Striving to be the Best of the Best
CLAAS Harvest Centre, Waikato, has cemented its reputation as one of the best farm machinery dealerships in New Zealand, claiming three of the top honours in the 2nd Strive Annual Excellence Awards presented in Melbourne recently.
The awards recognise the best performing dealerships, teams and individuals across Landpower and CLAAS Harvest Centre, the largest privately-owned farm machinery distribution network in Australasia.
The network represents some of the world’s leading farm machinery brands, including CLAAS, AMAZONE, JCB and Trioliet, via 31 owned and franchised CLAAS Harvest Centres throughout New Zealand and Australia.
Waikato won the prestigious Strive Dealership of the Year and the inaugural Employee Engagement Excellence awards, with staff member, Scott Anderson, winning a coveted ‘Herby Award’ as Apprentice of the Year.
The Hamilton-based business was recognised for its excellence across a number of key operating and financial criteria, including workshop, parts, staff engagement, customer satisfaction, health and safety and utilisation of IT systems. “Waikato has shown tremendous achievement in achieving and exceeding the exacting standards demanded of CLAAS Harvest Centre,” Landpower CEO, Richard Wilson, says. “Craig Norton and his team have shown they are completely committed to these values.”
Individuals from CLAAS Harvest Centre, Southland also claimed two individual awards, with George Duffy named New Zealand Technician of the Year and Peter Henderson named New Zealand Sales Representative of the Year – Used Machinery (Units).
The other top-performing Sales Representatives were Greg Carr (Canterbury), NZ New Machinery (Revenue); Steve Roylance (Taranaki), NZ New Machinery (Units); and Glenn Dear (Hawkes Bay), NZ Used Machinery (Revenue).
More than 120 guests from New Zealand, Australia, Germany and the UK attended the gala dinner and awards ceremony held at Cargo Hall on South Wharf.VIP guests included CLAAS Supervisory Board chair, Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser, and her husband, Dr Felix Mühlhäuser; CLAAS UK CEO and Regional Director, Trevor Tyrrell; CLAAS Global Sales Export Manager, Elke Hoyermann; and Landpower founder and owner, Herby Whyte.
The event was compered by well-known TV personality, Mike McRoberts, with keynote addresses by international thought leader, John Spence and CLAAS Supervisory Board chair, Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser.
The 2nd Strive Annual Excellence Awards were sponsored by valued business partners, including Bank of New Zealand, National Australia Bank, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, De Lage Landen, Telstra, Schepisi Communications, Ipsen Logistics, TRANSEARCH recruitment, Orbit World Travel and Egencia.
- Landpower CEO Richard Wilson, congratulates CLAAS Harvest Centre, Waikato Branch Manager, Craig Norton.
- New Zealand Apprentice of the Year, Scott Anderson, with Branch Manager, Craig Norton, from CLAAS Harvest Centre, Waikato.
- Landpower General Manager – Product, Tim Needham, congratulates Carrfields Founding Director, Greg Carr, who was named NZ Sales Representative of the Year – New Machinery (Revenue).
- Landpower General Manager – Product, Tim Needham, congratulates Steve Roylance, who was named NZ Sales Representative of the Year – New Machinery (Units).
- Landpower General Manager – Product, Tim Needham, congratulates Glenn Dear, who was named NZ Sales Representative of the Year – Used Machinery (Revenue).
- Landpower General Manager – Product, Tim Needham, congratulates Peter Henderson, who was named NZ Sales Representative of the Year – Used Machinery (Units).