Entries now open for annual AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards

03 May 2016 5:47 PM | Mike Hearn (Administrator)
The American Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the launch of the 2016 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with Hawaiian Airlines. The awards celebrate business achievement between New Zealand and the United States. 

Two-way merchandise trade between New Zealand and the USA hit a new high in the last year of $11.9 billion, which accounts for 11.6% per cent of New Zealand’s total earnings from overseas trade.

AmCham works closely with its members and companies trading with the USA to enhance and expand business and trade relationships within the private and public sectors.

"The annual Success & Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to showcase those companies that have demonstrated imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as honour and celebrate their achievements," said Mike Hearn, Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand.

“This year we have increased the dollar value for the three exporter categories to better cater to the business community.” 

Awards categories are: 

-         Exporter of the Year to the USA - with export revenues to the USA up to NZ $1 million

-         Exporter of the Year to the USA - revenues from NZ $1 million to NZ $10 million

-         Exporter of the Year to the USA - revenues over NZ $10 million

-         Importer of the Year from the USA

-         Investor of the Year for New Zealand companies investing in the US, as well as US companies investing in New Zealand

-         The Eric & Kathy Hertz Award for Citizen Diplomacy

A Supreme Award winner is selected from winners of each of these awards.

AmCham also presents an award to the Member/Supporter of the Year. 

Commenting on the company’s sponsorship of the awards, Mark Foy, DHL Express New Zealand Country Manager said: “Innovation is at the heart of numerous Kiwi success stories and we’re pleased to work with AmCham to celebrate some of the country’s best importers and exporters. With the rise in online shopping, demand for high-quality, well-designed products has significantly increased and as a result we are seeing strong growth in exports to the US.”

The winners of the importer and exporter awards receive 100,000 air miles from Hawaiian Airlines to enable them to build on their current success.

Companies interested in entering the 2016 awards can find further information at www.amcham.co.nz or by contacting Mr Hearn – email mike@amcham.co.nz   or phone 09 309 914009 309 9140.  Entries close at 5.00 pm on 10 June.

Finalists will be announced on 15 July and the winners announced at a black tie awards gala dinner at the Pullman Hotel Auckland on 18 August.  

Previous winners of the Supreme Award have included ZESPRI International, Peace Software, Airways Corporation, HumanWare, Tenon, Zeacom, Specialist Marine Interiors, Fonterra and Christchurch Engine Centre, Buckley Systems, Vista Entertainment, Greenshell New Zealand, Orion Systems International and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare.

In addition to AmCham, DHL Express and Hawaiian Airlines, the awards are supported by: 3M New Zealand, Baldwins, Fonterra Co-operative, Prescient Marketing & Communications, the Pullman Hotel Auckland and the Business Herald.