By Annette Shailer

The National Independent Liquor Wholesalers Association (NILWA) AGM conference came to a close with the annual Sales and Industry Awards and AGM Gala Dinner on Friday night (Sep 24).

Victoria’s Paramount Liquor came up trumps again this year, winning the coveted Member of the Year Award, while Moet Hennessy Australia won Business Partner of the Year.

However it was Paramount Liquor’s night with three of the company’s team recognised, including Jan Allemand who won the Administration Support Award, Sabian Johnson who won the National Salesperson – Encouragement Award and Julian D'Aprano who took out the National Salesperson – Outstanding Performance Award.

NILWA managing director, Martin O'Mara, said that the awards night was a fantastic way to show appreciation to NILWA’s business partners, members and sales team after a busy week of meetings and presentations.

“Our results for 2010 are looking fantastic we’ve had a growth of over 20 per cent and that was driven mainly in the wine and spirits category and also the important beer category,” he said.

“We’ve got a good financial year 2011 lined up with some good initiatives happening with digital marketing and we’re looking forward to an even better result this year.”

The awards night was held in the Gilberts Ballroom at the Novotel Manly Pacific in Sydney, with guests enjoying NILWA’s well-known hospitality over a delicious three-course meal with wine, beer and champagne to match.

The awards night comes on the back of a number of successful meetings and sessions during the conference to discuss current issues, reports, results and expectations for 2011.

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The full list of winners for 2010 includes:

Spirit Brand of the Year – Havana Club

Sparkling Brand of the Year – Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut

Wine Brand of the Year – Monkey Bay

Beer Brand of the Year – XXXX Gold

RTD Brand of the Year – Jack Daniels & Cola Bar Pack

New & Emerging Brand of the Year – VB Raw

Liquid Mix Promotion of the Year – Belvedere Vodka Pure

Strike Gold Promotion of the Year – El Jimador Reposado

Business Partner of the Year – Moet Hennessy Australia

Administration Support Award – Jan Allemand, Paramount Liquor

National Salesperson, Encouragement Award – Sabian Johnson, Paramount liquor

National Salesperson, Outstanding Performance – Julian D'Aprano, Paramount Liquor

Member of the Year – Paramount Liquor


Winners on the night (l-r) were: Mark Rowe – Paramount Liquor; Mark Wood – Moet Hennessy; Greg Vettese- Brown Forman; Wayne Dewberry – Constellation Wines; Ian Cameron – CUB; Jan Allemand- Paramount Liquor; and Sabian Johnson – Paramount Liquor


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