Last year, Philharmonic AV entered into the CEDIA Awards for the first time. Hoping to just be shortlisted, the Kent-based integration firm was delighted to go further in the process and lift the trophy for Best Media Room over £15,000. Phil Turner, Managing Director of Philharmonic AV explains the reasons why 2014 was the year to take part.
I always saw the CEDIA Awards as the pinnacle of achievement in our industry. For this reason, I was keen to enter the awards scheme, but was waiting for an appropriate project for entry. As a team, we were really pleased with our work on the Wimbledon Media Room project, but as everyone knows, you can only go ahead with promoting the project if the client is on board. Fortunately for us, the client was happy for us to photograph and submit their home as an entry.
We started the entry process and it probably took us two or three days in total. It does seem like a lot of time, but we actually found it to be a very helpful exercise. Even though most of the information was there, it was useful in realising the importance of collating all of the documents in one place for the project.
We were delighted to hear that we were shortlisted in the Best Media Room over £15,000 category, but ecstatic when our name was called out at the awards ceremony. I can still remember how shocked and emotional I felt when we were announced as the winner. I am so proud of all of the hard work the team continually put in and this was recognition to them more than to me that it is all worthwhile.
In his opening address at the ceremony, CEDIA Chairman Kris Hogg asserted that while all short-listed projects “demonstrated great integration at a system and design level... the winners showed an extra dimension in creativity, innovation and wow factor that really sets them apart.” To be recognised as a company that strives for, and achieves, excellence is a fantastic affirmation of Philharmonic’s intention to go beyond the acceptable to the exceptional.
I believe that by winning the award, it has inadvertently helped us gain new business. The accolade helps prospects feel comfortable with the standards we adhere to. Having such an award backs up the usual sales spiel that they regularly hear.
We probably haven’t done enough to promote our award win yet. In that typical British way, we have been careful not to be too boastful. We have added a few blog entries to our website and included it on our email signatures.
The main benefit of taking part in the CEDIA Awards is the sense of pride in what we do. I would encourage all members to apply for the awards. We genuinely entered into the CEDIA Awards last year to understand the process and what is involved in entering. We hoped we might be shortlisted, but we never thought that we would win the category. I am sure that other members would gain a lot from just the process alone. It is very satisfying to be dissecting a project and reminding yourself why it made you so proud.
For more information on the CEDIA Awards and to enter this year's scheme visit www.cediaawards.org