Experienced transport operator Paul Kahlert, General Manager of All Purpose Transport, has been appointed as the new President of the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA).
Kahlert takes over the reins from Julie Russell who steps down after four years in the role.
“I believe it is time to hand over the honour of this position to another board member,” Russell writes in her final President’s report.
“I take this time to thank my fellow board, the QTA executive and all our members for the opportunity afforded to me in 2017 when I was nominated as the first female Association President.
“I have learnt a great deal through the role, never quite got over my aversion to public speaking, but am proud that each time I was asked to represent the QTA, I did so knowing I had the full support of Gary, his team and my fellow board members.”
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said Kahlert’s appointment would continue the strong leadership that the QTA board provided heavy vehicle operators.
“Paul has represented QTA as Vice President and will continue to lead a board that is a passionate advocate for heavy vehicle operators across Queensland,” Petroccitto said.
“I look forward to working with Paul and the QTA on a number of important reforms, policy challenges and research projects in the coming years.
“I would also like to thank outgoing president Julie Russell for her work and contribution to the Queensland heavy vehicle industry in that time.”
“Julie will continue to have an important role to play in heavy vehicle safety and productivity as a member of the NHVR board.”
QTA CEO Gary Mahon also thanked Russell for her outstanding contribution.
“Julie was a committed and dedicated President and was wholly invested in the role,” said Mahon.
Mahon also welcomed in newly-elected Vice President Bryan Smith to the executive team.
“It is extremely important to have regional representation on the Board and Bryan will bring that with his years of experience as CEO of Rocky’s Own Transport.”