Law firm Tompkins Wake’s chief executive Jon Calder was named CEO of the Year at the Westpac Waikato Business Awards.
Jon took up the role at the Hamilton-headquartered firm in January 2016 after a stint as chief executive of the New Zealand National Fieldays and Mystery Creek Events Centre.
Tompkins Wake is the largest law firm in the North Island outside of Auckland and Wellington.
Judges said: “Jon is an experienced leader with a proven record in leading change, through organisational transformation and process redesign.
“Jon is courageously confident yet humble, grounded and always looking for ways to improve. He has found his own authentic leadership style.”
Twenty years ago, Jon was a baggage loader at Hamilton Airport having dropped out of university twice. He has gone on to earn an MBA and has studied at prestigious US universities Harvard and Stanford.
“I am incredibly humbled to receive this award, joining a long list of distinguished leaders who’ve previously won it,” Jon said.
“I realised early on in my career that when you find something you’re truly passionate about, application and success become easier to achieve. I’ve been privileged to work with some great leaders who’ve supported and encouraged my growth and development. At Tompkins Wake I am fortunate to lead a great firm, with some exceptionally talented people and a partnership that is committed to achieving excellence through the creation of a great place to work for all our people.”