Major truck manufacturer Hino Australia is appointing a new head of one of its dealerships, it announced this week.
Edward Jones is the new owner of FRM Hino, which currently has dealers across Launceston, Hobart and Devonport.
A Tasmanian local, Jones has previously worked across a number of dealership roles, most recently acting as the dealer principal for Hobart BMW, Devonport and Burnie Toyota and Launceston BMW.
He was also the group variable operations manager at Your Local Motor Group for almost seven years.
“After an 18 year career in passenger cars including as a former Toyota dealer principal, I’m excited to join and lead the FRM team and join the Hino brand,” Jones says.
“The future is really exciting for FRM Hino – we have an excellent team in place that will continue to deliver exceptional levels of service to our customers.
“For me, as a born and bred Tasmanian, this is a chance to be a part of a culture and team that is committed to its local community.
“Over the last seven years, the former owners of FRM Hino relocated all three FRM branches in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport to new and improved premises, and we still have exciting opportunities ahead.
“We are currently in the planning phase for a workshop extension in Launceston to increase the service bay capacity.”
FRM Hino has been in operation since 1982, first providing specialist services to the material handling industry before evolving into the dealership it is today.
Hino Australia vice president of franchise development Richard Emery welcomes the appointment of Jones as the dealership’s next step.
“We are thrilled to welcome Edward who brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the Hino team,” he says.
“Tasmania remains an important market for Hino with tourism, mining, agriculture and other primary industries presenting opportunities within the light, medium and heavy-duty segments.
“I would also like to pay tribute to former managing director David Mills and the other former owners of the business for their dedication and passion to the Hino brand and business over the last 14 years.”