Goulburn’s Steve Ridley named Elders 2015 employee of the year
Goulburn livestock manager Steve Ridley has been named Elders’ “Employee of the Year” award winner for 2015.
Widely known as the go-to agent in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Mr Ridley was recognised as the highest performing employee across the company, at a recent awards ceremony in Adelaide.
Mr Ridley said it was a great honour to win the award, and quite humbling to be recognised, knowing there are many other Elders employees also putting in the hard work each day.
“Whilst this is a definite highlight of my career, you don’t have a business without your clients, and so this wouldn’t have been possible without the support and loyalty of my clients,” Mr Ridley said.
“Some of my clients are now third generation – which is a really special, but also challenging aspect to my role,” he said.
“These days, you need to be embracing new technology, thinking outside the square, and ensuring we can always add value to their operations.”
Mr Ridley has been with Elders for more than 40 years, starting his first role at Elders Mudgee answering phones, before taking up various livestock and management roles across New South Wales, including Bourke, Crookwell, Goulburn, Moree, Sydney, and Scone.
A passionate Elders employee, Mr Ridley is dedicated to training and developing younger agents and believes succession planning is pivotal to Elders success going forward.
“No one can perform to a high level without the support of a strong team. This award is as much about the team as the individual.”
Elders chief executive officer, Mark Allison said Mr Ridley is a strong leader and performer within Elders and the wider industry and is a deserving winner of the award.
“Each year the Employee of the Year Award recognises an individual who is consistently a high performer, who demonstrates a commitment to safety and lives the Elders values,” Mr Allison said.
“There is no questioning Steve’s dedication and level of service to his clients, and the wider Elders business” he said.
“We actually have younger staff wanting to be in located in Goulburn – to work with Steve and learn from a top performer, which I believe says a lot about someone’s performance.”
Mr Ridley is planning to use his $10,000 study tour prize to visit the United States where he would like to learn from their cattle studs and operations.
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