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One month left to nominate Australia's best managers for the 2015 AIM Excellence Awards

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Nominations for the 2015 Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Excellence Awards close on 17 July and, with only one month to go, members of the business community are being urged to nominate themselves or another high achieving manager for these prestigious awards.

The AIM Excellence Awards have been recognising inspirational, passionate and talented managers for over 20 years.  Held on a national stage, the Awards celebrate the individual contributions and achievements of outstanding managers from business, government and industry. 

Past winners and finalists include international employment entrepreneur Therese Rein, Domino’s Pizza General Manager Don Meij and founder Graeme Wood.

Victorian entrepreneur Finn Kelly, was last year’s winner of National Young Manager of the Year for his role as the Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Wealth Enhancers, a Gen Y financial advisory business.

“On a personal level, my award win gave me the confidence that I am capable of leading great people, on a career level, it gave me recognition amongst by peers, and for my business, my team felt very proud and it has been a great help with recruitment,” said Mr Kelly.

Since his win, Mr Kelly has become a professional speaker with Saxton Speaker's Bureau and has launched a new business spanning both Australia and America. 

“The application process forces you to have a very hard look at yourself and see where you can improve. The judges were brilliant at giving constructive feedback. It was also a lot of fun,” he said.

AIM Group chief executive officer, David Pich, said, “As the voice of managers in Australia it is always the highlight of AIM’s year when we unearth some of the nation’s best leaders. This year is no different.

“The nomination process alone can have enormous benefits for managers. Candidates from past years have said the process helped them to reflect on their career achievements, and to then evaluate and cement their future career aspirations. 

“The AIM Excellence Awards are an exceptional personal development opportunity. But they are much more than that; they are of immense value for personal career progression. They also provide candidates with fantastic networking, public profiling and media engagement opportunities on a national scale. These in turn support the candidates’ future leadership goals,” Mr Pich said.

The Awards are contested in each state, including their regions, with a national winner selected from the state finalists.  There are four award categories, Manager of the Year, Owner Manager of the Year, Young Manager of the Year and Not for Profit Manager of the Year.

To nominate yourself or another high achieving manager before the closing date of 17 July, go to