Cel­e­brate Roma’s ex­cel­lence

Award­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity

The Western Star - - NEWS - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite.Cud­dihy@west­ern­starnews.com

A STRONG busi­ness sec­tor is vi­tal to the sus­tain­abil­ity of any com­mu­nity.

To­mor­row night’s Mara­noa Busi­ness Awards are the re­gion’s only com­pre­hen­sive and pres­ti­gious awards scheme, of­fer­ing spe­cific and mean­ing­ful ben­e­fits to Roma’s busi­ness com­mu­nity.

With a record num­ber of nominations this year, Com­merce Roma pres­i­dent Cyril Peet said the awards were a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence across the re­gion.

“We’ve had 70 in­di­vid­u­als and 56 busi­nesses nom­i­nated across cus­tomer ser­vice awards and 80 nominations across the busi­ness awards,” he said.

Mr Peet con­grat­u­lated every busi­ness who had made the ef­fort to get in­volved.

“These busi­nesses are shar­ing their story and con­tribut­ing to the vi­brancy of the Mara­noa busi­ness com­mu­nity.”

One of Ro­tary’s most pres­ti­gious awards will also be an­nounced to­mor­row night. The Jim Baker Medal awards some­one who makes a dif­fer­ence in their work­place.

The three fi­nal­ists for the Jim Baker Medal are Tracey Fer­gu­son, Ro­han Bal­lon and Glenys Hughes.

Ms Fer­gu­son is the di­rec­tor of fi­nance and busi­ness ser­vices at South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice. Mr Bal­lon is the com­mu­nity nutri­tion­ist for Roma and Com­mu­nity Al­lied Health. Ms Hughes is the prin­ci­pal of Roma High­land Danc­ing.

Ro­tary’s im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent Josh Free­man said there was one re­cur­ring theme through­out the nominations.

“Our three fi­nal­ists are the hall­mark of do­ing their job and do­ing it well,” he said.

“They have each earned the re­spect of their peers and col­leagues and demon­strate in­tegrity and at­ten­tion to de­tail.”

Rugby union le­gend Tim Ho­ran will be the evening’s mas­ter of cer­e­monies.

Ho­ran played for the Queens­land Reds in the Su­per 12 and rep­re­sented Aus­tralia as one of the best cen­tres in the world through­out the 1990s.

Tick­ets have now sold out for the gala din­ner, which is a black tie af­fair and a stand-out net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity for the Mara­noa busi­ness com­mu­nity.

PHOTO: KATARINA SYLVESTER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

BIG WIN: Marc Ben­son and the team from Mc­Don­ald’s Roma took out three awards at the 2016 Mara­noa Busi­ness Awards, in­clud­ing the Busi­ness of the Year, spon­sored by San­tos. Marc is pic­tured here with An­drew Snars and Brodie Al­beck.

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