1. Joe Boros

2. Nick Tana

3. Patria Jafferies

4. Denis Horgan

5. Ray

Della Polina

6. Franklin Tate

7. Kevin


8. Terry Budge

9. RETAILING has always been important in WA but as the world becomes a village, it is worth noting those that remain highly regarded in this arena.

10. Many of those listed here are exporting their concepts interstate and overseas.

11. In many ways these are the names behind the brands.

12. Top of the tree in this respect is Joe Boros who has driven the Bunnings hardware group to become the jewel in the Wesfarmers crown.

13. Bunnings has become one of the retail sensations of the late 1990s, particularly with the creation of its warehouse stores.

14. Nick Tana was already on this list with Chicken Treat and Perth Glory, but the acquisition of Red Rooster makes him one of Australia’s largest fast food players.

15. Patria Jafferies was seen as the marketing whiz behind Dome Coffees which she founded with Phil May.

16. Denis Horgan continues to win accolades for Leeuwin Estate wines and is joined on the list by Franklin Tate of Evans & Tate, head of WA’s second biggest winemaker.

17. Ray Della Polina has made Marlows a household name in WA and is driving the auto accessories business nation-wide.

18. It has a stranglehold on the South Australian auto accessories market and a beach head into the competitive Melbourne market.

19. Kevin Sorgiovanni is the public face of the family company that has made Harvey Fresh a top name in a tough market.

20. Indeed, Harvey Fresh boasts the only completely locally-owned milk producer in WA.

21. Terry Budge has shown that regional banks can thrive and grow in a retail market.

22. Indeed it has started to make strong inroads into the east coast financial markets.

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