IAPA 2013 judges revealed
27 November 2012
The judging panel for the IAPAs (International Awards for Powered Access), taking place in Miama, USA, on 26 March 2013, can now be revealed.
The five distinguished names making up this year’s panel are: Ebbe Christensen, president of Reachmaster; Stefan Kulawik, managing director of Palfinger Platforms; Wayne Lawson, IPAF president; Enrica Pege, director of Venpa; and Ken Pustizzi, chief executive officer of Trico Lift.
Euan Youdale, Editor of Access International, which is organising the awards, thanked the judges for taking part. “As always, we have a great line-up of judges this year and I am in no doubt that their industry knowledge and expertise will ensure the judging process runs very smoothly.”
It can also be confirmed that Haulotte Group has this week signed up to sponsor the drinks reception sponsorship for the evening of the awards.
The deadline for entries for the 2013 IAPAs is 21 December 2012, so, if you haven’t already entered, please hurry. Categories and entry forms can be found at www.iapa-summit.info.
This year’s IAPA awards will for the second time include an Access Photograph of the Year competition, again generously sponsored by UK rental company Facelift Hire. A prize of €1000 will go the best picture sent to us by the deadline of Friday 1 February, 2013.
The IAPAs and the IPAF Summit conference will be held on March 26, 2013 at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel, Florida, USA. This unmissable event combines educational and networking opportunities as well as celebrating excellence in the access industry.
It is jointly organised by industry magazines Access International and Access Lift & Handlers, and IPAF. Put the date in your diary and be part of a host of events taking place from March 25 to 27.
This is the first time that the IPAF Summit and IAPAs are being held in the USA, and there is an excellent line-up of top speakers for the Summit conference.
The IPAF Summit will be a full day of plenary conference and seminars. The day will start at 9:00am with the IPAF Annual General Meeting (AGM) for IPAF members only. This will be followed by breakout seminars that all delegates can attend, covering topics related to AWPs and mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs), ranging from inspections and maintenance, to accident reporting and safety training.
The plenary conference in the afternoon will bring all delegates together and provide them with valuable take-home messages that contribute toward a professional and safe powered access industry. Ron DeFeo, chairman & CEO of Terex, will give the keynote address. Other confirmed speakers include Michael Kneeland, president & CEO of United Rentals, and Sérgio Kariya, managing director of the rental division of Mills Estruturas e Serviços de Engenharia SA in Brazil. The Summit is held in English, with simultaneous translation in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Attendance is free. Register in advance at www.iapa-summit.info.
The IAPAs is a gala dinner and awards ceremony which will take place at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel. The IAPAs celebrate best practice and excellence in the powered access industry. The award categories and details on how to enter will be announced shortly. This ticket-only gala dinner is expected to attract more than 450 guests from around the world, so book early to be part of this special evening. Book now at www.iapa-summit.info.
Other events include: aerial work platform (AWP) management training on the afternoon of March 25 and the IPAF Networking Event, which gives you a chance to meet colleagues, customers and industry friends in an informal atmosphere. It will be held at Villa 221, a fashionable venue located just across the street from the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel.