YOUNG achievers were honoured by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber last night for their drive to put the metro on the map. The recognition came when the chamber officially released the names of its Top 40 Under 40 business achievers for 2012.
Among them are Abel Naidoo, 30, who is regional finance manager of First National Bank in the Eastern Cape, Adam Volpe, 28, director of the retail unit of family-run specialist linen and towel company Volpes, and Adrian Ristow, 39, owner of business consultants Adrian Ristow and Associates, which specialises in emerging and developing markets.
The list was unveiled at a function coinciding with the release of the chamber’s special publication on the leading young dynamic business people.
The chamber says its second edition of the publication includes entrepreneurs, directors, managers and talented employees who demonstrate the potential to achieve for their companies and the region.
“These young business achievers are a valuable asset,” chamber chief executive Kevin Hustler said.
“They are an untapped resource for Nelson Mandela Bay – people with drive and passion, and the skills and expertise to make a measurable difference to the growth and development of our region.”
Chamber communications specialist and project convener Nicole Klokow said: “We want to recognise the contribution made by young business people to Nelson Mandela Bay, as they themselves recognise the potential held by the region to support their careers, their businesses and their future.”
Nominations opened in August and after 80 were received, a panel chose the top 40.
Panel members said they were impressed by the standard of the entries.
Klokow said the new young achievers now join the newly created Top 40 Network, which provides the achievers with access to exclusive opportunities, the chance to participate in issues-driven business forums, and the opportunity to give back to their communities through chamber-coordinated projects in the new year.
BLC Attorneys director Sonja Tifloen, said she was thrilled and very honoured at being recognised as one of the Bay’s Top 40 Under 40 achievers.
“It will not only assist in the company’s brand but also with my personal brand. Self-promotion is also very important,” Tifloen said.
Headhunters assistant branch manager Tanya Lilley was equally pleased.
“Young business people do not appreciate others or ourselves enough.
“What we are doing has a great impact on the local economy so it is wonderful to see the talent out there and the spirit behind the talent,” Lilley said
PE Montessori School owner and principal Samantha Streak said: “It is a great opportunity to serve the Bay and give something back to a place that has allowed my business to grow.”
This year’s Top 40 Under 40 are:
Abel Naidoo, 30, regional finance manager, First National Bank, Eastern Cape; Adam Volpe, 28, director: retail, Volpes; Adrian Ristow, 39, owner and lead consultant, Adrian Ristow and Associates; Ajay Sam, 33, finance manager: sales, marketing and logistics, Coca-Cola Fortune; Avinash Govindjee, 35, professor of law, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University; Babalwa Teka, 34, regional head – personal banking channels, Absa Bank; Benita Jones, 33, owner and director, Producer Ally; Bianca Wright, 34, head: journalism, media and philosophy, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University; Braddon McCleland, 34, managing director, Network Associates/Computech IT;
Brent Oakes, 30, director, Siyaya Skills Training; Busisiwe Nzo, 37, managing member, Lakhanya Quantity Surveyors; Chantal du Pisani, 37, general manager: operations and legal compliance, Access Facilities and Leisure Management, which runs the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium; Clifford Mounsear-Wilson, 38, managing director, Canon Business Centres and Smart Office – Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal; Cor van Deventer, 35, associate director, Greyvensteins; Dave Coates, 32, owner, Creative IT; Deirdre Elphick-Moore, 36, founding member, The Office Coach; Dirk Kotze, 36, partner, Mazars; Elzette Pieterse-Landman, 31, organisational development manager, Coca-Cola Fortune; Ettiene Steyn, 39, CEO, MC Design & Contracting; Gareth Burley, 35, presenter, Kingfisher FM;
Gareth Williams, 31, co-owner, TwoTone Music; Garrick Bowker, 37, financial director and dealer principal, Tavcor; James Scholtz, 29, managing member, Rooftop Productions; Lourens Badenhorst, 35, director, Morgan Cargo; Mandla Javu, 27, managing and technical director, Mzansi Telecoms; Mispah Carelsen, 25, internet marketer, Webware Studios; Nelisa Faltein, 27, owner, The Clean Housekeepers Company; Quintin Levey, 37, chairman, Exporters’ Club; Richard Ahlfeldt, 29, managing member, Rooftop Productions; Samantha Streak, 39, owner and principal, PE Montessori School; Simon le Gras, 39, owner, SimonSAYS Advertising; Sinazo Vabaza, 30, business adviser, Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda); Sonja Tifloen, 35, director, BLC Attorneys; Tanya Lilley, 30, assistant branch manager, Headhunters; Thuli Mtila, 37, GM: human resources, Access Facilities and Leisure Management; Timann Esterhuizen, 26, operational and branch manager – Eastern Cape, Bartenders Workshop; Ulagh Williams, 36, co-owner, TwoTone Music; Wayne Hart, 29, presenter and production engineer, Algoa FM; Wendy Fisher, 31, owner, Strategic EDGE Solutions; Zolani Wolela, 28, co-owner and managing member, Nzoe Projects.