CoolDrive Recognises Staff Commitment with Hall of Fame Inductees
29 Aug, 2022
CoolDrive Auto Parts has recognised staff loyalty, commitment and contribution with the induction of three team members into its Hall of Fame.
Announced at CoolDrive’s annual Branch Conference in August, the newest Hall of Fame inductees were confirmed as Emiel Warmerdam, Beth Wakefield and Ces Moyes.
The three inductees were recognised by CoolDrive Chief Executive Officer John Blanchard for their differing contributions to the business throughout the years.
The first inductee was Emiel Warmerdam, who was a key contributor to securing major contracts and establishing product programs in CoolDrive’s early days.
"Emiel was an integral figure in securing the Mazda contract in the 90s which set CoolDrive on the path to where it is today," said John Blanchard when inducting Emiel into the Hall of Fame.
"He was also instrumental in the creation of our compressor program, which is our number one program today and the cornerstone on which our air conditioning program was formed. We were the number one in the market back then, as we are today – and that is thanks to the hard work of Emiel."
The second inductee was Beth Wakefield, recognised for her language skills and contribution to CoolDrive’s growth in Asia.
“Beth’s fluency in Mandarin was a massive advantage to CoolDrive early on, particularly when dealing with China and Taiwan,” detailed John Blanchard.
“When an opportunity arose to run our Taiwan operations, Beth immediately stuck her hand up in an unbelievably brave move. Beth was incredibly successful in the role and has played an enormous hand in the growth of CoolDrive Auto Parts in the region.”
The third and final inductee was Ces Moyes, an integral member of the CoolDrive New Zealand team.
“Ces helped put CoolDrive Auto Parts on the map in New Zealand, being the pre-eminent authority for automotive air-conditioning knowledge over there,” explained John Blanchard.
“When Ces joined CoolDrive as the Albany Branch Manager, we had instant credibility in the air conditioning sector of the market and customers from all over the country followed. Air conditioning is a key product group for the New Zealand team, which continues to grow today, and that is thanks to Ces.”
CoolDrive’s Branch Conference was held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino and was attended by 190 guests including senior company management, key staff, branch managers, suppliers and industry dignitaries