South Auckland's Lar Su'a has won a top Managing Director Award.
The 17 year old has been named the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) Young Managing Director of the Year for his leadership of a team of social entrepreneurs helping local children live healthier lives.
With a vision to care for the community, they created their own Extra Virgin Olive Oil "Unique Drizzle" and with every bottle of oil sold one local child was funded through the Life Education Trust programme.
"I made it clear from the start that if we want the company to move forward, we must all feel equal on the team, so we can share our ideas, views and make the decisions needed to progress", Lar says.
"It's challenging having to be the bad guy sometimes but, at the end of the day, there are deadlines to meet. Because we are all equals, everyone is accepting of my criticism."
Lar also impressed Prime Minister John Key with his leadership and the team's entrepreneurial skills earlier this year when they met at the Pacific Business Forum.
Lar receives a cash prize of $1000 and a trophy and he plans to pursue a career in business starting with tertiary study next year.
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