MKM Group founder Michael Kljaic was named the 2009 Gold Coast Business News Young Entrepreneur of the Year during a gala event at the Sheraton Mirage last Friday.
The 37-year-old edged out Zarraffa’s Coffee founder Kenton Campbell and Absynthe owner and restaurateur Meyjitte Boughenout to win the coveted award.
Total revenue generated by this year’s finalists exceeded $100 million.
After establishing MKM in1997, Kljaic has built his business to incorporate 100 staff and revenues of more than $40 million this FY.
Not content to bunker down during the economic turmoil of the last 12 months, he instead orchestrated a cavalier strategy that would prove to be the turning point of his business.
As projects around him were mothballed and receivership levelled some of his more colourful competitors, Kljaic’ s MKM Group won the $1 million State Government tender for civil works on the new hospital at Parklands.
“I just kept thinking ‘what do we need to do’ to get out of this and we were looking for anything to keep us going. I couldn’t sit around and wait, I had to make things happen and we did,” says Kljaic.
The St George Springs Townhouse Development in Warwick was meticulously designed by the talented team MKM Group using the latest stainless steel fitting which presented the style and class of a high quality finish.
Over the years MKM Group Australia has identified key industry segments in which their specialised knowledge, resources and above all understanding was required to ensure project success. MKM Group has tailored the business in a multi-divisional organisational structure encompassing Construction, Commercial Designs, Earthworks, Residential Designs, Tipper and Plant Hire Services.
Headed by Michael Mladen Kljaic, MKM Group, offers best-in-class construction services with high standard workmanship, quality and care in Australia.
Ranging from Commercial designs to Residential designs, the variety of construction services they provide are carried out by a team of trained and quality professionals, who work closely with their customers to understand their needs, and drive solutions within their budget.
MKM has secured the $1 million contract to complete civil works on the new Gold Coast hospital near Griffith University and its key residential projects in Warwick and Redbank have realised sales totaling more than $20 million.
AS managing director Michael Kljaic hunts for fresh opportunities in regional centres, it has been with some trepidation given the jolt the industry has taken in the last 12 months. Despite all the distractions and the toppling of some of the city’s more colourful developers, the 37-year-old has emerged stronger and with a bullet proof business model.