Chamber of Commerce Award
Tuesday December 1, 2009
Business Leader of the Year
Holland Beckett is proud to announce that senior partner Bill Holland recently received the Business Leader of the Year award at the Westpac Business awards.
Attending the awards in support of clients who have done well in business, it came as a surprise to Bill to receive an award himself. "There are so many people doing good things and flying under the radar, and I was just here to support them. I had no idea I had even been nominated!".
Judges comments from the awards –
"Bill has one of the highest profiles in the Tauranga legal community, and is well regarded by his peers. In 2007 he was appointed to the office of Notary Public which is part profession and part community based. He has high ethical standards and is what clients expect of their lawyer. He also reflects what the profession should expect of anyone working in the law."
"He works very hard for the community using his legal skills to contribute on a voluntary basis to assist with many community initiatives including his work with sporting, educational, charities or other not for profit organizations. Bill has had a long history with Rotary, being awarded the Paul Harris Fellow, and ultimately the Paul Harris Sapphire Pin award in 2007."
Alongside two other previous winners of this Leadership Excellence Award, Sally Morrison and Neil Craig, Bill is Chair and a founding member of the Acorn Foundation. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Foundation which in years to come will have an enormous benefit to this community. Acorn has to date distributed over $70,000 to local charities.
Bill, along with Greg Brownless, is trustee of Legacy Trust, another philanthropic entity set up to benefit the community and has to date distributed $300,000 back into the community. Bill is also a member of the Priority One Board.
It goes without saying that behind every great man is an even greater woman. Bill's involvement would not have been possible without the support of Sally Holland. She is extremely supportive of his community activities and at times very tolerant of Bill's energy to become involved. Bill Holland is an outstanding member of our community.