National award for rare motor vehicle sale in Geelong - Elders Rural Services
Elders Julian Prendergast

National award for rare motor vehicle sale in Geelong

The successful sale of 320 rare motor vehicles in Geelong has led to Elders’ Geelong Branch Manager, Julian Prendergast receiving the company’s National Operational Performance Award for July.

Mr Prendergast played a key role managing the logistics of the sale; with almost 1000 registered bidders on the day, 2500 people in attendance and a four hour auction called by four auctioneers.

“It was quite a big lead up and was something we had never done before. It was a huge logistical exercise,” Mr Prendergast said.

“It was a specialised sale, so we did a lot of different advertising compared to normal clearing sales we do. We had a lot of interest via the national Elders Facebook page in the month leading up to the sale so we were fielding calls as well,” explained Prendergast.

Elders’ branch staff from Geelong, Ballarat and surrounding areas all supported Mr Prendergast ahead of the sale and on the day.

Prendergrast said the recognition is very humbling, “it was a big job and it took an enormous amount of my time in the six weeks leading up to it, so it’s very pleasing to be nominated.”

Sean Simpson, Elders’ area manager, said Mr Prendergast went above and beyond for the sale and “pushed himself out of his comfort zone, took it on and represented the company well.”

“It’s encouraged others to think outside the square and take on something that isn’t necessarily the ‘norm,’ because the rewards well and truly outweigh any challenges,” Mr Simpson said.

All recipients of Elders monthly national operational performance awards will be invited to attend the annual One Elders awards later this year in Adelaide and will be eligible to win the overall award for 2016.