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2020 AmCham-DHL Express Success & Resilience Awards

Winners announced for the 2020 AmCham - DHL Express Success & Resilience Innovation Awards for companies doing business with the USA

27th September 2020

The focus of this year’s awards was success & resilience during the COVID19 pandemic. We were looking to recognize up to 6 companies, organisations, or individuals who could show resilience, ingenuity, had pivoted, and had been successful in growing relationships and business between the USA and NZ during these difficult times. 

There were no set categories, which meant that entrants were competing from a wide range of sectors including importing, exporting, investment, education, research/science, tourism, dealing with workforce issues, supply chains, and creative sectors.

Some of the key messages that came out of the entries:

  • There has been some outstanding innovation, resilience, perseverance, and tenacity shown during these unprecedented times.
  • The global playing field has been leveled and New Zealand is well placed to take advantage of it.
  • Enabling technologies are out there waiting for society to catch up.
  • New Zealand’s economy has moved from just exporting containers of goods to exporting our unique innovations.
  • Sustainability and climate change are creating a challenge and an opportunity.
  • The customer experience is absolutely everything.       

The winners are:

Animation Research Ltd – 
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd -
GFS Risk Ltd
Kami Ltd
Magic Memories Innovation Ltd
Tourism Holdings Ltd –

The winners will be presented with their awards at a dinner on 29th October in Auckland (as long as Auckland is at COVID19 Level 1) or the dinner will be deferred until a later when we can hold a larger in person event.

In addition to AmCham’s lead awards sponsor DHL-Express, the awards are also supported by ANZ Bank, Ironside McDonald Intellectual Property, media partner The Business, wine sponsor Constellation Brands and event manager Lime & Soda.

Entries Open For 2020 AmCham - DHL Express Success & Resilience Innovation Awards

In 2000 the American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand introduced an annual awards event to celebrate success and innovation in business relationships with the USA.  This event has now become a highlight of our year.

With the current COVID19 pandemic affecting the world we have decided to change the 2020 awards to celebrate success and resilience in relations with the USA during these difficult times. 

There are no set categories. We are looking to recognize 5 or 6 companies, organisations, or individuals who shown resilience, ingenuity, have re-pivoted, and have been successful in growing relationships/business between the USA and NZ this year. This can be covering Importing, Exporting, Investment, Education, Research/Science, Tourism, Dealing with Workforce issues, Supply chains, and Creative sectors.

A successful applicant will demonstrate their success across these dimensions, in ways of their choosing, but showing how they have overcome the challenges. Some evidence of financial progress and success will be required.

The awards will be presented at a dinner on:

When                29th October or at a later date depending on Government restrictions for COVID19
Where               Hilton Hotel, Princes Wharf, Auckland
Timing               Pre-dinner drinks 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm
MC                      Rachel Smalley
Key note speaker:  TBC
Dress code       Business
Tickets               $195 inc GST per person or $1,950 inc GST for a table of 10

In addition to AmCham and DHL Express, the awards are supported by: ANZ Bank and Ironside McDonald Intellectual Property
Wine sponsor - Constellation Brands
Event Manager and sponsor - Lime & Soda

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