Northern Star Resources managing director Bill Beament is amongst the nominees for this year's regional EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards, while Aurora Oil & Gas executive chairman Jon Stewart is already guaranteed a gong.
Mr Beament, who has orchestrated a rapid acquisition-driven expansion of Northern Star, is one of 13 nominees for the Western Region Entrepreneur of the Year, which will be announced in August.
The other nominees are: Richard Johnson (DTI Group), Sharon Kais (Kais Contractors), Adam Lamond (OTOC), Sam Mangione (Instant Waste Management), Michael Ottaviano (Carnegie Wave Energy), Bernie Pummell (Vesco Foods), Michelle Rhodes (360 Environmental), Kashif Saleem (Saleem Technologies), Sarah Thomas (Lawley's Bakery Café), Paul Thompson (Killarnée), Graeme Wallis (Wallis Drilling) and Declan White (Monford Group).
Mr Stewart is amongst four people acknowledged in three non-competitive categories, named as the winner of the listed award. PetRescue's John Bishop and Vickie Davy are joint winners of the social entrepreneur award, while Competitive Foods owner Jack Cowin has been recognised as the champion of entrepreneurship.
The regional winners will go on to compete at the national awards in Melbourne at the end of November.