Newport show names Edson Award winners

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The Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, announced the results of this year’s Edson Awards for Excellence.

Presented by Will Keene, president of Edson International, and given to companies whose display and employees exemplify pride and professionalism, the awards were presented to four category winners at the Sept. 17-20 show. Each received a $1,000 credit toward 2016 show contract costs from the producers.

Edson also awarded a Star of the Show plaque to an overall winner. The 2015 awardees are:

Best In-Water Powerboat Display: Grand Banks Yachts, Holland, Mich.

Best In-Water Sailboat Display: U.S. Watercraft, Warren, R.I.

Best Land Display: Quickline USA, Fountain Valley, Calif.

Best Booth Display: S&S Fabric Products, Portsmouth, R.I.

Best Overall Display and Edson Star of the Show award: Grand Banks Yachts

“Overall, the exhibitors at the 45th 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; a neat and clean environment; and no smartphone use in their booths.”

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