Newport show hands out 2017 Edson Star Awards

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Oceanvolt, of Annapolis, Md., received the Edson 2017 Star of the Show Plaque for best overall display. Shown are Will Keene, chairman of Edson International; Nancy Piffard, show director of the Newport Exhibition Group; and Bill O’Malley, North American sales manager at Oceanvolt.

Oceanvolt, of Annapolis, Md., received the Edson 2017 Star of the Show Plaque for best overall display. Shown are Will Keene, chairman of Edson International; Nancy Piffard, show director of the Newport Exhibition Group; and Bill O’Malley, North American sales manager at Oceanvolt.

The Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, have named the winners of this year’s Edson Star Awards for Excellence in Portraying Company Image.

Presented by Will Keene, chairman of Edson International, and given to companies whose display and employees exemplify pride and professionalism, the awards were presented to four category winners, each of which received a $1,000 credit toward 2018 show contract costs from the producers.

Keene also awarded the Edson 2017 Star of the Show Plaque to the winner for best overall display — Oceanvolt, of Annapolis, Md.

The other awardees are:

  • Best In-Water Powerboat Display: Kadey-Krogen Yachts, Annapolis, Md.;
  • Best In-Water Sailboat Display: HH Catamarans, Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China;
  • Best Free-Standing Display: Oceanvolt, Annapolis, Md.;
  • Best Booth Display: Aquidneck Mooring Co., Middletown, R.I.

The show was held Sept. 14-17 along the Newport waterfront on America’s Cup Avenue.

“Overall the exhibitors at the 47th annual Newport International Boat Show delivered a high level of professionalism — it was very difficult to choose the best display,” Keene said in a statement.

“Exhibits were judged by an independent group and assessed on cohesive branding throughout; eye-catching and inviting setup; well-dressed, friendly, knowledgeable staff; brochures and business cards readily available; and a neat and clean environment.”

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