Say what you like about America – the US remains our third-largest trading partner and a pillar of our export economy. And joining the ranks of Zeacom, Zespri and Buckley Systems, Vista Entertainment Solutions won the Supreme Award for trade with the United States last night at the 13th AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards.
Vista Entertainment provides management solutions to the cinema exhibition industry as well as food and beverage facilities, and a software development service for entertainment sector customers.
Over the last three years Vista Entertainment's US business enjoyed cumulative growth of 111 percent and it's projecting that number will grow to 468 percent by 2014.
The Supreme Award is chosen from the winners of each of the categories presented on the night. Vista Entertainment was the exporter of the year between $500,000 and $5 million, while Yealands Estate Wines was exporter of the year over $5 million.
Mighty River Power, which is up for partial sale as part of the government's asset sale programme, was named investor of the year.
AmCham executive director Mike Hearn said a record number of entries were received in the investment category.
"While the US economic situation is still slow, and the dollar has worked against New Zealand exporters, there are still many companies growing their business and presence in the US."
Prizes include NZ$2,500 for air travel to the US on Qantas Airways for winners of the importer and exporter categories.
Importer of the Year from the USA: Seychelle Water Filters Ltd
Investor of the Year to or from the USA: Mighty River Power Ltd
Exporter of the Year – under NZ$500,000: Red Witch Analog Ltd
Exporter of the Year – NZ$500,001 – 5 million: Vista Entertainment Solutions Ltd
Exporter of the Year – over NZ$5 million: Yealands Estate Wines
Trevor Eagle Memorial Award – AmCham Supporter of the Year: Pfizer New Zealand Ltd
Supreme Award Winner: Vista Entertainment Solutions Ltd
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