A few years ago, the International Superyacht Society (ISS) decided to create awards for companies or individuals spearheading innovation, as well as crewmemembers and businesspeople who have achieved something noteworthy. The ISS’s Awards of Distinction, as they are known, are open for nominations now, and the non-profit ISS wants your input. (Full disclosure: I am a member of the board of directors for ISS.)
For crew, the ISS Distinguished Crew Award honors a team who best uphold the professional standards of their chosen profession. Previous winners have included Capt. Robert Corcoran and his crew aboard Argyll, who came to the aid of refugees crammed aboard a small boat.
The ISS Excellence in Innovation award recognizes a person or business who has achieved something truly original. It can be related to technology, or even environmental stewardship. The Carlisle & Finch Company was honored last year for leading the way in the manufacture of searchlights.
And finally, the ISS Business (Person) of the Year honors those who have achieved excellence in their niche over the past year. John Dane of Trinity Yachts is a previous winner, for marshalling employees immediately after Hurricane Katrina, moving operations to Gulfport, Mississippi, and keeping business going.
Nominations are due by August 20. They can be emailed or faxed to (954) 525-4325. The winning recipients will be announced at the Monaco Yacht Show and presented at the annual ISS International Awards for Design & Leadership Gala at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.