Toyota Material Handling Australia's Victorian branch (TMH (VIC)) has won the 2010 Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) President's Award for Overall Excellence.
It is the first time the Victorian branch has won the prestigious award.
TMHA president and CEO Terry Unnai presented the award to Cameron Paxton, General Manager Southern Region, during a gala dinner at Sydney's Westin Hotel on 15 July.
TMH (VIC) is the Victorian branch for the Toyota Material Handling forklift product ranges, as well as Toyota's range of Huski skid-steer loaders and towing tractors.
The TMHA President's Award for Overall Excellence recognises excellence in all facets of Toyota Material Handling (TMH) branch operations in the calendar year 2010.
This includes new and used equipment sales, rentals, service and parts departments, training and business management, customer satisfaction, facilities and operations.
Terry Unnai said TMH (VIC) had set the benchmark for excellence for the whole TMH network during 2010, in what was a highly competitive national contest.
"For the second year in succession we have a new winner, following South Australia's win last year," he said.
"Once again, the winning branch fully embraced the Toyota philosophy of Customer First."
Cameron Paxton said the branch's first President's Award was a vote of recognition of the hard work of all his 140 staff.
"We are delighted to win the President's Award and it really is testament to the abilities, professionalism and passion of our people," he said.
"But those qualities are not restricted to our branch: they are displayed consistently by the entire TMHA team and that's what makes this award so special.
"There's no doubt we have the best product in the marketplace. However, we retain market leadership through the efforts of our people and I'm delighted to be associated with such a dedicated team across all of our operations."
The Toyota Material Handling Australia annual gala dinner also featured the presentation of Sales Champion Awards for sales and service managers.
Peter Oates, who has 31 years' service with the South Australian branch, won the sales managers' award, ahead of John Betts from Victoria and Bob Leck from Queensland.
South Australia's David Drew won the service managers' award, from Mick McGary (Victoria) and Peter Draper (Queensland).
Mike Johns from Victoria received the 2010 Top Gun Award for being the TMH consultant who exhibited outstanding results across all areas of the sales champion program.
TMH (VIC) supports its customers with a fleet of 60 service vans and a further 40 technicians based in its Dandenong South workshop.