Lewis lauded with FMA accolade

Susan Lewis has received the 2024 Fresh Markets Australia (FMA) Young Achievers Award in recognition of her dedication and contribution to the fresh produce industry.

Susan Lewis receives the 2024 FMA Young Achievers Award from FMA Chair, Shane Shnitzler.

The CEO of Brisbane Markets wholesaler, Murray Bros, Mrs Lewis has shown diligence and a willingness to learn in the 26 years since she began working at the Brisbane Markets, according to the Chair of Brismark, Gary Lower.

“Susan came to Murray Bros with no experience, but soon developed a passion for the industry,” Mr Lower said.

“Susan’s work ethic saw her stand out from other employees and as a result she worked her way through the company progressing from junior cashier to an administration position before being appointed Administration Manager, then General Manger and finally Chief Executive Officer in mid-2023. This has all been as a result of her hard work, skills, abilities and dedication to Murray Bros and the fresh produce industry.

“This award is worthy recognition for the work Susan has done through Brismark’s Junior Executive Committee, of which she has been a member for ten years, her support for Brismark in general, and her dedication to expanding her knowledge, both within Murray Bros and through wider industry leadership and further education opportunities,” Mr Lower said.  

George Giameos, General Manager of the South Australian Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries, won this year’s FMA Meritorious Service Award.

The FMA awards were presented at the Hort Connections gala dinner and awards ceremony, where grower and Brisbane Markets wholesaler, Perfection Fresh, was awarded Seeka Marketer of the Year and Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Grower CEO, Bree Watson was received the Boomaroo Nurseries Women in Horticulture Award.

Held in Melbourne from 3 June to 5 June 2024, each year Hort Connections brings together growers, suppliers, and retailers from the horticulture sector.

This year, Brisbane Markets Limited and Brismark represented Brisbane Markets wholesalers at the 2024 Hort Connections Trade Show, alongside their Central Market and Chamber colleagues from around Australia.

The trade show was joint sponsored by Fresh Markets Australia (FMA) and the Central Markets Association of Australia (CMAA), under the banner of Australia’s Fresh Produce Markets as a united leading representative body for fresh produce Markets in the country. As a major sponsor of the event, FMA and CMAA highlighted their commitment to supporting the growth and development of the industry.

FMA Chair, Shane Schnitzler said, “By establishing a strong presence at the trade show, FMA can connect with growers, suppliers, retailers, and other industry professionals, to forge partnerships that can drive the future growth and prosperity of Australia’s Central Market system.”

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