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DEMA Calls for Nominations for the 2020 Wave Makers Award

Monday, August 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
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**Finalists and 2020 Recipient to be Honored During DEMA Show Online**

DEMA will once again recognize new professionals in the diving industry who are employed by (or own) a DEMA-Member business with the 2020 Wave Makers Award! The Wave Makers Award was first introduced in 2017 and aims to recognize professionals who have been working in the industry for five years or less and have made a significant contribution to the industry during that time. The Wave Makers Award encourages the Industry to support a culture that fosters innovative thinking and encourages engagement with the association and industry by new professionals. Nominations for the 2020 Wave Makers Award will be accepted until Monday, September 14, 2020. All finalists will be recognized, and the final honoree announced during DEMA Show Online.

Wave Makers are employees or owners of DEMA-Member businesses who have been involved as a professional in the Diving Industry for 60 months or less and who should be recognized for their contributions to the industry, a dive business, and DEMA.  A complete overview of the criteria to qualify can be found here. Member professionals who have been active with DEMA by attending DEMA Show, serving on a committee or task force, or volunteering for the Go Dive Now Pool, or other activities related to DEMA, can qualify.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION in any of the following categories: Contribution to DEMA’s Mission, Providing Business or Community Service, or Contributing to Dive Industry Growth.

The Wave Makers selection process for 2020 will be as follows:

  1. DEMA Members nominate a potential honoree, using the established criteria. 
  2. The Awards Committee reviews these nominees, narrowing the field to the top candidates.
  3. The top candidates are notified and asked to create a one-minute video about what they envision for the future of the association and/or the diving industry.
  4. The videos are then shared on social media, and DEMA asks members to view them prior to DEMA Show and vote on DEMA.org for the Wave Makers winner for 2020.
  5. Only DEMA Members can vote, as a log-in to the DEMA website and Member-only voting page will be required.
  6. Each of the top candidates’ self-made videos will be played during DEMA Show Online 

Nominations are open now until September 14, 2020!  Finalists and the new professional chosen as the 2020 Wave Maker will be honored during DEMA Show Online.


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