Shawn Boynton of Gardner Denver Receives 2019 IAOM Annual Conference & Expo Best in Show Award

May 22, 2019 - Three years ago, The International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) launched a Best of Show competition at its Annual Conference & Expo. An instant hit, a record number of Product Showcase presentation applications in the months prior to the event mirrored that enthusiasm by the planned exhibitors.

Applicants vie for the six ten-minute event presentations during the show.

This year, Shawn Boynton of Gardner Denver earned the trophy with a presentation on the CycloBlower VHX, the latest evolution in innovative blower designs.

The competition began last August when suppliers from around the world submitted presentation applications to the IAOM conference program committee for review.

Nearly 30 applications were filed, with some companies submitting more than one product for consideration.

The Product Showcase allows a company to provide information about a new or innovative product they have during a short presentation from their company’s expo booth location during the conference.

This year, the companies selected to present were Bühler, Gardner Denver, Henry Simon, Industrial Fumigant Company, Ocrim S.p.A., and Premier Tech Chronos.

Presentations were spread across two days of the technical conference, providing expo attendees ample time to follow up with questions after each session.

This year, record numbers gathered at the start of each Product Showcase activity, giving the company a targeted audience on the floor for a brief period of time.

An estimated 120+ attended each presentation.

These presentations also enable a company to reach millers who might not stop by their booth to ask questions.

In order to cast a vote in the Best of Show competition, millers had to attend all six showcases.

Criteria for voting included an assessment of the value of the product to attendees as well as the effort and preparation that went into the presentation.

Voters cast ballots based on how new and innovative the product was, how relevant and valuable the product or service might be, how engaging was the speaker and presentation, and the quality of the visual aids used during the presentation.

“The Gardner Denver Team appreciates the opportunity to showcase our new VHX blower technology to the IAOM membership,” stated Boynton.

“We are very honored that Gardner Denver was selected as Best of Show from all the applicants and six companies presenting in Denver, Colorado.

"We have received very good feedback from IAOM members at the show and it is generating opportunities to interact with the plant managers.”

Read more about Gardner Denver’s CycloBlower VHX here:

For more information, please contact Liz Gengenbacher at 217-228-8206 or

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