John Burton imports over 40% of all coffee beans into New Zealand, supplying coffee beans to hundreds of coffee roasters.
He’s now been selected as one of three finalists for the Attitude Entrepreneur Award, which Westpac is proud to sponsor, at the 2016 Attitude Awards on November 29.
The inspirational awards ceremony includes eight different categories showcasing and celebrating artists, sportsmen and women, people with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and mental health issues - young and old.
The aim of the event is to shine a spotlight on the disability sector, and draw attention to the one in four New Zealanders who live with disability.
It also pays tribute to the employers who work alongside people with disabilities to ensure they are able to contribute their skills to society and live full and satisfying lives.
John’s life was turned upside down when at 38, he woke from complex heart surgery to find he was paralysed from the chest down.
He had two young children and a growing businesses so he continued to work from his hospital bed in the spinal unit.
21 years on, John still travels the world, often to less developed countries, and has hardly ever taken a sick day.
The other two finalists in the Entrepreneur Award category are Genevieve McLachlan and Bryce Dineen.
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