Our past Awards winners are often our best advocates for the Awards.

So this year we have selected two of our past winners, and regular supporters of the Awards, and asked them to become our official Awards Ambassadors.

Matt Simms, General Manager of Simmark, and Pete Russell, Managing Director of Integrity Real Estate, have both won multiple Awards and are passionate and outspoken about the plethora of benefits that entering the Awards brings to your business.

Why have we chosen Matt and Pete?
Simmark is a local, successful family business started by Matt’s father 20 years ago. Last year, Matt’s father stepped back and Matt became a partner in the business, along with Mark Horsfall. Matt feels a real sense of pride and achievement with Simmark’s win at the 2016 Awards, where they took out Excellence in Small Business. It was a true testament to the strong foundations laid down by his parents, and we know that their win has had a tremendously positive impact on the business.

Pete is a long time Awards supporter and advocate, having sponsored, entered and won many times. But the reason we chose Pete is because he has an incredible story of business growth to tell as a result of entering the Awards. After Pete’s wins in 2011, his profile in the region was lifted and this led to the development of relationships that gre his business to become a franchise, as well as a strata management business.

Matt & Simmark’s Awards history
2016 – Excellence in Small Business (Matt was also a finalist in Young Business Executive)
2015 – Excellence in Customer Service

Pete & Integrity Real Estate’s recent Awards history
2016 – Excellence in Professional & Commercial (Pete was also a finalist in Business Leader, among other categories)
2015 – Business Leader

Both Matt and Pete spoke at the Awards launch on Wednesday 17th May, each highlighting different benefits that entering the Awards has brought to their respective businesses.

Each has also been interviewed on the Awards Insider podcast. Visit the iTunes Store to download and listen to their interviews, or get the audio for Episode 1 (Matt) and Episode 2 (Pete) on our website.

Our Ambassadors have also each written a blog post sharing more about why he thinks every business should enter the Awards. Read Matt’s post here and Pete’s post here.



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