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Judges announced 2012 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Awards

by AIMEX on 27 Mar 2012
2012 Australian Marine Industry Awards Panel AIMEX ©
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has announced the judging panel for the 2012 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Awards.

The 2012 judging panel will comprise of five key industry identities; Barry Jenkins - a well known marine industry personality, Dugald Anthony – Austrade Trade Adviser, Ian Murray – Executive Director of the Australian Export Institute, John Savage - J.J.Savage & Sons and Ken Evans – previously Mercury Marine and currently working in the industry as a consultant.

In their fourth year, these awards provide significant recognition to Australian Marine Industry exporters commitment to excellence. For the first time in 2012 AIMEX has also incorporated two awards specific to the Superyacht sector.

Barry Jenkins has been associated with the marine industry in Queensland for many years. Barry currently consults to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and Yacht & Boat Korea in the area of international relations and product development. Industry involvement includes Past President of Marine Queensland, Past President of the Australian Marine Industries Federation, Chairman of Superyacht Australia and long-term Director on the AIMEX board. At the Australian Marine Industry Awards 2009 he was presented a Highly Commended Award for Export Industry Champion.

Dugald Anthony is an Austrade Trade Adviser in the Services and Manufacturing Opportunities Team based in Brisbane. Austrade is the Australian Government’s trade and investment development agency. Since joining Austrade in 2007, Dugald has worked with a wide variety of Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Health clients assisting them to achieve their international business goals though Austrade’s global network. For the past 4 years Dugald has been Austrade’s project manager for The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) and has been an active supporter of Clients in the marine export sector. Prior to Austrade, Dugald had an extensive commercial career.

Ian Murray is Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Export. Ian represents Australia’s SME sector exporters to the Commonwealth & State Governments and manages a broad range of international trade education programs. Ian was appointed to the Australian Governments Trade Advisory Council in 2007. Ian is Deputy Chairman and Treasurer of the Australian Logistics Council (Australia’s peak logistics body) and Treasurer of the European Australian Business Council. In 2008 Ian was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to international business.

John Savage managed his family business J.J.Savage & Sons for 20 years and has worked in all levels of manufacturing in both Fibreglass and Aluminium boat plants. John has a strong knowledge and background in marine export, with his company being very successful in exporting to the world for over 20 years.

Ken Evans was the founder of Western Marine. He subsequently joined Mercury Marine and remained as an employee with a short intermission with Leyland Australia. Ken's most recent role at Mercury Marine was Director of Government Liaison & Training Services for Australia, NZ & Pacific until his retirement. Ken has had many milestones in his Mercury Career including being involved with the formation in 1991 of 'OEDA' (Outboard Engine Distributors Association) which represents the outboard industry with Government. Since his retirement from Mercury, Ken has had a Consultancy contract covering training and OEDA representation. Ken has had a long and distinguished career.

Judging is conducted across seven categories including the Exporter of the Year and Superyacht Industry Business of the Year.

• Most Innovative Marine Industry Exported Product or Service
• Marine Industry Export Champion
• Best Marine Industry Export Performance in 2011 (Small, Medium and Large Categories)
• Best Marine Industry Export Marketing Strategy
• Australian Marine Industry Exporter of the Year
• 2012 Superyacht Industry Business of the Year
• Superyacht Industry Champion

AIMEX 2012 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Awards application forms and further information are available at www.aimex.asn.au. Once again, AIMEX anticipates a very positive response to these awards.

Applications close 4 May 2012.
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