As the Booth’s Group companies, comprising of Booth’s Transport, Tomoana Warehousing and The Produce Connection, continue to grow so does their commitment to employing pivotal people to drive the group forward. In recent months there has been a number of exciting developments to assist the businesses in their growth plans and align with increasing customer demand.
In early 2022 newly appointed Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dallas Vince, joined the team bringing with him extensive experience in the freight sector both in New Zealand and abroad. Prior to taking on the Group CEO position, Vince held a number of senior leadership roles including those within Goodman Fielder, Halls Transport, and TIL/Move.
Regarding the appointment, Vince says “I have been utterly impressed with the quality of our people and our service offering since coming on board. The culture which emanates from our tag line ‘Can do, Will do’ is very evident within the team from administration to drivers, owner operators and warehouse teams. Pride in their work and their gear really stands out to me and it’s these key aspects we will continue to foster going forward with a clear focus on quality service delivery to our loyal and expanding customer base.”
Joining in July 2022 is Clive Jones, current General Manager of MTD Trucks, New Zealand’s sole distributor for Volvo trucks and buses, as well as Mack trucks. Jones has a lifetime of transport history and over 30 years’ experience in the sector, having had roles including sales, driver development, national sales management and more recently as General Manager at MTD. He has served the Volvo Group of brands in various roles for 20 years.
Clive has deeply entrenched relationships inside the industry both here in New Zealand and worldwide. Clive’s role at Booth’s will be Group Commercial Manager, a role which will span responsibilities for aspects of fleet procurement and organisation, as well as management of a team focused on safety and efficiency. “We are delighted we have been able secure Clive to join our team and he will add enormous value, particularly with his experience in the industry and the relationships he has forged along the way”, comments Booth’s Group CEO Dallas Vince.
Alongside Vince and Jones, Dean Aldred has recently been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the group. With more than 25 years in IT management, Dean joined following eight years with the Sime Darby Commercial Group, New Zealand’s importer for heavy truck brands Hino, UD, Mack and Volvo but prior to that has worked with leading companies including Dell, Canon and Unisys. “Dean has both the IT experience and systems knowledge we need, alongside a practical skill set relating to the heavy transport sector in general. It’s for these reasons and more, that we are excited to have Dean round out our leadership team and drive one of our key focus points for the coming year being investing in our data and customer interface technology” says Vince.
Regarding the three new appointments, Booth’s owners and Executive Director’s Craig and Trevor Booth commented, “we have ambitious goals ahead of us, both within our existing companies but more broadly with our focus to disrupt and lead the market with an even more compelling customer offer. A key part of that delivery is our people and our agility – not be tangled up in ‘corporate inflexibility’ where perhaps people’s minds are too often ‘off the real game’. Our heritage dates back to the late 1980’s when our father and founding Director, Graham Booth, branched out from carrying his own produce from a farm in Opiki, Manawatu to a quality and diverse fleet working for a broad range of customers. From there it just kept on growing and that’s always been our vision also. Great people, great suppliers and contractors, alongside great customers are the cornerstone of what we do. Being able to attract the best, enables us to advance as leaders in business.”
26th April 2022