A Brisbane entrepreneur who founded Australia’s leading trampoline manufacturer when he was just 19 has been named the Channel 7 Business Person of the Year.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk awarded the honour to 27-year-old Joe Andon, the CEO of Vuly Trampolines, at the 11th Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.
“At just 27, Joe already exemplifies the type of business leader who has helped place Brisbane squarely on the world stage as Australia’s New World City,” Cr Quirk said.
“Joe started his business from his childhood bedroom and has turned it into one of Australia’s largest outdoor play companies selling products worldwide.
“In the process he has revolutionised the industry by inventing and commercialising the unique leaf-spring drive system, as well as numerous trampoline accessories.
“Joe and Vuly are now recognised as global leaders in trampoline safety and aesthetic progress.”
Andon was also a finalist in the Singapore Airlines Young Business Person of the Year Award, but it was won by Jock Fairweather, founder of Little Tokyo Two, an entrepreneurial community that has hosted 442 businesses and events at four Brisbane locations since 2014.
“I congratulate all of the winners tonight. They highlight the amazing depth and entrepreneurial spirit of Brisbane’s business community,” Cr Quirk said.
“The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards have become a benchmark for the excellence, success, innovation and entrepreneurial flair that are the hallmarks of Brisbane’s business community.
“The achievements and contributions of this year’s recipients and Brisbane’s business community over the past decade have been integral to the continued growth of our $146 billion economy.
“These are the businesses and individuals that play a critical role in fostering Brisbane’s reputation as a hub for innovation, investment, education, conventions and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.”
For the full list of winners in the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, visit lmba.com.au.