Gallagher founder, the late Bill Gallagher Senior, was inducted as a laureate into the Waikato Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Westpac Waikato Business Awards Hall of Fame on 3 November.
His life was honoured at a ceremony at Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand.
The Gallagher story started when a horse called Joe took too much of a liking to using a car as a scratching post. Bill Gallagher Senior scratched his head for a solution.
In 1938, he devised a cunning electrical circuit that delivered a shock whenever the horse rocked the vehicle. This quickly cured the problem and sparked the idea for his electric fence invention.
Almost 80 years on, Bill Gallagher Senior, who died in 1990, is still recognised for his contributions to society.
At last week’s awards evening, Dr John Gallagher, Director of Gallagher and a son of Bill Gallagher Senior, accepted the award on behalf of the Gallagher family.
“It’s nice to see him recognised,” said Gallagher. “His humility and his concern for the community are values we learnt from him. As a company, we continue to live by those values.”
Commenting on the two business icons who were inducted - Bill Gallagher Senior and Brian Perry, Waikato Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive William Durning said that great things have and continue to happen in the Waikato which impact not only the region, but across New Zealand and the globe.
"We felt that it was more than appropriate to recognise the significant contribution that Bill Gallagher Senior and Brian Perry have played in establishing businesses that have not only been commercially successful but also have equally recognised the importance of giving back to their community," Durning said.
“It is worth reflecting on the fact that our region has had such an impact over many generations, it is no wonder that we are known as the Mighty Waikato.”
Today, as a result of Bill Gallagher Senior’s tenacity, Gallagher has transformed from a 10-person business into a global technology company with more than 1,000 employees across three business units.