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WA finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year awards announced

19/04/2006 - 10:12

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Western Australia has 23 nominees in the field of 108 competing for the Ernst & Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year 2006.


Western Australia has 23 nominees in the field of 108 competing for the Ernst & Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year 2006.

Between them, the 2006 EOY Western Australia finalists employ 1,400 people and achieve a turnover of nearly $600 million.

The EOY program is conducted across five regions with these winners progressing to the national awards ceremony in November. This year's Western Region winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Perth on 17 August 2006.

Since Ernst & Young's global program started in Australia in 2001, some 417 leading Australian entrepreneurs have been recognised for their entrepreneurial spirit.

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year is invited to represent Australia at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year held annually in June in Monte Carlo.

Entrants are assessed by a leading panel of independent judges on their innovation, integrity, influence, strategic direction and national/global impact. Their relationships with their local communities are also taken into account.

The Western region finalists for 2006 are listed below.
Rob Appleyard, Lazer Safe
Rob Bird, Paramount Safety Products
Tony Canci, Freo Machinery
David Devoy, Advantage Air
John Driscoll, Marketforce
Adam Durell, Chippendale Design & Construction
Paul Farrell, NGIS Australia
Ross Fitzgerald, Nev Hurring, Peter Nichols and Brian Piggott, Steel Blue
Jim Ireland, Gemco Rail
Tony Lennon, Peet & Co
Brett McKeon, AFG Ltd
Ray Munro, Jack Rowley and David Walker, Calibre Group of Companies
Marylyn New, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle
Tom Pado, TMT
Richard Poulson and Kylie Radford, Morrison
Dr Andrew Rado, Rewards Group Ltd
Andrew van der Meer and Jim van der Meer, van der Meer Group

Former Australian winners have included Peter Farrell of ResMed Limited (2001), John Rothwell AO of Austal Limited (2002), David Bussau AM of Opportunity International (2003); Robert Gerard AO of Gerard Corporation (2004) and Tony D'Antonio and Peter Hosking of Global Machinery Company Worldwide (2005) - more detail on 2005 winner and finalists attached.

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