“I just love cranes. I’ve wanted to be a crane driver my entire life.”
Cranes are in Dave’s blood… as they’ve been a major part of his family’s life for as long as he can remember.
“My father – Bill Gillespie – founded Gillespie Cranes which recently merged with Two Way Cranes,” recalls Dave…
“From the age of six all I ever wanted to do was go to work with my dad. Every Saturday and every school holiday … I just wanted to be around the cranes.”
Dave’s passion for cranes saw him leave school as early as possible to join the family business. But Dave still had to earn his stripes in the yard despite being the boss’s son.
“I did everything from cleaning the toilets to sweeping up. Even before leaving school I spent all my weekends in the yard just trying to learn how things worked. I just loved anything to do with cranes and I still do.”
By the time Dave had reached his mid-twenties he had successfully followed in his father’s footsteps in becoming an accomplished dogger. His advanced skill saw him operating some of the biggest cranes in Sydney at quite a young age.
With the merger of Two Way Cranes and Gillespies Dave is now thriving in his current role as Sales Supervisor for Two Way Cranes and enjoying having one of the largest mobile crane fleets in Sydney at his disposal.
“(Two Way Cranes co-founder) Frank and I think in very similar ways,” says Dave…
“I love the way Frank is continually looking to invest back into his fleet to grow the business. With the size of the Two Way Crane’s fleet we can set up and pack down faster and generally deliver more for clients in a shorter period of time.”
Dave is an expert in all areas of mobile crane hire, specifically in organising and operating cranes for the film industry and working closely on huge movie sets with international powerhouses such as Marvel.
When he’s not on site or on the phone creating a solution for a client, you’ll most likely find Dave somewhere in or around the water.
“When I get some free time I love to sail or water ski… and I love to catch up with friends at the odd bar around the Northern Beaches, looking out at the ocean.”