The 2017 Emerging Leaders in Victorian Agriculture (ELVA) awards were presented by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) today during the annual Agribusiness Leader’s Luncheon at the Royal Melbourne Show with a livestock agent, a brewer and a community-minded chiropractor all taking home the honours.
Collecting the awards today was Adam Mountjoy, Yea, Justin Corbitt, Melbourne and Dr Sherrie Lee, Whittlesea, with the program open to industry participants aged under 40 years old who have achieved in one of more areas of professional, industry and community contribution and demonstrated leadership qualities such as innovation, communication or ethical conduct.
Each recipient received a cash bursary of $5000 to go towards their career development and access to valuable professional development activities through the support of RASV.
Adam in his role as Branch Manager Rodwells – Yea and Alexandra has direct responsibility for both businesses covering Real Estate, Retail Sales, Fertiliser, Livestock and Insurance operating from three different locations and managing 10 employees.
From the financial years of 2014 to 2017, Adam has significantly grown the business’ revenue, which Rodwells General Manager and nominator Alistair Brook credited to Adam’s leadership, empowering and engaging his team, responding to feedback, improving employee retention and developing a strong engagement with the rural community.
Adam has also been a contributor to the Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association and regularly mentors and trains young livestock agents. He played a key role in effectively establishing the Year Livestock Selling Centre to be a premium market in Victoria and worked actively with the Murrindindi Council to secure a grant to increase the size and capacity of these yards.
Sherrie is a significant contributor to the Whittlesea Agricultural Society, where she has worked her way to being Assistant Horse Superintendent and is responsible for coordinating the Grand Parade on both days of the Show.
She has also taken on the position of Horse Superintendent at the Yea Show, resulting in the horse events continuing a little longer. She is a mentor to others in the industry and has just been named the Victorian Agricultural Shows (VAS) Next Generation Chairperson.
In her working life Sherrie is also a chiropractor in Whittlesea, providing health support to the local community through her employment.
Justin is the Head Brewer of Hawkers Beer and has worked his way quickly through the ranks. Starting on the packaging line, he progressed to his current position in the short space of 18 months.
He has been the driving force in creating new products and overseeing the development of one of Victoria’s largest barrel aging programs.
His knowledge of overseas markets, through his previous trade in the steel industry, has enabled Hawkers to develop an export plan and implement it to New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, UK, China and Hong Kong.
Hawkers Beer has received 12 medals in the Australian International Beer Awards under Justin’s tenure as Head Brewer and he works closely with contract customers in developing and refining products to a higher standard.
Part of RASV’s focus on increasing youth participation in agriculture throughout the Royal Melbourne Show, the ELVA awards were judged by a panel of industry professionals, after nominations were received earlier this year.
Nominations for next year’s awards will open in June 2017.