Trius Corporate History In 1972
Gordon Wheaton founded Trius Taxi Ltd. as a three car taxi service. Business growth was rapid as the fleet expanded and a courier company was acquired. Over the next four decades, Trius' growth in the transportation industry saw expansion into school bus transport, tours and tour packaging, government courier routes, commuter runs, garbage collection and vehicle sales and leasing. In 1987, Trius Taxi Ltd. officially changed its name to Trius Inc. to better reflect the nature of the company which had grown into a diversified organization with almost 100 employees and an operating fleet of 175 vehicles. The taxi division was eventually sold in 1997. Serving New Brunswick for over 45 years, Trius now operates six company divisions out of two facilities on Trius Drive and Bishop Drive in Fredericton.
The Trius Team
Gordon Wheaton is the motivating force behind the creation and expansion of the Trius group of companies. His management skills have proven that he is an able entrepreneur whose expansion into various service sectors has created long-term, stable employment. Mr Wheaton is president of the Trius Group which comprises several companies. The managers, who are responsible for the day to day operations of each company, and the comptroller report directly to Mr Wheaton.
R. Gordon Wheaton - President
Gordon Wheaton is the president and sole director of Trius Inc. Mr Wheaton has been an entrepreneur from the age of seven when he had a large newspaper route, handling his own banking and finances from that early age on. While growing up, Mr Wheaton held various odd jobs as well as buying and selling cars on the side. His first taste of the commercial transportation business came while attending university where he scheduled his courses to accommodate driving a school bus as well as attending classes. After graduating from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 , Mr Wheaton obtained a real estate license, set up a taxi business and continued to drive a school bus. Eventually, the demands of a growing taxi business required him to focus on that and the company grew quickly under his direction. The business began to diversify and expand into other areas of the transportation field including bus charters, courier services, garbage disposal, vehicle leasing and automotive servicing. In the 45 years since its inception, Trius has continued to grow, its success directly attributable to Mr Wheaton's business acumen and hands-on approach.
Randy Wheaton, President, Trius Truck Centre
Randy Wheaton has the automotive business in his blood. Having been involved in the family automotive businesses all his working life, he is now president of the successful and growing Trius Truck Centre. The current location on Bishop Drive is the result of continued expansion. Randy has grown the business from a small car rental operation to a specialized truck business which includes sales, rentals, full vehicle service and an extensive line of vehicle accessories.
Robert Harrison, FCGA -Comptroller
Robert Harrison has had a diverse career in accounting, working for firms in the areas of transportation, commercial printing, residential and commercial real estate, food and beverage service, radio stations, aquaculture and public accounting. He has extensive experience in financial statement preparation and interpretation, problem solving, and decision making in areas including corporate tax, working capital management, budgeting and liaison with external auditors. Mr Harrison received his FCGA designation in 1991. Having served ten years on the Association's board (as president in 2001) he is still very actively involved in the Association at both the local chapter level and with the CGA-NB Board of Governors.
Jerry Arbeau - Operations Manager, SA Deliveries
Jerry Arbeau has been employed with Trius since the early 1970s when he began work as a taxi driver and later, delivery driver. As his commitment to and knowledge of the courier business grew, Mr Arbeau's responsibilities increased. Under his direction, SA Deliveries has grown to include 18 full time employees. The rapid and solid growth of the courier company is a reflection of Mr Arbeau's commitment to quality service and his active involvement in all aspects of the business.
Mac MacDonald - Operations Manager, Trius Automotive
Malcolm MacDonald has been employed with Trius since 1984. Prior to joining Trius, he was with a General Motors dealership where he held a Truck and Tractor license and worked in a supervisory position as truck foreman. Mr MacDonald has two supervisory roles; as manager of the automotive parts department, he is tasked with ordering and stocking parts and maintaining the stockroom. With his extensive experience, Mr MacDonald is also back-up to the service department and floor advisor as well as fleet manager, responsible for vehicle specifications, purchases, cost controls, preventative maintenance and the safety and reliability of all fleet vehicles.
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