New high for trampoline entrepreneur named Business Person of the Year

Joe Andon

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk tonight announced a young Brisbane entrepreneur who founded Australia’s leading trampoline manufacturer at the age of 19 as the Channel 7 Business Person of the Year.

Cr Quirk said Joe Andon, CEO of Vuly Trampolines took out the top prize at the 11th Lord Mayor’s Business Awards for his efforts in transforming Brisbane’s business industry.

“At just 27, Joe already exemplifies the type of business leader who has helped place Brisbane squarely on the world stage as Australia’s New World City,” Cr Quirk said.

“Joe started his business from his childhood bedroom and has turned it into one of Australia’s largest outdoor play companies selling products worldwide.

“In the process, he has revolutionised the industry by inventing and commercialising the unique leafspring drive system, as well as numerous trampoline accessories.

“Joe and Vuly are now recognized as global leaders in trampoline safety and aesthetic progress.” Andon was also a finalist in the Singapore Airlines Young Business Person of the Year Award but it was taken out by Jock Fairweather, founder of Little Tokyo Two, an entrepreneurial community that has hosted 442 businesses and events at four Brisbane locations since 2014.

The 2016 Optus Business Platinum Award went to Australian Country Choice, the world largest vertically integrated beef supply chain, which also won the HSBC Doing Business in Asia award.

Cr Quirk said the 10 winners of the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards ranged from small to medium business to some of Brisbane’s largest companies.

“I congratulate all of the winners tonight. They highlight the amazing depth and entrepreneurial spirit of Brisbane's business community," Cr Quirk said.

“The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards have become a benchmark for the excellence, success, innovation and entrepreneurial flair that are the hallmarks of Brisbane’s business community.

“The achievements and contributions of this year’s recipients and Brisbane’s business community over the past decade have been integral to the continued growth of our $146 billion economy.

“These are the businesses and individuals that play a critical role in fostering Brisbane’s reputation as a hub for innovation, investment, education, conventions and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.” The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards are staged by Brisbane Marketing and are the only awards in Brisbane to include businesses and individuals across all industries and sectors.

Cr Quirk thanked award sponsors: Optus, ANZ, Australia TradeCoast, Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Times, Clayton Utz, Channel Seven, Energex, 4BC, HSBC, BDO, Singapore Airlines, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Staging Connections, ISPT and Sirromet Wines for their support. Find out more and read the winner profiles here.