Major Aussie award and US trip for Frasers fleet manager
NATIONAL recognition for excellence in his field has seen Warwick man Mark Collins win a trip to the US, and the chance to fulfil a few dreams.
The Frasers Livestock Transport fleet manager took out the Craig Roseneder Award for technical and maintenance excellence in the workshop at the National Trucking Industry Awards in October last year.
His prize, which was sponsored by Castrol, was the chance to fly to Atlanta, Georgia for the American trucking industry's technical and maintenance awards.
"It was great opportunity," Mr Collins said.
"Firstly the chance to see the US industry up close and also the chance to visit a country I haven't seen."
He said the conference ran from March 5-8.
"I was able to see how it's all done over there and compare the issues they face to ours," he said.
"And the problems they come up against are very similar to what we see here in Australia, which gave me the opportunity to see what solutions they use, and vice-versa.
"They gave me a microphone a few times to ask how we might tackle a certain issue.
"They don't do anything in halves over there, the conference was massive and it wouldn't be a stretch to say there was 1000 people or more sitting in on those sessions."
It wasn't all work however for Mr Collins and his travelling companion, wife Sharon.
The couple took an extra week either side of the conference to see a bit of the country.
"We hired a car and took off," Mr Collins said.
"New York, Niagara Falls, a heap things on the list - we covered about 3500 miles doing them."
Highlights included a dream trip to the big toys at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, the sheer weight of live entertainment in Nashville and a visit to Elvis's pad, Graceland, in Memphis.
"That was incredible, you really started to understand how stupidly rich he was," he said.
"I was admiring the paint on a car in the museum there, and as I read the sign I discovered the paint was made from crushed diamonds and gold."