Industry Icon notches ‘double decade’ with JOST

Transport component manufacturer JOST Australia has congratulated one of its long-serving employees, Bob Martin, upon reaching 20 years of service with the company.

Martin started with JOST in 2001 and served as the company’s Brisbane Branch Manager for 18 years. Then in 2019 he moved into the then newly formed National Training Manager role he holds today.

According to JOST Australia Area Sales Manager, Corey Povey, Martin has served the Australian transport industry incredibly well for over 30 years.

“The transport industry is a fantastic industry to be a part of: You get to meet some great people, passionate people – people like Bob Martin,” said Povey.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Bob and travelling with him over the last 20 years.

“Bob always goes the extra mile and never tires of lending a helping hand or providing some advice – especially to younger people who are eager to learn and gain wisdom from his vast experience. The skills of the next generation are learned from people like Bob.”

Povey said Martin was well known for volunteering his time, joining committees and associations and helping others in times of crisis, such as the 2011 Brisbane floods.

“In the aftermath of the floods, Bob borrowed a tipper and dog and a Bobcat from a mate of his and in his own time helped O’Phee Trailers clear out all the mud from their premises at Rocklea,” said Povey.

Martin was also a long-serving member of the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) prior to it morphing into Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) in 2016. In fact, he served as a Board Director for 12 years and an unprecedented seven consecutive years as CVIAQ President.

Martin left school at the end of year 10 in 1977 and worked as a tradesman’s assistant for 12 months before gaining an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic.

In 1989 he secured a position as a truck driver/mechanic, operating a rigid tipper towing a three-axle dog trailer.

Several years later a work injury forced him to explore other career options, with Martin subsequently attaining a position as a TAFE tutor in 1992 and concurrently studying at Griffith University as a mature age student, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Adult and Vocational Teaching in 1995.

Later the same year he gained a position with BPW Transpec in a technical sales role and worked there for six years, during which time he continued his studies and obtained a Diploma of Management.

Martin started working at JOST in 2001 and for the next 18 years was responsible for running the Brisbane branch and promoting product sales across Queensland, Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea.

Around 18 months ago, after returning to study at TAFE part time, Martin graduated with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, complementing his role as National Training Manager with JOST.