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Richard Kuipers – Founder and Director of Two Men And A Truck


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About Richard

Originally from Holland, Richard Kuipers founded Two Men And A Truck from a caravan in his Sydney backyard more than 20 years ago.

Since then, the home removals and office relocations business has become one of the largest in Australia, with trucks in every state.

Like many other businesses all over the world, the success of the business has been built by family, with family values, support and challenges.

Richard’s three daughters and three sons-in-law have all played important roles along the way, but this did not just fall into place. As Richard will explain, running a smooth family operation requires much planning, consultation, mediation and constant review.

Two Men And A Truck is actively involved in the community and has recently done charity work for The Sydney Children’s Hospital, The Salvation Army, Make a Wish Foundation and Jump Start Foundation for children in Vanuatu.

Richard is also an executive on the board of the Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition in Australia, of which Two Men And A Truck is a major sponsor.

Richard is a friendly, self-proclaimed people-person who prides himself on his ability to run a successful business with no stress.

He has a wealth of knowledge and is always ready to give advice to anyone willing to listen.

Speaking Topics:

The story of Two Men and a Truck
Succession planning
Insight of the difficulties in running a family business
Learning how to fly
Philanthropy in business

Qualifications and experience:

Establishing and managing a business for 25 years
Diploma in Hotel and Business Management, Switzerland
Business management diploma, London
CASA PPL Pilot’s license
Competent Communicator, North Sydney Achievers Toastmasters Club

Memberships

Australia Furniture Removal Association
Family Business Australia
The Australian Institute of Company Directors
Australia Institute of Management
Toastmasters International District 70
Dutch chamber of commerce
Public Relations Institute of Australia
Executive on the board of the Anne Frank Exhibition in Australia

Hobbies

Bridge
Flying

Testimonials

The Northbridge Rotary Club was very fortunate in February when Richard Kuipers entertained us with his personal situation on starting a business in Australia as an immigrant with no funding. Richard’s business, Two men and a Truck is flourishing now but his early days in Australia with high expectations and no money, the retelling of his experience was hilarious. He gently directed us through his first earning experience in the “Red Light” district of Sydney and the associated gangsters of the time, to moving out on his own and requiring a removal vehicle. Richard started the removalists business and a family and grew them both successfully. Ross Pickard – Northbridge Rotary Club

Richard is a successful businessman who also has strong philanthropic interests. He commits himself to his business fully and does the same for the charities he is involved with. I had the pleasure of being introduced to Richard who proved to be a good listener and when he understood my request made a spontaneous decision to support my cause. Since then I have had a working relationship with him and have found him warm, enthusiastic and efficient. Boyd Klap – The Anne Frank Exhibition in Australia