Dedicated businessman named Employee of the Year

Published 4:00pm 24 October 2022

Dedicated businessman named Employee of the Year
Words by Ashleigh Howarth
Above: Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence And Innovation Awards Employee Of The Year award. Pictured are Margaret Goodey, Mick Gillam, Tracy Johnson and Mayor Peter Flannery.

Tracy Johnson of SRJ Walker Wayland in Brendale has been named Moreton Bay’s Akyra Award for Employee of the Year.

Tracy, who works as Principal Specialist in Business Solutions, received the award at the 2022 Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards, which was held on Friday night at the Eatons Hill Hotel Grand Ballroom.

This award recognises an individual for their extraordinary professional achievement and contribution to their organisation.

Speaking at the gala event after winning the coveted award, Tracy said the pillars of faith and family were behind his success.

“I try to be an example of dedication and purpose in my role in service at work for my son and daughter, so that they will be successful and productive members in our community,” Tracy said.

“The leadership team at my firm provides me with the platform and freedom to focus my skills and talents to provide valued services to our clients.

“It’s a real honour to receive this award and it’s a direct reflection of the collective effort of my team, my firm, my family.”

Tracy finished his speech with a quote by Howard Schultz: “Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you’re doing, you’ll be successful”.

Tracy also congratulated the other finalists in his category – Courtney Dowling from Wild Cherry Events; Karen Naylor from Sesame Lane Care and Kindergarten; Kym Lewis from Lillybrook Dental Surgery; and Liam Mellow from Northshore Pet Resort – saying they should be proud of the contribution they make and their accomplishments.

A distinguished career

Tracy joined the SRJ Walker Wayland team initially as a Financial Controller in 2010. This role quickly changed into a Corporate Services Manager across three offices where Tracy was responsible for supervising the administration, HR, marketing and IT teams across the firm.

In June 2017, Tracy was chosen to lead the company’s new Business Solutions Team before being promoted to the level of Principal.

Prior to working at the Brendale business, Tracy had worked extensively in financial management roles.

He graduated in Business with honours from the University of Hawaii and completed eight years in logistics and support in the United States Army.

Tracy also became a highly skilled rifleman and received two Commendation medals and four Achievement medals.

He moved to Australia with his new family to take up financial roles with a few companies during which time he was granted CPA status before joining SRJ Walker Wayland.

About the awards

Now in its fifth year, the 2022 Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements of Moreton Bay businesses and individuals.

The Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards are the region's leading and premier awards program.

About 480 people attended the event on Friday during which the winners of 15 categories and Business of the Year were announced.

There were 68 finalists, and the winners were decided by a panel of 44 judges from a mix of public and private sector organisations from across South East Queensland.

The 2022 Moreton Bay Business and Innovation Awards were presented by Moreton Bay Regional Council and delivered by Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT).

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