Presidential Export Award
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2012 - Viking Spas, Inc., maker of the Viking and Destiny River hot tub brands, was presented with the President's prestigious "E” Award by U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. Viking Spas CEO/President Tom Veneklase & Director of Sales & Marketing Tom Kneeshaw received the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony which took place at the White House in Washington, D.C.
First established in 1961, the President's "E" Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
“We are very humbled by winning the award and my congratulations goes out to all the employees of Viking Spas and a deep gratitude to our customers who support our efforts in building our product” said Tom Veneklase President/CEO of Viking.
“I am pleased to recognize Viking Spas for receiving the President’s “E” Award, which honors companies that make significant contributions toward increasing U.S. exports,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. “This Administration is committed to leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers to help U.S. companies build things here and sell them around the world. “E” Awards winners like Viking Spas have excelled in this effort, demonstrating four years of successive export growth. It is companies like this that are helping to grow our economy and put more Americans back to work.”
U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the U.S. Commercial Service office network in 108 U.S. cities and more than 75 countries which helps U.S. companies export. “E” Awards are awarded to applicants that can demonstrate a significant contribution to U.S. export expansion that is measurable, innovative, sustainable, and has broad impact.
This year marks 50th anniversary of the first presentation of the President's "E" Award by President John F. Kennedy. The President's "E" Award was created by Executive Order in 1961 to encourage U.S. companies to sell their products abroad.