The EXSA industry awards took place on 25th November 2015 at the Monte Casino Ballroom with the exhibition industry positively glittering in their “denims and diamonds” which was the theme for the night.
“This really is a celebration of the best companies and individuals in the industry and a chance to come together to network and finish the year on a high” said EXSA’s GM Sue Gannon. “Sincere thanks goes to all our sponsors, including: 3d Design; 3d Events; Unlimited Events Group ; as well as the Sandton Convention Centre; Dogan Exhibitions and Events; Johannesburg Expo Centre; and DK design, who made it all possible for this event to happen. And to our media partners for donating ad space for our Auction, together with Tsogo Sun who donated a weekend away. A great time was had by all.”
Brad Alder, the EXSA Chairman, opened proceedings for the evening together with the MC for the night Andy Klee. Brad gave his annual Chairman’s award to Nigel Walker, for being the unsung hero who tirelessly promotes the exhibition industry, and contributes both his time and expertise without expecting anything in return to tasks that often go unnoticed. Two industry stalwarts were inducted into the EXSA Hall of Fame - Dawn Olivier and Conrad Kullman. Rubber Duc certainly got the party going!
Thank you to all who attended the Awards, and who helped to pull off this spectacular event.
BEST STAND AWARDS
Custom 12 m2 and under – Scan Display Solutions for ABSA at Exporter
Custom 13 – 24 m2 – DK Design for Endiama at Mining Indaba
Custom 25 – 50 m2 – Two way Exhibition & Events for HP- Hewlett Packard at My World of Tomorrow
Custom 51 – 100 - Scan Display Solutions for Alcon at SASCRS
Custom 101 – 200 – Concept G for Banking Channels at FNB Leadership Conference
System 13 – 24 m2 – 3d Design for Cisco at AfriCom
System 25 – 50 m2 – 3d Design for Big lift trucks at Africa Rail
Outdoor – Sugo Projects for Bell Equipment at Bauma
Mixed – 3d Design for Neotel at Govtech
External – Concept G for CCRC at Africa Rail
BEST EXHIBITION AWARDS
Consumer Exhibitions over 10 000 sq.m.
Gold Awards were presented to:
The Rand Show – organised by Dogan Exhibitions,
Gauteng Homemakers – organised by Homemakers; and
Rage – organised by Logik and The Lime Envelope.
A Platinum Awardwas presented to the SA Cheese Festival – organised by Agri Expo.
Trade Show – up to 6 000 sq.m.
A Platinum Awardwas presented to Meetings Africa – owned by SA Tourism and operationally run by Synergy Business Events
Trade Shows over 10 000 sq.m.
A Gold Awardwas presented to Automechanica – owned by Dogan in association with SA Shows/Messe Frankfurt
A Platinum Awardwent to Indaba – owned by SA Tourism and operationally run by Pure Grit
Best Green Exhibition- Meetings Africa organised by Synergy Business Events and the SA National Convention Bureau
Best Green Stand – Greenstuff for the ECO Guest Suite at Inspire Décor and Design Expo
BEST COMPANY AWARDS
Best Supplier Company – Stand Design and Construction: Expo Solutions
Best Supplier Company – Security: Lodge Events Security
Best Supplier Company – AV: Gearhouse South Africa
Best Supplier Company – General: Plant Inn – Hire plants and flowers
Best Supplier Company – Logistics:LA Rouxnelle Logistics and Consulting
Best Supplier Company – Cleaning Contractor:ZF Cleaning Services
Best Supplier Company – Project Management: The Conference Company
Best Venue: Sandton Convention Centre
Best Organiser: MMI South Africa
BEST COMPANY EMPLOYEE AWARDS
Best Supplier Employee – Stand Design and Construction: Jennifer Gibson - The Exhibitionist
Best Supplier Employee – Security: Bongani Khosa - Lodge Events Security
Best Supplier Employee – AV: Graeme Marshall - INHOUSE Venue Technical Management
Best Supplier Employee – General: Melissa Crafford – 2 Way Exhibition Services
Best Supplier Employee – Logistics: Jerome Jacobs – LA Rouxnelle Logistics and Consulting
Best Supplier Employee – Cleaning Contractor: Zaid Khan – ZF Cleaning Services
Best Supplier Employee – Project Management: Natalie Kensley – The Conference Company
Best Venue Employee: Lorraine Strydom – Sandton Convention Centre
Best Organiser Employee: Liezle Bothma – Conker Exhibitions
Young Professional of the year:Gemma Drynan – Expo Solutions
Nigel Walker – Compex
Dean Gunningham for his CEM Qualification, IAEE, USA
INDUCTED INTO THE EXSA HALL OF FAME: