Entrepreneur Of The Year
Meet the 2018 regional judges:
- Anthony Kittel
Anthony is the CEO and owner of REDARC Electronics. REDARC is a Lonsdale SA based, advanced manufacturer employing 170 staff and also has an office at the Williamtown, NSW Aerospace Centre employing 10 staff. REDARC was established in 1979 and manufactures a range of portable power products for vehicle applications including battery management systems, power supplies, voltage converters, vehicle safety products and inverters. REDARC supplies products to the automotive, mining, defence, trucking, agricultural and marine industries.
At the 2015 and 2017 Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards, REDARC was awarded Gold – Excellence in Manufacturing over $10 million annual turnover. REDARC was awarded 2014 Telstra Australian SME Business of the Year and in 2017 was named a Westpac Top 20 Business of Tomorrow.
Born in Port Augusta South Australia, Anthony graduated as a qualified Mechanical Engineer at the South Australian Institute of Technology (now UniSA), and completed his MBA at the University of Adelaide. In 2013, Anthony graduated from the three year Owners Presidents Management (OPM) program at Harvard Business School.
In April 2018, Anthony was conferred the Degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa, Flinders University. His Honorary Doctorate recognises his unrelenting focus on transformative workplace culture and new product development, as well and his investment in the business leaders of tomorrow through mentorship, professional development and career guidance.
Anthony is the National Vice President and SA Branch Councillor of Australian Industry Group, a member of the Flinders University Engineering School Industry Advisory Board and a member of the Adelaide University Business School Industry Advisory Board. He is also the immediate past Chairperson of the South Australian Training and Skills Commission.
He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
- Andrew Nunn
Andrew is recognised in Australia as one of the most experienced, progressive and innovative professionals in the environmental engineering field. He has developed a national consulting business that is a step change for the industry.
Andrew is an Accredited Environmental Auditor in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, and is an Executive Director of JBS&G.
Andrew has 20 years’ experience in the assessment, remediation and management of contaminated sites, and environmental auditing. He specialises in providing strategic environmental advice to clients relating to all aspects of soil and groundwater assessment and remediation including the assessment of contaminant fate and transport.
Andrew provides high level strategic thinking and advice to clients, and draws on his innovative and entrepreneurial skills experience to add value to and relationships with clients and regulators across Australia to deliver pragmatic solutions and project outcomes, tailored to the timing, cost and expectations of our clients.
- Jenny Paradiso
Jenny is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Suntrix, a successful solar energy business that operates nationally. Suntrix was founded in 2009 as a residential solar company and has evolved over the years to predominantly service the commercial solar market, supporting SMEs and all levels of Government, plus introducing its own solar/energy monitoring product, myWatt.
Suntrix was awarded the 2013 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year and Jenny was awarded an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014 for the Central Region. In 2016 Jenny was awarded the South Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and the Australian Telstra Business Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.
The biggest challenge for Jenny was in 2014 when an unexpected disruption to their industry resulted in an 18-month period of uncertainty. Fortunately for Suntrix, it was through Jenny’s determination that the business was able to survive and then flourish into the multi-million dollar national company that it is today.
Jenny is a board member of the national Clean Energy Council and a member of the Premier’s Climate Change Council in South Australia.
Prior to establishing Suntrix, Jenny worked in a number of management roles, predominantly in the library and software industries. Jenny is a self-described ‘yuppie hippie’ and is passionate about supporting our community and the environment.