Entrepreneur Of The Year
2016 National finalists: Southern Region
Read more about Jeffery Cheetham
In 1972, Jeffery Cheetham left a secure job to create his own amalgam-making dental technology, at a time when Australia was importing most dental materials. SDI Limited develops, manufactures and markets specialist restorative materials for dentists. Products are manufactured in Victoria and distributed in over 100 countries around the world. SDI listed on the ASX in 1985. There is a strong future for children’s dentistry with Riva Star, especially in developing countries where tooth decay is a serious problem. Jeffery believes SDI could become a world leader in specialist dental materials. He received an OAM for export services in 1983.
Read more about Tim Gurner
Property developer Tim Gurner uses a targeted land acquisition strategy, coupled with a relentless focus on quality and design, to differentiate himself in the highly competitive residential market. Tim ran a successful gym before moving into property. After some successful partnerships, Tim founded his own development firm, GURNERTM in 2013, with the goal of creating owner occupier-focused, design-led buildings, while expanding nationally to ensure diversity and long term business growth. In the first 12 months Tim purchased eight development sites, including his iconic 990-apartment multi-tower FV project in Brisbane. GURNERTM now has a pipeline of more than 4,500 apartments under development in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Geelong.
Read more about John Humble
Former chemist John Humble is CEO and Managing Director of ASX-listed BWX Limited, a vertically integrated body, hair and skin care company focused on the “natural” segment of the beauty and personal care market. The company owns, produces and distributes under the Sukin, DermaSukin, Uspa, Edward Beale and Renew Skincare brands. John believes in “sweat capital”, and maintains a hands-on approach to the business even as it has grown from a family operation through IPO to ASX listing. R&D remains a constant focus, with in-house new product development capabilities allowing BWX to respond swiftly to new trends and opportunities.
Read more about Radek Sali
Radek Sali joined Swisse Wellness (Swisse) in 2005. Swisse offers 260 products including dietary supplements, nutritional food and skin care cosmetics, available in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In 2014, Swisse signed one of Australia’s biggest licensing deals with a large international pharmaceutical joint venture. It plans to expand into 30 countries over the next five years. Swisse is a very popular brand in the Chinese market. Radek plans to continue expansion into China, diversify into infant formula, and expand the supply base. Swisse was named one of Australia’s 25 Best Places to Work in 2015.
Read more about Scott Stavretis
Scott Stavretis founded Acquire BPO in 2006 to create a sophisticated business process outsourcing business offering more than the traditional call centre and telemarketing services. This business was the first of its kind in Australia. Today, Acquire BPO has 7,000 employees and centres in the Philippines, United States and the Dominican Republic. The company offers a range of services to clients globally including customer service, sales, technical support, network operations, back office functions, software development, marketing and animation. While continuing to focus on exceptional client service delivery, Scott plans to grow the United States business to exceed Australian revenues and expand to 13,000 employees in the next three years.
2016 Social entrepreneur
In recognition of sustained, outstanding entrepreneurial achievement the 2016 Social entrepreneur is:
Read more about Bec Scott
Bec is the co-founder and CEO of STREAT, a social enterprise that tackles youth disadvantage and homelessness by providing life-skills, support, work experience and training to young people aged 16-25. Since starting its first street food cart in Melbourne in 2010, the organisation has grown to be running cafes, a coffee roastery, a catering company and shortly an artisan bakery. Across these businesses, the young people in STREAT’s programs have had over 40,000 hours of training and support opportunities, whilst helping serve over 1.5 million customers. By 2019 STREAT aims to be helping 365 youth each year and be completely self-funded through its business operations.