics guy and I would love to get an old vintage Sunliner and tow it around with my old 66 Pony. I like the old look with the modern conveniences, so it would need The Manager30 Battery Management System, 2000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter (need to have a microwave and coffee machine) and as space and weight are an issue I would need one of our awesome 190W portable solar power blankets and a Lithium battery. My brother already has a Tow-Pro Elite electric trailer brake controller in his 32 Roadster with his retro van and that worked great, so I can’t let him have one and me not, so it looks like the pony is getting a Tow-Pro Elite too!
Everyone knows how great our products are for 4WD’s, modern caravans and trucks but just because you have an old school rig does not mean you need to miss out on a modern retrofit.
That classic look with some modern comforts
When you’re out meeting people on the road and they ask what REDARC product they need, what do you tell them?
I always start with a few questions about what they want to get out of their system because I have witnessed many people buying products over the years that do not meet their needs. So, the first thing you need to know is, what are your needs, what do you want to run from your auxiliary battery and how long does it need to run autonomously. Spend a little time now and save a whole lot of heartache and re-work later and a great thing about REDARC products is that they are very modular and can be put adaptable to suit just about any need or application.
What is your favourite travel destination in Australia?
We have a soft spot for Nelsons Bay and have holidayed there many times. That said, in my travels for REDARC I get to see a lot of NSW and I’m keen on a holiday to Eden on the far south coast of NSW.
But hey, I’m just happy if I’m cruising and especially if I am with my family.
Recharging on holidays
Tell us about your REDARC Hilux, what products do you have in it and why are they important?
My NSW Hilux is my office, so it needs to be comfortable and to support me while I roam around the NSW countryside. It’s decked out with BP51 suspension, ARB canopy, rear ARB summit bar and light weight Smart bar up front. The overhead roof console with GME radio and wireless mic on the steering wheel while in the rear there’s an ARB draw system that helps me hold all my marketing gear and product displays.
As far as REDARC products go, there’s a BCDC1225D DC to DC charger for the front auxiliary to power the 2Way and in-cab accessories. In the cab, I use a Hema HN7 to point me in the right direction, a Hummingbird Remote Battery Monitor to keep an eye on all my start and auxiliary batteries and a spare transmitter on my Mustang start battery at home that is displayed every time I pull in and out of my driveway.
A Hummingbird GPS Speed Alert keeps me on the safe side of the law and helps get me home to family in one piece on our sometimes hectic NSW roads. In the back, I need my 60L ARB fridge to keep me hydrated, if you know what I mean, and the ARB compressor can come in handy too.
Keeping my fridge running is a 100Ah Revolution Lithium battery and charging that is my Manager30 Battery Management system proudly on display in the side window and 150W fixed solar panel on the canopy roof rack. To finish off I have a 2000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter to run my displays, coffee machine, microwave and charge my 18V power tool batteries, you name it I can run it. I have even kept my home fridge going and watched the news on the TV while we had a blackout. Gold!
Tis always the season at REDARC
Aside from the basics, what three items are must-bring things for you on your road trips?
I always carry a tyre bung kit, a Milwaukee 18V impact gun (beats doing your wheel nuts by hand), snatch strap and lately I’ve been using a dash cam.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and why?
- My dad would top the list, just because he’s my dad and I miss having him around. ☹
- Muhammad Ali and Kostya Tszyu, because I’ve always been a fan
- Carl Barron, just because it would be a trip, that dude is just funny to look at!
- Ellen DeGeneres, I just think she is a good person.
Do you follow any sports? If so who is your favourite team?
Being from NSW it’s all about the NRL and the Parramatta Eels. I’m also right into boxing and generally follow anyone who is a good sportsman and puts on a show.
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
Probably something lame like being able to encourage others to do good, so I suppose evoke courage or something like that because knowing my luck, I won’t be flying anywhere or be getting super strength, lol.