Western Region Entrepreneur Of The Year™ finalists revealed

Friday, 1 September 2017

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The top Western Australian entrepreneurs have taken home honors from the 2017 Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Western Region awards ceremony held last night in Perth. Four finalists were chosen from an outstanding field of entrepreneurs to go through to the next round of the 2017 program. These are: 

  • Louise Daw – MiPlan Consulting Pty Ltd
  • Mike Einhorn and Alan Douglas – Conveyor Products and Solutions Pty Ltd
  • Tony Galati – Galati Group
  • Phil Harcourt – Duratec Australia Pty Ltd

Also recognised in non-competitive regional award categories were:

  • Social entrepreneur – Patricia Lavater, Esther Foundation
  • Champion of Entrepreneurship – Peter Prendiville, Prendiville Group

The finalists from Australia’s Western Region will join talented entrepreneurs from across the country nominated for this year’s awards.

Perth Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Australia, Michael Anghie, said this year’s regional finalists who will represent WA at the national awards are an outstanding group of WA entrepreneurs who should be very proud of their achievements.

“WA has a long history of entrepreneurship, and this year’s finalists once again demonstrate that entrepreneurship is strong in our State. Our economy is diversifying and the unique nature of our state lends itself to nurturing the entrepreneurial community and helping it thrive”.

“Entrepreneurs innovate, invest and play an important role in trade and connecting us globally.  These entrepreneurs and their organisations are inspiring others by creating employment, improving their productivity and importantly, driving our local and national economy forward,” he concluded.

The finalists will go on to compete at a national level in Melbourne in November. The overall Australian winner will then continue onto the global program, travelling to Monte Carlo in June 2018 to compete for 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.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is considered one of the world’s most prestigious business awards and is the only truly global program of its kind with entrepreneurs participating in 145 cities in more than 60 countries.  More than 1,500 outstanding entrepreneurs have been recognised through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program in Australia since 2001.

For more information on EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ go to www.ey.com/au/eoy


EY Entrepreneur of the Year National finalists, Western Region

Louise Daw – MiPlan Consulting Pty Ltd

MiPlan was born when Louise Daw and her husband pitched the idea to two Australian mining companies that loved the concept so much that they bought the solution sight unseen. The solution was installed at a large mine site within three months.

MiPlan develops mobile mine software applications for field data collection, fleet management, production management and reporting. It offers real-time data solutions to the mining and vehicle industry.

Understanding global challenges in the mining industry, combined with an analytical, practical and methodical approach, Louise is an invaluable asset to clients seeking business improvement and production management solutions.

Her aim is to change the data management landscape of mining, civil and other industries around the world.

Judges’ Comments:

Judges’ comments – Resources is a tough nut to crack. The clients MiPlan has secured speaks volumes for the software it developed, as does the fact that a third party has acquired the business for a significant sum. Louise's competence and passion shines through, she’s an entrepreneur with an exciting future.

Mike Einhorn & Alan Douglas – Conveyor Products and Solutions Pty Ltd

Mike Einhorn and his partner Alan Douglas are pioneers in the mining industry, revolutionising the mineral conveyor process with a new range of ‘composite’ conveyors.

The pair initially brought the technology over from South Africa, where much lighter and quieter composite conveyor rollers were being introduced. Australian mining companies had been using steel conveyors since the 1960s.

Conveyor Products and Solutions are now used by mining companies throughout the Pilbara as the go-to suppliers of bulk material handling equipment and are one of the top players in its market, turning over a healthy $24 million a year despite the mining downturn.

Judges’ comments

Judges’ comments – Mike and Alan have used innovation to succeed in a highly conservative industry. They have revolutionised their industry and now have opportunities to grow the business internationally.

Tony Galati - Galati Group

Tony Galati started his working life as a five year old tending to his family’s vegetable plot, and when older, working in a major supermarket's fruit and vegetable department. With his brother Vince, they decided to grow on a large scale buying five acres in Wattleup in Western Australia and slowly buying the neighbouring blocks until they owned 20 acres.

Today, Galati Group is a private, family-owned, vertically-integrated group of companies, comprising vegetable and fruit growing, livestock, egg production, manufacturing and retail.

The business invests in innovation and Tony opened the first in a successful chain of Spudsheds in 1999, as an outlet for produce rejected by major grocery chains due to failure to meet their specifications.

Judges’ comments

Judges’ comments – Tony's passion, energy and huge work ethic is a force to be reckoned with. He is very focused and prepared to take risks. There is no doubt that Tony's customers have benefited from his willingness to challenge the status quo.

Phil Harcourt - Duratec Australia Pty Ltd

Phil commenced his career as an engineer working his way to the role of CEO of a global specialist contracting company.

In 2010 as a founding director, he established Duratec Australia Pty Ltd, a privately, employee owned business in Western Australia that specialises in the protection and remediation of steel and concrete structures. Employing 331 people, the company has grown to service all states in Australia and is considering expansion into New Zealand.

Duratec Australia Pty Ltd has recently formed an incorporated joint venture with a Supply Nation certified indigenous company in order to service an identified niche market, provide training and meaningful work for Indigenous Australians.

Judges’ comments

Judges’ comments – Phil has grown a great business with a personalised, innovative approach. The early sourcing of external financing and board leadership, supported by clear focus, has produced strong financial results.

Social – Patricia Lavater, Esther Foundation

Patricia Lavater is the driving force behind a residential program that delivers extensive recovery services for thousands of young women, young mothers and teenagers in need.

At the Foundation’s core is an extensive 12-24 month program that delivers group therapy, counselling, life skills training, education and employment options, mentoring and leadership training.

The Foundation has assisted in the training of women to run a cafe, established a clothing store and is involved with a number of fundraisers.

Patricia has been able to use housing stock from the WA Planning Commission to assist and house young women and has developed social enterprises to fund, train and skill the many young women in the organisation’s care.

Champion – Peter Prendiville, Prendiville Group

Peter Prendiville has been the owner and operator of more than 40 hotels, roadhouses and fuel stations in a career spanning over 35 years.

He is currently the Chairman of his family-owned group, with a diverse portfolio of assets that include Sandalford Wines in the Swan Valley and Margaret River, Hotel Rottnest, Mangrove Hotel in Broome, Cottesloe Beach Hotel, Karratha International Hotel, the Norfolk and Tradewinds Hotels in Fremantle, Grand Hotel Townsville and the Pier 21 Resort in Fremantle.

Peter is the Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame of Australia and has been involved with the university in various governance roles since its inception in 1989. He is the Chairman of Tourism WA and is on the board of St John of God Health Care Group.

Peter is also a long-time supporter of Youth Focus, a not-for-profit organisation that supports young Western Australians at risk of suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm. Through his Polo in the Valley events, Peter has helped Youth Focus raise over $600,000 in donations. In 2016 Peter was named West Australian of the Year in the Business category.

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
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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