Leaney wins business award but keeps his sporting hand in
COFFS Harbour businessman Darren Leaney has proved there is a life after an elite sporting career.
The former rugby league star has built a solid business career since retiring and this week claimed a national award for his work as a trainer and mentor.
Darren was named the Cultivar Group's licensee of 2014 based on participant feedback, client success and marketing initiatives.
"The recognition was very fulfilling in itself but the praise should go to my business partners at Cultivar and the determination and discipline of the clients," he said.
"Our group specialises in sales improvement.
"But knowledge in itself has no value and success can only happen when clients take action and get results.
"So they are doing most of the hard work.
"There is no secret ingredient or secret formula to improved business outcomes.
"I just find out what my clients want and align to that position so it's a win-win and always good for business."
One of Darren's greatest success stories is Mother Nature's in Coffs Harbour.
The longstanding retailer has just been awarded with a Sydney Markets Retailer Distinction.
While business success and family dominates Darren's life these days, he still has an interest in sport and has former Newcastle Knights team mate (and assistant Queensland Origin coach) Michael Hagan as a house guest in coming days.
"Mick is coming back to town to take the Coffs Harbour Comets through a training session on Thursday," he revealed.
"He'll be staying over on Friday for the Men Of League race day and we're going to have a really good time to celebrate Christmas."