There’s not much Brenda Alberts doesn’t know about the intricacies and complexities of a DEUTZ engine. Since joining the team at DEUTZ head office in June last year, her working day has been filled with processing and coordinating orders, liaising with the workshop team about the reworking of engines, handling customer inquiries and managing the consignment of stock.
Brenda’s role today and the place she now calls home are a long way from where Brenda and her husband originally grew up. Brenda was born in Springs, South Africa, which lies about 50km east of Johannesburg.
“My husband was offered a position to work as a linesman in Australia and that brought us here,” says Brenda.
Before joining DEUTZ Australia, Brenda was a Contract and Operations Administrator for a large heating and cooling company and she has years of experience in administration and analysis and reporting. Brenda also has qualifications in Work Health and Safety and Business and Accounts and holds a handy forklift licence.
At DEUTZ Australia’s head office, Brenda supports the sales team and works alongside Shane Moretto, Dealer Development Manager, and Ross Harman, BD Manager – Engines and Ben Jenkinson, Genset Sales. She also liaises closely with the workshop team to keep an eye on the flow of reworked engines through the workshop.
“I think the most challenging part of my job, for me, is that I’m a perfectionist, and the best part is the team environment and the customer satisfaction when orders are delivered,” says Brenda.
Away from working with her DEUTZ family, Brenda has a passion for baking and she makes some amazing creations in the kitchen of her home. From character birthday cakes to delicious cupcakes and slices, Brenda has a talent for baking to perfection.
She also loves fishing, camping and hiking with her husband. “Most of my travel experiences are memorable but one that stands out for me is when my husband arranged a surprise birthday getaway to King Island and we were fortunate enough to go on a platypus tour,” she recalls.
“My favourite place to camp is Apollo Bay which has the best fishing spots – especially the pier where we can catch salmon and squid. We also enjoy the Treetop Walk and zipline tours nearby in the Otway Ranges.”
Brenda doesn’t have a bucket list of destinations that she wants to tick off. She’s simply happy to make the most of each day.
“We don’t have to travel far to be able to walk on the beach and we weren’t familiar with daylight savings in South Africa and we love that. The fact that we can have a BBQ at 8pm and it still be dark outside is magic,” she says.
“To wake up every day, to be healthy and to spend quality time with my husband is more precious than anything else in the world.”