Mr Determination and his message on excellence

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Determination may as well be Queenstown-bound Sir Tim Wallis’ middle name.

The Wanaka deer farming and tourism pioneer, who’s guest speaker at the Queenstown Business Excellence Awards tomorrow night, says:

“I think it is so important to keep focused and determined. Determination can be more important than skill.”

Wallis, 71, should know. He suffered a head injury from an aircraft accident in 1996 yet still plays an active role in his Alpine Deer Group business, which his four sons now run.

“I am currently cataloguing and editing all my historic film footage that I have been filming since 1966.”

Invited by Queenstown Chamber of Commerce chairman and long-time friend Alastair Porter, Wallis plans to talk about entrepreneurship and excellence at the awards function at the Millennium.

He and Porter were both elected to the New Zealand Deer Farmers Association council in 1975.

“Alastair and I are very similar people, we have always got on well,” Wallis says.

Nine local businesses are finalists in this year’s awards. Top honours will go to the best small, medium and large businesses, plus there’ll be an overall winner.