Last month when I explained that the International Superyacht Society (ISS) was amending its annual awards for outstanding megayacht projects, I briefly mentioned how two new honors were being added. One is in recognition of innovation by individuals or companies, while the other acknowledges a person or business demonstrating excellence over the past year.
Why am I bringing them up again? Simple: You get to submit nominations.
That’s right, your vote counts. Instead of having submissions come solely from the board of directors and ISS’ members (of which, full disclosure, I’m one), the ISS is opening the floor to anyone and everyone involved in the industry. That means whether you own a yacht, run one as a crewmember, or even run the payroll department of a davit company, you can–and should–speak up.
To me, it’s a sign that the nearly 20-year-old Society recognizes those of you in the trenches, so to speak, could very well have a better handle on what’s going on in this business and can make the broader membership more aware as a result. And what better way for the ISS to continue fulfilling its primary goals: fostering dialog as well as strengthening and growing the industry as a whole.
The specifics of each award are:
Excellence in Innovation
Open to every aspect of the industry–from crew training to technological advances or environmental stewardship–the Excellence in Innovation award will be given to an individual or business that has demonstrated innovation in their endeavours. Nominations will come from the industry, and ISS board members will vote to determine finalists.
ISS Person or Business of the Year
The ISS Person or Business of the Year will be awarded to those demonstrating excellence in their area of superyacht expertise within the previous year; nominations will come from both the industry and the ISS board, with the board making finalists selections.
Nominations are due by September 15, either via fax to (954) 525-4325 or via e-mail.
I urge you to give the nominations serious consideration. There’s easily someone you encounter on a regular basis whose name deserves to be put forth. When you’re ready, make your voice heard, and make sure the unsung heroes of this business get the recognition they rightfully deserve.