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Nicole Kersh named Young Manager of the Year

Published 09 November 2012 17:12, Updated 30 November 2012 04:57

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Nicole Kersh named Young Manager of the Year

At 28 Young Manager of the Year winner Nicole Kersh says she still has plenty to learn as a manager and business leader and is determined to continue to develop her leadership skills. Photo: Jim Rice

The founder and managing director of online computer cabling and peripherals supplier 4Cabling, Nicole Kersh, has been chosen as Young Manager of the Year for NSW and the ACT by the Australian Institute of Management.

Kersh started the Sydney-based business as a sole trader in 2006. SInce then it has grown to a business with annual revenue of $6.5 million and 17 employees. The business is on this year’s BRW Fast 100 list of Australia’s fastest growing businesses.

AIM judges praised Kersh for her “outstanding coaching and leadership capabilities”, “commercial acumen” and “focused achievement orientation”. The chief executive of AIM for NSW and the ACT, David Wakeley, describes Kersh as “truly remarkable” and praises her “commitment to leading by example and creating a working environment of trust, respect and shared vision”.

“Operating in a very challenging business environment, Nicole showed how she has clearly articulated her vision for her organisation and effectively used … [her] management skills to be a successful leader,” Wakeley says.

“By taking her business online, Nicole also showed an intuitive sense of what technology can bring to an organisation.”

At 28 Kersh says she still has plenty to learn as a manager and business leader and is determined to continue to develop her leadership skills.

“When you’re building a company you spend so much of your time looking forward and planning your next move [that] you’re entirely focused on growing the company – so much so that it’s easy to forget about your own personal growth.”

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