Kevin Elvins

Kevin Elvins
July 2, 2020 Active

TEAM MEMBER STORIES – KEVIN ELVINS

From motor mechanic to fire fighter and now fleet services administration supervisor, Active Tree Services’ Kevin Elvins is a man of much experience and many talents.

Over a varied career that encompasses business ownership, security work and significant time spent in the motor industry, Kevin notes the common theme in each is his love of a challenge.

These days that challenge sees Kevin oversee the administration of Active’s fleet of over 900 vehicles, handling areas like vehicle repair invoicing, fleet maintenance costs, new vehicle registrations, insurance, and even fuel cards.

“Basically, I work with all levels of management in all states where Active operates to process repairs, damage to vehicles, insurances, reports and general inquiries,” he explains.

It’s a role Kevin has thoroughly enjoyed for almost eight years and like many on the Active team, it’s one that found him.

Kevin explains he came to Active with a background as a leasing vehicle fleet supervisor, motor mechanic, business owner, security officer and fire fighter in 2012.

“I started my career as an apprentice motor mechanic on cars and trucks at several dealerships for many years,” he notes.

Nine years as a service controller of both heavy vehicles and commercial cars at Orix Leasing followed where he worked his way up to supervisor overseeing 10 staff and a fleet of 35,000 vehicles across Australia.

Along the way he also spent 16 years working a second job in security, supporting his young family in a new home at a time of high interest rates. 

A decade of entrepreneurship was next on the agenda as Kevin and his family opened and ran six discount stores across the NSW Central Coast. 

“There are new challenges every day, whether it be in person or by phone. I always try to ensure a positive solution and work with the team for the best outcome.”

In the interim he also joined Fire and Rescue NSW as a retained permanent part-time fire fighter – an experience he describes as rewarding and “eye-opening”.

“I’ve attended some devastating situations over the years including motor vehicle accidents, structure fires, bushfires and flood rescues. Some had good results, some had very bad results which will stay with me forever,” he notes.

Then in 2012, Kevin went looking for his next adventure and came across an ad for a truck driver and chipper operator at Active.

“I applied but my resume was diverted to the fleet manager as they were setting up a new fleet department at Mt Ku-ring-gai,” Kevin explains.

“A few days later I received a call from the fleet manager asking would I like to work at Mt Ku-ring-gai as a Fleet Administration Supervisor. A week later at my second interview, I was offered the position.”

Kevin notes a highlight of his job is dealing with all different areas of the Active organisation. 

“There are new challenges every day, whether it be in person or by phone. I always try to ensure a positive solution and work with the team for the best outcome.”

Outside of work, you’ll find Kevin embracing his passion for problem solving and motor vehicles in a slightly different way. Chances are he’ll be happily under the hood of his American muscle car or embracing the open road on his Harley.

“I enjoy taking my Harley-Davidson Fat Boy on group rides with the Central Coast HOG group, which I’m an active member of and serve as the membership officer,” Kevin explains.

“When I’m not on my motorbike, I’m at local car shows with my American muscle car, a 1982 Pontiac Firebird, also known as the Knight Rider vehicle, KITT.”