Vistaprint Windsor was excited to learn our fate at the 29th Annual Business Excellence Awards on Wednesday April 24th where we were a finalist in the category for Large Company of the Year. 10 members of the leadership team attended the awards gala to represent this fantastic team and waited anxiously to see whose name would be called from the sealed envelope. The team was both humbled and ecstatic to hear our name called when Large Company of the Year was presented!
The Business Excellence Awards are presented annually by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. The awards recognize the achievements of successful businesses and people in Windsor and Essex County and the contributions they make to the growth and prosperity of our local economy.
This was truly an extreme honour for our team as we were nominated alongside two great companies in Windsor – Contract Glaziers Corporation and Reliance Home Comfort.
Gianni D’Angela, our Windsor Plant Director, graciously accepted our award on behalf of Vistaprint and proudly shared the short speech he had prepared on the chance that we won. Ironically, the podium was decorated with Vistaprint products ordered by the BEA planning committee!
We wanted to share some pieces from his amazing speech:
“…..this would not be possible without our founder and CEO Robert Keane. We are fortunate for his decision to locate our first North American facility in Windsor and we are proud to be the largest of our Vistaprint manufacturing sites worldwide…”
“….most importantly, it is our Team Members who set us apart from the rest and we would not be where we are without them. Our culture is what it is because together we work to create an environment where Team Members are engaged, they are empowered to be their best and when we make a mistake, we learn from it and continue to improve ourselves….”
“….thank you to all of you, and the global community for supporting Vistaprint. We are proud to be a part of this community….”
This is a huge accomplishment and a true honour to be recognized alongside some of the very best in Windsor and Essex County. As some of you may or may not know, Vistaprint Windsor won this same award in 2012. Following the news of this year’s win, some research was done, and we are proud to say that it appears we are the first company in Windsor-Essex County to win Large Company of the Year more than once!
The three nominees in the Large Company of the Year category were interviewed prior to the gala – you can watch the video here. Gianni and an inside look at our plant is featured at the 3:07 mark.
In other exciting news, the Windsor team was also awarded the Best of the Best award, in the Best Workplaces in the Americas designation through the Printing Industries of America in March. For the second year, this team was a recipient of this award that recognizes exemplary human resources practices thus creating an outstanding workplace. A panel of respected human relations professionals from the print industry judged entrants against bench-marking categories that promote the most sought-after qualities of today’s workforce, including: Communication & Culture, Employee Resources & Benefits, and Work Environment & Safety.
These awards and recognition would not be possible without each and every one of our Team Members and their continued dedication to our workplace, our customers and the Vistaprint brand.
“A positive team is created by a group of individuals who come together with vision, purpose, passion, optimism, grit, excellence, communication, connection, love, care and commitment to do something amazing and create something amazing together” ~ Jon Gordon