Interview with Kalen Gray (@kalengray)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

From a young age, I have always been interested in cars as my father always had either a project in the shed which naturally gravitated me towards engineering. Over my childhood, I always had access to an abundance of tools and machinery for me to develop my skills. 

I ended up getting an Electrical apprenticeship in a large scale manufacturing plant, surrounded by automation and robotics which opened up even more possibilities with the new skills I learnt along the way which paved the way to start my own manufacturing company.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I bought a new Toyota GT86 in 2012 and instantly started to modify it before anyone else had even seen one of these cars in person, this generated a following for the vehicle and that’s when the international orders started to roll in, Once the Chief Engineer of Toyota Tatsuya Tada came to Australia and gave me his approval it then snowballed into what it is now.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Always forward. Never backward. 

Make sure you go to bed every night in a better position as you were from the previous night, even if it’s learning something new or saving some money, small things every day will become big things over time.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I wouldn’t say it is just one person as I have had a lot of support and information on tap whenever I have needed it. You guys know who you are. WWDBD.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

2019 I Co-founded a recycling business. 

Currently, we are designing and building equipment that will take recycling to the next level here in Australia. This was one of the first and hopefully many ventures that we will embark upon to leave a smaller carbon footprint in this world for the future generations.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Shortcuts make long delays. 

This quote is probably the main one I live by. 

Sure it is nice to take shortcuts in life however in the long run they will always catch back up to you when you least expect it.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

The readers can follow me on Instagram “@kalengray”.

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