BRISBANE ISUZU GROUP PARTS MANAGER CALLS TIME ON STELLAR CAREER
Peter Niewand’s retirement as Brisbane Isuzu’s Group Parts Manager marks the close of an epic 53-year career in the automotive parts industry.
“I was first employed as a junior in the Preston Motors parts department in Melbourne and from there I just progressed through the ranks,” said Mr Niewand.
After a five-year stint at Preston Motors, Mr Niewand went on to complete a solid 30-year tenure across several Holden dealerships before coming to Brisbane Isuzu – a dealership to which he devoted the next 22 years of his life.
“I joined Brisbane Isuzu when the dealership commenced in 1998, in the role of Parts Manager. It was just such a great place to work, I never left,’ Mr Niewand said.
Mr Niewand was promoted to Group Parts Manager in 2001 and continued to consistently deliver key contributions which helped the Brisbane Isuzu dealership become one of the most competitive truck dealerships in the nation.
When asked of the highlights of his career with the Isuzu brand, Mr Niewand stated, without hesitation: “Setting up the parts department for Brisbane Isuzu at the very beginning – that was certainly one of the most challenging but rewarding periods of my career.
“Other highlights include helping the dealership become appointed as the primary QLD parts distributer in 2001, after which the company set up new branches at Eagle Farm and Burpengary.
“Isuzu Trucks is a great brand. To be the highest volume seller in Australia for over 32 consecutive years can only be the result of a true quality product and amazing team effort.
“The interaction with my colleagues, the processes, contact with customers – I’ll miss all of that. I feel truly blessed to be a part of the brand and its success,’ Mr Niewand said.
John Plunkett, Peter Niewand and John Borsboom.
According to John Borsboom, Isuzu Truck’s Queensland Parts Zone Manager, “Peter performed every task with passion, and he always has Isuzu’s interest at heart.
“It was a privilege to work with Peter, who was not only very experienced, but was more than happy to share his knowledge with the rest of the dealer network. We have all benefited from his skills and been inspired by his dedication and infectious passion to the Isuzu brand.”
John Plunkett, Isuzu Australia Limited’s National Parts Manager added, “Peter is a stalwart within the Isuzu Parts family, and we congratulate him on a standout career.
“I take this opportunity to thank him for his tireless efforts, hard work and loyalty to the Isuzu brand and wish him the very best in this next stage of life.”