Industry tips a hat to its own

Posted October 12, 2015

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The annual awards night showcases local excellence. Photo: Murray Ware

Gladstone industry will take time out to acknowledge local business leadership and excellence with a gala event on October 15.

The 12th annual Gladstone Engineering Alliance Gala Dinner and Industry Awards night is expected to attract a crowd of more than 250.

Held in conjunction with the GEA Major Industry Conference, it is the city’s largest industry event, according to GEA projects officer Kim Roberts.

“The purpose of the awards night is to showcase the exceptionally highly skilled supply chain Gladstone boasts,” Ms Roberts aid.

The industry “night of nights” features three distinct awards that celebrate those who strive for and embody excellence in business in the Gladstone Region – the Wayne Peachy Memorial Award, the Forty Calis Memorial Award and the Industry Hall of Fame Award.

Ms Roberts said the calibre of nominees this year had been exceptionally high and represented sectors including engineering, marine, consulting, training and plumbing.

They include Mark Whitmore, Cliff Pugh and Steve Kelly (XPort Plumbing), Dan Madden (Prime Rentals) and Vern Elms (Ezi Communications) for the Forty Calis Memorial Award.

The Wayne Peachey Memorial Award nominees are George Young (G.W Young and Sons), Scott Harrington (Xtreme Engineering), and Patrice Brown (CQG Consulting).Ms Roberts said the annual Forty Calis Memorial Award recognised the achievements of an individual who had demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit to gain business success in the engineering and support sector, while the Wayne Peachey Memorial Award paid tribute to an individual known for their quality in service or product.

“The Industry Hall of Fame Award has been established to recognise those outstanding individuals or businesses that can be held up as role models,” she said.

The 2015 GEA Gala Dinner and Industry Awards night will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, Goondoon St, with pre-dinner drinks from 6.30pm.

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