This is a copy of the article written in the latest ACCI newsletter.
Success Breeds Success the Kim Tyrer Way.
Spend just a short time in the company of Kim Tyrer from Galafrey Wines, and it is easy to understand why she was awarded the 2012 ACCI Yound Business Person of the Year Award.
Established by her father Ian Tyrer (1946-2003) Galafrey Wines has prospered under the managment of mother and daught team, Linda and Kim Tyrer since Ian Passing from cancer in 2003.
Kim was just 26 years old when she was thrown into the deep end with a winery full of wine from a previous vintage and a vineyard about to burst.
Today she is the chief excutive officer of the awarding winning Galafrey Wines and has just sealed the deal to export their wine to China.
Apart from feeling a little overwhelmed on the night of the awards, Kim said it was very satifisfying to be recognised by the community she lived in.
"It has been a huge learning curve- the one thing with a family business is the fear of failure- that you could lose everything," she said. "But I think mum and I have made good decisions, and we have moved into that phase where the business is no longer controlling us and we are continually moving forward!"
Kim attributed some of Galafrey's sucess to being focussed and writing a business plan that was adhered to."It is so easy to go off on a tangent. i determine what our goals are every year and work towards them," she said.
" I also recommend having a mentor. They don't have to be in the same field of industry but a mentor can be very beneficial to your business. It is great to have some kind of support network behind you," she said.
Kim has been an achive member of the Mount Barker Wine Producers since 2003, is chairperson of the annual Grapes and Gallops festival, and was a board member of the Great Southern Regional Marketing Association. She has also been involved with various organisations and events including Taste Great Southern, D'vine Wine Festival, and the Regional Arts Advisory Panel.
"We run our own race without a doubt. And I believe in the adage of success breads success. You have to have passion for what you do when you work seven days a week," she said.
Albany is not alone in identifying Kim as an outstanding individual, just last week she was named a finialist in the Rural Women Award WA. Watch this space in 2013!