Four managers from New South Wales have been named the best in the state in the Australian Institute of Management’s (AIM) annual excellence awards. Distribution Central chief executive officer, Nick Verykios, received the gong for the NSW Owner Manager of the Year category.
Verykios won the award for his proven leadership achievements. Under his direction, Distribution Central achieved a place in the BRW Fast 100 for eight consecutive years while being listed in BRW’s list of great places to work several times.
"Thank you to the Australian Institute of Management for stopping us as we need to be able to smell the roses on occasion which is what this awards process allows us to do. I'd also like to thank all of our stakeholders; I have to look after 140 families and make sure they all sleep well on my watch," he said.
The other winners include Louise Robinson, who was the winner of the NSW Not for Profit Manager of the Year for her leadership as the CEO of the Nambucca Heads Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Alexandra Conroy was named the NSW Young Manager of the Year for her role as the CEO of Reliant Healthcare, a family-owned company that provides consumer directed nursing and care services along with complex case management.
Gillian Vickers took out the title of NSW Manager of the Year after an exemplary year as the manager of education and care services at Campbelltown City Council. Head of Staples Technology Solutions, Karl Sice, was a finalist in the category.
AIM CEO, David Pich, said he was very impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication shown in each category.
"Just to be nominated for these awards is a fantastic accomplishment. All four of our winners have achieved some amazing results with their organisations and they are a true testament to the leadership capabilities that these awards showcase," Pich said.
Now into their 23rd year, the AIM Excellence Awards sees categories ranging from Young Manager of the Year through to Not for Profit Manager of the Year. The awards are designed to provide coverage for leaders from every size of organisation and at any career stage.
The winners of the New South Wales Excellence Awards will have an opportunity to vie for the National Excellence Awards finals, taking place at a glittering awards ceremony in Melbourne on October 16.