GLADSTONE'S leading managers were rewarded for their efforts on Friday night at the annual Australian Institute of Management excellence awards.

Thirteen finalists were in line for the top awards in four separate categories - Young Manager of the Year, Not for Profit Manager of the Year, Owner Manager of the Year and Professional Manager of the Year.

Nominees for the awards were required to complete a submission outlining their business strategies and philosophy.

This was followed by personal interviews for the finalists with the judges.

The award winners were announced at Friday night's function in the Entertainment Centre Marina Marquee.

Winners were:

  • Tim Churchill, owner, The Shed Company Gladstone, Young Manager of the Year.
  • Sharon Sarah, executive officer, Bridges Aligned Services Inc, Not for Profit Manager of the Year.
  • Sean Corbet, owner, Hub Total Fitness, Owner Manager of the Year.
  • Jennifer McGuire, business manager, McCosker Contracting, Professional Manager of the Year.

Before the award presentations, attendees were entertained by Phillip Di Bella, owner of Di Bella Coffee, who gave a thought-provoking address.