Tim Mikkelsen has been awarded Life Membership of the Hire Industry Association of New Zealand. The presentation took place at the Hire Excellence Awards Dinner in Rotorua last Thursday, 5th July 2017.

Tim and Penny Mikkelsen at the 40th Convention in 2018.

Tim has been involved in the Hire Industry from the age of five years when in 1969 his father purchased a small hire company in Palmerston North, employing two people. He worked for the family business on and off over the years, after school and during the holidays, but started his in earnest after returning from his OE in 1990.

The family business was sold in 1993 which at that point in time ran two separate divisions (party hire and general hire) and employed a staff of twelve. Tim left and began working for one the then national corporate hire companies for three years, but really wanted to own his own business.

Tim purchased his very own hire company in December of 1999. He has grown the business from a small one-man operation with a limited range of plant, to a staff of five including himself, hiring anything from portable toilets to champagne flutes!

Tim is married to Penny and they have four children. Tim is a Member and Past President of his district Rotary Club, and is a highly regarded businessman within his community.

His desire to learn and willingness to contribute saw him stand for election as HIANZ Zone 2 representative in 2006 serving 4 years on the HIANZ board before agreeing to stand for HIANZ President in 2010.

Tim is passionate about the Hire Industry. He has been on the executive board of the Hire Industry Association of New Zealand for an astonishing 12 years!

Thursday’s surprise presentation was a very special moment when Tim was recognised for his extraordinary contributions to the Association and Hire Industry.

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