Vuly Trampolines is pleased to announce that CEO Joe Andon has been named as a regional nominee for the 2014 Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. Joe will compete with 83 exceptional entrepreneurs from across Australia for the title of Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
Joe’s idea to improve a product that was already globally adored — the backyard trampoline — has rapidly become a quest to create the magnificent. Since launching his company in 2007, Joe has turned his one-man operation into a global trampoline enterprise, which currently has a presence in the United Kingdom, Canada, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America and Australia.
“I’m very excited to be considered for such an accolade,” Joe says of his nomination. “It’s exciting that the work we do at Vuly is being recognised on such large scale.
The unveiling of Thunder, a revolutionary new trampoline featuring vertical leafsprings and an all-in-one safety system, in 2013 was the catalyst for Vuly Trampoline’s global development within the last year.
A recent acquisition of significant minority stakes alongside Joe has enabled Vuly’s large expansion into the United States of America, the result of which is a deal with global retailer Toys R Us, and the ongoing supply of product to over 200 independent retailers in the US.
“We’re making waves within the recreation industry and changing the way people think about the humble trampoline,” Joe says. “I always strive to deliver the best possible product for our customers, and expect Vuly to be supplying to 500 retailers in the US within the next two years.”
Joe will join his fellow nominees representing Queensland at the regional award ceremony in Brisbane on July 31.
EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership, and achievement. As the first and only true global award of it’s kind, Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries.
Further information about the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program can be found at www.ey.com/au/eoy.