This week saw the truck top tech awards at the TMC, the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner, as part of the annual Technical and Maintenance Conference, held in Melbourne at the Automotive Centre of Excellence at Kangan Batman TAFE rewards the technical teams in trucking for dedication and innovation.
On the night of the awards Jason Barry from Border Crane Consultants in Wodonga was presented with the 2019 Craig Roseneder Award for technical and maintenance excellence. Jason was interested in all things mechanical from a young age and worked in a range of roles before establishing his own business, Border Crane Consultants, in 2011.
He specialises in the engineering and compliance of heavy vehicles and has developed a safety and compliance upgrade package on behalf of the Australian Defence Force that has been rolled out nationally across three Defence crane models and implemented on more than 200 cranes.
Jason has been a member of the Australian Trucking Association’s Industry Technical Council since 2005, and was a finalist for the Craig Roseneder Award in 2018
“Craig Roseneder was devoted to the development of a safer road transport industry, said Geoff Crouch, ATA Chair. “His passion, excellence and experience combined to create a unique approach to resolving challenges which confronted the industry.
“Therefore, it is only fitting that this accolade be awarded to Jason Barry, a professional who demonstrates a strong passion and longstanding dedication to the industry.”
Jason will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to attend the US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, including full registration, partners’ program, return airfares and accommodation, AUD $1,500 spending money and complimentary registration to the 2020 ATA Technology and Maintenance Conference.
The other award presented at the awards dinner went to Phil Webb (formerly of Paccar Australia) who was awarded the 2019 Castrol Vecton Industry Technical Achievement Award.
“I also want to congratulate Phil Webb, who is a most deserving recipient of the Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award for his technical innovation and achievement within the Australian trucking industry,” said Geoff Crouch. “During his 44 years with Paccar, Phil has become revered for his extensive technical knowledge and strong focus on positive customer outcomes, always going above and beyond.”
Now retired, Phil started his career with PACCAR in 1975 in sales administration, before rising through the ranks to become Off-Highway and Export Manager with a strong engineering involvement.
“Phil had a great impact on the Kenworth brand in Australia, overseeing the Australian specification development of the L700 and C500 models, and ensuring the needs of the customer were always put first,” said Geoff.
“I congratulate Jason, Phil and each of our award finalists, all of whom represent the true gems in the Australian trucking industry.
“They are the hardworking innovators and professionals who keep our industry moving,” he said.