SPFA INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
CONTRACTORS NOMINATION PAGES
Nomination Preparation Tips:
1. Create a draft of your nomination before submitting it online:
- Prepare a draft offline – here is an offline version of the form that you can use to prepare your nomination for submission.
- Have someone look it over – many contractors work with the manufacturer of the product sprayed – typically they have marketing expertise and staff that can assist you. Have them review / edit / assist in the nomination preparation - send your draft to them and ask for their assistance.
- Highlight the most important aspects of the project up front – In the description of the project highlight the 1 or 2 most important points of your nomination - what makes it special. You can and should provide more detail about these points in the other sections, but be sure to let the reader / judges know the key points of the nomination right up front.
2. Review your entry based on the judging criteria:
- Innovation (5 points) – Did you use new tools, new markets, new applications, new techniques?
- Best Practices (20 points) – As defined in the newly documented training and standards.
- Problem Solving (10 points) – Did you have to do anything unusual or extra to meet the client's requirements? Special apparatus, safety concerns, difficult conditions, tight deadlines, unique scheduling?
- Risk Mitigation (20 points) – Includes Health and Safety, as well as other risks to the client, property, staff or SPF contractor.
- Value for Money (25 points) – Includes energy savings, but also recognizes other values of SPF. Where the benefits are measureable and significant, your odds improve. Client testimonials are an excellent way to express the benefits of a project.
- Speed of Delivery (5 points) – Notes about the efficiency and efficacy of the application.
- Environmental Sustainability (15 points) – Ways in which the use of SPF supported environmental concerns.
3. Submit high-resolution pictures; be sure to show some with the proper use of PPE. These pictures may be used in the Awards Program and, if you win, may be featured in SprayFoam Professional magazine.
Each project submitted is likely impressive. But it is essential to winning for you to spend a bit of time thinking about how your project will be seen by judges and the SPF community. Your effort to communicate its uniqueness could be the difference between 1st, 2nd, or last place. One suggestion from past winners is to ask for write-up assistance from the manufacturer of the product sprayed – typically they have marketing expertise and staff that can assist you. Don't forget – your winning project is good promotion for them too!
What do I get if my project wins?
Submitting a project is not a difficult task, but it isn't a thirty second deal either. You need to take high-resolution pictures, write it up, submit it and come to the awards program.
- Crystal award etched with your company name for display in your office.
- 2'x6' Pop-up display banner highlighting you as an award winner. This banner makes a great demonstration tool in your office lobby, your website, local or regional trade events where you may have an exhibit (e.g. regional chamber of commerce event).
- Media kit to assist in the marketing of your victory. This kit provides a model press release for you to fill in and distribute to the media outlets in your service area, along with pictures of your project. This will assist you so you can return from the awards ceremony ready to promote yourself.
- Listing on SPFA website as an award winner. Other promotional opportunities may arise throughout the year such as highlighting the winning project in Sprayfoam Magazine, selecting a picture for the cover of the SPFA annual membership directory, and other opportunities.
- Winning projects may be featured in SprayFoam Professional magazine (see examples below).
- Recognition in the Industry for your outstanding work. SPF takes a high performance contractor to do the job exceptionally and produce a winning project. Use this to differentiate yourself from your competition.
SPFA believes that the path to a healthful, safe, high-quality and performing SPF installation travels through the hands of a knowledgeable, trained, experienced, and ideally PCP-certified professional contractor.