African Cleaning Review caught up with Greg Venter, GM Goscor Cleaning Equipment at the recent CleantexPulire show and asked him to highlight his career path leading up to his recent appointment and his vision for the way forward.

The appointment of Greg Venter as GM at Goscor Cleaning Equipment signals the company’s serious intent to bolster its position in the professional cleaning market. Greg is no stranger to the professional cleaning industry having joined Prestige Cleaning Services in 1994 as a supervisor based in Sasolburg. He steadily climbed the career ladder to occupy various managerial positions at Prestige Cleaning Services, Cleancor and Servest Cleaning where he was appointed Operations Director during 2001.

Greg joined Goscor Rental Company in 2009 to launch a new short-term (daily, weekly & monthly) rental division for cleaning machines. It proved to be the ideal solution for mining and construction companies who were looking for machines to speed up their cleaning operations, without being tied up in prolonged contract periods. “The rental division boomed within a short period of time.  We started with 70 units and within eight months our utilisation increased to 140 units with rental utilisation in excess of 80 percent per month” said Greg. This prompted Goscor to also enter the forklift rental market and Greg was subsequently appointed GM of Goscor Rental Company.

When the company moved to its new premise in Edenvale Greg re-joined Goscor Cleaning Equipment where, for eighteen months he worked closely with the previous MD, the late Ricky Bodmer. Goscor Chairman Tony Siddle acted as interim GM for a period of a year whereafter and the company decided to appoint Greg as GM with effect from 1 July 2015.

Looking ahead

“With the recent restructuring at Goscor Cleaning Equipment we are now positioned to what can be classified as a twin division company.  Firstly,  the contract cleaning market wherewe believe there is huge potential as many contractors are consolidating and increasingly looking at mechanisation. These contractors will be looked after by our building service contract division under the leadership of Alex Theodorides. Secondly, our focus will be on the end user market for industrial equipment.  This division will be headed by Jonathan Kirsch who was recently appointed as sales manager for the industrial equipment end user market. We believe both sectors have specific and unique demands and must be approached differently. We now have a division for contract cleaners which we call our ‘building service contract division’ and an end user equipment division, spearheaded by two sales managers. We believe both sectors have specific demands and unique clients who have to be looked after in a specific manner. The company will continue to represent world leading brands in Southern Africa, including Tennant, Ghibli and Elgin,” said Greg.

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