South Australia honours management excellence

Date: 
Monday, October 6, 2014

Excellence is a trait aspired to by many but achieved by few. Not so for the quartet of South Australian high achievers whose corporate achievements were rewarded when they were named the state’s most successful managers at the AIM Excellence Awards on Friday 3 October.

Zoos South Australian Chief Executive Officer Elaine Bensted FAIM, Adelaide Young Citizen of the Year Chris Hooper AIMe, Employers Mutual Limited’s Peter George AIMM and agricultural identity Damien Smart AIMM will now progress to the inaugural national category.

The AIM Excellence Awards are the most esteemed management awards in the nation and for the first time ever the SA quartet of winners now have a clear line of sight to national recognition.

Bensted’s achievements include evolving Zoos SA from an unmanageable debt situation to a budget surplus to more than 500,000 visitors attending the Adelaide and Monarto Zoos in the past 12 months.

AIM Group Chief Executive Officer Daniel Musson FAIM said the calibre of SA winners was in keeping with the awards’ high standards.

“The AIM Excellence Awards have been won by some of Australia’s most successful managers and business leaders over the years and the 2014 winners will be in esteemed company,” Musson said.

“At AIM we recognise that excellence in management is not confined to the major cities and I am humbled to be in the same company as these outstanding managers.”

Hooper‘s win in the Young Manager of The Year category was the culmination of a stellar 12 months in which, Cirillo Hooper & Company,  the company he co-founded five years ago continued on its high-octane growth trajectory.

Not to be outdone, George’s feats to help realign Employers Mutual Limited from a precarious position into a profitable organisation.

The AIM Excellence Awards have been won by some of Australia’s most successful business leaders and the SA winners will advance to national final in Brisbane next month.