Meet Dean Danyluck
Dean Danyluk, Warranty Department
A little removed from the hustle and bustle downstairs at Hanlon, tucked away in the offices upstairs, you will find Dean Danyluk. He’s been a member of the Hanlon team for quite some time now- 21 years to be exact. Back in 1998 he began working as a parts guy in the parts department.
The agriculture world was not an unfamiliar place for Dean. “My grandparents farmed just east of the dealership in Sunnyside since the early 1940s and my cousins still farm there today.” he said. He believes all of the years going out to the farm sparked his interest in equipment and mechanics early on.
Prior to Hanlon, Dean worked at a few ag dealerships and truck shops. In the early ’90s he went to school for Heavy Duty Mechanics at Lethbridge College. He obtained his Heavy Equipment Red Seal ticket there and also took welding and machining courses.
After a couple of years in the parts department at Hanlon, Dean was offered to move into service and he decided he would make the transition. Currently Dean handles the processing of warranty claims.
As Dean has been around Hanlon for some time, he has had the opportunity to see a lot of changes over the years. He says it’s really amazing how much the electronics in the equipment has improved. “Probably the biggest thing was the introduction of GPS,” he says, “but also how everything has gotten more efficient, and how the hay equipment has evolved too.”
It’s not only the equipment that Dean has seen change. “Since I’ve been here so long I’ve gotten to know everyone pretty good.” he says. He mentions that it has been really neat to see how things have evolved with everyone. “Like Keith’s kids, I met Jordan when he was probably like 4, and then was around to see him working here.” Dean says even beyond the staff, he’s seen the same with the customers. “Some of the kids that used to come in with their parents for parts, now they’re the ones coming in to buy parts.” he explains.
Dean’s passion for mechanics also translates into his personal life as well. He has three Mustangs- a 1967, 1969 and 2002. His enthusiasm for Mustangs started early on. “My uncles on the farm had Mustangs, my mom had a Mustang, so…” he chuckles, “then I wanted a Mustang.”
Dean and his non-official wife of 25 years, Juanita, enjoy playing cards and going to their car club meetings in their spare time. They are a member of the Street Wheelers Car Club and a Mustang club as well.
With the last months of summer approaching, Dean, Juanita and their 2-year-old Border Collie Skylei, are off for their annual vacation to visit Dean’s parents in Cranbrook. He says he will be doing lots of fishing and target shooting- which is another hobby of his.
Dean is one of several employees at Hanlon who have been around to see a couple generations pass through the doors- one of the things which makes Hanlon unique and also gives the company that family business type of atmosphere.Back to News & Events