Past Winners
2015

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

sam spunner sustainable business woman of the year

Sam Spunner
Sam Spunner is the Founder of Sinchies, a social conscious, environmentally friendly business changing the eating habits of kids and grown ups the world over with her reusable food pouches.
Three years ago when running her own daycare, Sam discovered how much kids liked squeezy yoghurt pouches. They would suck them down in 10 seconds flat & the pouches had to be thrown out. Also looking after a child with with allergies she often missed out and felt left out. That is when she came up with Sinchies, mess free, easy to use, easy to clean, safety conscious, convenient and affordable reusable food pouches, sandwich bags, wrap bags and snack bags.
With Sinchies you not only reduce waste and the impact you have on the environment, you also reduce costs with Sinchies reusable pouches being cheaper than throwaway versions you buy in store. For more information head to www.sinchies.com.au.

2015

YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

courtney aspland young business woman of the year

Courtney Aspland
Courtney Aspland is the Manager for Marketing and Sales at TAFE Queensland East Coast, the largest premier provider of vocational education on the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay, with over 16,000 enrolments annually. In her role, Courtney is responsible for the marketing and branding strategy for the entire region including managing media and public relations, communication, developing sales strategies, and building positive relationships with key stakeholders to achieve outstanding results. She manages the workflow of several distinctive units, including Marketing, Business Development, International Business Development and TAFE at schools, to deliver a range of solutions to improve training across the region. Courtney is always eager to embrace new opportunities and her passion for education has led her to study a Master of Business Administration this year. Courtney feels privileged to shape the outcomes of the organisation as the youngest member of the TAFE Queensland East Coast Executive Team and loves her role and her teams at TAFE.

2015

MICRO SMALL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

denise ladwig micro small business woman of the year

Dr Denise Ladwig
Denise is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist and Ultrasound Specialist, at Advanced Women’s Imaging, Selangor Private Hospital, Nambour. Established in 2010 in partnership with Sunshine Coast Radiology. She has worked exclusively in women’s imaging since completing her ultrasound fellowship in Sydney, in both private and public sectors. Is actively involved in training and education of both doctors and sonographers. Regularly travels to Rockhampton to scan high risk patients in addition to remote reporting of O&G ultrasounds for Central Queensland Health. Passionate about providing high quality care, providing thorough ultrasound assessments of pregnancy and the female pelvis, specialising in high risk and complicated cases. Denise takes time to talk with women both during and after their ultrasound, reducing anxiety and providing clear information about their diagnosis.

Denise also loves to spend time with her family on their Woombye property, attending Nambour Anglican church, helping at a local bushcare group, running long distances and generally just enjoying life on the Sunshine

2015

CORPORATE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Jodi Chapman corporate business woman of the year

Jodi Chapman
Jodi Chapman is the founder of Advanced Wellness & Behavioural Centre. The Award was in recognition of Jodi Chapman’s highly successful naturopathic clinic established eight years ago in Maroochydore dedicated to improving health outcomes for their clients. Jodi has personally helped thousands of Sunshine Coast residents to radically improve their health and vitality by natural treatments and education about nutrition and lifestyle.
Her research and findings into the connection between gut health and mental health has helped reduce levels of depression and anxiety with treatments designed to re-balance neuro-chemicals present in both the gut and brain. This treatment is at the leading edge of research termed neuro-gastroenterology. This clinic’s proven method of a balanced diet, healthy lifestyle and natural supplements that are designed for each individual is the most effective way back to optimal physical, mental and emotional health.

2015

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

angela miles professional business woman of the year

Angela Miles
Angela Miles is the Relationship Manager North Coast Region for RACQ CareFlight Rescue an aeromedical and rescue retrieval helicopter service, efficiently overseeing a region of over 100,000 square kilometres from Brisbane River to the Town of Seventeen Seventy. This extensive footprint encompasses a total of nine primary council regions. Accordingly, she proficiently manages stakeholder relations from all levels of government to corporate, SME’s businesses, clubs and community organisations and was most recently appointed as Relationship Manager of CareFlight’s newly merged Mt Isa rescue base providing leadership and oversight of the fundraising program and team.

2015

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS WOMAN OF YEAR

roz white outstanding business woman of the year

Roz White
Roz is an experienced owner/operator of White’s IGA Supermarkets and proudly offers local customers and the community a unique shopping experience in an award winning retail environment engaging customers with an exciting array of gourmet, local, quality fresh products and a diverse range of competitively priced grocery lines. The White’s unique ‘locavore’ culture guarantees you to always spot a local in their stores because they’re locally owned, they employ locals and it’s where the locals shop.
Roz is an active member in the community participating in various local, state and national charity events and contributes as a member of the board of directors for Montrose Therapy and Respite Services; an 82 year old Queensland based charity and is as an advisory board member of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation.
Roz proactively engages with industry colleagues and suppliers to maintain global sector perspective adapted with a local nuance.

2014

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Maria Woods
Maria Woods is the Principal/CEO of Sunshine Coast Grammar School. Located in Forest Glen, Sunshine Coast Grammar School is a vibrant, co-educational, Christian school catering for students from P-12. Appointed to the Principal position at Grammar in 2012, Maria has overall strategic and operational oversight of the entire organisation. Maria is responsible to the School Council and PMSA (Presbyterian and Methodist Schools’ Association) who own the school, for all financial, physical, human, teaching and learning resourcing. With over 1200 students, 800 plus families and 200 staff, it is a very large and dynamic learning community on the Sunshine Coast.

Maria has held numerous executive roles in education including Deputy Principal, Head of Boarding and Assistant Principal at various schools in Queensland.
In 2011, Maria was awarded a scholarship by Griffith University to undertake her Doctorate, and in 2013 was awarded a Principal’s Award by Marketing Macquarie Group.
Maria is very proud to be a finalist in the 2014 Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Awards.

2014

CORPORATE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Debbie Battaglini-Clarke
Debbie Battaglini-Clarke is the co-owner and Marketing Director of BOQ Maroochydore – a multi-award-winning full-service bank – with a heart.

Debbie’s roles include marketing, strategic development, finance, HR and event management – in effect all of the business functions other than the operational aspects of banking.
Superior service and building long-term relationships is a business priority. BOQ Maroochydore specialises in business banking, with over 85% of new business coming from referral clients.

BOQ Maroochydore’s superior performance, through Debbie’s innovative approach to business, has been validated by being awarded, among others, the 2012-2013 BOQ National Owner-Managed Branch of the Year.
With a strong focus on “connecting with our community”, Debbie has also designed various corporate events, such as their very successful Celebrity Charity Golf Day & Corporate Sports Lunch, which has enabled over $200,000 to be donated to local children’s charities.

Debbie has enjoyed a long & varied career in business development, marketing and as a business owner. These roles have included mass media, owner of an event management business and working as the Corporate Partnerships Manager of leading children’s charities.
http://www.boq.com.au/

2014

MICRO SMALL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Emma-Louise Gibbons
Emma-Louise Gibbons is a local business women who has owned four different business since moving to the Sunshine Coast 14 years ago.
Presently she owns Huds and Toke Pty Ltd which provides Australia with cutting edge, innovative treats for horses, dogs and all other pets, made in Australia from Australian produce.
Emma-Louise designed the brand specifically to be Versatile and with a view for vertical integration and brand extension and aims to take advantage of international opportunities in the near future.
Presently all products are distributed nationally via the B2B retail network.
She admirably juggles the pressures of full time mother-hood, with two small boys (4& 6), and the joys of being a loving, devoted wife.
Emma-Louise is an inspiration to her family and the drive and passion to succeed in her chosen industry, business, and family, flows into every aspect of her life and, as such, she is well respected within her industry and by her peers.
http://www.hudsandtoke.com.au/

2014

YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Melinda Bingley
Melinda Bingley is the proud owner of MAB Personal Training & Adventures. MAB is all about making fitness fun and adventurous, and helping people find their strength and confidence within. MAB stands for Mind and Body, and Melinda’s mission is also to focus deeper than just the body – challenging people’s minds. MAB offers different training options, including private gym studio sessions, bootcamps and outdoor mountain/kayak adventures.
Melinda loves life, loves helping and inspiring people, loves adventure and strongly believes if you want something enough you can have anything your heart desires – all you need is a big enough reason why, a plan and most of all, action. When she is not working on her business, she is outdoors doing some kind of fun, soul awakening adventure – like walking 900 kilometres from France to Spain, trekking through the snow in cold New Zealand or showing her respect to all Australians by doing the Kokoda trail in Papua New Guinea. Speaking of adventure, she is literally off to climb Everest Base Camp on Monday 01 September 2014.
http://mabpersonaltraining.com.au/

2014

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Brooke Bennett
Brooke Bennett is a 30 year old wife, mother and marketing manager of Kawana Shoppingworld, a successful sub-regional shopping centre on the Sunshine Coast. Brooke has held this position for 8 1/2 years, and has been at Kawana for 13 1/2 years.
Brooke recently assisted in taking the centre through a multi-million dollar redevelopment adding 60 new specialty stores, an ALDI supermarket and casual dining precinct.
Brooke responsibilities include providing a positive return on investment for her retailers and investors through strategic marketing.
The last 18 months have been the most challenging of Brooke’s career as the centre experienced significant traffic/customer downturns, a number of retailers on rental abatement at the worst point, retailers with entries closed off for up to eight months and up to 500 car spaces lost.
Kawana has now opened the new malls and the centre is thriving!
http://www.kawanashoppingworld.com.au/

2013

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Tsu Shan Chambers
Tsu Shan Chambers, health advocate, is also an Optometrist, yoga teacher and mother of 3. Her life’s work is to make a positive difference, one life at a time, believing that by changing a person’s life for the better, the lives of their family and local community will improve.

At 30, Tsu Shan took action to meet the need on the Coast for a centre that provides a personalised, holistic approach to wellbeing and continuity of care. 3 years later, Yin Health in Kawana still paves the way as the only truly integrative health centre on the Coast for families where Eastern and Western Medicine meet.

Tsu Shan leads a passionate and experienced team of 22 practitioners; including integrative GPs, beauty, massage, chiropractors, counsellors, yoga – you name it – all under the one roof! Yin Health also continues to strengthen community support networks by providing the base for courses and workshops.
http://www.yinhealth.com/

2013

CORPORATE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Tamara Wrigley
Tamara Wrigley has had over 17 years experience in the Real Estate industry having started her career as a Junior Trainee Property Manager at the age of 19.
From there Tamara joined forces with her Husband, Peter, at St Lucia to build a successful Real Estate business.
Tamara grew and matured to managing small portfolios, through to large portfolios, managing staff, training staff and owning and operating 5 of her own Agencies throughout SE QLD.
Tamara has a dynamic business style and relationship skills that makes her a well respected and sought after property professional.
Not only is Tamara an astute business woman, she is a mother to 2 children, Ashton and Mikayla and a wife to Peter. Tamara shows her support to many charities here on the Sunshine Coast with the biggest contributions to Wishlist and SunnyKids. Giving back to those who need it most fulfils a special place in her heart.
http://www.carolans.net/

2013

MICRO SMALL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Renee Blackwell
Renee Blackwell is the founding director of Renee Blackwell Jewellery Design, a well established, dynamic and creative business on the Sunshine Coast for over 14 years. Inspired by travel, the beauty of nature and her love of gemstones, vintage and antique curios, Renee’s passion is to design one of a kind, statement jewellery creations.
Renee started designing when very young, but it was during a visit to Africa that she really found her love of jewellery and personal adornment.
Calling Australia home since 1999, she has taken Renee Blackwell Jewellery Designs in new and exciting directions.
Capturing the spirit of today’s woman who expresses herself with interesting, elegant and distinctive jewellery, Renee’s pieces are now prize in jewellery collections of women across the world. Including Australian and Hollywood celebrities.
After 25 years in business and with over 150 of the best gift shops, jewellery stores and galleries in Australia now stocking her jewellery, Renee Blackwell continues to make a strong impact in the jewellery world.
http://www.reneeblackwelldesign.com/

2013

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Michelle Evans
With over 24 years in corporate financial services, Michelle couples her innate knowledge of turning time into money with her online ability to turn likes into loves. Michelle creates clever content that transcends both economic and language barriers & engages customers around the globe. Since joining 4 Ingredients, Michelle has created strong, effective partnerships with clear “customer focused” solutions. Michelle’s effective strategic positioning and brand engagement has created a robust digital footprint & systems that safeguard the brand, power profitability and secures 4 Ingredients’ future as a business. Above all, Michelle has created a community of engaged, enthusiastic customers who proudly volunteer as brand ambassadors & actively refer new customers. Michelle is the proud mother of two children and wife to husband of 23 years Kevin. Michelle volunteers her knowledge, connections and skill with numerous mentoring roles both nationally and abroad.

http://www.4ingredients.com.au/

2013

YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Carly Earl
Carly Earl, mother of three, Director of Eco Child and founder of the Sustainable Parenting Association (SPA), is a Sunshine Coast local who has trail blazed the organic baby retail industry in Australia. Carly opened Eco Child in 2006 at the forefront of the eco-store retail trend and encompasses the ethos of ‘greentailing’. Six years on, with the formation of the not-for-profit group SPA, Carly offers a unique ability to fully embrace the ‘customers to community’ philosophy. With a strong customer following, spreading the message about sustainable parenting choices is an integral component of all that she does. Combining her passion for the environment and an irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit, Carly recognized a niche gap in the sustainable parenting products market. The expansion of her advocacy and educational work through SPA is a natural progression and a reflection of her business.

http://www.ecochild.com.au/

2012

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Tania Hubbard
Tania Hubbard is the Founding Director of The Gluten Free Grain Free Co. and is one of Australia’s leading gluten free grain free manufacturers, publishers and educators. Her mission is to produce food that is jam-packed with goodness and is the most delicious, most nutritious food around. Tania and the team only use the finest ingredients they can find to deliver awesome quality and perfection in each and every bag. Tania’s main responsibilities include:
• Researching and integrating emerging functional foods into her range to bring health giving, nutritionally dense, tasty and delicious gluten and grain free food to market;
• Product innovation and development
• Food education seminars and cooking demonstrations
• Writing – Tania is the author of gluten free grain free, food we love and is currently drafting her second book
• Quality control
• Market Research and Food Trend analysis
Everything Tania does is focused on delivering what her customers need and making certain it is the best possible quality. Her bake@home premixes, like her cookbook have been handcrafted to reflect her vision of health giving, delicious, high quality, simple whole food.

http://www.glutenfreegrainfree.com.au/

2012

CORPORATE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Jainey Bennett
Jainey Bennett is the Managing Director and sole shareholder of First Class Fitness and Consultancy Pty Ltd which trades as EZYFIT Health and Fitness Clubs on the Sunshine Coast. Since taking over the club just over a year ago, major renovations and extensions have taken place and EZYFIT is now the largest club on the Coast providing a cardio theatre, weights areas, ladies only room, crèche and day spa. With Jainey’s passion for group fitness, EZYFIT is home to the largest group fitness studio and classes in Queensland. In the 17 years prior to this venture, Jainey has utilised her superior leadership, sales/marketing and strategic skills within a number of her own companies across various fields from Publishing, Hospitality and Fitness, all of which resulted in either corporate buyouts or on-sold to independents. Jainey Bennett resides on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and two children, aged 7 and 4.
http://ezyfitclub.com/

2012

MICRO SMALL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Vicki Taylor
Vicki Taylor is the owner of Red Hot Chilli Pepper, a Caloundra based boutique spice outlet that opened in 2011. Vicki blends her own spices, sells gourmet foods, chilli products, spice tins, Moroccan ceramics and spice drawers. Vicki offers spice blending classes to the general public as she is passionate about spices and has quickly gained a reputation for her willingness to share her knowledge and her recipes as part of an enticing customer experience.Vicki is responsible for all aspects of the business including buying, merchandising, spice blending, marketing, customer service, financial record keeping, managing online retail sales and social media.

http://www.redhotchillipepper.com.au/

2012

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Lisa Harrison
Lisa Harrison, Director with the Creative design agency POMO
Recognising a growing niche in digital marketing, in 2010 Lisa Harrison, an on-line media expert, created Secrets to Social Media Mastery. Since then Lisa has single-handedly developed Australia’s only fully government accredited Certificate IV in Business Social Media course – a national first. Lisa uses her extensive knowledge of the digital media to provide POMO with the capability, knowledge and service culture to give her clients achievable aims and objectives, turning an otherwise complex online world into a profitable medium for any business.
Lisa helps businesses understand how digital marketing can assist in reaching their business aims and objectives. In particular she specialises in:
• Social media marketing, training and education
• Email marketing
• Websites and social integration
• Blogging
• Digital strategy
• Online promotions and competitions

http://www.pomo.com.au

2012

YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Natalie Tink
Natalie Tink is the owner and Managing Director of Coast to Coast Media.
She is a completely self-made business woman who at the age of 17 accepted an entry level position selling national advertising for the Coast to Coast Real Estate Publications. Now at age 30 she is a 50% owner of the business alongside her business partner/best friend Kylie Kovacevic. Natalie prides herself on the fact that she can do it all. Not only is she a strong business professional but also a devoted wife and mother. Natalie recently celebrated her 30th birthday and acknowledges her accomplishments prior to turning 30 as just the beginning of what she is capable of achieving. Natalie’s other passion in life is her physical fitness, she attributes that her ability to succeed in business is derived from keeping herself physically fit. Natalie works with local charity Sunny Kids and prides herself in working for the benefit of children. Natalie quotes “if it was easy …… everyone would do it”.
http://www.coasttocoastmagazine.com

2011

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Kim McCosker
Kim McCosker is the owner of 4 Ingredients, the biggest selling self-published cookbooks in Australian publishing history. 4 Ingredients was founded by Kim and lifelong friend Rachael Bermingham, in 2007. In May 2011, Kim’s family purchased Rachael’s fifty percent share of the business.
4 Ingredients started as a cookbook with the same title. It was self-published in March 2007. Its phenomenal popularity has spawned 7 further cookbooks, TVShows, DVD’s, Cookware ranges, iApps, endorsements, International publishing and production deals, and a rapidly growing online database. From inception, Kim has been the managing partner responsible for development and management of the growth of the business, whilst still creating content. Originally Kim ran the business and its staff from her house, but in May 2010, due to its continued growth, leased a commercial office in Caloundra and moved global headquarters there. 4 Ingredients has built its successful brand on saving busy people around the world time and money in the kitchen.
http://www.4ingredients.com.au

2011

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Carolyn Thomson
Carolyn is the General Manager of Kadoe Commercial Coatings installers of waterproofing, epoxy flooring and polished concrete on commercial projects, and is responsible for strategic planning and management day to day.
Carolyn left school at 17 without finishing her final year to work in a legal practice, designed and exported knitwear to Japan at 26, and accommodation developer and operator at 37. She was the President of the inaugural committee for the reinvention of Pelican
Waters Carols by Candlelight at CCPS, and is currently working with Deborah De William of Running Pink, raising money for breast cancer research. Carolyn is very passionate about the Sunshine Coast’s economic sustainability for our children’s’ future.
http://www.kadoe.com.au

2011

CORPORATE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Dena Dillon
Dena Dillon is the founding director of Piper Digital Marketing. Although a mere 4 years old it is recognised as one of Australia’s leading Digital Marketing Agencies. Piper has developed and managed digital campaigns and web development projects for iconic brands such as Bentley, Ferrari & Lotus; public companies like Australian Power & Gas; some of Australia’s largest property developers; well-known fashion brands, as well as many small businesses here on the sunshine coast. The company has offices in Australia, Asia, and will
launch in the U.S. later this year. Piper is also the digital partner and supplier to many major advertising agencies and media companies, and will launch their small business product this month. Dena has a Bachelor of Business and has been in digital marketing for 11 years. She regularly speaks, and was selected to mentor business students at QUT. She and her partner live at Doonan with their dog. She has promised her mother grand children in the near future.
http://www.piperdm.com

2011

MICRO SMALL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Vickie Magic
Vickie Magic purchased Business Matters Magazine in January of 2010, having worked the previous 10 years in the advertising world, in both radio and print media. She absolutely loves the advertising industry. The thing that Vickie loves the most about Business Matters Magazine is that she is able to really make a difference on the Sunshine Coast by helping local business grow. She is doing that through asking business what they need, what they want to be educated on, what they would like to be motivated about, and what local people would they like to read aspiring articles about and then giving them exactly those things. So far this approach seems to be working well
because the feedback that the Magazine is getting has been amazing. She really enjoys sitting down with a potential advertiser and working out with them what is going to make them famous. Vickie says “It’s so much fun”.
http://www.businessmattersmagazine.com.au

2011

YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Julie Jacobson
Julie Jacobson is a Senior Accountant and Manager at Holmans, one of the largest accounting and financial planning firms on the Sunshine Coast. She is a valued member of a team that provides accounting, taxation, business advisory, financial planning and risk insurance services to assist clients grow, manage and enjoy wealth.
Dedicated to providing a high level of client care and service, Julie brings 10 years of experience in public practice accounting and small business management to her role. Understanding the realities of her clients’ businesses, a proactive approach and building strong relationships are key elements of Julie’s success. She is an integral part of the leadership team which develops staff and determines the direction and growth of the firm. Julie is an enthusiastic home cook for her extended family and an avid international traveller. She is also excelling in her further studies to obtain her Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) qualification.
http://www.holmans.com.au

2011

SPORTS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Jennifer Forster
Jen Forster is the creator of Goal Power Training. Commencing in 2007, Goal Power Training is now known as the ‘Inner Sanctum of Women’s Fitness’. Jen believes it is in your self-belief and confidence that results and permanent change can be created. Incorporating group fitness, beginner sporting and nutritional programs, Jen has developed a ‘belief bank’, which is changing attitudes about women’s fitness – and changing lives!
Drawing from her life experience, fitness and coaching training, and sporting achievements at an elite level has been integral to Jen’s success. But the key difference is in Jen’s fundamental understanding of the philosophy of change. With this knowledge Jen is transforming women from the inside out. Jen is passionate about supporting women to be all that they can be through achievements in sports and fitness. Through her ability to connect, she is encouraging and empowering women to discover their best life and truly live it.
http://www.whyfitness.com.au

2010

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Lindy Atkin
Architecture has inspired Lindy for over 25 years. Studying at Queensland University and experiencing six years working with internationally-renowned architects in London, has formed a perfect base for working on Olympic projects for Sydney 2000. Returning to the Sunshine Coast in 1995, Lindy worked with nationally-awarded architects, before starting a practice focused on quality design projects, lasting client relationships, and collaborative teams. Over the last 12 years directing Bark Design Architects, she has enjoyed the privilege of designing residential and civic projects which continue to shape both private and public spheres, ensuring a sustainable future for the built environment of the Sunshine Coast.

2010

YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Linda Ireland
As a key executive Linda remains active within her leading Mortgage Choice practice where she advises and assists real estate agents, developers, builders and borrowers. Linda employs five local specialists, and is full time general manager responsible for the day to day business management, loan consultant recruiting and staff management. Her Mortgage Choice practice has been recognized as one of the top 15 Mortgage Choice franchises for the last six years nationally. She is also the driving force behind Insight Processing – an Australian leader in the field of outsourced loan administration and specialist broker services. Linda established Insight Processing in 2008 and employs 10 local Sunshine Coast professionals. She has organically grown the business to a current turnover exceeding $1.25 billion dollars in loan approvals per year.

2010

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Rayeleene Elston
The majority of Rayeleene’s working life has been spent with NAB, initially in country Victoria and more recently here on the Sunshine Coast. She has been in many different roles with NAB and is grateful for the experiences that have come with each one.
Rayeleene’s current role as senior partner at Noosa Business Banking Centre provides her with the great opportunity to work closely with a highly skilled team of business bankers and their clients. Rayeleene enjoys the rapport with her clients and is proud of the role she plays in assisting them achieve their goals.

2010

MICRO SMALL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Sarah Pye
Sarah’s parents took her out of school at 13 to sail around the world. Since then she has driven whalewatch boats in Hawaii, canoed through the Canadian wilderness and created an award-winning tourism company in The Whitsundays. When her daughter was born, Sarah noticed a lack of travel advice for parents so wrote the first in a series of travel guides for families. Kids Welcome to Queensland contains independent reviews of activities, attractions, tours, places to stay and places to eat. Sarah is a single mum, editor of Kids on the Coast magazine and teach’s journalism at USC.

2010

CORPORATE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Lisa Aitken
Lisa studied law part-time while working as a receptionist and law clerk. Upon graduation she went on secondment to Minter Ellison lawyers. She then became an employee of Minters for the next 11 years. In January 2006, Lisa started Aitken Legal from her home office with one client. She could see there was a need for an employment law specialist on the Coast. In four years the firm has developed a reputation for the specialist services it provides and now has seven employees and has represented 450+ employers. Lisa’s objective is to provide specialist employment law advice to employers on the Coast that’s equal to or better than that in Brisbane with the benefit of us being on their doorstep.

2009

CORPORATE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Jodie Thompson
Jodie always had an interest in business, so becoming an accountant at PJT Accountants and Business Advisors was a natural step. She began her career as an accountant with a local firm, and studied her Bachelor of Business part time. Jodie has worked for large international companies overseas in England, Canada and Ireland, however returned to Australia and purchased her own Accountancy Firm when she was 27. Since that time, she has worked to change the direction of her business to focus on improving their client’s business by achieving their business and lifestyle goals. For Jodie seeing the wonderful results her clients achieve is a very satisfying experience.

2009

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Kim Edwards
Since 1979, Kim has travelled and worked across 59 nations involved in Development and Education projects in the Middle East, Asia and Australia. She has travel extensively, championing the cause for positive social change and the empowerment of citizens through education. In 2003 Kim established Sea English Academy. Today, Sea English Academy is one of Australia’s most awarded and fastest growing English language schools and exports to over 20 nations around the world.

2009

MICRO SMALL BUSINESS WOMAN OF YEAR

Genine Howard
Genine is often told by people that she is lucky; lucky to have lived in amazing places, lucky to have a wonderful husband, lucky to have a great career and lucky to now live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Genine is however, a great believer in creating your own luck, and that is what she has done. Genine is the proud sole owner and managing editor of Profile Magazine and has created her own enviable lifestyle. From biologist to publisher, she is testament that you can create the career and lifestyle you want. She is one lucky girl indeed.

2009

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Sue Scheinpflug
Sue’s career journey has been rewarding and full of the unexpected. She never anticipated working in the not-for-profit sector. Sue has worked in the private and public sectors, yet it is the last 12 years where she has truly learnt what it means to make a difference to the lives of people at United Synergies. Sue is fortunate to have had the company and support of an amazing and talented group of people working with her. They believe in what they do, they learn from each other and they learn form the people they support. Sue can’t imagine doing anything else.

2009

YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Melissa Austin
Melissa has always wanted a career that was rewarding both personally and financially. She began her career at dbsn Group over six years ago as a clerical assistant whilst undertaking her formal studies. Equipped with a strong work ethic and values, Melissa has advanced through the ranks to an associate position through hard work, loyalty and dedication to achieving great outcomes for both her clients and dbsn Group. Melissa takes pride in proving age is no barrier to success and continually challenges herself in the pursuit of excellence. She truly enjoys being a young businesswoman within the Sunshine Coast community.

2008

CORPORATE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Sue Dunlop
Sue’s career has been a journey of personal growth. Sue has learnt, worked and raised a family. Her career and studies has encompassed nursing, administration and management, which in a flash of opportunity, borne of a seachange, leading her to be CEO and owner of Regional Nursing Solutions, the glorious mixing pot of all those professions in one business. Sue works with great people, drawing upon their experience to adapt to the commercial and human challenges of business.

2008

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Gina Van Wezel
Gina is a career banker and businesswoman with more than 18 years experience in banking and finance. As owner-manager of Bank of Queensland in Nambour. Gina is not only the town’s local banker but a businessperson with a commitment to the community. Gina is actively involved in the Business Women’s Network and has been awarded for her ongoing work with local charities; notably Laurel House and Lions Emergency Accommodation Centre Inc’s Better Start Program.

2008

MICRO SMALL BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Michalle Faulkner
As a competent human resources specialist Michalle has over 18 years’ experience in the areas of human resources and administration within the building, labour hire and recruitment industries. In 2005, Essentials 4 Business Pty Ltd was established to provide clients a mobile human resource support centre. Michalle provides a wide range of services in the areas of human resources, industrial relations, recruitment and complimentary services such as Workplace Health and Safety Consultancy and Quality Assurance.

2008

YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Melanie Jacobson
From a young age, Melanie had a natural talent with numbers and accounts, which lead her into a career in accounting. This ability, and her ambition, has lead her to progress to partner at age 25. Melanie’s career journey has been exciting, challenging and incredibly satisfying and continues to be so. Now the director of PJT Accountants and Business Advisors, Melanie gets immense satisfaction working with a diverse range of clients to help them achieve their business and lifestyle goals.

2007

CORPORATE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Nicole Hoffman
January 2004 saw the launch of Café Envy. I was determined to take things back to the basics. I have created an environment consisting of true customer service with exceptional staff and a fresh homemade menu. This year saw Café Envy expand to a larger premise due to ‘busting at the seams’. This has allowed me to grow in other areas. Apart from our busy day trading from 6.30am to 6pm 7 days per week, catering for business lunches, weddings and night functions have become popular. I have just commenced a 3 course set menu on Friday nights (BYO) which books out every week and soon to open Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons (with live music). Winning this award confirms my hard work and also motivates me to more challenges.