February 15, 2013
In-Lite Design wins best booth award
The Paul J. Day Best of Show Award went to In-Lite Design. On hand to present the award to In-Lite representatives, are from left Heather MacRae, show manager; Beth Edney CLD, chair of the show committee; In-Lite representatives Ramon Pieters, president; and Jim Stangier; award’s namesake Paul Day; and committee vice-chair Brian Cocks CLT.
In-Lite Design of Putnam took top booth honours at the Congress 2013 trade show, winning the Paul J. Day Best of Show Award.

“The booth’s less-is-more design strategy was creative — and effective — in making an intangible product real,” said the judges. The booth layout also placed its staff centre stage, ready to welcome visitors.

This year’s best booth awards recognized exhibitors for excellence in trade show marketing. The judges, Deborah Dugan of Conexsys, John LeRoy of GSS Security and Lee Ann Knudsen of Landscape Trades, were tasked to choose a winner in each of six categories.

Kubota Canada of Markham received honours in the heavy equipment category. “Extra lighting was used to great effect, and bringing in celebrities for an autograph session enhances the brand’s show investment,” said the judges.

Other winners included Muskoka Rock Company, Bracebridge, best 100-400 sq. ft. booth, excluding heavy equipment; Echo Power Equipment (Canada), London, best small equipment booth; Unilock, Georgetown, best booth over 400 sq. ft., excluding heavy equipment; Playcare and Design, Milton, best booth under 100 sq. ft., excluding heavy equipment.

The best booth winner for Fencecraft, produced by the Canadian Fence Industry Association, was awarded to Vinyl-Fence.ca, Niagara Falls.

For its efforts in aggressively promoting Congress, Upper Canada Stone of Shanty Bay received the show’s best promotion award.