Darren Wylde, from Mercedes Benz Truck & Van NI Ltd, has been named Technician of the Year 2016 at the annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards.
He was presented with the award, sponsored by BPW Ltd, at a glittering ceremony at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast.
The large gathering of leading figures from the transport and logistics sectors heard that the independent panel of awards judges certainly had their work cut out, with the top five finalists scoring highly.
They said: “The ability and knowledge of all entrants in this category continue to improve and again this year it has made the final decision difficult because of the standards being achieved. Their dedication and commitment to both their company and product cannot be questioned or indeed doubted.
“The ability and knowledge demonstrated, particularly between the top three entrants was both rewarding and encouraging and we would add that all the entrants are winners in their own right and can be proud of their achievements to date and their commitment to the industry.”
Naming Darren as the overall winner of the category, they added: “We were particularly impressed with Darren’s in depth knowledge of the wide range of product he is familiar with, coupled with his enthusiasm for the need of regular CPD for technicians and particularly drivers with the introduction of ever increasing technology being incorporated into vehicles as a result of legislation aimed at improving road safety and reducing the environmental impact of commercial vehicles.
“We were also impressed with his commitment to mentoring apprentices and his understanding of the need to attract future apprentices by actively promoting apprenticeships within the sector at the earliest opportunity in schools and colleges.”
Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van (NI), with sites in both Mallusk and Dungannon, is Northern Ireland's only official Mercedes-Benz commercial dealer, offering an extensive range of new and used vans and trucks.
With 16 separate categories, the annual Transport & Logistics awards, organised by the Hillsborough based publishers of Export & Freight magazine, 4SM (NI) Ltd., is now widely regarded as the premier event in the Irish Transport & Logistics calendar, attracting entries, support and sponsorship from all the leading players in the industry.