Though still early in his career, Madden has already shown amazing determination, stamina, and staying power.
Madden was surprised by the nomination and is looking forward to the gala night on April 28.
“This nomination came completely out of the blue. He was incredibly surprised but very honored to be nominated,” Madden said.
At just 12 years of age, Madden created and ran his own business, ‘BundaBins’ before branching out and founding ‘Bundalong Car & Boat Wash’.
When Madden moved to Yarrawonga from Melbourne in fifth grade, he looked for something to do. He observed people forgetting to take their bins out and/or bring them back, as well as older people having to walk their bins up and down long country lanes, as well as forgetting which day is which bin.
He saw an opportunity, planned and launched his own business, helping the community, networking and earning money in the process.
“I really didn’t want to get involved in ‘garbage services,’ but was determined to work from a young age,” Madden said.
“I saw an opportunity to not only help people within my community, keep our city and environment cleaner and healthier, but also to proudly start my own small business.
“For three years I enjoyed ‘BundaBins’, however I decided I wanted to move on and create something different.”
His second innovative idea came from realizing that there was no boat or car wash service in his favorite water skiing town.
He understood very early that the connections he was making appreciated his entrepreneurial spirit, that hard work, reliability and honesty still mean something in this world, and how valuable an extensive network of professional people can be for future career prospects.
Lending his scooter to customers as a courtesy vehicle was also quite an innovative idea.
“Having made up my mind, and despite being told it would be too difficult, I recognized another opportunity and started Bundalong Car and Boat Wash,” Madden said.
“It was a great success and I am very proud of what I achieved.
“Through my businesses, I have been fortunate to connect with so many professionals within the community, who in turn have provided me with guidance and opened doors in my professional real estate development career.”
Madden now works at Oliver Hume, one of Australia’s most reputable residential property funds and property services groups, which manages Silverwoods and Zest Living in Yarrawonga as…
Madden sees his career in real estate development as one for the long term and is determined to succeed in an industry that is booming and constantly evolving to ensure its sustainability in a changing landscape. Madden is also aware, and continues to strengthen his understanding, thanks in part to mentorship from industry leaders he has come to know on the inside, of what it means to remain humble, grounded, and maintain a level of “giving back to the community.” . “
“Working at Oliver Hume is the highlight of my career so far. One of Oliver Hume’s projects in the Yarrawonga/Mulwala region is Zest, a 55+ lifestyle community,” said Madden.
“I plan to continue my career with Oliver Hume and look forward to managing an estate of my own in the near future.
“I look forward to further helping our community with their home purchase, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or forever homebuyer.”
Nominations for the Young Achiever Award close on December 16 and judging will take place on March 1, 2023 and the awards gala presentation will take place in Melbourne on April 28 next year.