What a night! The TruckSafe 20th Anniversary Dinner, held on the Gold Coast on 22 June 2016, was an overwhelming success, with tickets sold out well before the event.
The Chair of TruckSafe, Stephen Marley, along with Vice Chair Owen Driscoll, led the evening’s proceedings, with more than a few reflections along the way. Stephen reminded guests about TruckSafe’s first members gaining their accreditation in 1996, and joined guests in applauding the pioneers from the pilot programs Team 29, Team 200 and Team 2000.
Fifteen-year trophies were presented to Ray Ablett from Ablett’s Transport, and Paul and Jenny Fellows from Fellows Bulk Transport in honour of their long-standing TruckSafe membership.
Fellows Bulk Transport also took home the prestigious TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award for excellence in the TruckSafe program.
We were honoured to have Michael Coper, the Chair of TruckSafe Industry Accreditation Council (TIAC), speak about the amazing early history of TruckSafe from a TIAC perspective. Michael has been the chair of TIAC since its inception and we are all very grateful for his continuing dedicated service to our program.
Following dinner, our second guest speaker, and Former Chairman of TruckSafe Neil Findlay, delivered an inspiring and passionate speech about why we are all part of TruckSafe, and urged us to aim high for the future of our great program.
Guests were then treated to a video on the making of the very first ATA television commercial that highlighted and celebrated the role of safety in the trucking industry. It provided an opportunity to reflect on our pioneers and the important work they did to establish the TruckSafe program.
Owen Driscoll delivered a personal tribute to Craig Roseneder and John Kelly who were instrumental in starting the program but are sadly no longer with us. The 20th Anniversary Dinner was proudly sponsored by the ATA’s Foundation Sponsors, BP, Volvo and NTI, without whose generous support the evening couldn’t have happened.
The TruckSafe program is sponsored by BP, NTI, Rice Graphics, Bridgestone, Formula Chemicals and AEI Insurance.
You can find a copy of the speech from the keynote speaker, Michael Coper, Chair of TIAC here.