Darren Wallis: front-runner for Construction Executive of the Year

Darren Wallis: front-runner for Construction Executive of the Year

CEO of G.J. Gardner Homes, Darren Wallis, has been announced as a finalist for The CEO Magazine’s Construction Executive of the Year Award.

The ‘2012 Executive of the Year Awards’, to be staged in Sydney on 29 November 2012, is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards nights recognising high-level executives nationwide. Darren Wallis said he is humbled by the announcement given the reputation and the national and international recognition of The CEO Magazine’s executive awards.

“I am honoured to be considered as a finalist for the Construction Executive of the Year Award,” Wallis said.

“To be in the company of the highly regarded executives who are listed as finalists is extremely exciting.”

Other executives who are in the running for the Construction Executive of the Year Award include Tim Tape from Watpac and Jo-Anne Harrison from CBRE Project Management.

“Professionally, the last 12 months have been especially noteworthy both for me as CEO and for G.J. Gardner Homes,” Wallis said.

“I have made tough business decisions involving carefully measured and calculated risks that have ultimately led to G.J. Gardner Homes’ success today.”

While Wallis’ local accolades are impressive, including recently being ranked as the 9th largest builder and the 7th largest detached house builder in Australia (HIA-COLOURBOND, Steel Housing 100 report), he identified his biggest achievement in the past 12 months as the continued expansion of G.J. Gardner Homes in the United States amidst one of the most difficult property markets the country has seen in more than a century.

Since taking on the top job, the group has grown from 20 offices in Australia to more than 110 across Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

“Through hard work and perseverance, I have overseen the establishment of an international network of G.J. Gardner Homes franchises and an annual turnover of more than $525 million,” Wallis said.