Stefan gets life from Lord Mayor Quirk

Hairdresser and businessman Stefan Ackerie was honoured at the 2013 Lord Mayor’s

The skyneedle next to Stefan's

Stefan’s needle is a lasting memorial to the acheivements of this local icon

Business Awards while other winners included Australia’s leading diversified alternative asset manager, a national retail chain founder, a pizza company and a digital publisher.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the awards celebrated the achievements and contribution made by the business community to Brisbane’s $135 billion economy.

“The awards reward and celebrate companies that are champions for Brisbane’s growth industries and inspire others to become business leaders,” he said.

“The city’s economic growth would not be possible without a bold business community ready to embrace innovation, world markets and new technology.”

Cr Quirk said Stefan Ackerie received a special Lifetime Achievement Award – a new category for the awards and created to acknowledge businesspeople who have served Brisbane throughout their career.

“Stefan has been tireless in his work for Brisbane over more than three decades and earlier this year was named a Queensland Great,” he said.

“This award recognises the enormous contribution he has made at a business and community level.”

CEO of economic development board and awards organiser Brisbane Marketing John Aitken said the 2013 awards attracted a record number of entries.

“As the city’s economic development board, Brisbane Marketing fosters growth in key areas reflected by the categories of the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards,” Mr Aitken said.

“The awards reward and celebrate companies that are champions for Brisbane’s growth industries and inspire others to become business leaders.

“Brisbane is Australia’s new world city and our innovative, entrepreneurial business community leads the way in creating a dynamic economic environment and setting a benchmark for other cities in the Asia Pacific region.

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