Darren has a well-rounded operational and finance background, with over 30 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining Ron Finemore Transport in September 2005, he was the Toll Logistics Finance Manager in the Beverage Division following the sale of a TNT business unit to Toll in 1996. In 1998 he transferred to Orange NSW to run the Toll Regional business, which included work for Woolworth’s into Central West NSW. In 2003 he was appointed Business Development Manager for Toll Regional and worked closely with Alan Finemore in the development of that business. From 2006 to 2013 Darren managed Ron Finemore Transport’s Orange division which provides daily services from the Central West NSW region to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.
In 2013 Darren became the General Manager – Projects for Ron Finemore Transport and was charged with leading an IT system evolution across all platforms and areas within the business. After scouring all Australian vendors, the decision was made to look globally for suitable best of breed systems to replace existing infrastructure. The decision was made in June 2016 to move to a variety of Trimble products across Finance, Operations & Workshop.
During 2018 Darren was appointed General Manager Technology & Innovation and now heads up a small and effective IT team. During the same year Ron Finemore Transport went live with Trimble Visibility which is now a key provider of information to our biggest clients. Darren was the lead participant in the recent CRC-P Advanced Safe Truck Concept with Seeing Machines, Monash University and Volvo Trucks. His focus within Ron Finemore Transport is to deliver innovation through integration, single source of the truth and exception reporting. More recently, tackling societal issues of mobile phone use through use of effective technology is currently a work in progress. Moving into 2020, the use of machine learning and AI will be at the forefront of future developments within Ron Finemore Transport.
Darren continues to mentor key people in the Orange operations as they develop within the business at the same time as working with the senior management team on all business development opportunities and tenders.