Telstra Business Awards - 2014 Finalist

telstra-2014-finalistTwenty-three dream-chasing finalists have been named in the 2014 Telstra Western Australian Business Awards.

The finalist's hail from around the state, from the Pilbara and the state's Mid West, to Margaret River and Albany.

Telstra Retail Group Executive, Gordon Ballantyne, said the quality of the 23 Western Australian Awards finalists boded well for the state's economy.


It's fantastic to see finalists from the length and breadth of Western Australia and representing a variety of industries. These brilliant Western Australian businesses are at the heart of many local communities and they're the backbone of the Australian economy.

The Telstra Business Awards recognise the brilliance of Australian businesses and help business leaders to reflect on their strategies, their goals and how to create a better future. The awards also inspire communities by celebrating the skill and passion that goes into running a small business," Mr Ballantyne said.

In Margaret River, Top Drop Tours owners' Chris and Kerry O'Hare gave up city living to run a tour company for wine lovers, while Peter and Debbie Noonan left roles as a retail manager and a TAFE lecturer to renovate an historic convent-come-guesthouse into the luxury B&B Margaret River Guest House.

Over in Port Hedland, Kristy Jeffs and Daniel Page traded in their jobs as labourers to set up Pilbara Flavours and now lead a competitive local food trailer market, while former executive assistant Laila Gampfer used her coeliac diagnosis as inspiration to establish her raw sweets business, Rawsome.

Former company secretary and legal counsel for a mining company, Laura McMahon Blechynden now follows her dream of running her own business after she and husband Mark took over Questamon and expanded the training and consulting business nationally.

Other WA finalists this year include Pindari WA Pty Ltd, an Aboriginal trade services business servicing the Pilbara resources sector, and Fordham & Roast, a multidisciplinary law practice established by ex-detective superintendent Steve Roast and lawyer and forensic scientist Professor Judith Fordham.

Regional finalists also include Albany's Great Southern Distilling Company, run by Cameron Syme; TeleMed Pty Ltd, established by nuclear medicine practitioner Peter Tually; and Mandurah Cruises & Gift Shop, owned by Rod Bishop who left the Fisheries Department to buy a small ferry business.




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