RIRDC finalist Kim Tyrer talks with Owen Grieve
By Owen Grieve
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
RIRDC finalist, Kim Tyrer
With an untimely death in the family, a young Western Australian woman found herself thrust into a very responsible position running a vineyard and full-blown winery.
Kim Tyrer is CEO of Galafrey Wines in Mount Barker, and now wants to pass on her experiences to other people running family businesses.
Kim is a finalist in the RIRDC Rural Womens Award, the winner of which will be announced next week.
After her father died 10 years ago Kim has taken on all aspects of the business, and is the face of the Galafrey Wine business - which has been very challenging.
As part of the RIRDC Rural Womens Award Kim aims to develop a 12-week rural business mentoring program to which people subscribe and experience via the internet.
Kim says, " The model will provide a professional journey which will include a series of online webinars that can be accessed by everyone, regardless of location, and will deal directly with the issues of family businesses."
"Information may be presented through podcasts, interviews, blogs, videos, forums, so people can become a community and talk about their problems."
Winemaker Kim Tyrer is a finialist in the 2013 RIRDC Rural Women's Award Western Australia.
The RIRDC Rural Women's Award is Australia's pre-eminent Award for rural women. The Award identifies and supports emerging leaders and change agents who have the capability and resources to drive innovation, productivity and sustainability within primary industries, and build economic and social development within rural communities.
"I grew up in the wine industry but choose not to live in my father's shadow (it was a big shadow) and I wanted to be successful in my own industry- the Arts-just as he had done in wine. After 7 years practising as a successful visual artist in my own right, my father sat me down and spoke to me about his succession plan. It was a question. 'In 10 years I will retire at the age of 65, do I build the business to be sold or do I build the business to be taken over by you as a managed position'. I answered the question as any emotional person would have 'No, no dad, I will take on Galafrey as a managed position.' At the time I thought that meant I would have the best of both world's - art and wine?? But three months later my father was diagnosed with cancer and died three months after that. I was 26 years old. I drop everything and began working for my family business. At the time there was a winery full of wine to be bottle, a warehouse full of wine to be sold and vineyard that had burst with spring. Where was one to begin?
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!
"Thanks for a wonderful, honest presentation at the Family Business Australia Ladies Lunch! Very much enjoyed it!'
'I was a guest at the FBA function at Matilda Bay yesterday and didn’t get to meet you but I just wanted to tell you how much I and my work colleague enjoyed your talk. The whole room was totally absorbed in your story. I liked the way you didn’t waste a minute or a word, and that your talk was so real, direct and honest, it was very well done. '
Congratuations to Galafrey Wines who won the Albany Port Authority Agribusiness Award and runner up for the Great Southern Development Commission Export Award. And Congratualations to Kim Tyrer who won Young Business Person of the Year award at the 2012 Albany Chamber of Commerce Industry Business awards.