Seven-time VTA president
PAUL Freestone of Freestone's Transport has been elected as Victorian Transport Association (VTA) president for his seventh year.
VTA chief executive Philip Lovel said this was a groundbreaking commitment by Mr Freestone and board members were pleased he had accepted the position.
"Paul gives freely of his time and is always willing to do anything to enhance the VTA's industry role. It doesn't matter what the issue is, Paul is always willing to help out and get involved on behalf of the association and our members," said Mr Lovel.
"We like to listen to all opinions. Paul is an operator with his own money invested in his company - he is a risk-taker and when he speaks we listen."
"The VTA has a very diverse membership and sometimes the position taken is not agreed across the membership or industry. This is what makes a successful association; we have our say, argue our points and move on. Paul Freestone is always enthusiastic to support us, no matter what the issue or problem," he said.
As a president Paul Freestone is very passionate and knowledgeable. He also has a diverse and interesting private life - he is a keen cyclist, racing car driver and he flies his own helicopter. He lives life to the full and he brings this energy with him to his role as VTA president. Under Paul's leadership the VTA has had its best financial result in any period of its 110-year history.
"We look forward to another successful year for the VTA with Paul Freestone as president. 2012 has plenty in store for the association and the industry and we are already working on some fantastic projects."