Entrepreneur Of The Year
2017 National finalists: Western Region
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.
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.
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 Spudshed in 1999, as an outlet for produce rejected by major grocery chains due to failure to meet their specifications.
Duratec Australia specialises in the protection and remediation of steel and concrete structures.
Phil commenced his career as an engineer working his way to the role of CEO 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. 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.
2017 Social entrepreneur
In recognition of sustained, outstanding entrepreneurial achievement the 2017 social entrepreneur is:
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 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 of Entrepreneurship
In recognition of sustained, outstanding entrepreneurial achievement the 2017 Champion of Entrepreneurship is:
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.