By TBHS | Posted: Saturday September 19, 2020
Timaru Boys' was delighted to recently host Don Braid, Chief Executive of global freight and logistics company Mainfreight.
Recipient of the Old Boys' annually awarded Teschemaker Cup, Don was officially presented with the award by past Rector Kevin O'Sullivan (1996-2013) who is the current President of the THS Old Boys' Association.
Presented each year to an Old Boy achieving national or international prominence in the area of sport, cultural activities, research, business or public affairs, the Cup was presented to Don for his outstanding business career. His leadership at the helm of Mainfreight has been recognised with multiple awards over the years, including Deloitte/Management Magazine Top 200 Executive of the Year in 2008 and again in 2011, the New Zealand Herald Business Leader of the Year in 2011 and the New Zealand Shareholders Association Bacon Award in 2018 (for "a listed company leader who demonstrates outstanding performance, including leadership, corporate governance, and respect for the rights of shareholders").
It was unfortunate that Covid restrictions had delayed the presentation of the 2019 award with a full School Assembly, but the Old Boys and Prefects present for the occasion were treated to a special morning tea and appreciated the shared words of wisdom from Don.
“.....an award that comes from your school means more because it has history and it was where I learnt to become a man, learnt to behave myself and learnt with hard work comes an ability to go on and do stuff. So it means more than those other awards.”
Check out the speeches on our Timaru Boys' Facebook page.