AIM Unveils Queensland's Top Managers

The 2011 winners of Queensland's most prestigious management awards were announced to Brisbane's business community at a Gala Dinner presented by the Australian Institute of Management (Qld & NT) on Friday 11 November.

The Management Excellence Awards recognise exceptional managers from business, industry and government.

This year, a new State-wide category was introduced to recognise outstanding not for profit managers, taking the top Awards presented to five for the first time.

The 2011 Management Excellence Awards State winners are:

  • Professional Manager of the Year - Ross Hepworth, Sunshine Coast TAFE (Representing the Sunshine Coast)
  • Owner Manager of the Year - Nick Bloor, Technigro Pty Ltd (Representing the Gold Coast)
  • Young Manager of the Year - Jae Fraser, G8 Education Ltd (Representing the Gold Coast)
  • Not for Profit Manager of the Year - Dawn Lang, A. B. Paterson College (Representing the Gold Coast)
  • Rural Remote Manager of the Year - Tim Rees, CEO, BGA AgriServices Ltd (Representing Toowoomba)

The five winners won their respective categories after being named regional finalists earlier this year. Regional finals were held in Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Townsville, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

Chair of the Management Excellence Awards, Julie Boyd FAIM said the 2011 State Finalists individually and collectively embody the high-calibre and innovative leadership flourishing in Queensland.

"This year's Management Excellence Awards unearthed an extremely talented and inspiring group of managers hailing from diverse regional centres all across Queensland. The State Finalists emerged top of a group of finalists of exceptionally high distinction," she said.

"Our new State-wide category for Not for Profit Manager of the Year uncovered a dedicated, hard-working and inspiring group of often under-appreciated individuals who work tirelessly for their communities.

"Innovative, pioneering and 'down to earth' managers from across the State are at the heart of the Management Excellence Awards. These individuals shape Queensland business and the local communities in which they live, and through the Awards, represent," Ms Boyd said.

Ross Hepworth AFAIM, Institute Director at Sunshine Coast TAFE was recognised for having an inspirational vision. Through Ross sourcing international business opportunities and income he has allowed his organisation to not only grow, but to be innovative and sustainable into the future. Through Ross and his team's leadership excellence, Sunshine Coast TAFE has established an enviable reputation for the quality of its training.

Nick Bloor, CEO of Technigro Pty Ltd, has undertaken strategic partnerships to position his company as a leader in its specialist fields. His vision has a particular focus on innovative methodologies. Nick has transformed a family owned business to a large scale, pioneering and professional entity, specialising in urban vegetation and natural areas management throughout South East Queensland.

Jae Fraser, General Manager Operations at G8 Education Limited, was seen by the judges as an exceptional advocate for his industry. He is aware of all stakeholders and capable of managing in all directions, and uses the people around him to address challenges through a consultative approach to management. The judges found Jae to be engaging, passionate and team-orientated - a natural leader who is innovative and not afraid to think outside the box.

Dawn Lang FAIM, Principal and CEO at A. B. Paterson College, with her drive and vision, has ensured the College is recognised as a leading educational force, not only on the Gold Coast, but also nationally and internationally. She has clearly articulated a vision of excellence, and linked strategy and everyday actions in the school community to this vision. In 2003, Dawn was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators for her work in pedagogical innovation, change management and her contribution to education.

Tim Rees AFAIM, CEO of BGA AgriServices Limited was recruited in 2008 to help resuscitate a company in difficulty. Today, BGA AgriServices is a thriving rural merchandise business with 70 staff across 11 locations and a growing annual operating profit. Tim's innovative approach to expansion led the company's strategy to diversify with new products and in new regions. The judging panel was particularly impressed by Tim's consultative approach and his commitment to ongoing personal and professional development.

Jamie Pherous, founder and CEO of Corporate Travel Management was named the 2011 Medal for Management Innovation recipient. Conferred by the AIM board and sponsored by Griffith University, the Medal celebrates a Queensland leader who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to business growth through management innovation.

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