Young guns are changing perceptions
YOUNG Queenslander, Georgia Easton, has won Best Industry Representative in the National Transport Insurance (NTI) Faces of Transport Competition.
The 22-year-old is an operations support worker at Simmons Logistics in Brendale.
Georgia Easton said she'd like to use her award to help change perceptions of the trucking industry which she believes is unfairly tainted through a lack of understanding and social media.
"A lot of people have a negative or an incomplete image of the transport industry,” she said.
"There are countless opportunities and careers in transport and even more hard working individuals that go above and beyond to ensure everything happens smoothly and that everyone gets to go home safely at the end of the day.”
Georgia has been working in the transport industry for a little over three years now.
Her big break with Simmons Logistics came the year after graduating from high school, when Georgia was still unsure what career path she wanted to take.
"With their guidance and support my career has continued to develop, from having very little knowledge of the industry to now working as a supporting team member in operations, safety and accounts,” she said.
As operations support, Georgia's current role means she works as part of the operations, safety and accounts team at Simmons.
"I really enjoy working and supporting the different departments and that my work days are always changing depending on what's needed.”
As for her message to others thinking of following in her footsteps, Georgia says go for it.
"If you're considering a career in the industry, have an open-mind, a positive attitude and just give it a go. There are so many opportunities and room for growth within the industry.”
NTI CEO, Tony Clark, said the Faces of Transport Competition shines a spotlight on hard-working individuals in the transport industry. "This year we received over 2000 nominations from members of the industry nominating their friends, colleagues, and loved ones to be 1 of 4 Faces of Transport,” he said.
"NTI are so proud to recognise these hard-workers. We are passionate about this industry and appreciate our winners who strive to make it better every single day”.
Other winners of the National Transport Insurance Faces of Transport Awards include Queensland's Jonathon Lowien (Best on Ground), Western Australia's Glen 'Yogi' Kendall (Hall of Fame) and Kerri Connors (Best All-Rounder) from Tasmania.