Allan Scott (businessman)

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Archibald Allan Scott, AO (1923 - 28 October 2008) was an Australian businessman.

Biography[edit]

He was best known for founding the truck organisation Scott's Transport in Mount Gambier, South Australia, which has since grown to be one of the biggest freight companies in Australia, rivalling Linfox.

In 1988 Alan Scott purchased Mount Gambier rival transport company K&S Freighters and then listed it on the Australian Stock Exchange. [1]

In 1997, Scott's became a major sponsor of Port Adelaide Football Club upon their entry into the Australian Football League.[2]

In early 2004, Scott criticised Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams, stating that Williams would never coach Port to an AFL premiership. Following Port Adelaide's victory in the 2004 AFL Grand Final, Williams made the famous speech "Allan Scott - You were wrong!".[3]

Scott had many business interests in Mount Gambier, including the town's newspaper, The Border Watch. He was awarded a medal of Order of Australia (OAM) in June 1986[4] and made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2006 for "service to the development of the transport industry, focusing on heavy vehicle driver safety training and through lobbying for improved infrastructure and development of an integrated freight network, and to the community through a broad range of sporting, medical research and aged care organisations".[5]

Scott died on 28 October 2008 in hospital in Mount Gambier.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ K&S Group
  2. ^ Bianco Building Supplies become joint major sponsor of Port Adelaide
  3. ^ Richard Hinds (2004-09-27). "Port now the powers that be". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Scott, Archibald Allan—OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  5. ^ "Scott, Archibald Allan—AO". It's an Honour. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  6. ^ Lechelle Earl (28 October 2008). "Mt Gambier business magnate Allan Scott dies". News.com.au. Archived from the original on 29 October 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2008.