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GPA is pleased to announce nine recipients of our 2023 Vendor Global Excellence Awards. GPA’s Global Vendor Excellence Awards are rewarded annually to the leading Audio, Video, and UC manufacturers and vendors who show the highest level of commitment to delivering a superior experience worldwide.

The Vendor Global Excellence Awards evaluates more than forty technology vendors across the industry based on their programs, support, solutions, and most importantly, Global Excellence – being their capacity to support a global enterprise program for GPA and their customers. To determine the award winners, key executives, sales and engineering team members from all GPA’s Regional Business Units complete a comprehensive survey on a range of key business delivery factors.

Each nominated vendor is rated in five categories: product innovation, technical support, sales and marketing programs, commercial flexibility, and commitment to global deployment and support programs GPA then analyses the survey and those vendors sitting above a determined threshold are recipients of the Vendor Global Excellence Awards. The insights gained from the survey results help both GPA and vendors to improve in their common goal of delivering better collaborative outcomes to the market.

“We know that we cannot deliver our promise of global consistency and scalability without the support of our vendor partners who are equally focused on fulfilling this commitment. As an organization purpose-built for global deployment, the data we gather in this evaluation gives us unparalleled insight into all of our partners’ capabilities. This data is used to improve and strengthen our design, procurement, deployment, and support for customers worldwide. Congratulations to all of our 2023 recipients.” Mike Stead – Director of Global Partnerships, GPA.

2023 Vendor Global Excellence Awards Recipients:

Bart Freedman – VP Sales, and Joe Andrulis – EVP Corporate Development

Biamp have been a close GPA Partner for nearly a decade, and in that time GPA teams have come to trust their solutions and market leadership. Biamp’s spirit of innovation, quality and dependability is recognised in yet another GPA Global excellence Award – congratulations to the whole Biamp family.


Brad Hintze – EVP Marketing and John Clancy – Chief Sales Officer

Crestron’s position as a market leader is recognised once more in a GPA Global Excellence Award – not only their uniquely-diverse solutions range, but their ability to innovate as market needs evolve. Thankyou Crestron, and congratulations on yet another GPA Award.


Jan Mergen – VP International Sales & Marketing

Legrand’s broad portfolio of AV infrastructure solutions are the backbone of many global programs – and their consistently-high standards and evolving offerings are recognised in this award. Congratulations to the whole Legrand team and thank you for your partnership.


Ivan Yasco – National Sales Manager Canada and Stephanie Kohler – National Sales Manager USA

LG are one of GPA’s longest-standing Partners, and the quality and innovation driving their market leadership brings huge value to GPA teams and customers alike. GPA congratulates LG on another well-deserved award.


Ilya Bukshteyn – VP of Microsoft Teams Devices & Calling

GPA is one of the world’s largest Microsoft Teams Rooms enablers, with over 27,000 rooms delivered in the last few years. Our deep partnership was on show once more with Ilya Bukshteyn joining GPA customers to discuss all things Teams, as well as accept their GPA Global Excellence Award on behalf of the Microsoft Teams crew.  

Anna Csontos – Chief Of Staff and Angela Comitini – Director Alliances and Ecosystem

GPA teams consistently rate QSC a top partner and dependable, innovative solution provider, who are constantly innovating to bring forward solutions to meet the needs of the modern workplace. This award is further proof that the QSC family of people and solutions are worthy of global recognition, and GPA congratulates the whole QSC team.

Erica Whittle – Product Marketing Manager, Charlie Jones – Global alliance and Partnership Manager, Ron Holtdijk – Executive Vice President, Kyle Walker – National Key Accounts Manager, Christopher Currier – Head Of Marketing – Business Communications

Over 75 years of innovation and dependability makes Sennheiser a worthy recipient of this GPA Global Excellence Award. The deep relationships built over many years between the GPA and Sennheiser teams are the basis for strong growth, and GPA congratulates the whole Sennheiser family.


Linda Braun – Executive Director of Sales, Public Sector

Samsung feature in some of GPA’s largest global projects, and this award is testimony to Samsung’s global scale and ability to deliver. GPA congratulates the Samsung team and looks forward to deepening our global relationship, becoming even more aligned and ready to win global business together.

Jim Schanz – Vice President of Global sales

Shure is a globally recognisable brand with an enviable reputation for performance and quality. GPA teams likewise recognise and congratulate Shure’s innovation and global reach with this well-deserved award, and GPA looks forward to closer alignment and partnership with the Shure team.