Exceptional Magazine : 2011 Exceptional Magazine
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National fnalists 21 Meet the fnalists Australian entrepreneurs continue to seize market opportunities while focusing on business fundamentals to create long-term, sustainable growth. Meet the diverse group of National fnalists in the 2010 Entrepreneur Of The Ye a r awards, all of whom are leading successful and dynamic businesses. To learn more about these exceptional entrepreneurs, please visit eoy.ey.com.au. Keith Ayotte and Nathan Steggel / Windlab Cleantech category / Eastern region CSIRO scientists Nathan Steggel and Keith Ayotte founded a global wind energy development business, with wind farm sites in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. David Lumb / Clearmake Water Treatment and Recycling Solutions Cleantech category / Northern region David Lumb turned a struggling company into a winner, achieving sales growth of more than 35% and an 18.5% EBITDA margin in his frst year of owning Clearmake Water Treatment and Recycling Solutions. To n y Middleton / Advanced Engine Components Limited Cleantech category / Western region To n y Middleton took Advanced Engine Components from an insolvent, delisted company to a thriving exporter, now relisted on the ASX, with a market capitalisation of $10 million. To n y Sennitt / Diamond Energy Cleantech category / Southern region To ny Sennitt founded Diamond Energy with a vision of delivering the lowest possible carbon footprint energy. With a unique business model of direct linkage between generation and consumption, strong capital profle and proprietary technology, Diamond Energy is a leader in the Australian bio-energy market. Brendon Cook / oOh!media Listed category / Eastern region Brendon Cook built an $86 million business by exploiting a gap in the outdoor advertising market. oOh!media is the only single focused out-of-home advertising company listed on the ASX. Brendon's goal is to beat $30 million in EBITDA in the next three years. Richard Treagus / Acrux Limited Listed category / Southern region Richard Treagus steered drug company start-up Acrux towards the largest product licensing deal in the history of Australian Biotech. In March, Richard licensed the global rights for the drug Axiron to Eli Lilly in a deal worth US$335 million plus royalties. Peter Gregg / The Gregg Group of Companies Products category / Central region After 19 years as a chartered accountant helping his clients build their businesses, Peter Gregg was eager to have a go himself. Today, he is a serial entrepreneur, with a controlling interest in a multitude of companies. Kristina Karlsson / kikki.K --- Swedish Home/Offce Style Products category / Southern region From a fedgling start-up in 2001, Kristina Karlsson's innovative fashion stationery retail concept has grown into a multi-million dollar business. kikki.K has 45 boutiques across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Nigel Spork / Centor Products category / Northern region Nigel Spork turned a failing Australian small business into the worldwide trailblazer in folding door technology. Today, Centor is a global business that dominates the Australian, US and UK markets. Julian Walter / JWH Group Pty Ltd Products category / Western region Julian Walter turned a marketing plan rejected by his employer into two highly successful and proftable homebuilding companies. His current business, JWH Group Pty Ltd, has a $370 million turnover, employing 670 staff and more than 2,000 subcontractors.
2012 Exceptional Magazine