Antonio Iozzo selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards 2019

23 October 2019

This year EY marks 22 years of recognising and celebrating entrepreneurs who have consistently demonstrated excellence in their businesses.

Since the first award in 1998, when Adrian Gore of Discovery was the inaugural winner, EY continues to see trailblazing entrepreneurs whose vision is shaping industries, creating new markets and generating employment opportunities while contributing to economic growth and development.

Bedfordview businessman and Mountain View resident, Mr Antonio Iozzo, was the recipient of the coveted award at the Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries FNB Business Excellence Awards held in November.

Growing healthy obsessions into contagious passion – we are proud to announce the 2019 Southern Africa Finalists.

(alphabetical order by company name)

  • Botho University (Pty) Ltd - Sheela Ram
  • Exxaro Resources Limited - Mxolisi Mgojo
  • Fortcom - Shukri Toefy
  • Grit Real Estate Income Group - Bronwyn Corbett
  • Insurance Underwriting Managers (Pty) Ltd - Antonio Iozzo
  • Irvine's Group - Craig Irvine
  • King Price Insurance Company Ltd - Gideon Galloway
  • Londolozi Game Reserve (Pty) Ltd - Dave Varty
  • Lyddon Properties (Pvt) - Lloyd Turner
  • Ozow (Pty) Ltd – Thomas Pays
  • Polar Ice Cream Company (Pty) Ltd - Ashraf Mohamed
  • Senwes - Francois Strydom
  • The Capital Hotels & Apartments - Marc Wachsberger

Azim Omar, EY Africa Growth Markets Leaders says: “We are delighted to celebrate and recognise these game-changing and ambitious entrepreneurs from Southern Africa and acknowledge their incredible achievements.”

“These entrepreneurs demonstrate extraordinary business acumen, financial performance excellence and inspired strategic direction. It is encouraging to see the tenacity and strong entrepreneurial spirit these business leaders have shown in their environments, which are often characterised by uncertainty and disruption. These and most entrepreneurs embrace bold thinking that often sees opportunity in adversity; a relentless drive to build a better working world; and an unwavering commitment to solving their clients’ issues,” he adds.

“In 1999, my brother and I founded Mont Blanc Financial Services (Pty) Ltd (MBFS). The first three years were an absolute struggle. We each contributed R10 000 to start the business, which was all the money we had. We worked from a small office above a fish and chips shop in Edenvale. To finance the business and keep it going, I sold all of my assets including my car. We financed one computer over five years. We sat on coke crates when we held our meetings. During this period, we still supported our parents. After persevering for three years, the business established itself and our efforts to look after our clients by obtaining appropriate insurance cover at the best rates possible and to provide the best service possible, paid off,” said Mr Iozzo.

Previous winners and awards

EY’s commitment to entrepreneurs, in both emerging and developed economies around the world, helps ensure that we are working with more of tomorrow’s global leaders, today. Last year, Ridhwan Khan of Mobicel Communications was named overall winner of the EY World Entrepreneur Award. Joining him were category winners Davison Norupiri of Davipel Trading (Pvt) Limited and Deborah Merdjan, CEO of Camelot Group. For her outstanding contribution towards creating social and economic change as a founding member and CEO of WIPHOLD - and for the empowerment and development of women - Gloria Serobe was awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

About the programme – locally and globally

The Southern Africa awards programme provides the finalists with an opportunity to connect with local and international businesses and join a global network of entrepreneurs who share their experiences and perspectives. The Southern Africa awards covers: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia

This year’s award event will be hosted on 13 November 2019 in Johannesburg – South Africa and following that the overall winner will go on to compete for the prestigious title of World Entrepreneur Of The YearTM in June 2020 in Monte Carlo where entrepreneurs from over 50 countries around the world compete for one of the most coveted global business awards.

SOURCE: Ernst & Young - Newsroom