Hon­our­ing ris­ing stars

Central Queensland News - - RURALWEEKLY -

THE Aus­tralian live­stock ex­port in­dus­try will recog­nise one of its emerg­ing lead­ers when the Land­mark In­ter­na­tional/ALEC Young Achiever of the Year Award for 2017 is an­nounced on Novem­ber 16.

It co­in­cides with the in­dus­try’s an­nual LIVEXchange Con­fer­ence and Gala Din­ner in Perth on Novem­ber 15–16.

This year’s Young Achiever will join an ex­clu­sive group of live­stock ex­port pro­fes­sion­als who have won the award since the year 2000.

Last year’s win­ner, By­ron O’Keefe, re­cently par­tic­i­pated in the Aus­tralian Ru­ral Lead­er­ship Foun­da­tion’s TRAIL pro­gram in Can­berra as part of his 2016 award pack­age.

The highly sought-after per­sonal and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity will also be pro­vided to the 2017 Young Achiever.

“The ARLF Trail pro­gram was a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. By fo­cus­ing on as­pects of lead­er­ship such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion, it has helped me to de­velop a greater skillset mov­ing for­ward,” Mr O’Keefe said.

“The live­stock ex­port in­dus­try is a re­ward­ing and chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment, so pro­fes­sional and per­sonal devel­op­ment for emerg­ing lead­ers is im­por­tant in en­sur­ing the in­dus­try has a strong fu­ture.”

Mr O’Keefe con­sults to var­i­ous in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing LiveCorp, eval­u­at­ing and de­liv­er­ing train­ing pro­grams via the LiveCorp/Meat & Live­stock Aus­tralia Live­stock Ex­port Pro­gram. He has pre­vi­ously worked across in­ter­na­tional sup­ply chains, un­der­tak­ing risk anal­y­sis and pro­vid­ing in-mar­ket tech­ni­cal sup­port and train­ing pro­grams. Among the high-pro­file pre­vi­ous win­ners of the Land­mark In­ter­na­tional/ALEC Young Achiever of the Year are Aus­tralian Ru­ral Ex­ports (AUSTREX) CEO Justin Slaugh­ter and Con­sol­i­dated Pas­toral Com­pany (CPC) CEO Troy Set­ter, both of whom are cur­rent ALEC di­rec­tors. Pa­trick Un­der­wood (NACC), Andy In­gle (Land­mark), Gemma Lo­max (Wel­lard) and Ben Stan­ton (Emanuel) are also pre­vi­ous Young Achiev­ers who now hold se­nior roles with some of Aus­tralia’s most prom­i­nent live­stock ex­port com­pa­nies.

Co­in­cid­ing with the Young Achiever Award an­nounce­ment at the LIVEXchange Gala Din­ner will be the an­nounce­ment of the lat­est Life­time Achiever award re­cip­i­ent, who will be in­ducted into the in­dus­try Hall of Fame, recog­nis­ing an ex­tended pe­riod of ded­i­ca­tion and lead­er­ship in the live­stock ex­port sec­tor.

The con­fer­ence and din­ner will be held at Crown Tow­ers, Perth, and is ex­pected to at­tract more than 400 stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing pro­duc­ers, ex­porters, re­search sci­en­tists, in­dus­try and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, and com­mer­cial in­vestors from Aus­tralia and over­seas.

LIVEXchange 2017 aims to show­case the live­stock ex­port sec­tor as a pro­fes­sional and highly mod­ernised in­dus­try.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

By­ron O’Keefe’s sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to im­prov­ing an­i­mal wel­fare in in­ter­na­tional sup­ply chains made him a wor­thy win­ner of the 2016 Land­mark In­ter­na­tion/ALEC Young Achiever of the Year Award.

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