Site South Africa Chapter Punches Well Above its Weight

Godfrey KingGodfrey King, publisher, Business Events Africa, is the longest standing member of the Site South Africa Chapter. He joined Site in 1993 and was later nominated as the Chapter’s first Personality of the Year. In an article, reprinted with permission from the latest issue of Business Events Africa magazine, King reflects on the Chapter’s achievements in the past two decades...

The Site South Africa Chapter has punched well above its weight over the years – and has gained an enviable reputation for being a feisty group of incentive travel professionals.

In 1993, the Chapter had but a handful of members. The Chapter president was Barry Hurter, of Sun International, with Richard Gebhardt, of Scan Africa, as vice-chairman. Immediate past president was Klaus D Martin.

Early stalwarts included Nick Stathakis, of Satour, Rodney Weinrich, and the inimitable Eugene de Villiers, who later emigrated to New Zealand but then progressed to head up Site in that country. They were to be bolstered by the likes of Paul Braun, of Travel Awards, and Geoff Saner, Creative Incentives.

In those early years, incentive travel to South Africa was not considered anything more than a visit to Cape Town, Sun City and Victoria Falls. Even Kruger Park did not figure here (and still does not).

The Chapter gained its first female president in 2001 with Katrien Mergaert, managing director of Incentag New Directions. She had been previously elected vice-president in 1998 with Rodney Weinrich as president.

Over the years Chapter members have garnered more than their fair share of Crystal Awards, the highest accolade that Site can award its members for outstanding incentive programmes.

In fact, in 2007, South Africa Chapter members won a record number of Crystal Awards – five out of a total of nine available.

In 2007, the Chapter also won a category in the “Chapter of the Year” awards.

In 2009, David Sand, of Uwin Iwin, who had been Chapter president in 2007/2008, was made “Member of the Year” in recognition of his “outstanding and significant contribution to Site.”

Site South Africa hosted the annual Site Congress in Cape Town in 2010 and the ultimate achievement came in 2013 when David Sand became the first South African Chapter member to become president of the Site International Board of Directors.

Overall it’s a record that the Chapter can justifiably be very proud of.

Currently Chapter membership stands at close on 50 and growing, which makes it one of the larger Chapters outside of the United States.

Founded in 1973, Site has more than 2,000 members in 90 countries and 29 chapters.

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March 12, 2014 05:14 PM by Tes M. Proos, President: SITE Africa

We are so proud to have Godfrey King as our longest standing member and truly appreciate his contribution and support over the past 21 years.

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