Geoff Rodgers, Founder and Chairman of Australia’s premier strategic communication business, was honoured as Business Person of the Year at the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards 2012 in Brisbane last night.
The award winners, including the coveted Business Person of the Year Award, were unveiled at a Gala Dinner attended by the leaders of the city’s business community at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Geoff dedicated his award to the commitment and hard work of Rowland’s people and the outstanding client relationships forged over many years.
“In my view this is an award which speaks volumes about Rowland’s wonderful clients and our people who conduct themselves with integrity, work hard and always put the needs of our clients first. It is a reflection of their achievements.”
Geoff founded Rowland in Brisbane as a one-man operation in 1992. His entrepreneurial vision and drive has seen Rowland grow into one of the largest and most respected communication consultancies in Australia, with almost 100 people on staff.
Geoff said he was both honoured and humbled to receive the prestigious award which acknowledged the contribution of talented business people for their contribution to the Brisbane economy.
Geoff was chosen for the prestigious award from an impressive list of finalists including Bevan Slattery (NEXTDC), Elena Gosse (Australian lnnovative Systems (AlS)); Stefan Ackerie (Stefan Hair Fashions).
Geoff acknowledged the high calibre of his fellow finalists in this year’s awards and congratulated them for their outstanding achievements.
Geoff has devoted his life to serving Brisbane, which has translated into a number of high-profile voluntary and community roles in both business and community life. He is a Director of the Lord Mayor’s Business Round Table, Chairman of the Save City Hall fundraising committee, Deputy Chairman of St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace, and a member of the Queensland Exploration Council.
He has previously been a Director of Major Brisbane Festivals, Queensland Private Enterprise Centre, Youth Enterprise Trust Foundation, Help Enterprise, Enterprise Developers and Corps of Commissionaires, and was a Trustee of the General Douglas MacArthur Brisbane Memorial Trust, Chairman of the Catholic Communications Commission for the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Queensland representative on the National Catholic Bishops Media Advisory Committee, member of the Advisory Board of Griffith University Institute for Educational Research, and Vice President of Tattersalls Club.
Geoff has also provided voluntary communication support to the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, Community Aid Abroad, National Heart Foundation, Salvation Army and many other charitable groups.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Cr Graham Quirk said the awards were designed to showcase Brisbane’s leading business talent to the rest of the world and acknowledge the important role they played in the city’s economic development.
Brisbane Marketing CEO, John Aitken said the calibre of entries was very high this year and many of the winners were successfully competing on the global stage.
“These are companies who are leaders in innovation, collaboration, research and development and they are fantastic ambassadors for the Brisbane business community,” Mr Aitken said.