Derek Berg’s effort in elevating his family’s engineering business on to the international stage was recognised at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance’s annual awards recently.
Mr Berg was added to the GEA Industry Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding work with Berg Engineering over the past 13 years.
GEA acting chief executive officer Julie Gelder said it was a well-deserved honour.
“Derek took over the business from his parents in 2005 and has since transformed it from a local company to an international organisation,” Ms Gelder said.
“They have offices in Gladstone and Brisbane and work overseas in Singapore as well as a number of other countries.”
Two other major awards were presented on the night, with VAC Group chief executive officer Ben Costello honoured with the Fortey Calis Memorial Award and CQ First Aid and Safety Training director Paul Van Meteren the recipient of the Wayne Peachey Award.
“(The Fortey Calis Memorial Award) recognises the achievements of an individual who has demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit to gain business success in the engineering and support sector,” Ms Gelder said.
“(The Wayne Peachey Award) recognises the achievements of an individual who has demonstrated exceptional quality in service or product.
“It was awarded to an outstanding individual who has demonstrated the attributes of quality, tenacity and perseverance that make them a role model for ‘quality comes first’ in their sector, who continues to be innovative and makes a difference under adverse situations and environments.”
The GEA also handed out 10-year membership awards to Corporate Protection Australia and Gladstone Drafting.