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Queensland managers shine at AIM Excellence Awards state final

Monday, October 27, 2014

Coorparoo manager Damien Boorman has always walked the walk - now he can talk the talk.

Boorman, 28, was named the Queensland Young Manager of the Year at the annual Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards at a gala ceremony on Friday night.

As the Translink communications manager, Boorman is responsible for promoting public transport and communicating with 1.2 million customers about changes to their daily commutes.

“A typical day always involves a great deal of planning but as you can imagine I often end up in a spin cycle depending on how the day pans out,” Mr Boorman said.

Boorman has attended “more than a dozen” AIM courses and seminars in the past few years and he thanked AIM for providing him with the critical skill-sets and knowledge to inspire others in his team.

“It was amazing to be held in such esteemed company (as the other finalists), so to actually win the award was completely mind-blowing,” he said.

Now in their 20th year, the AIM Excellence Awards are the most esteemed management awards in the nation and for the first time ever Boorman and his fellow winners are in gunning for national recognition.

Rochedale’s James Bangay took out the prestigious Manager of the Year title for his role as managing director of Fugro Roames Pty Ltd, a virtual world asset management business.

Fugro Roames represents a paradigm shift in the way infrastructure inspection services are conducted with more than 600 regional QLD towns and cities now modelled in a virtual world, and the company’s methods are now rapidly being recognised as international best practice.

Brisbane businessman Paul Stokes was named Owner Manager of the Year for his role as founder and managing director of Artius Group, a leading provider of health, and employment and training services across south-east Queensland.

Feda Adra was named the Queensland Not for Profit Manager of the Year for her work as chief executive officer of ComLink Limited, a not for profit charity that provides aged care transport along with a number of community based programs for elderly and disadvantaged members of the community.

AIM chief executive officer Daniel Musson FAIM offered his congratulations to the winners and said it was fantastic to see the consistently high level of finalists coming from Queensland.

“These awards have been recognising managerial excellence in Queensland for more than 20 years and for the first time this year will be recognising managers from all over Australia,” Mr Musson said.

The national finals for the Excellence Awards will be held at Brisbane City Hall on Friday 7 November.