Friday August 30, 2013 – Crown Group CEO Iwan Sunito has been named among the winners at the prestigious 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Iwan accepted the award for winner in the Industry category at the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Eastern Region awards ceremony held at Sydney’s Carriage Works last night.

Ernst & Young Executive Director Bert Bardoel revealed the winners of the three categories in the highly-regarded awards.

Iwan said he was honoured to accept the award, after competing against an exceptionally high calibre of nominees.

“It’s a great honour to receive this award,” Iwan said.

”Our success did not happen overnight, it is the result of working hard and working smart, employing a great team,  careful planning and a willingness to take risks,” he said.

“As many entrepreneurs would relate, it’s rare to find time to stop and reflect on how fortunate we have been to be able to grow our business to this scale and at this speed. In17 years the Crown Group has grown from humble beginnings to now developing a pipeline of projects worth $3 Billion,” Iwan added.

Iwan was among 16 of Australia’s best and brightest entrepreneurs nominated for the Eastern Region awards, including founder of Baseplan Software Brendan McAssey, founders of stylestalker Sue-Ann San and Rachel Zelic and founder of GMP Pharmaceuticals Karl Ye.

The judges made the following comments about their choice for the prestigious award: “Iwan has successfully differentiated Crown Group with its resort-feel apartment complexes. To do so competitively, Iwan has changed the property development business model. As a result, Crown Group is achieving excellent market share growth in this competitive industry.”

Iwan will now join winners from all five regions to compete in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year National awards in November.

Mr Sunito said this award came during Crown Group’s most successful year to date.

Crown Group recently took home two awards at The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW awards for excellence 2013, the best High-Density Development for its resort-style development Top Ryde City Living and best Concept Design for the Group’s joint venture with Prosha Pty Ltd, The Eastlakes Town Centre.

Earlier this year, Iwan was awarded Indonesia’s Property and Bank Magazine Golden Leadership Award 2013 and was a special guest at Indonesia’s Global Diaspora Event opened by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

“Our philosophy of ‘not big then better, but better first then bigger’ has proven to work and by continuing to constantly push the boundary of design, innovation and quality, the growth will come naturally,” Iwan said.

“I thank my team for helping to enable the phenomenal growth within Crown Group,” he said

“This year, I’ve felt honoured and humbled to accept a number of award s both personally and on behalf of Crown Group,”  Iwan added.

Iwan attributes the extraordinary success of the company to Crown Group’s dedication to producing high-quality, yet-affordable apartments in carefully selected locations

“The approach within Crown is that ‘good’ is not good enough, we strive for great.”

“At Crown we pride ourselves on redefining the boundaries of design innovation of residential living,” Iwan added.

Born in Surabaya Central Java, Indonesia, Iwan grew up on the island of Borneo, before he migrated to Australia in 1985 to attend High School in Sydney.

Iwan regularly travels back to Indonesia and is also heavily involved in charity and not-for-profit organisations.  Following the 2006 Asian Tsunami, he was the chairman of Indonesia’s Tsunami Corporate appeal.

Iwan is currently the chairman of a program to mentor young professionals called B2B.

He has also been actively involved in raising funds for organizations such as the Sydney Children Hospital, John Fawcett Eye Foundation in Bali, as well as various orphanage organisations in Indonesia.

Iwan lives in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and is married with three children.

Winners of the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year National award will be announced in Sydney on November 21.

For media enquiries and to arrange an interview with Crown Group CEO Iwan Sunito contact: Kate Prideaux, Communications Manager

02) 9925 0088 or 0401 863 436

About Crown Group

Crown International Holdings Group (Crown Group) is a leading Australian property group, active in property development and property investment in Sydney. 

The company was co-founded by architect Mr Iwan Sunito and engineer Mr Paul Sathio in 1996.

Iwan Sunito graduated with Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and Master of Construction of Management from University of NSW. In 1993 Iwan became a Registered Architect in NSW and was awarded the UNSW Eric Daniels award for excellence in residential design.

Paul Sathio graduated with a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Masters of Engineering Science from University of NSW. Paul has more than two decades’ experience in the construction and development industry.

Crown Group has received a number of awards over the years including the Master Builders Association Excellence in Housing award 2012 for its innovative, waterfront development Sanctum by Crown and the HIA (Housing Industry Association) CSR Housing Awards 2007 Apartment Project of the Year for the hugely-successful ICON at Homebush.

Most recently, Crown Group was awarded best High-Density Development in NSW and ACT at The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW awards for excellence 2013 for its resort-style development Top Ryde City Living.

Crown Group’s joint venture with Prosha Pty Ltd, The Eastlakes Town Centre was awarded best Concept Design at the same awards.

Crown Group has successfully completed major developments in Sydney’s best locations including Bondi, Bondi Junction, Parramatta, Ashfield, Epping, Homebush, Newington, Pennant Hills and Rhodes.

Today, Crown Group boasts a $3 billion portfolio of projects under development and in the pipeline and p is currently developing four major projects, Top Ryde City Living, a seven-tower development in Top Ryde, Viking by Crown, a 10-storey residential complex in Waterloo, V by Crown, a 27-storey residential tower in Parramatta and Skye by Crown a 20-storey development in North Sydney launched in June 2013.

Crown group will launch Viva by Crown, the final stage of Top Ryde City Living on August 31, 2013.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year TM                      

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries.

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program, launched in 2001, is conducted in five regions culminating in the national awards. The program honours entrepreneurs whose ingenuity and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures. Entrepreneur Of The Year’s primary objective is to identify, acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contribution entrepreneurs make to the Australian business community and economy.

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year program now has alumni of over 1,200 entrepreneurs who have participated in the program, including alumni judges, and 15,000 people who have attended Entrepreneur Of The Year events and award ceremonies.

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