Meet the Team
Murray Closter - Owner and Managing Director
With over 30 years’ experience, Murray’s knowledge of the compressed air industry is unsurpassed. After working with Compair, Whelan Rentals and Coates Hire, Murray and Tony Foster decided to start their own company, Air Powered Services in 1991. After the first few pioneering years Tony left the business. Originally located in Brunswick, APS quickly outgrew the premises, moving to Airport West. Further expansion fuelled the move to purpose built premises in Tullamarine, and the opening of Air Powered Services Darwin.
Murray is committed to continual growth through innovation and the development of specialist products and services. It is because of this that Air Powered Services are trusted partners in the compressed air industry in Hire, Sales and Service.
Matthew Bleeze - General Manager
Harnessing over 15 years of maintenance and management experience ranging from Defence to the Private sector, Matthew has the task of ensuring Air Powered Services day to day activities are aligned with the strategic, operational and financial direction of the business.
Matthew’s focus on building strong customer relationships drives his commitment to making Air Powered Services the premier Compressed Air business in Australia. When not working or studying, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Darin Podesta - Operations Manager
Starting his career with Air Powered Services as the Hire Controller, Darin was quickly promoted to the position of Operations Manager.
A strong management background has enabled Darin to expand the Hire Department while focusing on operational activities for Air Powered Services. Darin’s vision is clear – to exceed customer expectations with unparalleled reliability and service.
Dean Hill - Hire Supervisor
Dean is your first point of contact in our Hire Department.
With years of experience in the Hire Equipment Industry, Dean is passionate about technical details and team work. His goal is to make sure you get all the right gear to keep you working.
Friendly, positive and a team player, getting the job done on time, every time, is his goal.
Chris Kempton - National Business Development Manager - Major Projects
Chris has a background in the hire industry, and decided it was time to focus on specialist equipment, and where better than the Air Compressor Specialists? After running his own business in New Zealand for five years, Chris gained a large range of sales, marketing and business development skills.
Now based in Darwin, Chris has proven the value of Air Powered Services to his many clients, particularly those in the Oil, Gas and Mining sectors.
Chris understands the true value of time, the importance of correct information and delivering on promises. Chris listens to make sure he understands what you need and where you want to develop so he can provide the goods to get you there.
Tim Fox - Business Development Manager
Tim originally started at Air Powered Services as a Diesel mechanic, moving up the chain to become the Civil and Construction Sales Representative.
With his mechanical knowledge, construction experience and owning/working his own farm, Tim is the best person to give advice on the right gear for construction and upcoming projects.
Paul Guicas - Business Development Manager
Driven and client focused, Paul is our go–to guy for all big construction and infrastructure hire contracts in Melbourne.
With a sales and management career spanning over 20 years, Paul is the consummate professional, whose focus on superior service and building client relationships make him an ideal Business Development Executive for Air Powered Services.
Ross Cope - Business Development Manager
With an impressive background in compressed air, including owning his own business SCS Filtration for 27 years, and working in the filtration and air purification industries, Ross is our Business Development Manager for the Industrial and Manufacturing sectors.
Ross’ understanding of compressed air use in factory processes, production machinery, and his knowledge of compressed air quality, particularly in the food and beverage industry, enables him to find solutions to maximise compressed air systems.
Ross’ goal is to provide the best advice and service so that your compressed air system is cost efficient, effective and performing at its best for your business.
James Pewtner - Service Manager
As the Air Powered Services Service Manager, it is James’ role to repair and service electric compressors while managing our on road service team.
James has over 10 years direct industry experience, and gained a lifetime of knowledge from a young age following and learning the business and trade from his father.
Originally from Wales, James moved to Australia in 2011 and began his career with Air Powered Services not long after. While in Wales James had the pleasure of running his family’s compressed air business for 5 years. When James isn’t working hard or travelling, he is hanging out with his dog Kingston.
Sam Armstrong - Workshop Supervisor
Sam started at Air Powered Services as a Diesel Mechanic and has worked his way up to Workshop Supervisor. It is his job to ensure the service department runs smoothly.
With a farming and agricultural background, Sam has worked on a wide range of equipment from tractors to European trucks, fire fighting equipment and now compressor repairs and service.
After technical advice of any diesel compressor? Then Sam is your man.
Charlotte Lennon - Service Administrator
With her can do attitude and customer focus, Charlotte is the first point of contact in the Service department. It is Charlotte’s job to organise all aspects of servicing so that your gear is functioning at its best at all times.
If you have a compressor that needs servicing, call Charlotte today!
Carley McColl - Finance & Administration Manager
Carley has responsibility for the strategic and financial aspects of Air Powered Services. She has extensive experience in accounting and management.
Carley is passionate, professional and provides the brains and beauty to Air Powered Services.
Shae Johnson - Administration Assistant & Social Club President
Bubbly, friendly and professional, Shae is the first point of call when contacting Air Powered Services. With her excellent customer service skills, Shae works across the board, ranging from general administration tasks to internal sales and purchasing.
Shae is a breath of fresh air in this male dominated industry.