Tonight, the most dramatic and glamorous moment of the 33rd Distinguished Salesperson Award Programme will take place in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This year, we have received 121 nominations from 38 companies of which nine participated in our DSA programme for the first time.
All the nominees have gone through a keen competition and 86 of them successfully passed the requirements.
We will be awarding these 86 sales professionals the Outstanding Young Salesperson Award (OYSA) or Distinguished Salesperson Award (DSA) tonight.
Being a member of the organising committee for the fourth consecutive year, I have the great honour to be appointed as the chairperson of the organising committee of Distinguished Salesperson Award programme this year.
I am fortunate to have a great team of professional and responsible committee members who devoted most of their time to organising the programme.
With all their efforts and contribution, our programme is one of the largest and most important annual programmes of the Sales and Marketing Executives Club of the Hong Kong Management Association.
This year members of the organising committee had chosen 'multiple-intelligence.com' as the theme of the 33rd Distinguished Salesperson Award Programme.
As the chairperson of this programme, I had been asked on various occasions about the mean ing of this theme. 'Multiple-intelligence' is a psychological term representing seven elements: visual, mathematical, body, musical, verbal, intrapersonal, and interpersonal.
A sales professional in the year 2001 and beyond has to be accomplished in all aspects.
The drive in developing various elements of multiple-intelligence is an essential component of being a salesperson.
It will support him in building relations and better equip him in dealing with customers.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, for its support for seven consecutive years.
My gratitude goes to our 15 judges for their valuable contribution in assessing the nominees, especially Terence Wong who also conducted the presentation skills seminar.
I would like to thank Sandra Lee Shuk-yee, Secretary for Economic Services, the award organising committee members, and Jennifer Au of the Sales and Marketing Executives Club (SME) secretariat.
All of them have made the 33rd Distinguished Salesperson Award a fabulous success.
Congratulations to all the awardees. We wish you every success.
Chairperson of the
Distinguished Salesperson Award