The eagerly-anticipated NEXO Awards were presented in Frankfurt, and this year, the big prize was carried off to the other side of the world. Group Technologies, the Melbourne-based company that was the first to launch and make sales of NEXO’s new flagship STM Series, was named as Distributor of the Year 2012-13 at the ProLight+Sound show Awards ceremony.
Beating off competition from Chile, Mexico and China, GT won the top NEXO Award for its impressive launch of STM at the end of 2012, described by those who attended as ‘simply the best product introduction we have ever seen’. GT was also the first to bring an STM system into use in the real world, signing up Australian production company Monitor City as an early pioneer of NEXO’s modular line array. Anthony Touma of GT was in Frankfurt to pick up the Award from Denis Baudier, and we understand that he is still in the bar!
A boozy Anthony Touma accepts the award for GT in Frankfurt Germany
Other winners included Lemke Roos of the Netherlands, celebrated by NEXO for their long-standing loyalty and commitment to the brand. One of NEXO’s most enthusiastic champions in Europe, Bert Koenders of Lemke Roos picked up the Award on behalf of his colleagues.
A popular winner of the 2012-13 Award for Progress and Development was Concept Audio of Malaysia. Andy Tan and his young team have only been involved with NEXO for about 3 years, but their energy and enthusiasm has made them many friends. They staged a memorable launch event for STM in Kuala Lumpur, as well as bringing in a pioneer customer in Mubari Sound and Light.
A big congratulations to Mubari Group for their oustanding work on bringing STM to Malaysia
The fourth NEXO ‘Oscar’ made its way to central America, to the offices of Representaciones de Audio, or REPSA for short. Jaime Celis, Estuardo Zarate and Juan Carlos Gamino picked up a new award, first-time winners of the Special Award for STM Excellence, and will be showing it off later this month at the Soundcheck expo in Mexico City where they will present the STM system together with one of their customers, new user TecnoSon.
Check out the article on TecnoSon here.
The evening closed with a special thank-you to three men, the STM Pioneers. Thierry Trenchant of Melpomen, Ismail Hifda of West Evenement, and Kalle Hogrefe of Sound Linear are the first users of STM in Europe, and their adventurous spirit and faith in NEXO was rewarded with champagne and the applause of the 160-strong international crowd.