Alf hailed as the best manager
AS Alf Collins sat back under an ironbark tree surrounded by a mob of cattle yesterday, it was hard to imagine that on Friday he was wearing a suit and accepting an award for Rural Manager of the Year.
The award ceremony at the Leichhardt Hotel was a far cry from the outback land he works on every day and has grown to love.
But Mr Collins, the General Manager of CBV Brahmans, wouldn't have it any other way.
And it's that exact passion and dedication to the cattle industry that saw him excel in the Australia Institute of Management 2009 Management Excellence Awards.
Mr Collins, 34, who lives on CBV Brahmans' main property Belah Valley at Marlborough, said yesterday he was surprised to have won the award considering the talented managers he was up against.
CBV Brahmans is a seed stock business selling cattle throughout Australia and overseas.
It's been in the Collins family for 30 years and Mr Collins came into partnership in 2001.
However, he has been involved in the cattle industry since 1989.
He, along with his wife Louise and three children, love life on the property, north of Rockhampton.
“It's not that remote, we've lived at more remote places. With the technology we have today nowhere is remote,” he said.
Mr Collins was singled out for his expert co-ordination of an international and world-leading business.
His seedstock herd is one of the most analysed Brahman herds in the world and has gained domestic and international recognition for producing highly productive animals suited to the tropics.
What wowed the judges was that he is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, allowing him to communicate at a personal level with lucrative clients in South America.
But Mr Collins said he couldn't take all the credit yesterday, as it was the whole team that made the business look great.
Rockhampton Regional Council was also applauding loudly yesterday for two of its managers - David Blackwell and Barbara Miller - who were selected as the Professional Manager of the Year and the Young Manager of the Year.
Mr Blackwell is council's strategic manager for the Rockhampton Airport and Mrs Miller is the strategic manager for People, Performance and Wellbeing.
Rockhampton Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Alastair Dawson said he was thrilled with the double win, saying both David and Barbara were well deserving winners of these prestigious awards, having gone head-to-head with a very competitive and well-credentialled field of managers in the region.
Mr Blackwell led a successful team in building a profitable and very progressive airport.
Mr Dawson said while flights were being cancelled at the height of the economic downturn, Mr Blackwell was instrumental in growing services at the airport.
Mrs Miller played an important part in the transitional activities and direction of the new regional council.
Mr Dawson said that at such a young age, Barbara had accomplished a great deal and is today a highly respected member of the leadership team at the council.
The winners will go on to contest the 2009 Australian Institute of Management's (AIM) Queensland Managers of the Year which will be announced at the Queensland Gala Dinner Final in Brisbane on Friday, November 13.
The awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional leaders and managers across a range of industries.
Professional Manager of the Year Winner - David Blackwell, Strategic Manager, Rockhampton Airport
Rockhampton Regional Council Finalists
• Noel Landry, Beef Australia Ltd
• Christine Mummery, Queensland Health
• Alison Moss, Benevolent Aged Care
• Margaret Hornagold, Darumbal Community Youth Service Inc
• Suzi Blair, CQUniversity
• Kylie Smith (nee Wilson), Kepple Bay Marina
Young Manager of the Year Winner - Barbara Miller, Strategic Manager People Performance and Wellbeing,
Rockhampton Regional Council Finalists
• Billy-Joe Siddins, Dass Accounting & Business Consulting
• Bridget Smith, ABC
• Wesley Boccalatte, Nu-Tank Rural/Remote
Manager of the Year Winner - Alf Collins, General Manager, CBV Brahmans
• Mark Wilson, Banana Station
• Shannon Maher, BOC Ltd
• Alf Collins, CBV Brahmans Australia Post
Outstanding Business Owner - Andrew Pont
CQUniversity Medal for Management Excellence - Larry Acton