Media Release - Three Champions join the 2007 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame
14 September, 2007
Three leading entrepreneurs from the Macarthur business community were honoured on Thursday 13 September before an audience of over 200 people drawn from across the Macarthur Region.
Carlos Broens, Peter Donnelly and Ken Tagg were inducted into the 2007 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame and presented with a stunning glass trophy as a memento of the occasion. On a perfect September evening at Gledswood Homestead & Winery, the audience watched as an impressive visual display showcased the achievements of these three prominent Macarthur businessmen.
MACROC President, Councillor Rob Elliott explains the significance of the Event, "In creating the Macarthur Business Hall of Fame last year, the Councils of the Macarthur Region wanted to publicly acknowledge the significant contribution that certain individuals make to the success of this Region. These individuals recognise that business success is more than just about making a profit, it is about actively supporting the area in which you conduct your business. It is about developing a strong sense of commitment to place and community."
"This year MACROC is delighted to acknowledge three business entrepreneurs who have contributed not only to the creation of employment and economic growth in the Region but who have also been actively involved in contributing to the social fabric of our community."
"These three men from such different backgrounds and in such diverse industries have one thing in common," says Cr Rob Elliott, "they have all actively sought to increase the economic and social capital of our Macarthur community. And for that we thank them."
The Macarthur Business Hall of Fame can be found at www.makeitinmacarthur.com
Biographical Details of Recipients of the 2007 Macarthur Business Hall of Fame:
Carlos Broens was born in Argentina, trained as a technician toolmaker and immigrated to Australia with his wife Mimi in 1972. He started his own business as a two-man operation in 1979 and it has grown steadily to business employing over 150 people, with an outstanding reputation for its commitment to quality and innovation. Carlos has always been committed to the expansion of the Macarthur Region and to providing training and employment to the young people who live here. Broens currently employs 34 apprentices and expects to increase that to 40 in 2008.
Peter Donnelly began his career as an assistant accountant with the Sutton’s Motor Group in 1977. After 15 years working with a number of large car dealerships Peter set up his own operation in the Macarthur Region in 1992. His first dealership was in Blaxland Road, Campbelltown and over the years his dealership has grown to include a site in Narellan and 4 other sales sites that currently retail over 3,000 new and used cars a year. Apart from contributing to the economic growth of the Macarthur Region, Peter Donnelly has always strived to be a good corporate citizen with a focus on the community in which he lives and operates his business. Peter is a Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellow and sits on various regional committees. He is Chairman of the Lifeline Macarthur Fundraising Committee and is also a member of the Mater Dei Foundation.
Ken Tagg took a different path to success. Ken was born in Lakemba and was the second of seven children. At the age of fourteen Ken was forced to leave school to support his family. He went on to become the General Manager for the Coca Cola Company’s Fountain Division that covered Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. In 1982 Ken left Coca Cola to set up as a McDonalds franchisee at Minto. From this first restaurant Ken expanded his business to operate eleven McDonalds restaurants across the Macarthur Region. These restaurants employed over 8,000 young people who started their working life at McDonalds.
Ken Tagg has always had a strong commitment to the Macarthur Region and its community and has been involved with a number of key regional organisations. He was a Founding Director of both the Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre, and the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board, has been involved with a number of MACROC initiatives, sat on the Committee for the Camden and Campbelltown Sustainable Regions Programme and is actively involved in Kids of Macarthur.