Daimler DOY accolade makes for bitter-sweet win


Murwillumbah Truck Centre takes the gong as founder passes

Daimler DOY accolade makes for bitter-sweet win
Daniel Whitehead, Josh Bedser, Daimler aftersales and network operations director Greg Lovrich and Freightliner Australia director Stephen Downes

 

Murwillumbah Truck Centre has won the 2019 Daimler Dealer of the Year award.

Owned and operated by the Bedser family since 1981, Murwillumbah Truck Centre offers Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso customers in northern New South Wales and beyond.

Josh Bedser accepted the award on behalf of his father and dealer principal, Steve Bedser.

It was a bitter-sweet occasion, with Bill Bedser passing away the day before the award function at the Forum theatre, Daimler reports.

Josh Bedser dedicated the award to his grandfather, who founded the business.

"Bill was hugely influential on our business and emphasised the value of community," he says.

"As the family business, we carry on this tradition of always investing in our people and the people in our region."


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The Daimler Dealer of the Year award honours the best performing dealer across the Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso brands.

Daimler Truck and Bus president and CEO Daniel Whitehead observes that Murwillumbah Truck Centre, which opened a new dealership in Mayfield St last year, is a customer-oriented business.

"For decades, Murwillumbah Truck Centre has shown an unwavering commitment to its customers and is there for them at every stage of the ownership experience," Whitehead says.

"It is a family business with strong links to the local community and provides exceptional service across all three Daimler brands, making them a very worthy winner of this award."

Murwillumbah Truck Centre also took out the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Regional Dealer of the Year award and Adam Bedser was announced as the Fuso Truck and Bus Service Manager of the Year.

Daimler Trucks Laverton won the Mercedes-Benz Metro Dealer of the Year award and the trophy was presented to dealer principal Kevin Purcell.

The Freightliner Metro Dealer of the Year was taken out by Trucks and Trailers Auckland. Dealer principal Mark Wright, was on hand to receive the award.

Mavin Truck Centre was announced as the Freightliner Regional Dealer of the Year and the award was accepted by dealer principal Dean Mavin.

The Fuso Metro Dealer of the Year was won by Daimler Trucks Somerton and dealer principal Gary Parker, was presented with the award.

The Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast won the Fuso Truck and Bus Regional Dealer of the Year, which was received by dealer principal Chris Spence.

The winners are:

 

Mercedes-Benz Trucks individual awards

Service Manager of the Year: Drew Charlesworth-Smith, RGM Rockhampton

Parts Manager for the Year: Mark Oldham, Daimler Trucks Brisbane

Rookie of the Year: Tom Balaji, Daimler Trucks Laverton

Sales Person of the Year: Tom Balaji, Daimler Trucks Laverton

 

Freightliner individual awards

Service Manager of the Year: Greg Walker, Mavin Truck Centre

Parts Manager of the Year: Jon Bartlett, Whitehorse trucks

Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Anderson, RGM Townsville

Sales Person of the Year: Mario Agius, Daimler Trucks Huntingwood

 

Fuso Truck and Bus individual awards

Service Manager of the Year: Adam Bedser, Murwillumbah Truck Centre

Parts Manager for the Year: Terry Haskins, Daimler Trucks Huntingwood

Rookie of the Year: Ben Lewis, Daimler Trucks Sunshine Coast

Sales Person of the Year: Leon Benivento, Daimler Trucks Huntingwood 

 

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