Caravan Industry Recognised in High-Profile Awards


Women in Industry – Excellence in Manufacturing

Gabby women in industry

Congratulations to Gabby Montagnese of New Age Caravans, who has won the 2016 Excellence in Manufacturing Award.  The Women in Industry Awards recognise and reward the achievements of women working within the mining, engineering, manufacturing, logistics and commercial road transport industries, and aims to raise the profile of women in these sectors, as well as promoting and encouraging excellence.

Upon receiving this honour Gabby said, “It is fabulous for our industry to be recognised for excellence in manufacturing. This is the first time a caravan or RV manufacturer has had a nomination, let alone a finalist and a winner. This allows us to showcase that our industry is a career of choice for women all over Australia”.

New Age Caravans has very quickly become an industry leader and is now the second largest caravan manufacturer in Australia.

When asked about the key factors of New Age Caravan’s success, Gabby says it’s about never being complacent and always striving for excellence in all aspects of business. “It’s more than just product; it’s also about leadership, workplace culture, business-to-business relations and aspiring to improve the quality of life of our customers.”

This recent achievement for Gabby comes just a few short months after taking out the 2016 CaravanCampingSales Future Leaders Award.  It’s fantastic to see Gabby gaining wider acknowledgement for her success and to have manufacturing in the caravan industry recognised in national awards.

AMY Awards – Best Website or Online Service

Congratulations to BIG4 Holiday Parks, whose website was given a high commendation in the 2016 AMY awards, the most prestigious awards in Australia’s digital industry presented by AIMIA.  They came runner-up only to Tourism Australia’s “Chase the Sun”.

The AMY awards are a celebration of Australia’s future as digital industry pioneers create an exciting technological world and it is sensational to see a caravan industry business recognised as a digital leader.

Telstra Business Awards – Queensland Small Business

Congratulations to Brad Illich of NewBook eManagement Technology, who was a finalist for the 2016 Telstra Queensland Small Business Award.  The Telstra Business Awards are renowned for showcasing and celebrating the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s most brilliant small and medium-sized businesses.

It’s great to see Brad (another former Future Leaders Award winner) acknowledged for growing the NewBook business to handle 450 caravan and 650 tourism businesses across Australia. NewBook now handles more than $7 million worth of online bookings each month in Australia.


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