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 | Published on 8/4/2016
 Dale Curles
Thompson Lift Truck, Rental Coordinator

As rental coordinator at Thompson Lift Truck, Dale Curles enjoys meeting the needs of his customers and networking with other people.


There for two and a half years, he’s looking forward to moving into management, where he can do even more of what he loves – building relationships.


Building relationships was the way of life in his small hometown of Hinsonton, Georgia, says Dale.


“We were all one big family; we looked out for each other, and did the best we could to make the community a positive one.”


Happily married since 2011 and the proud father of an 11-year-old daughter, Dale’s family means the world to him. That includes two other additions – their dogs, Piper and Sadie – who, he says, might as well be called their children.


“I am passionate about the happiness of my family,” he says. In addition to being with them, Dale enjoys being on the river and playing golf when he’s not working.