Seeley International Founder and Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM was crowned the Innovation and Design Executive of the Year at CEO Magazine’s fourth annual Executive of the Year Awards.

Designed to identify the achievements of aspiring and established leaders, the awards program assesses individuals on their personal achievements, the contribution and differences made by them to their company, financial highlights, and new initiatives established. The 2015 program saw more than 600 contenders from across Australia being considered for 22 categories of awards.

Accepting the award on behalf of the entire Seeley International team, Mr Seeley said it was an honour to have received this prestigious recognition. He noted that the accolade topped off another outstanding year for Seeley International, with the company unveiling a number of world firsts including their range of high performance inverter axial coolers, the 7-star equivalent super energy-efficient ducted gas heater, and next-generation Braemar and Breezair evaporative air conditioners, including the game-changing Braemar Superstealth series.

According to Mr Seeley, the company’s reputation for innovation has been achieved through the ongoing contribution and tireless commitment of an outstanding team of experts including some of the best minds in the industry, with an aim to set new industry benchmarks and achieve world firsts as the standard way of doing business.

Seeley International has received many awards for their ranges of heaters and evaporative air conditioners throughout the year including a win in the 2015 Good Design Australia awards, and Best New Product in The Australian Business Awards for their energy-efficient 7-star equivalent Braemar ducted gas heaters.

Mr Seeley was also honoured with several awards this year in recognition of his leadership and entrepreneurial spirit including the inaugural Hall of Fame in the IMPACT Awards, as well as the first ever CCN HVACR Leader of the Year in August.

Seeley International’s acquisition of Coolerado Corporation, a Denver-based manufacturer of innovative, award-winning, air conditioning systems for commercial, industrial, government and military use, was another highlight of the year.

Mr Seeley was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2001 and won South Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. In addition to being state winner of the coveted Jason Lea Award by Family Business Australia in 2010, he was named South Australian of the Year in 2011, was awarded the Ernst and Young Champion of Entrepreneurship in 2013, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Manufacturers Monthly in 2012.

Image: Seeley International Founder and Chairman, Mr Frank Seeley AM