Angie Mansey of Kuluin Mufflers is a finalist in the 2019 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards.
Angie Mansey of Kuluin Mufflers is a finalist in the 2019 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards.

Charity drives Angie’s business success

PASSION to make a difference is the driving force behind Angie Mansey, who has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Telstra Queensland Business Women's Awards.

Mrs Mansey is the co owner of Kuluin Mufflers with husband Luke and has built a niche market in specialised exhaust modifications for V8s and muscle cars.

Since taking on the Sunshine Coast business in 2016, it has expanded from barely having a full week of work to being booked out six weeks in advance.

The business has seen clients drive from New South Wales to have their cars modified, and have shipped car parts as far as New Zealand.

Mrs Mansey, 35, left a career as a specialist nurse and the couple sold all their possessions to buy the muffler business after one of their four sons became very ill.

"I do everything except the welding, so all the accountants, customer service, event management and marketing on social media platforms," Mrs Mansey said.

"I took it on and learnt on the job and it has just become massive."

Through their business, she has also organised various car events to helped raise tens of thousands for charities.

Mrs Mansey said making charity a central part of her business was important highlighting her 8-year-old son Corbin's struggles with several illnesses.

"It's an important thing for us to give back," she said.

"It's been something that since we started the business we've felt something we wanted, to use our business as a platform to raise awareness of things close to us."

Telstra Business Women's Awards Ambassador and Chief Financial Officer, Robyn Denholm, said the Queensland finalists were championing inclusion, innovation, and leadership.

"Business women who are smashing through stereotypes and transforming the status quo deserve to be celebrated and it's by shining the light on their successes, and their individual stories, that we help them and other women in business thrive," Ms Denholm said.

 

 

The finalists of the 2019 Telstra Queensland Business Women's Awards are:

 

Small Business Award

Angie Mansey, Kuluin Mufflers

Charmaine Saunders, Mainie

Emily Barnes, CoQuelicot Designs

Kylie Butchard, Pacific Security Group

Meg Cooper, Mad Dance House

Nadia Tucker, Active Truth

 

Medium & Large Business Award

Jennifer Williams, Compare the Market

Katie Whittle, Shell Australia

Lauren Hall, iVvy

Lauren Lowe, Future Fitouts

Natasha Chadwick, NewDirection Care Bellmere

Roz White, Whites Management Group Pty Ltd

 

Public Sector & Academia Award

Carly Irving, Energy Queensland

Carolyn Mountford, The Translational Research Institute

Debbie Platz, Australian Federal Police

Gail Garvey, Menzies School of Health Research

Robyn Littlejohn, TAFE Queensland

Sue Keay, CSIRO's Data61

 

For Purpose & Social Enterprise Award

Chris McMillan, Cancer Council Queensland

Dushyanthi Thangiah, Yumba-Meta Housing Association Limited

Julie-Ann Lambourne, enVizion Group Inc.

Rachelle Panitz, So Brave

Ruth Limkin, The Banyans

Wendy Agar, Sunrise Way Rehabilitation Limited

 

Emerging Leader Award

Alexandra Gannon, Reload Media

Mary-Ellen Redmayne, The Foot Stop Podiatry Services

Mikala Fair, LadyBird Conveyancing

Sarah Hazlehurst, The Culprit Club

 

Winners of the 2019 Telstra Queensland Business Women's Awards will be announced on Thursday 21 March, at Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane. State and Territory winners will be invited to Sydney for the National Awards judging on Wednesday 15 May, and a national dinner celebration on Thursday 16 May.