2017 Ric New Awards

The future looks bright for two young entrepreneurs, who were the 2017 winners of the prestigious Ric New Medal for Excellence and Ric New Rising Star Award, presented at the Master Builders WA Apprentice of the Year Awards on Friday 3rd November 2017.

Ric New Medal for Excellence

The 2017 Ric New Medal for Excellence was awarded to 34-year-old Timothy March, the managing director of Beyond Bricklaying Pty Ltd and Beyond Building Supplies Pty Ltd.

Named in honour of Ric New, the founder of Midland Brick, the Ric New Medal for Excellence celebrates the innovation, creativity and achievements of a young person aged 35 of under in Western Australia's building and construction industry.

Starting out in the industry with just one ute, a mixer, a wheelbarrow and not much else, Timothy has built a successful business that now employs 40 bricklayers, including apprentices, and has become one of Perth's largest sub-contract bricklaying companies.

Some of his other achievements include developing efficient operating systems to minimise building material wastage onsite and working closely with the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) to provide hands-on work experience and opportunities for bricklayers.

Michael McLean, Executive Director of Master Builders, said that this year was the strongest field of candidates since the award was introduced in 2005.

"Tim March impressed us as a person who identified an opportunity to improve the delivery of bricklaying services to the building industry, developed a strategy to achieve his objectives and, through unrelenting perseverance, now provides a valuable service to his clients."

Five other finalists for the Ric New Medal for Excellence were:
- Chris Dorrington, 34, Director of Dorrington Homes.
- Michael Vaz, 35, Operations Manager with Genesis Homes.
- Anthony Lumbaca, 32, Project Manager with Buildcor Projects.
- James Pollock, 31, Contract Administrator with PACT Construction.
- Ian Meachem, 31, Founding Director/Secretary with Engenuity Engineering Pty Ltd, Managing Director with Constructive PD Pty Ltd and Managing Director with Timber Insight Pty Ltd.

The Ric New Medal for Excellence winner and finalists.

Ric New Rising Star Award

The future also looks bright for 25-year-old Matthew Wimmer, whose work as the WA Sales Manager for AUSSTAR Holdings saw him take home the Ric New Rising Star Award.

The Ric New Rising Star Award is given to young high achievers aged 25 and under who demonstrate outstanding potential, work ethic and commitment to the building and construction industry. Matthew has certainly ticked all of these boxes and then some!

After finishing a trade certificate in glazing, Matthew worked his way up the ranks to become the WA Sales Manager of a national business. During his time at AUSSTAR, Matthew diversified the company's product range and negotiated a large window agreement in China which is compliant with Australian Standards. He has also completed Diplomas in Business and Management, and is currently working towards a Diploma in Accounting.

Master Builders Executive Director Michael McLean said Matthew was an extraordinarily high achiever who had a bright future in the building and construction industry.

"At a time when non-conforming building products attracted much media attention, Matthew has been successful in ensuring imported glass products for his company's business were compliant with Australian Standards."

Mr McLean also said that Matthew was a stand-out candidate for the Rising Star Award and has relished the opportunity to take on significant managerial responsibilities at a relatively young age.

The four other finalists for the Ric New Rising Star Award were:
- Enes Cholich, 23, Contract Administrator with PACT Construction.
- Matthew Webster, 23, Site Supervisor/Contracts Administrator with Lakeshore Group.
- Simon Capozzi, 25, Project Manager with Capozzi Building.
- Bonnie Wheeler, 22, Accounts Manager with Lakeshore Group.

The Ric New Rising Star Award winner and finalists.