Wayne’s leader at the YMCA was an inspiring guy who would always talk about old cars and treating people right. He went by the name of Doug Ogilvie. And not long after getting to know him, Wayne got to know Pierce.
He started working at Pierce on Saturdays, sweeping up the shop and doing odd jobs. From there, he applied for full-time employment, was hired to do vehicle drawings and get the manufacturing orders to the plant, and eventually progressed to sales.
Over the course of his 40-year career, Wayne racked up quite a few colorful stories. Like the time the dealers snuck a ”bathroom fixture” into an aerial to give it all the bells and whistles. Or the nights he’d spend sleeping in hosebeds when the team was traveling for shows.
But perhaps the greatest tale is one from his early years. When the company approached a new pump manufacturer, and was told, “You’ll never make it because you’re too small.” Wayne wishes he could say Look at us today to that sales guy.
- When it comes to size, its the size of heart that matters most.
- When you build fire apparatus, its something that gets in your blood.
- When you make a commitment to serve firefighters, you stick around to see it through.