HVIA leadership group consolidated at AGM

The 2020 HVIA Annual General Meeting took place today with an online format successfully accommodating members from across the country.

The meeting included the re-election of Drake Group Managing Director John Drake as President and Mario Colosimo as Vice-President. The latter has moved into the Managing Director role at SAF Holland Australia since the last election.

Casual vacancies filled by in July have now been ratified with the appointments of Daniel Whitehead, President and CEO of Daimler Truck and Bus Asia Pacific, and Roy Lombardi, CEO of Howard Porter in WA confirmed. 

Other Directors up for re-election included Ken Cowell, Rod Cunningham and John Thompson, who were all voted back onto the Board.

President John Drake reflected that 2020 has been a year that we will all remember. 

“Running a business, as we all do – during a global pandemic – has for many required a great deal of energy, resilience, and agility,” he said. 

“I have also never been prouder to be part of an association that has been able to mobilise very quickly, to support and advise, making this challenging period a little easier.

“On behalf of the Board and staff, I hope your experience was the same. We thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support in what has been truly turbulent times. 

“Anecdotally, the fact that our membership has increased in recent months tells me that the efforts of the HVIA team were appreciated and valued.

“The Board unashamedly set a direction of seeking closer ties with government nearly three years ago, and we feel this decision has been vindicated during the pandemic.”

Mr Drake said that heading into 2021 HVIA will continue to provide proactive thought leadership and a trusted voice advocating for the heavy vehicle industry.

“I don’t know about you, but the investment I make in HVIA’s membership gives me great comfort that I am part of a collective industry that together can ensure its voice is heard far quicker and with much greater impact then we can as separate and smaller entities.

“As we look forward to the next year, it is of course a Brisbane Truck Show year and whilst there will be slight changes in order to ensure safety of both exhibitors and attendees, I’m absolutely confident that the planning and attention to detail will ensure it will come at just the right time for the industry to unite, come together and kickstart a post COVID-19 recovery.”

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