Toyota Material Handling Australia's Nicole Hill from the Adelaide branch has taken out the 2014 Sales Champion of the Year award - the first time a woman has won the title.
The award was presented at Toyota Material Handling Australia's (TMHA's) annual sales and service awards dinner held at Sydney's Sofitel Hotel on Friday June 15.
TMHA executive vice president and chief operating officer Steve Takacs said it was exciting to see the company's top sales award going to a female employee for the first time.
"As a Toyota Group company that prides itself on offering equal opportunities to all its employees we're very proud to see Nicole crowned as our first female sales champion," he said.
"Material handling by its nature is a male-dominated industry but this award demonstrates that there's definitely a place for women in our business too."
The evening also included presentations for the 2014 Branch of the Year awards.
TMHA Adelaide took out the 2014 Metropolitan Branch of the Year award, a title it also won in 2012. TMHA Newcastle was crowned 2014 Regional Branch of the Year.
The Branch Award for Best Sales Department was won by TMHA Townsville, while TMHA's Melbourne Branch took the Best Rental Department and Best Service Department awards double.
"All our customers benefit from the best sales and support service generated by the healthy competition between our branches," Mr Takacs said.
"TMHA holds the number one sales position in the material handling market, and events like our annual awards presentation are a great opportunity for us to reward and acknowledge the efforts made by all our staff to be the best of the best in our industry.
"As a strong, viable company that is continuing to show strong growth, we are proud to be able to recognise and reward the dedication and hard work of our branch staff at an awards night such as this," he said.
The presentation evening was attended by 220 guests and hosted by TV personality Kerri-Anne Kennerley.
After the awards guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and played at a mock Toyota 'casino' for prizes won by a raffle. Money raised from ticket sales went to the Save Our Sons charity which raises funds to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.