Monash Business School graduate wins award

4 June 2015

Marketing graduate Thomas Weston will experience firsthand the guidance of global marketer Tony Palmer as part of this year’s Monash Marketing Awards for Excellence.
Thomas has been awarded the 2015 Tony Palmer – Monash Marketing Award, and will receive a cash prize, as well as personal mentoring for 12 months by Mr Palmer.

Monash University Graduate Business School
Prof Harmen Oppewal with Thomas Weston (photo credit Monash University)

Mr Palmer is the President of Global Brands and Innovation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation and a Monash University alumnus.
Thomas said he was grateful to have won the award, and would relish the opportunity to learn from Mr Palmer’s wealth of business knowledge.
“I believe that mentoring from such a successful marketer as Tony Palmer will only contribute to my passion and drive to grow in business further,” Thomas said.
Graduating from Monash Business School in 2014 with a double degree in commerce and economics, Thomas has founded and directed two small business enterprises: Sausage Dog Central, a niche online retail store catering to dachshund owners; and more recently Gen E Marketing Solutions, a full-service online marketing company.
“I hope my time with Mr Palmer will help develop Gen E Marketing Solutions, and give me a deeper understanding of business,” Thomas said.
The 2015 Tony Palmer – Monash Marketing Award is part of a host of awards under the Monash Marketing Awards for Excellence. These awards recognise and celebrate the discipline of marketing, and acknowledge those undergraduate and postgraduate students who, each year, achieve outstanding results in individual courses and units.
The award selection committee comprised Monash alumna Suzana Ristevski, Head of Strategy and Growth at GE Australia/NZ/PNG; Jodie Leonard, Managing Director at Challenger Consulting; and Erica Brady, Director of Teaching at the Department of Marketing, Monash Business School.
Head of the Department of Marketing Professor Harmen Oppewal said the committee was unanimous in its assessment of Thomas’ application.
“Academic excellence, combined with entrepreneurship, were clearly demonstrated in Thomas’ application,” Professor Oppewal said. “His extra-curricular activities, including mentoring, attendance at the Harvard World Model United Nations in 2014, and his appetite for business make him an ideal candidate for this exceptional opportunity.”

Department of Marketing at Monash University

The Department of Marketing is one of the largest providers of tertiary level marketing education in Australia with over 40 full-time academic teaching and research staff. The department is one of six departments in the Monash Faculty of Business and Economics. The head office is situated at the Caulfield campus; however, staff  is  also located at Clayton, Peninsula and Berwick campuses. The department boasts in excess of 1,500 students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs across all campuses and the various teaching modes.
Master of Advanced Marketing
This course is designed for marketing graduates who seek to expand their knowledge of advanced marketing concepts and theories. The course features an advanced suite of marketing units reflecting state-of-the-art knowledge in the discipline of marketing, highly interactive lectures, case discussions and seminars. It is ideal career preparation for future marketing career executives.
Master of Business (with a specialisation in marketing)
The Master of Business is an innovative and industry-focused graduate program with a strong emphasis on personal development. The marketing specialisation focuses on the central concepts of marketing for businesses. The units provide both foundation concepts, as well as more advanced strategies.

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