Current Australian Export Heroes
2014/2015 Australian Export Heroes:
David Larkin – Atron Enterprises Pty Ltd (NSW)
David Larkin is a third generation Australian butcher and small goods maker by trade and a highly driven entrepreneur who founded Atron Enterprises Pty Ltd in 2007. For over twenty years, David Larkin has been deeply involved in Australian domestic and export policy formulation and global industry standards, believing passionately that trade development results in greater prosperity for all Australians. To this end David demonstrates tireless dedication to Australia and the Export Industry through the significant offices he holds.
Graeme Tuder – MICROMINE (WA)
At age 21, Graeme Tuder was the youngest person ever to become a Licensed Surveyor in Australia. He embarked on a career in seabed mapping, geophysical and hydro graphic studies, and bathymetric surveys for the offshore oil industry in the Middle East, North Sea, West Africa, New Zealand and South East Asia. He created MICROMINE, as a software development unit of Geometra. In the late 80s Graeme resigned from Geometra and became the sole owner of MICROMINE. Through Graeme’s tireless travel, relationship and business development, MICROMINE grew year on year and by 2005, exported to over 90 countries all around the world.
Ross Spencer – SOS Marine (NSW)
Under Mr. Ross Spencer’s leadership, SOS Marine expanded to a world class supplier of marine accredited safety and protective equipment and today is a major accredited recognised supplier to the Australian Defence Force for the design and manufacture of Inflatable Life Jackets, Waterproof Drop Bags, Gun Holsters, Diver’s Recovery Vest and Helicopter Rescue strop. Motivated achiever who is nationally recognised for combining excellence, integrity, and innovation with best practices and disciplined attention to achieving immediate and long term goals and objectives.
Milton Huxtable – ANZ Banking Group Ltd (WA)
Milton Huxtable is a passionate advocate for international trade and has been facilitating ANZ’s clients engaged in cross border trade with tailored financing and risk management solutions for many years. Milton has tirelessly facilitated educational training in trade finance and cross-border risk management for many organisations, including the Australian Institute of Export (now ECA), Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and numerous Western Australian mining companies. He is highly regarded by ANZ leadership and by the numerous colleagues he encountered over his tenor. The general consensus from current longer serving colleagues is that Milton is “a great banker and a true gentleman in every sense of the word.”
Glenn Keys – Aspen Medical (ACT)
Glenn Keys is the co-founder and Executive Director of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions. In 2003, Glenn founded Aspen with his long-time friend, Dr Andrew Walker. A decade on and Aspen has a team of over 2,000 and operates across Australasia, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, North America and the UK. This multi award-winning company has been voted ACT Exporter of the Year on four occasions and the national winner of the Health and Biotechnology category at the Australian Export Awards 2013.
Warwick Norman – RightShip Pty Ltd (VIC)
RightShip’s revenue has grown eight-fold over the last decade, with the portion due to international business doubling from 42% to 84%. Warwick has been Chief Executive Officer of RightShip since its inception in 2001. Under his stewardship, the company has become a global authority on maritime safety and environmental sustainability, helping shippers, terminals and ports, ship owners, managers and maritime finance organisations to minimise their maritime and environmental risk.
For further information about the Australian Export Heroes program, please contact:
Export Council of Australia
Tel: 02 8243 7400
Leandra Coffey, Director, Fruity Sacks
Member of the ECA
“Our business is about making it easy for people to make environmentally friendly choices. We are looking to expand into new overseas markets and the ECA have been a huge help in this endeavour. The ECA have given us introductions to key businesses that can help us in the markets we are looking at, and their workshops and seminars on topics relevant to exporting were extremely useful. All up, our association with the ECA has been a great asset to Fruity Sacks.”Become a Member
Homart Group has been established for 27 years, and specialises in manufacturing and marketing high quality Australian health supplements. Their products include two major segments of health supplements; skin care and dairy products. Their biggest export challenge is the regulations each country has for the import permits. It normally takes long time to get the registration approval before they can sell the goods into that country.