Each year the Scenic Rim council elects a panel of judges to evaluate business applications from across the region looking to reward businesses and individuals for their exceptional achievements in the region.
The awards include customer service, innovation, marketing, environment, business growth and corporate citizenship. However the highest individual award is the Business Person Award and this is given to the person who has achieved outstanding achievements and made significant contributions to the wider Scenic Rim region.
This year, the award was given to Gary Poole on behalf of the Escarpment Retreat. There is no doubt that tourism in Queensland has suffered greatly in the past couple of years due to a number of major factors including the global financial downturn, the Queensland floods, world disasters including the Japanese tsunami/nuclear crisis, earthquake in Christchurch, high Australian dollar and many other factors. Despite the doom and gloom, Gary has achieved something quite miraculous by doubling his trading figures during this period. He is a role model for excellence as to what can be achieved during adversity