UK: Funktion One founder Tony Andrews picked up the very first Gottelier Award as part of last week's PLASA Innovation Awards. The Gottelier Award - named in memory of celebrated lighting designer Tony Gottelier, who passed away last year - has been introduced to recognise an individual or team felt to have made "a significant and sustained contribution to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology," writes David Davies.
Andrews fended off competition from Richard Belliveau (High End Systems), Adam Bennette (ETC) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) to take the award, the result of which was determined through an open online vote on the PLASA Show website.
According to PLASA CEO Matthew Griffiths, the award was made "in recognition of the pioneering work done by Tony Andrews over three decades, which has contributed significantly to advancing people's enjoyment of live music and added to the industry's deeper understanding of loudspeaker design."
Speaking to PSN-e, Andrews - whose many significant product developments include the Flashlight and Floodlight (for Turbosound) and Resolution Series systems (for Funktion One) - recalled the moment that his name was read out: "I was chuffed - very pleased. They started talking about loudspeakers and I thought, It has got to be me as none of the other nominees [is in that field]! We have had some difficult times this summer, so it feels great to be appreciated in this way."
Andrews is particularly pleased to have received an award for innovation. "Most of what is 'new' is just repackaging," he notes. "Innovation hopefully improves things, and I think it is very important that it is recognised."