Former CCIWA president Ray Sputore awarded AM

CCIWA congratulates former president (2017-19) Ray Sputore for being appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to business and the construction industry.

Former CCIWA president Ray Sputore.

A CCIWA Life Member, Sputore spent for than four decades of his 45-year working career serving on boards, advisory groups and committees, including as a CCIWA Board director from 2009 to 2021.

He is also a former Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) president (2019-2021).

Sputore says he feels excited, proud and humbled to receive the recognition in the King’s Birthday 2024 Honours List.

“As an immigrant son of Australian parents this award means a lot to me personally but it also highlights the opportunities Australia provides its people to shine and achieve through collective effort and contribution,” he says.

“No doubt my upbringing, my parents’ support and support of family and friends gave me the inspiration and the drive to want to do more.”

Under Sputore’s leadership as president, CCIWA achieved one of its biggest ever campaign wins in 2018, with the Federal Government revisiting its GST distribution formula, delivering billions of dollars in extra funding for WA.

CCIWA President Nicki Ivory says: “As a past president of both CCIWA and ACCI, Ray has had a hand in guiding advocacy in key policy areas that have had a significant impact on the State and national business environment.

“In Ray’s almost 50 years in business, he’s held pivotal roles in the building and construction industry and is now a Trustee at United Super (Cbus).

“Ray continues to contribute to our mission to advance trade and commerce in WA, and provides significant guidance to our Board and executive through our General Council.”

Sputore’s commitment to the WA and Australian business community is extensive, having held leadership positions at the WA State Training Board, Masters Builders Association WA (and Australia) and Australian Competitive Energy.

“My story is one of hard work, dedication, resilience and use of my intellect to advocate for a better construction industry and a better place for people to live and do business not only in Western Australia, but across the nation,” Sputore says.

“Western Australia and Australia is a great place to live and work. We should be collectively proud of the great country we live and work in.”

 

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