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Tasmania honours management excellence

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Vigorous Tasmanian community worker Therese Taylor and Tasmanian businessman Chris Sargent will fondly remember 2014 forever.

Ms Taylor, the Chief Executive Officer of community organisation Colony 47 was named the 2014 Australian Institute of Management Tasmanian Not for Profit Manager of the Year.

The announcement was made at AIM’s inaugural Tasmanian Excellence Awards on Wednesday 8 October and the prestigious title added another piece of silverware to Ms Taylor’s mantelpiece after she was awarded the 2014 Hobart City Council Volunteer Award earlier this year.

But the glory wasn’t Ms Taylor’s alone with Tasmanian businessman Chris Sargent named 2014 Australian Institute of Management Tasmanian Owner Manager of the Year for the great work achieved by his company Plants Management Australia.

The AIM Excellence Awards are the most esteemed management awards in the nation and for the first time ever the Tasmanian winners have a shot at national recognition.

C47 provides invaluable services to disadvantaged and vulnerable Tasmanians including housing for homelessness, mental health care, education and employment and Ms Taylor thanked AIM for its acknowledgement of the not-for-profit sector.

“This award illustrates how the community, government and the not-for-profit community can work together,” Ms Taylor said.

“Awards like this recognise the not-for-profit community and the skills that they bring to the table. We can make that contribution to government and business in assisting Tasmania in the future.

“I would like to thank AIM for recognising the not-for-profit category as we have many high calibre managers and leaders.”

The award also caps a stellar run of success for Mr Sargent after his win in the Australian Small Business Champion Awards and he was also delighted with the acknowledgement.

“Thanks to AIM, I’m proud to lead a Tasmanian business that employs 11 Tasmanian families and without their hard work this wouldn’t be possible,” Mr Sargent said.

“I spend so much time travelling around the world and away from home which can be tough but awards like this make it all worthwhile.”

PMA manages the introduction of new garden plant varieties across the globe and represents the interests of independent Tasmanian plant breeders.

Ms Taylor and Mr Sargent advance to the national final in Brisbane on Friday 7 November.