The IUCAB International Agent of the Year “George Hayward Award” was created by the Executive Committee of IUCAB following the passing away of George Hayward, the first elected US Vice President of IUCAB, in May 2009.
Mr. Hayward was the founder of United Sales Associates, an agency business firm in the safety/industrial market place which he started in 1982, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He was the recipient of dozens of awards and recognition for outstanding service by the many associations in which he participated. He gave much of his heart, time and friendship to everyone in our profession and was one of the most involved and engaged agents, doing so selflessly. Mr. Hayward served IUCAB as Vice President from 2001 until 2008 when he made his farewell speech at the IUCAB Annual Delegates Meeting in Berlin.
The “George Hayward Award” was created in honour of his unsurpassed dedication to ensuring quality performance of commercial agents and his passion and persistence for continuing education.
Nomination forms for the IUCAB International Agent of the Year “George Hayward Award” are sent to the national member associations of IUCAB.
Each national association is requested to select a nominee among their own membership and return a duly completed nomination form to the IUCAB Secretariat. The Executive Committee of IUCAB will select the winner of the award from all nominations received from the national member associations.
The IUCAB International Agent of the Year “George Hayward Award” was created to honour the quality and the performance of commercial agents.
In March 2020, the Executive Committee (ExCom) of IUCAB came together virtually. During the meeting, ExCom selected the winner of the IUCAB International Agent of the Year 2020. Various applications have been received from the IUCAB Member Associations and votes were cast by the Members of the IUCAB ExCom at the meeting.
The Award in 2020 goes to Mrs. Irina Kozyreva from the agency “Ceramic First Group SL”, Spain.
The Ceramic First Group is located in Valencia and has three employees. The agency´s activities reach far to the Eastern Europe throughout Asia, and represent several principals. The key for the success of Ceramic First Group is the approach to both, to the principals and customers as well. This includes direct contact, additional services such as translation, relevant market studies and involvement of all stakeholders.
The Delegates of IUCAB congratulate Mrs. Irina Kozyreva and wishes her all the best and ongoing success with her agency.
Due to the current COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Award will be presented to Mrs. Irina Kozyreva during the next Delegates’ Meeting in Vienna in May 2021.
During the IUCAB Delegates Meeting, which was held on 31st May 2019 in Valencia, Spain, the 10th George Hayward Award was handed out to Mr. Nicolas M. Skrzypczak of the agency TransAtlanticPass Consulting & Sales Agency, L.L.C. (USA). He is successfully working in the automotive, commercial, recreational vehicles industries field. Due to business obligations, Mr. Skrzypczak was not able to attend the ceremony. Therefore, it was Mr. Charles Cohon, CEO of our member association MANA, who accepted the trophy and the certificate in the winner’s name. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Cohon spoke of how and why mangrove trees remind him of commercial agents. Among all other trees, only mangrove trees adapted to thrive in harsh environments like the salty waters of the Atlantic ocean where no other tree can survive. So, mangroves and commercial agents both adapt and thrive in environments too harsh for their competition. Because while others look at a market and say “Nothing could grow here,” a commercial agent looks at the same market and says, “I see opportunity.”
IUCAB congratulates Mr. Skrzypczak and wishes him a prosperous future!
The IUCAB International Agent of the Year “George Hayward Award” was created to honor the quality and the performance of commercial agents.
In March 2018, the Executive Committee (ExCom) of IUCAB came together in Chicago, USA. During the meeting, ExCom selected the winner of the IUCAB International Agent of the Year 2018.
Various applications have been received from the IUCAB Member Associations and votes were cast by the Members of the IUCAB ExCom at the meeting in the United States. It has been a very close race between the various nominees.
During the IUCAB Delegates Meeting, which was held on 18th May 2018 in Turin, Italy, the 9th George Hayward Award was handed out to Peter Feigl, owner of the agency Peter Feigl Handelsagentur (Austria). He is successfully working in the field of paints, varnishes and industrial adhesives. His agency is the market leader in Austria in the field of painting of agricultural machinery.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Feigl used a fox as a symbol for the commercial agent. The fox has to search for food on a daily basis and does not regularly receives food but he is free and can determine his own success. On the other hand, he compared the sales employees to a dog on a chain, which receives regular food on the plate but is not free.
IUCAB congratulates the winner with the company’s achievements.
Various forms have been received from the IUCAB Member Associations and votes were cast by the Members of the IUCAB ExCom at the meeting in Brussels. It has been a very close race between the various nominees.
During the IUCAB Delegates Meeting which was held in Heslinki, Finland, the 8th George Hayward Award was handed out to Hans Lindeblad and Martin Wendin, owners of the agency Lindeblad & Wendin AB. They are successfully working in the field of Men’s fashion such as Calvin Klein Underwear, Calvin Klein Swimwear, Tommy Hilfiger Underwear and Bruun & Stengade.
IUCAB congratulates the winner with the company’s achievements.
Various forms have been received from the IUCAB Member Associations and votes were cast by the Members of the IUCAB ExCom at the meeting in Lyon. It has been a very close race between the various nominees. The winner of the 7th “George Hayward Award” is Walter Dittmann, Director and owner of Diwa Sweet.
Mr. Dittmann has been chosen for several reasons. He is very successful with a young company resulting in a steady growth of the company earnings. Moreover Mr. Dittmann delivers additional commercial services and invests in the employees who are obviously part of his success.
IUCAB wishes Mr. Dittmann all the best and ongoing success with his company! He received the award during the Delegates Meeting which took place in May 2016, Malaga, Spain.
Mr. Mailfert had been chosen because he is a commercial agent who has been able to grow his commercial line in the past three years. The fields of business Mr. Mailfert is working in are: industry, metallurgy, plastics and electronics. Mr. Mailfert has invested in training and marketing which has resulted in being such a successful agent.
The “George Hayward Award” has been handed over during the IUCAB Delegates Meeting and Congress which took place in Warsaw, Poland, on May 14th, 15th and 16th 2015.
IUCAB congratulates Mr. Mailfert and wishes him a prosperous future!
During the 61st IUCAB Delegates Meeting, which was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, that year, the 5th “George Hayward Award” was handed out to Jasna Triller, Director and owner of IDentiks Card Systems (www.identiks.si) by Olivier Mazoyer, IUCAB’s new President who was elected at the same meeting.
The core business of Mrs. Triller consists of identification solutions and ID cards (PVC cards, USB keys, ID accessories, PVC card accessories). Mrs. Triller also works for foreign principles from the countries Croatia, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia. Mrs. Triller had been chosen especially since she has been able to expand her business steadily during the economic recession.
IUCAB congratulates Mrs. Triller with the company’s achievements.
The Award was presented to Helena Waker, CEO of the SAA, by IUCAB Vice President Olivier Mazoyer. The presentation took place at that year’s Annual Delegates Meeting in Salzburg, Austria, which also marked the 60th Anniversary of IUCAB.
Unfortunately Philip Hallerfelt was unable to attend the presentation of the Award due to business travels.
Philip Hallerfelt is a young commercial agent but already the recipient of International Awards in recognition of his ability to create new markets for his exclusive shoe brands in the Nordic countries.
IUCAB congratulates Philip Hallerfelt with his achievements and hopes that he will continue to serve as an example of excellence in the profession for the new generations entering into the profession.
Repinco are specialists in the forge and foundry business and generally recognised for its skills and experience in the industry. They are a Member of the French Association APAC. The mission of Repinco is to promote and commercialise tailor made forge and foundry products and processes developed by their principals which include Marcora and Fondinox. The company was founded in 1981 and is headed by Mr. Pescheux since 2008 (www.forge-et-fonderie.com).
The “George Hayward Award” is a prestigious recognition of commercial agency firms which excel in the execution of an agency business and contribute to a continued increase of the services and the quality of the service provided by commercial agents. IUCAB congratulates Repinco and its CEO Mr. Pescheux with the company’s achievements.
The Award was presented to Camilla Kock, Managing Director of NonStop Agenturer AB, in the presence of Mo Hayward and Olivier Mazoyer, President of the French IUCAB Member Association APAC, which hosted that year’s Annual Delegates Meeting and International Congress of IUCAB.
NonStop Agenturer AB has demonstrated a very successful succession in the company, broadening the target group and realising a remarkable growth in sales (www.nonstopagenturer.se). Key success factors of the agency business of NonStop Agenturer AB are the constant focus on the customers, broadening the target groups of both endusers and retail stores and offering service to principals and customers on a 24/7 basis.
The Award was presented to Peter Massey by the wife of Mr. Hayward, Mo Hayward. The presentation took place at that year’s IUCAB Annual Delegates Meeting in Athens, Greece, on May 21st 2010.
Mr. Massey started to trade as White Rose Agencies in the year 2000. His company has a well balanced spread of business between six Principals. White Rose Agencies aim to meet and exceed customer expectations. They are a family run business that understands the importance of service and reliability. Their synergistic selling approach coupled with their longstanding customer relationships offers their principals many advantages and hidden opportunities that are not possible with employed sales representatives. They are passionate about sales and their association with professional manufacturers and quality products. Their vision is to become associated with growth markets e.g. energy saving, and as such a significant proportion of their turnover is now dedicated to this market sector in which they represent the largest energy saving lamb producer in the world.
Their motto is: “Do what the others don’t and get what the others won’t.“