Recognition for being

Adams Group owner Adam Barnard with his award.
Adams Group owner Adam Barnard with his award.

Mr Barnard said the Adams Group business, which is based in Malaga, started eight years ago with just one bus. However, the values and skills he developed in the Australian Army helped drive the coach network to success.

‘We started with one bus in 2005 and grew from there with acquisitions and organic growth, we made sure that although our buses were the oldest, they were definitely the cleanest, so it was all to do with presentation in the beginning,’ he said.

‘I have the ability to work very long hours, it (the army) was also good for leadership and good mechanically so it definitely played a big part in why I believe we were successful.’

The West Swan resident said he saw a gap in the market and a demand for a quality coach company to service what he saw as a growing tourism industry in Western Australia.

‘I saw that we were coming off the back of the Asian financial crisis and tourism was a major player in WA and I think I saw a big opportunity, the industry was very low in morale and the drivers weren’t very well paid and I saw an opportunity to make things better,’ he said.

Mr Barnard was presented the award by Deputy Premier Kim Hames and Telstra chief executive David Thodey at the Perth Convention Centre.

He said winning motivated him and his team to continue growing the business.