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.