Aaron's trucking gong
FRASERS Livestock Transport assistant operations manager Aaron Collins was named Young Achiever of the Year at the Queensland Trucking Association annual awards in Brisbane at the weekend.
Acknowledged for his contributions to the trucking industry and to his employer, Aaron, 28, has been on the road from the age of five, spending school holidays with his truck driver father, Bruce Collins.
"On our longest trip, carting pigs to Darwin for the live export trade, there was plenty of time to talk, always about trucks," Aaron said.
Frasers managing director Ross Fraser said Aaron's high level of commitment and contribution to operations and compliance were highly valued, as were his motivation and knowledge of industry issues.
"His demonstrated leadership and organisational skills have earned due respect and regard among his peers," Mr Fraser said.
"Aaron is a good team worker and a good team leader.
"In my opinion, the future of our industry is assured in the hands of young professionals like Aaron Collins."
Mr Collins said, other than a couple of casual jobs, his whole working life had been with Frasers.
"I have always had an interest in trucks and like the variety of work. It is never the same each day," Aaron said.
"A lot more is done on the internet than when I started. We have satellite tracking and know where each of our 50 trucks are."
He might be based in Warwick, but he also helps organise trucking operations out of company depots at Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Dalby, Roma and Rockhampton.
His father is depot manager at Roma.
Since joining Frasers' workshop office in 2001, Mr Collins has progressed to play a major role in operations, implementing and monitoring computerised scheduling, satellite tracking, driver training, fatigue management, security and telecommunications.
His accomplishments include qualifications in transport industry management and training.