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Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Awards

03 June, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced the winners of the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Awards, in a ceremony at City Hall on Friday 30 May.

The Lord Mayor said the annual awards were developed to celebrate the contribution that multicultural businesses make to Brisbane’s economy through their creativity, innovation and resilience.

“The Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business recognise individuals who have navigated a path to success in a challenging economic environment,” Cr Quirk said.

“The winners of the 2014 awards were selected from an impressive and diverse field of finalists, and embody the qualities of determination, leadership and ambition.

“The achievements of these outstanding individuals act as inspiration for Brisbane’s greater business community.”

The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Award for Business Winners are:

Young Business Person of the Year – Ching Hung (Don) CHIU of Fashion Tour Pty Ltd.
Don established Fashion Tour Pty Ltd. – an online travel agency catered to the Asian market – which promotes Brisbane’s tourism services. Fashion Tour makes it easy for international students and Chinese people in Australia to book flights and tours online. In 2013 it served more than 12,000 clients and in October of that year it sent more than 900 tourists to Tangalooma Island Resort, setting a new record for a single travel agent.
Business Person of the Year – Mr Takeshi Takada, Company Director/Executive Producer of Alt.vfx.
When Takeshi migrated from Japan to Australia in 1988, he did not speak a word of English. He is now being recognised for the achievements of Alt.vfx – the artist-run, post-production company he established in 2011. Alt.vfx specialises in visual effects and design for the film, television and media industry. Based in Fortitude Valley, it serves international clients including Coca-Cola, Pepsi Co, Sheseido and Panasonic. One of its best-known pieces of work is the Tooheys Extra Dry Nocturnal Migration Deer commercial, which has won awards in Cannes and Thailand.
Entrepreneur of the Year – Mr Igor Stjepanovic, Managing Director, GIS People.
Igor was born in the former Yugoslavia. In 2010 he founded GIS People, a geospatial and location intelligence company which serves Tier-1 government and non-government organisations. In 2013, GIS People was acknowledged by industry as one of the brightest, most innovative start-ups in Australia. It was included in the SmartCompany Smart 50 list, the StartupSmart 2013 Awards and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 for Asia Pacific list. In 2013 Igor organised a GIS industry event hosted in Brisbane which attracted 2000 people to the city.

Cr Quirk said the 2014 award winners would benefit from the opportunity to be mentored, and have the chance to grow their networks through Council-hosted business events, including the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Round Table.

For more information about the Multicultural Entrepreneur Award Winners visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/multicultural, phone the International Relations and Multicultural Affairs Unit on 07 3403 8888, or email multiculturalunit@brisbane.qld.gov.au.

[Ends] MAY 30, 2014

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