Pas­sion­ate busi­ness­man re­turns

Tel­stra awards in­vite Air­lie Beach lo­cal back

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AIR­LIE Beach busi­ness­man Tony Lau­rent has been fly­ing the flag for the Whit­sun­day re­gion at the 2013 Queens­land Tel­stra Busi­ness Awards.

Mr Lau­rent, whose Air­lie Beach main street travel agency won the cat­e­gory for best small busi­ness in 2012, struck an ad­di­tional chord with Tel­stra and the busi­ness com­mu­nity through his pas­sion­ate and gen­uine ac­cep­tance speech.

Al­though he did not en­ter Air­ into this year’s awards, his words were re­mem­bered and he was asked to re­turn as a guest pre­sen­ter for the 2013 main event.

On Tues­day, July 16, Mr Lau­rent took to the podium and once again spoke from the heart about the core val­ues that have helped him to grow his busi­ness.

As the owner of a small busi­ness that has sur­vived the tur­moil of the Air­lie main street up­grade and tourism down­turn, Mr Lau­rent was well placed to of­fer oth­ers in the busi­ness world some good ad­vice about core val­ues of sin­cer­ity, au­then­tic­ity, hon­esty, car­ing and con­sis­tency.

“Be­lieve me, if you stick to th­ese sim­ple val­ues, you’ll soon win the big­gest prize of all and that’s trust,” he said.

Mr Lau­rent also shared his views on the im­por­tance of be­ing re­spon­sive to change, quot­ing Charles Dar­win’s the­ory that it wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily the strong­est or most in­tel­li­gent species that sur­vived, rather those that were will­ing to adapt.

The Tel­stra Busi­ness Awards were launched in 1992 to recog­nise the achieve­ments of small and medium busi­nesses and to share their growth ideas and strate­gies in a way that would ben­e­fit the wider busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Mr Lau­rent said it was an hon­our both to win and to speak at the awards and to con­tinue to pro­mote Air­lie Beach.

His full speech is avail­able to view at 2013 Queens­land Tel­stra Busi­ness Awards on YouTube.

IN­SPIR­ING SPEECH: Air­ pro­pri­etor Tony Lau­rent was in­vited to present the 2013 Tel­stra Busi­ness Awards where he flew the flag for Air­lie Beach.

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