ESTA (the Entertainment Services and Technology Association) announced yesterday the winners of the 2006 Dealers’ and Manufacturers' Choice Awards.

The Dealers' Choice Customer Service Awards offer ESTA's Dealer Members the opportunity to publicly recognize those Manufacturers that provide consistently good customer service throughout the year. These awards recognize superior performance in four main areas: Customer Service, Shipping and Billing, Technical Support and Quotations / Project Management. Dealers cast their votes for Manufacturers in each of three categories based on the Manufacturers’ number of employees, 1-6, 7-25, and over 25.

The winners for 2006 are:

Doug Fleenor Design, Inc.
Pathway Connectivity Inc.
Apollo Design Technology, Inc.

The Manufacturers' Choice Dealers of the Year Awards offer ESTA's Manufacturer Members the opportunity to publicly recognize those Dealers that "just do it right." These awards recognize superior performance in four main areas: Staff, Sales and Marketing, Inventory, and Financial Responsibility. Manufacturers cast their votes for Dealers in each of three categories based on the Dealers’ number of employees, 1-6, 7-25, and over 25.

The winners for 2006 are:

Indianapolis Stage Sales & Rentals, Inc.
Production Advantage, Inc.
Stage Equipment & Lighting, Inc.

The Dealers’ Choice Product Awards recognize outstanding entertainment technology products in three categories: Expendable, Widget and Equipment. These Awards were established in recognition of the fact that dealers have an enormous impact on the success of a new product, as well as a unique perspective on its merits.

The winners for 2005 are:

Expendable Category – Faux Snow form SnowMasters Evaporative Snow Systems, Inc.
Faux Snow gives the visual effect of snow cover on the ground. It’s biodegradable, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. This product is shipped in powder form, so just add water and get ready for snow. Widget Category Lex Eectrol Plug-in Splitter from Lex Products Corp. The new Lex Electrol 512 DMX Plug-in Isolator Splitter/Repeater (ISR 1.2) is a compact plug-in unit that provides one-in, two-out isolation and buffering of DMX signals. The PISR rebuilds very weak signals, while isolating ground loops, reducing static electricity problems, and providing high-drive for long cable runs.

Equipment Category – Power Assist from J.R. Clancy, Inc.
Motorize your counterweight sets with a retrofittable winch. Simple and economical.

The Customer Service and Dealer of the Year Awards were presented at ESTA's Annual Dinner held in conjunction with the LDI 2006 show on Thursday, October 19th and the Product Awards were presented during the LDI 2006 awards ceremony on Saturday, October 21st.