Cat veteran takes a holiday after 40 years

Long-serving Caterpillar employee John Holliday sets his final day for December 31

Cat veteran takes a holiday after 40 years
The retiring John Holliday.


Cat Trucks has announced the Caterpillar’s on-highway truck engine representative for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific markets, John Holliday has called his 40-plus-year career with the company to an end.

Setting December 31 as his final day, Holliday says the truck engine business and the road transport industry has always "been at the core" of his career.

"Sooner or later most careers come to this point but I can say with total conviction that I have had nothing less than a fascinating and hugely satisfying career with Caterpillar," Holliday says.

 "I’ve had the privilege of working with a great bunch of people and representing a great product.

"It doesn’t get any better than that."

After beginning behind the wheel, Holliday spent 18 years with South Australian Cat dealer Cavpower in a variety of roles, including local and interstate machinery movements.

From February 1993, Holliday took the reins as Caterpillar’s truck area manager for South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Twelve years later, he was inducted into the Australian National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs, which he describes as a "proud and very humbling experience."

Another highlight has been "working with the one-truck owner-drivers, the small family operations", he says.

"To be closely involved with some of these people, watching them work so hard and helping them build some very big operations is incredibly rewarding."

Holliday says his future involves his wife, a beach house on the Yorke Peninsula and a fishing rod.



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