Awards

Do you work with someone in the wine and spirits industry who is exceptional, dedicated to bettering their community and/or has demonstrated impressive growth in their career? Is your company leading the way with innovative changes that are transforming the future of the industry?

Nominate your colleagues or company for an Access LIVE award today!

awards

Supplier Environmental Sustainability Award

Supplier Environmental Sustainability Award

The Supplier Environmental Sustainability Award is presented to a wine and spirits supplier who has successfully implemented innovative and unique company activities, either pertaining to operations or production, that are designed to mitigate environmental impacts and improve sustainability. The awardee shall demonstrate a commitment to addressing environmental issues, reducing unnecessary waste, promoting energy efficiency, combating climate change, and exemplifying ingenuity in their efforts. As one of the three tiers of the alcohol industry, this awardee demonstrates leadership amongst suppliers in environmentally responsible business practices. 

Criteria: 

  • Innovation or uniqueness of the initiative(s). 

  • Investment in / commitment to the initiative(s). 

  • Capacity building - changes or improvements to the management culture, dialogue, or working practices which promote better understanding of environmental issues. 

  • Divulging impact metrics that combine empirical measurements with sustainability efforts.  

  • Active in sharing insights or best practices.  

  • Exemplifying leadership amongst other suppliers. 

Sunday, April 2, 2023
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

WSWA Legacy Award

WSWA Legacy Award

WSWA’s Industry Legacy Award honors an individual who is exceptional and cherished by WSWA and must be a current or former wine and/or spirits wholesaler, supplier, or other industry leader who is highly respected by his or her peers. This individual will have demonstrated decades-long dedication to the beverage alcohol industry, outstanding business success, remarkable philanthropy, and meaningful participation within WSWA. 

Sunday, April 2, 2023
4:15 - 5:15 pm

Ray Herrmann H.E.R.O. Award

Ray Herrmann H.E.R.O. Award

The Ray Herrmann H.E.R.O Award is an annual award presented to a member of the wine and spirits industry who is: A humanitarian, ethical, respectful and one-of-a-kind. Ray Herrmann was not only a beverage alcohol industry titan, but also a man of great character, ethics and philanthropy – a true humanitarian. The recipient of this award must actively display a character dedicated to integrity, philanthropy, inclusiveness and improving their community. An appointed executive selection committee will select the recipient. 

Monday, April 3, 2023
8:30 - 9:30 am

WSWA Lifetime Leadership Award

WSWA Lifetime Leadership Award

This annual award honors an individual in the wholesale tier who has gone above and beyond in their service to the beverage alcohol industry, WSWA, and the community at large.

The deadline for nominations is February 10. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Retailer Community Service Award

Retailer Community Service Award

The Retailer Community Service Award honors a wine and spirits retailer who has made significant contributions to building a sense of unity and purpose in his or her community. The awardee is someone who demonstrates positive values and behaviors that influence and inspire others to better stewards of their community and effect positive changes. The awardee must show evidence and measurable results of how they have impacted and built a stronger community, such as leading volunteer programs or outreach centers. They must be seen as a mentor in their community. The deadline for nominations is February 10.

Criteria to consider: 

  • Evidence of building stronger communities such as leading volunteer programs, social groups, outreach centers, sports programs, etc.  

  • Mentorship in the community 

  • Contributions to community programs or initiatives with measurable results of how they impacted participants of that community program/initiative 

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
4:30 - 5:30 pm

WSWA Access Craft’s 2023 Hot, New, Now! Award

WSWA Access Craft’s 2023 Hot, New, Now! Award

WSWA Access Craft’s 2023 Hot, New, Now! Award will be awarded to an up-and-coming craft wine or spirits brand that is in attendance at Access LIVE. At Access LIVE, WSWA Access Craft Wholesaler Advisors and the Access Craft Director will walk the exhibit floor to discover new, eligible brands. Based upon presentation, engagement, tasting and other considerations, the panel of judges will deliberate and pick the winner no later than the second day of Access LIVE. The winner will be announced at Access LIVE’s Awards Program, immediately before Ovation LIVE at the conclusion of the show. Brands eligible for the award must not have launched or entered the marketplace before January 1, 2020. 

Past winners include Skrewball Whiskey (2019), Gray Whale Gin (2018), and Bedlam Vodka (2017). 

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Wholesaler Movers & Shakers Award

Wholesaler Movers & Shakers Award

The WSWA Wholesaler Movers and Shakers Award is an annual award presented to emerging wine and spirits wholesaler leaders in the industry. Awardees will demonstrate ambitious career progress and goals, impressive business accomplishments and high integrity. They will be highly respected by their peers for their work ethic and accomplishments. The deadline for nominations is February 10.

Factors to consider include: 

  • Inspiring personal story on the road to success  

  • Has had a positive, significant impact on the wholesaler and/or industry 

  • Strong positive reputation, known for integrity and work ethic 

  • Innovative, creative, and redefines how things are done 

  • Nominee’s position within the organizational structure and leadership skills; Note: Family owners are not eligible for this award. 

  • Personal and industry awards, designations, and accomplishments 

  • Potential for individual growth with a company and/or industry as a whole 

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
4:30 - 5:30 pm