Entrepreneur Of The Year

2016 National finalists: Northern Region

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Northern Region

EY - Deb Farnworth-Wood, Australian Skin ClinicsDeb Farnworth-Wood
Australian Skin Clinics
National Finalist, Northern Region

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When Deb Farnworth-Wood bought the original Australian Skin Clinic (ASC), it was already an established Gold Coast business with a client base of around 12,000. Deb has transformed ASC into a commercially viable franchise company with 22 franchises across Australia and soon launching into New Zealand. ASC offers a wide range of results-driven cosmetic and aesthetic services based on credible, medically proven treatments. Franchisees benefit from centralised marketing, computer systems and business processes. ASC also runs the Advanced Skills Academy and a shop-fitting business. Deb has recently also bought a skincare company and plans to open 20 new clinics each year for the next three years, including 15 in New Zealand.

EY - Jordan Grives, FoneboxJordan Grives
National Finalist, Northern Region

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Jordan Grives founded Fonebox Australia Pty Ltd (Fonebox) in 2008 at the age of 19, initially selling Inbound Numbers to businesses. Today, Fonebox is Australia’s leading provider of inbound telecommunication services for businesses, specialising in inbound numbers. Its fully customisable Virtual Receptionist Phone Answering service is designed to help businesses maximise lead capture and customer service. Unlike any other provider, Fonebox’s reporting platform provides clients with rich, meaningful real-time inbound telecommunications data in a format they can easily understand, allowing businesses optimise marketing spend. In the next financial year, Jordan aims to increase turnover by 40% and grow his team from 80 to over 100.

EY - Ralf Luna, Universal Communications Group LtdRalf Luna
Universal Communications Group Ltd
National Finalist, Northern Region

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After two decades of ventures in the TV and antenna industry, Pay TV and satellite cable installation, Ralf Luna founded Universal Communications Group (UCG) in 2008. UGC is an unlisted public company which provides design and construction services to the Australian and New Zealand telecommunication sector. UCG has developed its own cloud-based IT work management systems, and state-of-the-art survey and design tools. From FY13 to FY15, EBITDA grew 100%, while the company continued to invest in infrastructure, systems and processes. In four years, UCG has grown from 47 to 250 employees and increased its delivery partnerships from 100 to 150.

EY - Wayne Romer, Deswik Group Pty LtdWayne Romer
Deswik Group Pty Ltd
National Finalist, Northern Region

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Wayne Romer began commercialising his mining planning software in 2009. In less than five years, nine of the top 10 global mining companies had adopted the Deswik Suite. Today, Deswik Group Pty Ltd (Deswik) is a global consulting and technology company offering software, consulting and training. From innovative truck haulage modelling to integrated mine planning applications, Deswik’s products result in unmatched accuracy and substantial time and financial savings for clients. The software is now used in over 150 mine sites across more than 50 countries.

EY - Adrian Rosato, Raw Group Management Pty LtdAdrian Rosato
Raw Group Management Pty Ltd
National Finalist, Northern Region

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Adrian Rosato worked in a deli and owned a coffee shop before starting rawGROUP in 2001. rawGROUP is a retail services, multi-brand hospitality company which operates restaurants, bars, pubs, taverns and bottle shops. rawGROUP develops and operates freehold and leasehold projects and acquisitions, and greenfield sites. The company also provides retail and licensing consulting, and full services management for retail businesses. rawGROUP’s innovative models for business start-up capital include supplier fit-out funding and staff profit participation. Adrian plans to grow his stable of brands and expand geographically. There are now franchise opportunities for his flagship enterprise, Beach House Bar & Grill.

EY - Roy Wilson, NuGrow Pty LtdRoy Wilson
NuGrow Pty Ltd
National Finalist, Northern Region

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Roy Wilson founded NuGrow Pty Ltd (NuGrow) in 2001 to develop high-quality and sustainable products which would offer a commercial solution to environmental issues. NuGrow is a market leader in organic and inorganic waste recycling; and composting, soil conditioner and potting mix manufacturing. It has four facilities across Queensland, using waste to generate beneficial products such as high-grade compost, premium soils and organic fertilisers. NuGrow also provides land rehabilitation, soil improvement and remediation services. Roy has collaborated with Government and technical specialists to develop more robust environmental standards. He is currently constructing what will be the largest waste management facility in the world.

2016 Social Entrepreneur

In recognition of sustained, outstanding entrepreneurial achievement the 2016 Social Entrepreneur is:

EY - Bruce and Denise Morcombe OAM, Daniel Morcombe FoundationBruce and Denise Morcombe OAM
Daniel Morcombe Foundation
2016 Northern Region Social entrepreneurs

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Bruce and Denise Morcombe started the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in 2005, two years after the disappearance of their son. They committed to turn their personal grief into a public mission to advance child safety across the country. The Foundation is a social organisation which assists educators and parents in educating children about their personal safety. Its work includes funding the development of education resources and providing financial assistance for young victims of crime. Bruce and Denise received Order of Australia Medals in 2013 for their work in empowering all Australians to make their local communities safer places for children.

Champion of Entrepreneurship

In recognition of sustained, outstanding entrepreneurial achievement the Champion of Entrepreneurship is:

EY - Bevan Slattery, SuperloopBevan Slattery
Superloop and Megaport
2016 Northern Region Champion of Entrepreneurship