QTA an­nounces award win­ners

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RISING STAR: QTA Young Achiever of the Year win­ner Nathan Craner has a bright fu­ture.

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