Hitec co-founder Prospero Girardi wins FLTA lifetime achievement award

Prospero Girardi, the co-founder of Hitec Lift Trucks alongside Andy Selbie, has won a prestigious lifetime achievement award at the recent Forklift Truck Association Awards for Excellence ceremony. This was the 26th annual event and the first to be held completely online having been twice postponed due to the pandemic.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their business and the wider industry over an extended period of time. Only a select group have ever received this award, which is testament to the positive legacy of Prospero’s hard work, dedication, and innovation during his 33 years in charge of Hitec.

Pros has dedicated his working life to the growth and development of the Hitec business and during that time he helped hundreds of local businesses with equipment and engineering support when they needed it most. This vital work helped build a reputation for Hitec, which it continues to uphold, as a trusted local supplier that always puts the customer first.

Pros was also at the helm during the acquisition of Hitec by Briggs Equipment, which has enabled the business to go from strength to strength since the deal was completed in 2018.

Mike Vaughan, Hitec Lift Trucks General Manager, commented: “There could no one more deserving of this award than Pros. He has played an instrumental part in the foundation and sustained growth of Hitec Lift Trucks and the values that he installed in the company from day one, are still prevalent right throughout our business.

“After retiring from Hitec in 2020 following over 30 years of service, Prospero remains a fantastic ambassador for the materials handling industry and his experience and knowledge of the sector is second to none. Pros remains involved in the business behind the scenes and it’s invaluable for myself and our team to be able to call on his expertise.

“Everyone at Hitec would like to congratulate Pros on this superb achievement and we hope Pros is enjoying his retirement!”

You can watch the entire awards ceremony via the FLTA YouTube channel by clicking here.