Jean Hayman and her son Jim endorsed the presentation of the Eric Hayman Award for Excellence to Bruce Binns of Winnebago at the recent 10th Caravanning Australia, Conference at Melbourne’s Sofitel Hotel.
Jean’s late husband, Hayman Towbars founder, Eric, was the first recipient of the industries peak award. His vision, now caravanning accessories manufacturer, Hayman Reese, holds a 90 per cent share of its area of the Australian market.
Bruce was honored for his exceptional contributions in luxury vehicle taxation negotiations and his heavy involvement in establishing the vital industry code of practice.
The industry Code of Practice is recognized for its essential safety and consumer benefits.
Queensland CTIA doyen, Ron Chapman, said the awards key criteria demands that the recipient makes a contribution which is a national service to the Australian caravan, camping and tourism industry. Chapman was the second recipient of the award and is the current chairman of the award selection panel.
Eric Hayman was President of the CTIA (Victoria) for 17 years and also president of the Caravan and Recreational Vehicle Council of Australia. “When Eric was standing down, the Association decided to initiate the award”, Ron Chapman said.
Jean, 93, told a packed industry presentation dinner that it was particularly fitting that Bruce receive the peak award on Thursday, February 3, as it was her late husband’s birthday.