QTA announces award winners
MORE than 350 people attended the 28th Annual Queensland Trucking Association Industry Awards held on Pat Rafter Arena at the Brisbane Tennis Centre.
More than 70 trucking companies and industry suppliers were also represented, along with Minister for Transport Mark Bailey, shadow minister for transport and main roads Steve Minnikin and Senator Murray Watt.
The five industry awards presented were:
Trucking Industry Excellence Award – Ray Taylor
With more than 40 years in the industry, Mr Taylor, from Taylors Removals and Storage in Toowoomba, is a life member of the Australia Furniture Removers Association.
Trucking Woman of the Year – Melissa Strong
Ms Strong is currently the people, safety and culture manager at Lindsay Australia and was employed as the first human resources manager at Lindsays in 2009. During this time, Ms Strong has been instrumental in leading significant changes to the business, including creating the “Lindsay Way” motto that reflects the values and beliefs that underpin all aspects of the company’s business.
Young Achiever of the Year – Nathan Craner
Mr Craner has held the role of South East Queensland Hauliers business development manager for three-and-a-half years and during this short time he has had a significant impact on the business, through gaining new contracts, increasing company visibility through marketing and online activity, and energising a positive culture thoughout the business.
Professional Driver of the Year – Mark Johnston
With more than 30 years’ experience with the Marschall Group, Mr Johnston is a fine example of a true-blue Aussie driver with old-fashioned values of loyalty, dedication and commitment. These values shine through every day in his attitude in his role as a professional driver.
Innovation Award – Brett Plummer
In 1997, Mr Plummer and his family purchased South East Queensland Hauliers, entering the container carrying business. Back then, the business handled about 1500 containers a year, it’s now more than 40,000. This year Mr Plummer gained more weight and length in his vehicles for the log export business.
In other award highlights, the QTA Daimler Emerging Leader Scholarship Recipients were also announced:
● Athol Carter – Fraser’s Livestock Transport, Warwick
● Ben Colvin – Prochem Haulage, Mackay
● Brenden Giuffrida – CHS Broadbent, Toowoomba
● James Henderson – Followmont Transport, Townsville
● Thomasin Keogh – Wickham Freight Lines, Warwick.
Each recipient will be provided tailored coaching sessions and $1000 cash towards their leadership development.
RISING STAR: QTA Young Achiever of the Year winner Nathan Craner has a bright future.