Nothing’s worse than winning a trophy or other award and finding out that the event organizers cut corners on the plaques, and you end up with a shabby piece of plastic that you’d be embarrassed to display. Well, okay, maybe there are many worse things. Nonetheless, GVCC was recently hosting an event that required top quality awards. To ensure they were getting the best quality available, they contacted Specialty Graphic Solutions for custom awards and plaques in Vancouver, WA.
GVCC? What Do All of Those Letters Mean?
The GVCC is the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Each year, they host the Business & Leadership Awards Event. At this get-together, they recognize those who are making a splash in the local business community. The new board of directors and chairman of the board for the GVCC are also installed. This year, the event was held at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel on West 6th Street last Thursday, September 10th.
When an organization that’s doing so much to build our local business community came to us for custom made awards for Vancouver, WA, we couldn’t wait to help out. You see, full disclosure, SGS is a member of the GVCC, and we were happy to find another way to support such an awesome group. They needed five custom awards for the top business leaders in the area. Fortunately, they contacted the right sign shop!
What We Did for the Business & Leaderships Awards
We started with a one-inch thick panel of clear acrylic that measured twelve inches wide and had a half-inch thick base with beveled edges. Next, we created a laser cut metal silhouette of the top half of one of the iconic landmarks of Vancouver: the bell tower at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. Our mighty sign makers made the metal look aged by using a “secret sauce” to add a patina to the metal’s surface. To keep the aged patina looking fresh, we then sealed the metal with a clear coat finish.
Next, we attached the metal silhouette to the front of the acrylic award. But, what about the graphics? I’m glad you asked! We applied cut vinyl graphics to the back of the acrylic panel. So, essentially, each award had three layers: the metal tower, acrylic panel, and then the vinyl graphics, which are viewable through the acrylic. As you can see, it created a very cool look.
And the Winners Are…
Of course, the GVCC wins because they got amazing awards to hand out. But, they were not the only winners. At the 2015 Annual Officer Installation and Business & Leadership Award Dinner, the following five awards were given out:
- Large Business of the Year – Columbia Credit Union
- Small Business of the Year – Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Law Offices
- Start Up To Watch – Trek Global
- Community Champion – Scott Campbell
- Statesman of the Year – Annette Cleveland
Join us in congratulating these exceptional local businesses and people!
And, if you’re looking for trophies, awards, or plaques for your event, go with the professionals at SGS. Contact us today for a free consultation.