Domino’s boss Don Meij is Brisbane’s best business person. Photo: Glenn HuntA former pizza boy turned multimillionaire has edged out a woman who built a fitness clothing empire for the title of Brisbane’s best business person.
Domino’s Pizza Enterprises boss Don Meij was recognised at the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards on Friday night for his role in securing the biggest slice of the Australian pizza market for the chain.
The Brisbane-based company’s chief executive beat out fashion entrepreneur Lorna Jane Clarkson, who has come under fire this year over model requirements.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk congratulated Mr Meij for taking out the Business Person of the Year Award at a lavish City Hall celebration dinner.
“Don has been with Domino’s since 1987, when he was 17, and has grown with the company, maintaining continuous commitment to innovation, food-quality improvement and giving back to the Brisbane community,” he said.
ASX-listed Domino’s stock has been on a run in 2015, almost doubling since January on the back of solid market growth, technological innovations and overseas acquisitions.
The company even managed to snatch market leadership in France and the Netherlands.
A lesser known Brisbane company was recognised for technological developments of a much different kind.
Heat Treatment Australia picked up the Brisbane Times Award for Business Innovation for its unique approach to aluminium processing that’s making waves in the aerospace market.
At the opposite end of the celebrity spectrum, the almost-premiership-winning Brisbane Broncos were rewarded for their corporate citizenship.
“The Brisbane Broncos go beyond just being a football club and are an integral part of the Brisbane community,” Cr Quirk said.
“They were recognised for their various corporate citizenship initiatives that they have carried out in the community, especially their charity programs such as Brisbane Broncos Charity Fund and Beyond the Broncos Program.”
Friday’s event was the 10th anniversary of the LMBA’s celebration of the businesses creating Brisbane’s $146 billion economy.
“As Australia’s new world city, Brisbane is home to a dynamic and entrepreneurial business community, whose members we are proud to recognise at the awards tonight,” Cr Quirk said.
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