Gladstone engineering leaders up for awards glory
TWO awards for excellence are up for grabs at this year's Gladstone Engineering Alliance major industry conference on October 15.
The Forty Calis Memorial Award and the Wayne Peachey Memorial Award are highly sought after in the Gladstone business community. Nominees for the Forty Calis award this year are XPort Plumbing directors Mark Whitmore, Cliff Pugh and Steve Kelly, Prime Rentals owner Dan Madden and Ezi Communications managing director Vern Elms.
Forty Calis was the owner of Watson Engineering, which he grew to become a respected player in engineering in Gladstone. He was regarded as someone who thought outside the box, took risks, communicated his vision clearly and was always thinking and researching a better way to do something.
The award named in his honour recognises the achievements of an individual who has demonstrated an entrepreneurial essence to gain business success in the engineering and support sector.
Wayne Peachey award nominees are Xtreme Engineering owner Scott Harrington and CQG Consulting director Patrice Brown.
Wayne Peachey was a founding member of GEA. He owned Peachey's Engineering and then Peachey's Laser Bond. His philosophy in life was very simple: do things properly. He applied it to all facets of life, and was known for his persistence and drive until he got what he wanted and to the high standard he set. The Wayne Peachey Award recognises the achievements of an individual who has demonstrated exceptional quality in service or product.
GEA general manager Carli Hobbs said the awards were an opportunity to recognise hard work and success.
"Working within the industry sector often goes unacknowledged," she said. The industry awards have been celebrated for three years. The winners will be announced at the dinner on the evening of the conference.
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