Are these the seven best employees in Gladstone's industry?

NOMINATIONS are in for the Gladstone Engineering Alliance Industry awards for 2016 and it will be a close competition to take home the honours tonight at the GEA gala dinner.

The GEA awards are presented to individuals and businesses in the central Queensland industrial sector who demonstrate quality, leadership, innovation and exceptional customer service in their work.

GEA chief executive officer Carli Homann said the awards were designed to celebrate the success of the central Queensland supply chain.

"GEA started these awards in 2011 to showcase and celebrate the exceptional quality of the local businesses that make up the industrial supply chain all across central Queensland," she said.

"Our local businesses have co-ordinated the delivery of word-class industrial projects and we want to promote the capabilities of these businesses and leaders to keep this momentum of success going."

Meet the seven nominees:

Barry Jamieson

BARRY JAMIESON, BUSINESS MANAGER, BLJ IN-SITU SOLUTIONS Barry Jamieson is the Managing Director of BLJ In-Situ Solutions and has been since the company's inception in 2005. Barry formed the company, drawing on his 18 years of Industry experience, with a focus on providing specialized on-line and off-line mechanical services to the Petrochemical, CSG, LNG, Alumina and power Generation industry. He started out as one man, dedicated to providing strong customer service to his client base and to make a difference in the industry. This dedication has led the company to be able to offer its services across the Asia-Pacific region and the basis for its continued growth.In 2007, after growing his business in Brisbane, Barry saw the potential of expanding into the Central Queensland region. BLJ In-Situ Solutions' Gladstone was opened and commenced servicing some the major refineries that had a need for these specialised services. BLJ In-Situ Solutions' Gladstone branch has continued to grow and develop invaluable relationships with Rio Tinto Aluminum, Orica, Downer Group, QNP, and UGL.Barry attributes his success to surrounding himself with the right people, having opportunities to apply the unique skills and services that sets BLJ apart from its competitors.?
Barry Jamieson. Gladstone Enginering Alliance

BLJ IN-SITU Solutions director Barry Jamieson started out as one man, dedicated to providing strong customer service to his client base and to make a difference in the industry. Nominated for Forty Calis Award.

Joe Austin

JOE AUSTIN, GENERAL MANAGER, PRIME RENTALS Joe began his career in the electrical industry working for large and multinational companies in the roles of Electrician, Maintenance Manager and Technical Advisor before a life changing decision to move into the hire industry and joining Prime Rentals over 18 years ago. In his role as General Manager based in head office Gladstone, Joe has been instrumental in developing the company and taking it from modest beginnings to now being responsible for the management and operations across 10 branch locations throughout Queensland. Now with an industrial hire fleet valued at $70M, makes Prime one of the largest privately owned hire companies in the state. Testament to this success is winning the prestigious award for Australian Rental Company of the Year 2015. Joe and his team are continually expanding the company's products and capabilities in an ever changing and challenging market, and he has continued to develop his own skill sets to lead his team into the future with additional formal qualifications in areas such as Management, Training, Business, HR and Workplace Health and Safety.
JOE AUSTIN, GENERAL MANAGER, PRIME RENTALS Joe began his career in the electrical industry working for large and multinational companies in the roles of Electrician, Maintenance Manager and Technical Advisor before a life changing decision to move into the hire industry and joining Prime Rentals over 18 years ago. In his role as General Manager based in head office Gladstone, Joe has been instrumental in developing the company and taking it from modest beginnings to now being responsible for the management and operations across 10 branch locations throughout Queensland. Now with an industrial hire fleet valued at $70M, makes Prime one of the largest privately owned hire companies in the state. Testament to this success is winning the prestigious award for Australian Rental Company of the Year 2015. Joe and his team are continually expanding the company's products and capabilities in an ever changing and challenging market, and he has continued to develop his own skill sets to lead his team into the future with additional formal qualifications in areas such as Management, Training, Business, HR and Workplace Health and Safety. Gladstone Engineering Alliance

PRIME Rentals general manager Joe Austin is responsible for the operations across 10 branch locations throughout Queensland and $70 million fleet. Nominated for Wayne Peachey Award.

Karen Norton

 

KAREN NORTON, OPERATIONS MANAGER, MPA SURVEYING Karen Norton was recently appointed to the board for the Surveyors Board of Qld and as such is the first female surveyor appointed to the board in its 180 year history. Karen was selected due her depth of experience in the surveying field in which she has specialisations in the cadastral, engineering and construction sectors. Karen is one of only two female surveyors who have both cadastral and consulting endorsements in Qld.Karen is a Director and Part Owner of the surveying consultancy firms MPA Surveying and Hoffmann Surveyors, which sees her managing operations in both the Gladstone and Rockhampton regions. She is hands on in her role managing clients and staff from small scale to large construction projects. Further to this, Karen is also responsible as the Manager of Quality Assurance, Safety and Environmental Management Systems for MPA Surveying and Hoffmann Surveyors. She ensures that the organisations are innovative and compliant with the Australian Standards and recently gained ISO certifications.
Karen Norton. Gladstone Engineering Alliance

 

 

Karen Norton was recently appointed to the board for the Surveyors Board of Qld and as such is the first female surveyor appointed to the board in its 180 year history. Nominated for Wayne Peachey Award.

Brett Morrison

BRETT MORRISON, COMPANY DIRECTOR, PAINT WAREHOUSE PAINT PLACE GLADSTONEBrett Morrison has worked in the Paint Specialist retail industry for nearly two thirds of his life. 2017 marks his 30th anniversary working at Earle's Paint & Wallpaper, Earle's Paint Place and now Paint Place. His career started as shop assistant at the Earle's Paint store in High St, North Rockhampton and Brett worked his way up to become General Manager of Paint Place CQ in 2015.Since his movement into management, the CQ region has seen hard times with the collapse of the mining boom and subsequent job losses. To survive through these times and remain a focussed and positive leader has been challenging, but Brett has shown strength and dedication throughout, always ahead of the game, looking for new opportunities and diversifying. Today, he is responsible for running a total business with revenues in excess of $15 million and employs 33 staff. Brett is also on the board of Directors for Paint Place Group of Stores and is instrumental in helping to determine the business strategy to ensure the profitable growth for the 115 members within the Group.
Brett Morrison. Gladstone Engineering Alliance

PAINT Warehouse Paint Place Gladstone director Brett Morrison is responsible for running a total business with revenues in excess of $15 million and employs 33 staff. Nominated for Wayne Peachey Award.


Patrice Brown

 

PATRICE BROWN, DIRECTOR, CQG CONSULTINGPatrice has been instrumental in the growth of the Gladstone region since the late 1990s with her roles in securing approvals for the Awoonga Dam raising, Aldoga Aluminium Smelter, various infrastructure projects and the recent EIS approval for the Hummock Hill Island Pacificus Tourism Project. Continuing in the pursuit for regional development she is also the project director for the Gladstone Steel Project, Gladstone Oil Terminal and Gladstone Oil Refinery Project.At a time when many of the larger consultancies were exiting regional Queensland Patrice established CQG Consulting over 12 years ago to provide practical environmental, planning and engineering professional advice to clients in the industrial, tourism, mining, agriculture, urban development and infrastructure sectors. CQG's reputation has seen the company successfully grow into one of the State's leading environmental consultancies, now offering a broader range of services including precision UAV (drone) surveys through aligned business partnerships with technology providers and in-house geospatial mapping.Patrice is also a director on the Gladstone Area Water Board, a member of the CQUniversity Council and a founding director of two start-ups. Northern Ventures a company that supports Aboriginal groups to achieve economic independence and Fortitude Infrastructure Development a company formed to deliver green technologies. With qualifications in engineering, science and business Patrice is passionate about the need to trust science in the race to protect the Great Barrier Reef and encouraging regional Queenslanders to have their hands on the steering wheel to ensure our future viability.
PATRICE BROWN, DIRECTOR, CQG CONSULTINGPatrice has been instrumental in the growth of the Gladstone region since the late 1990s with her roles in securing approvals for the Awoonga Dam raising, Aldoga Aluminium Smelter, various infrastructure projects and the recent EIS approval for the Hummock Hill Island Pacificus Tourism Project. Continuing in the pursuit for regional development she is also the project director for the Gladstone Steel Project, Gladstone Oil Terminal and Gladstone Oil Refinery Project.At a time when many of the larger consultancies were exiting regional Queensland Patrice established CQG Consulting over 12 years ago to provide practical environmental, planning and engineering professional advice to clients in the industrial, tourism, mining, agriculture, urban development and infrastructure sectors. CQG's reputation has seen the company successfully grow into one of the State's leading environmental consultancies, now offering a broader range of services including precision UAV (drone) surveys through aligned business partnerships with technology providers and in-house geospatial mapping.Patrice is also a director on the Gladstone Area Water Board, a member of the CQUniversity Council and a founding director of two start-ups. Northern Ventures a company that supports Aboriginal groups to achieve economic independence and Fortitude Infrastructure Development a company formed to deliver green technologies. With qualifications in engineering, science and business Patrice is passionate about the need to trust science in the race to protect the Great Barrier Reef and encouraging regional Queenslanders to have their hands on the steering wheel to ensure our future viability. Contributed

 

PATRICE established CQG Consulting more than 12 years ago to provide practical environmental, planning and engineering advice to clients in every sector. Nominated for Forty Calis Award.

Dennis Toy

DENNIS TOY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, FODICO MARINEDennis Toy has 40 years of experience in the maritime industry, 30 of which has been spent working out of the Port of Gladstone.His unique knowledge of local waters and lifetime of experience has allowed Fodico Marine to excel and tackle highly technical projects.Fodico has had a major role in the marine industry in Gladstone working on most construction sites over the last 20 years including Rio Tinto, the Gladstone Ports Corporation wharf expansion, the LNG's and Wicet to name a few.Dennis was also a founding member of MIPEC along with Colin Walz and Steve Beale.
DENNIS TOY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, FODICO MARINEDennis Toy has 40 years of experience in the maritime industry, 30 of which has been spent working out of the Port of Gladstone.His unique knowledge of local waters and lifetime of experience has allowed Fodico Marine to excel and tackle highly technical projects.Fodico has had a major role in the marine industry in Gladstone working on most construction sites over the last 20 years including Rio Tinto, the Gladstone Ports Corporation wharf expansion, the LNG's and Wicet to name a few.Dennis was also a founding member of MIPEC along with Colin Walz and Steve Beale. Gladstone Engineering Alliance

FODICO Marine managing director Dennis Toy has 40 years of experience in the maritime industry, 30 of which has been spent working out of the Port of Gladstone. Nominated for Wayne Peachey Award.

Steve Muller

 

STEVE MULLER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MIPECSteve is a project, maintenance and business professional with a successful career covering a variety of industrial disciplines including many years with a global company leading their single largest Rail Fleet contract in Australia. He was the Executive General Manager of a national construction and specialised industrial services company in Queensland directing multiple concurrent projects achieving substantial business performance and growth. Steve also led significant Business Improvement and Asset Management Projects within a variety of sectors. Prior to this he has worked as a General Manager for a Zinc Refinery in North Queensland and as a Project Manager for a Services Company in Central Queensland. Having grown up in CQ, Steve started his career as an Apprentice Fitter and Turner and completed a 15 year career in the Australian Defence Force.Having started with MIPEC nearly two years ago, he has quickly positioned the company to take on the changing business environment. Steve is leading MIPEC through an organisational change process with an aim to ensuring long term sustainability via business agility and growth.
Steve Muller. Contributed

 

STEVE Muller is leading MIPEC through an organisational change process with an aim to ensuring long term sustainability via business agility and growth and nominated for the Forty Calis Award.