COLAC’S top employee Jake Veale says the recognition would help motivate him to continue working hard.
The Colac Herald’s advertising manager beat 11 other nominees to win the Employee of the Year award at this year’s Powercor Colac Otway Business Awards.
Mr Veale started managing the Colac Herald’s advertising department earlier this year and said receiving the award after only five months in the role was a confidence boost.
He said winning the WDEA employee of the month in June was a surprise, but winning the top honour was an “even bigger surprise”.
“I’m pretty happy with the award, I didn’t have a speech worked out because I really wasn’t expecting to win it,” he said.
“I’m just happy that people nominated me and think I’m doing my job all right.
“It’s taken a bit to get used to the position, to be the boss is a lot different and I think I’m doing an all right job of it and this kind of shows that I am.”
Mr Veale started his career at the Herald more than two years ago after moving from Colac’s Bulla Dairy Foods and said the change had helped him improve his skills.
“It’s a pretty good environment at the Herald and I’ve enjoyed working there,” he said.
“It’s a great team and I’ve been given a lot of opportunities so to know people are happy with what I’m doing is a really good thing.”
Mr Veale was one of 15 recipients to receive honours at the business awards hosted by Powercor and Otway Business Inc at Colac’s performing arts centre.