EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ regional finalists revealed
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
EY has announced the successful entrepreneurs in the running to be 2017 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™.
Rob Dalton, Partner Ernst & Young Australia, Growth Markets Leader and EY Australia Entrepreneur of the Year Leader, said this year’s regional finalists brought together a unique mix of entrepreneurs representing the diversification of Australia’s economy and our increasingly global footprint.
“We have received outstanding entries from some of Australia’s entrepreneurs and are delighted to announce our more than 60 finalists from NSW, Victoria, WA, Queensland and South Australia.”
These entrepreneurs have built businesses ranging from toxin free superfoods through to luxury property development. While their outputs are diverse to say the least, the entrepreneurs all bear a number of common traits. They think outside the box, they relish challenge and they won’t take “no” for an answer. By challenging orthodox methods and creating new markets for goods and services, entrepreneurs positively disrupt the way we do business and help enhance our quality of life.”
Australia is a nation of entrepreneurs, and this year’s regional finalists are a testament to this entrepreneurial spirit,” said Mr Dalton.
“At EY, we’re enormously proud of our long legacy working with entrepreneurs and growth companies. Supporting entrepreneurs is deeply embedded in our values and our purpose to build a better working world.
Entrepreneurship drives innovation. Our regional finalists are inspiring others by creating employment, improving their productivity and importantly, driving our local and national economy forward. They are an inspirational group of leaders.”
Mark Couter, Commonwealth Bank’s Acting Executive General Manager for Corporate Financial Services said, “The regional finalists show the breadth and depth of entrepreneurial talent across Australia, which is very encouraging for the nation’s economic development.
“At Commonwealth Bank we see innovation as a critical ingredient for thriving businesses so we’re proud to sponsor a program supporting Australia’s top business innovators.”
EY globally had been celebrating, advising, guiding, recognising and connecting the best high-growth entrepreneurs for more than 30 years, not only through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program, but through the organisation’s Global Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The regional finalists will be assessed by a panel of independent judges, including previous Entrepreneur Of The Year™ award winners and other successful Australian business leaders, across six core criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, personal integrity and influence, financial performance, strategic direction, and national and global impact.
The entrepreneurs going on to compete as national finalists will be announced from late July.. The overall Australian winner, announced at a gala ceremony in Melbourne on 1 November, will then continue onto the global program, travelling to Monte Carlo in June 2018 to compete for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™. They will follow in the footsteps of 2015 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ winner, Manny Stul, Moose Enterprises, who was the first-ever Australian to be crowned World Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2016.
Full list of finalists attached.
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About EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program, launched in 2001, is conducted in five regions culminating in the national awards. The program honours entrepreneurs whose ingenuity and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures. Entrepreneur Of The Year’s primary objective is to identify, acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contribution entrepreneurs make to the Australian business community and economy.
EY encourages women to apply to enter the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. The program supports women entrepreneurs to think bigger, gain access to capital, enhance their business profile, network, learn from their peers and find seasoned advisors.
The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year program now has alumni of over 1,400 entrepreneurs who have participated in the program. Since the program’s inception more than 15,000 people have attended Entrepreneur Of The Year events and award ceremonies in Australia.
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2017 Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Regional Finalists
Central Region finalists
Joe Collins - CAMMS
Anna Dimond – Palas Jewellery
Sebastian Galipo – Galipo Foods
Patrick Gluyas – Territory Trade Services Pty Ltd
Paul Hamra - Solstice Media Ltd
Dimi Kyriazis– Golden North Pty Ltd
Peter Marshman - Youth Opportunities
Leko and Menk Novakovic– Novatech Creative Event Technology Pty Ltd
Andrew Nunn - JBS&G Australia Pty Ltd
Cheryl Shigrov - Precious Cargo Education Pty Ltd
Ben Trussell and Graeme Rutter - Floral Image Pty Ltd
Paul Vasileff - Paolo Sebastian
Jordan Walsh - Australian Green Clean
Eastern Region finalists
Melissa Abu-Gazaleh - Top Blokes Foundation
Ashik Ahmed – Deputy
Christian Beck - InfoTrack Group Pty Ltd
Luke Berry - Thirdi Group
Norm Black - Trip a Deal
Bruce Buchanan - ROKT Pte Limited
Andrew Clarke – Cashrewards
Irene Falcone - Nourished Life
Tim Fung – Airtasker
Andrew Koloadin - Digital Pacific
Josh Nicholls - Platinum Electricians
Fred Schebesta - Finder.com.au
Eddie Sheehy - Nuix Pty Ltd
John Walters - Nextgen Distribution Pty Ltd
Peter Winkle and Nick Perry - Bailey Nelson
Sarah Wilson - I Quit Sugar Pty Ltd
Pamela Fabbour – Total Image Group
Northern Region finalists
Graham Booysen - Cornetts Supermarkets
Siavash Es'haghi - Imaging Queensland
Susannah George - The Urban List
Ross Hopper - Maleny Dairies
Vincent Huang - V Resource
Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Pratchett - Orange Sky Laundry
Ben Markwell - Inselec
John McLean - Bundaberg Brewed Drinks
Tatiana Porter - Workplace Central
Billy Simmonds - Eco Superfoods
Southern Region finalists
Michelle Aznavorian - Misha Collection
Richard Blumberg - Wingate Consumer Finance trading as NOW FINANCE
Peter Cooper - Cooper Investors
Thor Essman - Versent
Ray Malone - AMA Group
Ben McHarg & Craig Silberry - Evolution Health
Ant Morell & Simon McNamara - Bounce Australia
Tony & Sharon Rechtman - Total Beauty Network
Alexie Seller - Pollinate Energy
Phil Streeter & Mark Heintz - The Pastoral Pork Company
Andrew Walsh - IRESS
Mark Woodland - Xplor
Daniel Cowley-Cooper - Site Services Holdings
Louise Daw - MiPlan Consulting Pty Ltd
Mike Einhorn - Conveyor Products and Solutions Pty Ltd
Tony Galati – Galati Group
Gerry Hanssen - Hanssen Pty Ltd
Patricia Lavater - Esther Foundation
Phil Harcourt - Duratec Australia Pty Ltd
Allan and Faye McWhirter - Great Southern Fuel Supplies
Mark Stothard - Evolution Commercials Pty Ltd
Jag Varsani - Tough Glass