“Reasonable bloke” turns around haulage industry perceptions of insurance
Published Date: 05th Sep 2016 | Category: News
Eight years ago former New Zealand Heavy Haulage Association (NZHHA) Chairman Paul Britton did not really even want to be introduced to Rothbury Wilkinson’s Manager Corporate Risks and Lloyd’s Conrad Shanly.
Three weeks ago at the NZHHA conference in Christchurch Paul gave Conrad exceptional recognition for a person from outside the haulage industry – the Chairman’s award, made to persons or organisations who give service or assistance to the Association or its members.
“It would be fair to say that I didn’t really want to even know this guy when he was first introduced to me and the rest of the board,” Paul told conference delegates. “Now I think he is a pretty reasonable bloke.
“Conrad Shanly and Rothbury Wilkinson have been willing to go the extra mile as a broker to our Association. Since 2008 his organisation has been a regular sponsor and attendee at our conferences. Since then he has developed customised insurance packages for both the house moving and pilot sectors and is also now the Association’s insurance broker.”
“But it’s the unpaid work he and his company do for the Association that I want to recognise him for. He has been willing to contribute his own and his company’s time towards the analysis of specific insurance issues for the Association on behalf of the industry. And, following on from that, he has sought legal opinions from his company’s lawyer on various matters raised by the Association at no cost to us.
“Last year at our conference in Wellington he provided the lawyers who spoke to the incoming health and safety legislation and at our Tauranga conference brought along former All Black and Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder to speak … again at no cost to the Association. More recently he has been instrumental in introducing the house removal sector to Heartland Bank to help with financing of our removal customers. The Chairman’s Award is a chance to say thank you.”
Conrad agrees with Paul’s comments: “It was a major effort to even get in the door to talk to these guys eight years ago so now to receive the Chairman’s Award and be considered a pretty reasonable bloke is a significant change in their perception.” He said he was greatly honoured to receive the award and pleased that he and Rothbury Wilkinson has been able to assist the NZHHA with insurance and legal matters.
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