Finalists in the highly competitive Young Achiever category of the 2016 ARBS Industry Awards have expressed how their nominations brought them credibility, opportunity and recognition. Nominations for the 2018 ARBS Industry Awards are now open; the biennial awards are hosted alongside the ARBS Exhibition and draw entrants from across the industry.

The 2016 ARBS Young Achiever award recipient, Leon Wurfel, Managing Director of BUENO, remains proud of his nomination, valuing the reputational benefits for his organisation following his win.

As a young entrepreneur running a young business, the award provided a platform of credibility for Wurfel as well as for his then three-year-old company, BUENO. He explained that competing to win new business against more established companies was tough even if BUENO had a far superior product.

Thanks to Wurfel’s vision, BUENO has grown to be the Australian leader in data and information driven operational property services, delivering superior data related and technology driven solutions based on fault detection, optimisation and business intelligence that simplify their clients’ operations and enhance their effectiveness across all building sectors and building information systems.

Wurfel added that the Young Achiever award enabled them to leverage credibility beyond their three years in operation and helped clients champion BUENO throughout their respective organisations.

Ahmad Amiri, General Manager of High Technology Control and Vladimir Poposki, formally an electrical engineer at The University of Melbourne and now the Project Manager of Capital Works at RMIT University, the other two finalists in the category, agree the nomination enabled them to connect with industry leaders.

Observing that it was important to be recognised for their work, Ahmad Amiri said the exposure and increased networking opportunities opened the possibility of working with new companies.

The ARBS Industry Awards recognise excellence in the Australian industry across a range of categories including Young Achiever, Product Excellence, Project Excellence, Industry Education and Training, Outstanding Service & Maintenance Provider, Hall of Fame and the new category for 2018 Software/Digital Excellence.

According to Sue Falcke, Exhibition Manager, the ARBS awards are an opportunity for industry players like the Young Achievers to showcase their skills, products and performance across all sectors of the HVAC&R and building services industry.

A panel of industry experts will evaluate the nominations based on various criteria such as leadership, sustainability, performance and innovation. The ARBS Industry Award winners will be honoured at a gala dinner to be held during the ARBS 2018 exhibition, from 8-10 May 2018 at the ICC Sydney.