The retirement announced this week of Brisbane Isuzu’s Group Parts manager marks the close of a 53-year career.
For over half a century Peter Niewand has worked in the automotive parts industry starting as a junior in the Preston Motors Parts department in Melbourne where he remained for five years before embarking on a 30-year tenure across several Holden dealerships.
In 1998 he joined Brisbane Isuzu in the role of Parts Manager.
“It was just such a great place to work, I never left,” Niewand said. “I never left.”
He 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.
Niewand refers to setting up the parts department for Brisbane Isuzu as one of the most challenging and rewarding periods of his career.
“Other highlights include helping the dealership become appointed as the primary Queensland Parts distributer in 2001, after which the company set up new branches at Eagle Farm and Burpengary,” he said.
“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.”
Niewand performed every task with passion, and always had Isuzu’s interest at heart according to John Borsboom, Isuzu Truck’s Queensland Parts Zone Manager.
“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,” he said.
“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 concurred with those sentiments.
“Peter is a stalwart within the Isuzu Parts family, and we congratulate him on a standout career,” said Plunkett.
“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.”
(Image: John Plunkett, Peter Niewand and John Borsboom).