Matt Ryan, the Moreton Bay Business Excellence & Innovation Awards’ Entrepreneur of the Year, has paid tribute to his “brilliant support team”.
The CEO of CareTech and three other Clontarf companies, employing 12 people, said: “I have brilliant support from my wife (and business partner Ange) and our brilliant team.
“They all live in the Moreton Bay Region and really drive hard every day to get those businesses up and running.”
It paid off on Friday at the Eatons Hill Hotel when Mr Ryan collected one of the night’s top prizes.
He is CEO of CareTech, which designs and manufactures nurse call solutions; LAS (Local Alarm Solutions), a middleware software developer and RTM Cloud, a monitor of electronic assets.
CareTech was started by his father Bob Ryan in 1999. Matt took over in 2004 and converted from a sales and service direct company to the into a wholesaler for CareTech medical alarm products. He then set up a group of resellers across Australia increasing turnover and enabling him to buy its premises at Clontarf.
Mr Ryan developed the nurse call product range and used his IT knowledge for the software component which led to LAS being born in 2012.
In 2015 Bupa became a customer for all 72 of its sites a project lasting over two years they are still a customer today with LAS having helped integrate new technologies as they are introduced.
Four years later, a new start-up RTM Cloud was launched, this company allows the monitoring of electronic assets.
“I grew up in Redcliffe, went to school in Humpybong State School, I went to Redcliffe State High School,” Mr Ryan said.
“To come home after living abroad and plant my roots in Redcliffe, where I grew up … it’s a really good feeling to have a business which can give back to the community.
“I’ve worked with some aged care providers here in Redcliffe, Ballycara, Ozcare and at North Lakes, Seasons.
“They have really helped us give back to the community with our business."