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Annual Awards 2011

 

We are very pleased to be able to a announce the results for the AFTAL awards 2011. This is only the second year, but it is already more competitive, and we can see that more dealers will be upping their game this year with the hope of winning an award next year!

Last year we provided the nominations, and the board members were excluded. This time you made the nominations your self, but next time we will improve it by using a system that they use for the Oscars, whereby you will have to provide your nominations first, and then these will be cut down to perhaps 3 or 2 and you will then vote only for those nominated. This system will also then provide 'runners up' in the former of a 'nominated for' position.

We also need to look at broadening at possibly adding another category, or perhaps dropping one, but that will again be decided by the members, so look out for the voting forms alter in the year.

After counting, the awards finally went to Garry King of Autografica for Dealer of the Year, Dominic Manning of Behind the Scenes for In Person Dealer of the Year, and Marcus Brandes for Website of the Year, this being the second award that Marcus has now won. No date has yet been fixed for the presentation of the awards, but it is hoped that something will be arranged later in the year. In the meantime, well done all three winners and look out for the new format for voting for this years (next years!) awards.

 
 
Annual Awards 2010
 

In 2010 AFTAL decided it was time that some of our dealers where rewarded in some way for the time and effort they put into their business's.

The board decided on 4 awards to be presented at the Autographica event in Birmingham in May 2010 and drew up a list of possible winners which excluded all current board members, and then discussed and voted on each one to give a short list of nominations. The AFTAL Dealers were then asked to vote in secret for their choice from the list and Dealers could not vote for themselves, and the voting was counted by just one person (not an AFTAL member) and the winners remained unknown to anyone other than the chairman until the actual presentation.

The winners names were read out and awards presented at the evening dinner by various guests at the show. The turnout was better than expected with all the winners being present. Dealer of the year was won by Markus Brandes by just a single vote from Lester Freeman. Lester was unable to make the dinner due to his attendance at another event, but admitted that he had actually voted for Markus himself!

The Outstanding Achievement Award was given to Bob McCluskey for his work in both raising money for various Liverpool based charities, and his thankless work against the forgers on both eBay and elsewhere. His award was presented to him by no less a person than Fred Haise of Apollo 13 fame.

 
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Dealer Of the Year: Markus Brandes and Carol Ashby (James Bond)

 

Best In Person Collector: Jason Thanos and Jim McDivvitt (Apollo 9)

 

Best Website: Mark Riddle and Syliva Anderson (Thunderbirds, Lady Penelope)

 

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