Christine Vincent | Businesswoman extraordinaire

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It’s no easy feat running a business, but running six successful individual franchises is an extraordinary achievement very few people achieve. Luckily no one told Christine Vincent that.

Christine is the owner/operator of six McDonald’s Restaurants between Cairns and Innisfail and recently won another prestigious award, the Large Employer of the Year category at the Regional Queensland Training Awards.

Christine’s company Jubcan Venture is one of the largest employers in the region with 553 staff, who Christine credits for her success.

“Without my staff, I would not be where I am today,” she said. “I always encourage them to be the best they can and assisting them to do this is a real passion of mine. I train, empower and trust my team, and I am always looking for ways to keep them green and growing. I respect each and every one of them.”

Christine currently has 65 of her employees completing Certificates 2 and 3 in Retail Services and has another 25 managers working towards a Diploma of Leadership and Management. Currently 30% of her annual payroll is spent on training throughout the restaurants.

Even though she owns and operates six busy franchises, she still makes time to be active in the community. She is the current Representative for the Australian Women’s Leadership network in Queensland, a member of Advance Cairns and sits on the committee for the Ronald McDonald House Family Retreat in Palm Cove.

Christine’s advice to those who want to achieve in business is to stay true to themselves at all times.

“No matter how tough life can get – and it does – doing what you believe is right and having a positive outlook shines through and you gain trust, support and respect in doing so,” she said.