The Head Honcho
After a long career working in the mines and post spinal surgery, Glen knew that getting back on the tools wouldn't’t be a smart decision. He and Brooke purchased P&D Industrial in 2009 and haven’t looked back.
If you’re an AFL fan, be sure to hit Glen up on his impressive former years playing for Collingwood. “I grew up in Victoria and loved to play AFL. I was drafted to Collingwood but I chose to follow my mechanical career. Looking back, sometimes I wonder if I made the right decision.
After that I spent six years opal mining in Lightning Ridge in New South Wales. Then we moved up here to the Whitsundays with machinery hire on Hamilton Island. Fishing is the new passion - I just wish the wind would work in with my roster a little more!”
The Boss Woman
A busy life which struggles with balance, is better than a life that struggles to be busy. Business owner and mum-on-the-go, Brooke Mansfield, struggles to find time to rest, but wouldn’t have life any other way. She is the co-owner of P&D Industrial with her husband Glen, as well as being a mum to three active children.
“Life is busy and I probably take on more than I should, however I enjoy setting goals and achieving them. As well as looking after the management and administration side of the business, we have a lovely, small property with a menagerie of animals. I support my children with equestrian and footy. I’m a committee member of a couple of not-for-profit organisations, including being the treasurer of the Proserpine Chamber of Commerce, and have recently set up an equestrian equipment business, Willimay Horse Designs, with a friend.
Brooke started her career as a veterinary nurse and has a love of critters big and small. “I do miss working with animals, especially working with cattle, so when I get the chance to help out in a cattle yard I jump at the opportunity. I do love my ponies, we have three thoroughbreds and I enjoy travelling with them to competitions with my daughter,” Brooke said.
Dude, of course, is P&D’s faithful mascot and up for a pat pretty much all of the time. You will usually always meet him as he guards the front door with a wag of his tail as he greet customers.