VideoRay ROV User Conference, VIPS 2011, Announces Annual Award Winners
With the largest and most successful VideoRay ROV User Conference in the books, VIPS 2011, VideoRay reflects on some of the surprises, stories, and glimpses of the future that were revealed in our annual 2011 VIPS Awards Dinner.
VIPS 2011 AWARDS DINNER
VideoRay ROV 2011 VIPS Skills Competition
New VideoRay User / Skills Competition Winners (Left to Right) Jeremy Braun (EdgeDiveTech), John Cramman (Tyne & Wear Marine Ltd.), Michael Caun (Pennsylvania State Police), Craig Thorngren (Skills Competition Administrator, Submerged Recovery and Inspection Services), Jon Metzger (Pennsylvania State Police), and OVERALL TIME WINNER Meagan Pledger (Florida State University Underwater Crime Scene Investigation)
Best VideoRay ROV Configuration Design – Atlantas Marine.
VideoRay UK Dealer Atlantas Marine, represented by (Left to Right) Mike Underwood, Charlie Foll, and Nikki Parnham accept the Best ROV Configuration assistance award from VideoRay President Scott Bentley for their work on custom, small diameter VideoRay ROVs for Nuclear Inspections
“Marcus Kolb” Innovation Award – SeeByte
Edinburgh, Scotland-based SeeByte, accepts the “Marcus Kolb” Innovation Award from VideoRay Research & Development Director Marcus Kolb and VideoRay President Scott Bentley for their work on integrating their SeeTrack CoPilot ROV pilot automating software into the VideoRay Pro 4. Pictured Left to Right – Marcus Kolb, Bob Black (CEO SeeByte), Alastair Cormack (SeeByte), Ioseba Tena (SeeByte), Jon Wood (SeeByte), VideoRay President Scott Bentley.
Best VideoRay ROV Mission 2011 – Mauro Stasi, iROV
Mauro Stasi, founder of the Italian based iROV Underwater Services and European VideoRay Dealer, accepts the award for Best VideoRay ROV Mission 2011 for his work with the VideoRay Pro 4 on the MOSE Project which is building flood prevention barriers for the water born city of Venice, Italy. Pictured from Left to Right – Sim Whitehill (VideoRay Sales Manager), Mauro Stasi, VideoRay President Scott Bentley.
Best VideoRay News Story 2011 – St. Louis County Rescue Squad
Captain Tom Crossmon and Undersheriff Dave Phillips representing the St. Louis County (Minnesota) Rescue Squad accept the Best VideoRay News Story 2011 for multiple drowning victim location and recoveries in 2011 using the VideoRay ROV ALONE to recover the victims. Pictured from Left to Right – Tom Glebas (VideoRay Director of Product Management), Tom Crossmon, Dave Phillips, VideoRay President Scott Bentley.
Best VideoRay Public Relations Story 2011 – Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean
Rachael Miller, Co-Founder of Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, accepts the Best VideoRay PR Story 2011 for her work finding and removing marine debris from the surface and seafloor using action, VideoRay ROV (and other) underwater technology, outreach, and research. Pictured from Left to Right – Brian Luzzi (VideoRay Marketing Manager), Rachael Miller, VideoRay President Scott Bentley.
VideoRay Longevity Award – Henning Føsker, Norconsult AS
Henning Føsker, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Norconsult AS, accepts the VideoRay Longevity Award, an award not given for age but for the 10 years and over 300 missions Henning completed using a VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicle. Pictured from Left to Right – Henning Føsker, VideoRay President Scott Bentley.
VideoRay Dealer – 2011 “Big Fish” Award – Cor Beemster, Nautikaris BV
VideoRay Netherlands Dealer Nautikaris, represented by Cor Beemster, accepts the VideoRay Dealer 2011 “Big Fish” Award for their “landing” of a very significant account both in terms of dollars and integrated VideoRay technology in the Netherlands. Details of this large victory will be announced upon delivery of the systems. Pictured from Left to Right – Erick Estrada (VideoRay Sales Manager), Cor Beemster, VideoRay President Scott Bentley.
VideoRay Dealer – 2011 Highest Sales – Jonny Øestvand, Miltronic
VideoRay Norwegian Dealer, Jonny Øestvand of Miltronic AS, accepts the 2011 Highest Dealer Sales Award for his sales efforts over the last 12 months. This highly contested and coveted award is the first for Jonny and Miltronic – congratulations! Pictured from Left to Right – Chris Gibson (VideoRay Director Sales & Marketing), Jonny Øestvand, VideoRay President Scott Bentley.
Congratulations to all of the highly deserving 2011 VIPS Award winners! Thank you all very much for your belief in your work and in VideoRay.
VideoRay would also like to thank Chris Fischer, founder of OCEARCH, for his highly entertaining address at the VIPS 2011 Awards Dinner. Thanks Chris!
Chris Fischer delivers his keynote address at VIPS 2011