Fastway Couriers Wairarapa's Russell and Therese Boniface have been named Fastway Regional Franchisee of the Year 2013.

The Bonifaces were presented with the award in front of more than 100 representatives from New Zealand, Australia and Ireland, who gathered at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre over the weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise.

Fastway Couriers Wairarapa's Russell and Therese Boniface have been named Fastway Regional Franchisee of the Year 2013.

The Bonifaces were presented with the award in front of more than 100 representatives from New Zealand, Australia and Ireland, who gathered at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre over the weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise.

Russell Boniface took ownership of the Wairarapa franchise in October 2011 and before long he welcomed various members of his family to the team. His sister-in-law Anne joined to assist with sales and customer relations, his wife Therese took over the financial management side of things and his son Grant became responsible for sales acquisitions and the management of the couriers. 

Russell attributes his success to keeping the business in the family and maintaining a local business approach. 

“Each member of the group brings a unique skill to our Fastway business, which I believe is what makes us such a strong team. We’re a local business and we employ local people as our couriers to ensure we retain strong knowledge of the local community. Since joining Fastway we’ve had a clear goal to grow the franchise and always positioned customer service at the forefront of everything we do,” says Russell.

“It’s an honour to be recognised as Regional Franchisee of the year and to know that all our hard work is paying off. I would like to personally thank my hard working team for their continued commitment to this business and I look forward to many more years of working together,” adds Russell. 

CEO of Fastway Couriers New Zealand, Austin Mortimer, says that the Boniface contingent were an obvious choice when it came to this award. 

“The team at Wairarapa have always carried the Fastway brand with utmost pride. They continue to meet and exceed the goals that they set, whether that’s taking on new clients or aiming to become the courier of choice for their area. It’s my pleasure to award them with Regional Franchisee of the Year and I would like to thank them for their ongoing dedication to the Fastway brand,” says Austin.

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