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Victorian leaders recognised at Excellence Awards

Monday, October 13, 2014

Four outstanding Victorian managers have been rewarded for a stellar year by being awarded with Australia’s most prestigious management award.

Andrew Fuaux AIMM from Maroondah City Council, Wealth Enhancers’ Sarah Riegelhuth AIMM and Finn Kelly AIMM along with Cliff Barclay AIMM of UnitingCare were all announced as winners in their respective categories at the Australian Institute of Management 2014 Excellence Awards held in Melbourne on 10 October.

All Victorian winners will now compete with other finalists from around Australia at the national finals to be held in Brisbane on Friday November 7.

Andrew Fuaux took out the Manager of the Year category for his work with Maroondah City Council and he dedicated his success as a leader to the achievements of his team.

“It’s the people who love their teams and love people who will achieve success as there are many great visionaries who leave their team behind,” Mr Fuaux said. “I’d also like to thank my team at home, my family, with my wife who also works full time; it certainly is a great partnership.”

UnitingCare Ballarat’s Executive Director Cliff Barclay was the proud winner of the Not for Profit Manager of the Year and said that the award will be a fantastic way to demonstrate the competitive edge his organisation possesses.

“When competing for tenders in the highly competitive not-for-profit sector it can be difficult to appropriately convey your ability to manage a project effectively so an award like this is a great way to demonstrate capability and I’m very grateful to AIM for this,” Mr Barclay said.

As the Co-founder and Managing Director of Wealth Enhancers, Sarah Riegelhuth was presented with the award for Owner Manager of the Year which she dedicated to her late father who passed away last year.

“My father was my mentor in business, my mentor in life and really got me started in my financial advice career so although it has been a tough year, everything I’ve achieved for this business has been for him,” Ms Riegelhuth said.

CEO of Wealth Enhancers Finn Kelly was delighted to take out the Young Manager of the Year category and said that the award was a result of taking pride in his leadership rather than his individual success.

“I am extremely proud of this award as I have a passion for leading people to achieve their goals and live by their values to chase their dreams,” Mr Kelly said.

AIM Chief Executive Officer Daniel Musson FAIM offered his congratulations to the winners and said it was fantastic to see such a high calibre of finalists for the inaugural Excellence Awards in Victoria.

“Talking to those who were nominated for the Awards this evening, it seems clear that everyone has uncovered one of the great benefits of the process which is the chance for self-reflection,” Mr Musson said.

“For those people who make it through to the finals, the feedback from previous years is that it is a fantastic opportunity for professional growth as people are really given the opportunity to sell themselves as a professional commodity.”