PRESS RELEASE: Skyline Enterprises
One of Skyline Enterprises’ longest-serving senior managers, Rotorua-based Neville Nicholson, is retiring in April 2018 after 34 years with the company.
During his career, Nicholson played a key role in growing Skyline Rotorua into a major tourism destination, contributed to the development of Skyline’s luge cart and was instrumental in taking Skyline’s Luge to global markets.
Starting out with the company as Skyline Rotorua’s chief engineer in 1983, he was soon promoted to the general manager’s role – a position he held for 25 years. Back then, Skyline Rotorua was known as Skyline Skyrides and was a fledgling operation. He played a major role in the original luge cart design and track in Rotorua, and since then he has been active in the ongoing design, development and export of the luge product and system internationally.
“With a background in engineering, he could provide practical hands-on knowledge to our Skyline team, and was the driving force for continuous improvement of Skyline’s technology as well as generating substantial worldwide exposure of the luge product,” Skyline Enterprises Executive Chairman Mark Quickfall says.
During his tenure at Skyline Rotorua, Nicholson oversaw the construction of eight luge developments in Japan.
For the past six years he has held the role of General Manager International Luge, during which time he successfully project-managed Skyline luge developments in Canada, South Korea and Singapore.
“Investing in people is one of Neville’s strengths, and he was instrumental in helping to implement many leadership and recognition programmes at the Rotorua site,” Quickfall adds. “It should also be noted that Neville put a large amount of his personal time and effort giving back to his local community through various boards and local body initiatives in relation to tourism and economic development.
“On behalf of the Skyline Enterprises board, I would like to most sincerely thank both Neville and his wife Alison for treating the company as if it were their own and investing a lot of passion into the Skyline family of products. I look forward to catching up to hear about his future projects as I’m sure retirement won’t quell Neville’s thirst for adventure and innovation.”