Western Region EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ finalists revealed

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

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Organic growth will be the priority for Western Australia’s leading entrepreneurs in the coming year, with seven out of 10 WA-based finalists in EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Yearsaying they will steer clear of mergers and acquisitions in the short term.

The 10 successful entrepreneurs from Western Australia, who will vie for the top gong of Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ at the national finals in October, have a collective annual turnover of $480 million and just shy of 3500 employees. They span sectors from mining services, urban planning and design, to solar batteries, waste transformation, nutritional products, and women’s philanthropy.

The finalists are in hiring mode. Engenium boss Wayne Peel said the project delivery firm plans to recruit roughly 200 staff over the next 18 months as it expands into Queensland and Victoria.

Teck Global is looking to recruit around 10 staff in the next year, a mixture of electrical engineers, designers, as well as IT and admin skills.

Five Senses Coffee boss Dean Gallagher says if the company’s launch into retail goes according to plan it will need an army of hospitality workers.

The attributes Mr Gallagher most values in workers are a positive and ethical attitude that will have a positive influence on company culture.

For Mr Peel it’s about initiative and accountability. “This ultimately leads to trust with both team members and clients,” he said.

Mr Zucaro places a premium on employees who take ownership. “When a staff member takes full ownership for their client and deliverables it makes everything so much easier for the business,” he said.

Tax remains a bug-bear among this group.

Asked which federal budget initiative would have the single biggest positive impact on operations, a number of WA’s leading entrepreneurs said any policy that reduced their tax burden, allowing them to invest back into their business and staff, would garner support.

“It will encourage not just our business but businesses across Australia to invest in their people and growth,” Nutrition Systems boss Danny Pavlovich said.

While domestic expansion is a priority several have an eye on international markets.

“EY is thrilled to be championing and celebrating the courage of these individuals whose organisations are surviving and thriving despite what has been challenging business conditions in our state,” EY’s Western Region Managing Partner Fiona Drummond said.

“Several of the finalists have built successful businesses outside mining and resources which is good news for the diversification of the Western Australian economy, but there is a lot more work to be done that will require a collaborative effort from government and industry,” Ms Drummond said.

Ms Drummond said EY globally has been celebrating, advising, guiding, recognising and connecting the most successful high-growth entrepreneurs for more than 30 years, not only through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Program, but through the firm’s Global Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Gary McGrath WA General Manager, Corporate Financial Services, Commonwealth Bank, said, “The importance of innovative thinking cannot be underestimated for Australia’s future economic success, so we’re proud to be the principal sponsor of a program that recognises Australia’s top entrepreneurs.

“We are particularly proud of our regional finalists on reaching this milestone. These individuals and organisations showcase the growth and diversification of the state, and we look forward to following their progress throughout the year,” Mr McGrath said. 

The overall Australian winner will go on to the global program, travelling to Monte Carlo in June 2019 to compete for title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™.

The 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.

Western Region finalists

  • Adam Lamond - Veris Limited
  • Aidan Jenkins - Infinite Energy
  • Danny Pavlovich - Nutrition Systems
  • David Zucaro - Teck Global
  • Dean Gallagher - Five Senses Coffee
  • Matthew Martella and Michael Martella - Anergy
  • Tony Routledge - AVI
  • Wayne Peel - Engenium Pty Ltd

Western Region Award Recipients

  • Social entrepreneur: Alicia Curtis - 100 Women
  • Fintech national finalist: Jemma Green - Power Ledger
  • Champion of Entrepreneurship: Gina Rinehart - Hancock Prospecting Pty Limited

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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 1,500 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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