Proud owner of Bassett Barks, a Glasshouse Mountains-based landscaping company, Sue Joseph one of only seven finalists in the Outstanding Business Person of the Year category, hosted by the Maroochy Chamber of Commerce on Saturday night (6th November).
“It is an honour to be recognised with such a talented group of business people and I would like to congratulate the winner real estate queen Amber Werchon,” Sue said.
“Amber is an extremely talented business woman who has turned her exceptional sales skills into a great real estate empire,” she said.
Recognised for her extraordinary work ethic and business leadership Sue has worked at Bassett Barks for 21 years, working her way up to CEO, after purchasing the company, first with a 50% stake three years ago. Sue has worked hard to grow the business, which is now recognised as one of the largest in the industry Australia-wide and she purchased the remaining shares in the company last year.
She has also just embarked on a new business venture purchasing the iconic Sunshine Coast Rustic Cabin, which she is renovation to honour its heritage and bring it back to its best.
“To be recognised amongst such esteemed company as they other awards finalists is very humbling,” Sue said.
“It is a great acknowledgement of my work which I am very passionate about,” Sue said.
Inspired by her fond memories of eating there as a child, Sue purchased the Rustic Cabin on Steve Irwin Way, Glenview because she wants to restore it to being one of the Sunshine Coast’s most recognisable landmarks.
The new café and gallery will be named, Daisy’s Place in recognition of the original owner, Daisy Johnston who built the cabin with her husband in 1925.
Sue said her business success was for her following her passion and instincts.
“I have always been passionate about movement which is why I got involved with trucks and transport,” Sue said.
“Now with Daisy’s Place we hope it will once again become a meeting place for people as they move around the Sunshine Coast.
“My family taught me to work hard from a young age and instilled me with a really solid work ethic.
“I believe the key to running a successful business is to provide good service, look after your employees and give to others regardless of whether it is profitable to the company.
“I work very hard and expect others to do so as well but I also look after my staff in a way that is still quite unique – something I think more employers should do.”
It is Sue’s vision and challenge driving her to make Daisy’s Place, a must visit tourist destination by combining the elements of nature, atmosphere, art, tourism and heritage. She plans to offer excellence in food and service while also providing a venue to showcase the talents of people on the Sunshine Coast both artistically and musically.
More information on when Daisy’s Place will open will be available soon.