The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) announced recently that Skyline Exhibits has won their coveted Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award. The OCI is the only global innovation award that recognizes companies for demonstrating sustained and quantifiable success in developing new products and services.
Several UST graduate business alumni work at Skyline and last year the company hosted the Full-time UST MBA program for a tour and in-depth discussion of strategy with executives.
The OCI selection committee, comprised of ten of the world’s leading innovation and new product development experts, selected the trade show products and services company after a rigorous nine-month selection process.
“We are honored and very excited to win this award,” stated Bill Dierberger, President, Skyline Exhibits. “It recognizes the culture of innovation that is at the core of this company, and has been since we were founded in 1980.”
Past OCI Award recipients include some of the largest, most recognizable brands in the world. A few of the winners are Apple, Bausch & Lomb, BMW, Chrysler, Dow, FedEx, Harley-Davidson, Herman Miller, Hewlett-Packard, Merck, PepsiCo, Xerox and a host of others. Last year’s winners were Illumina, Inc. and UnitedHealth Group.
Skyline is the first company from the exhibit industry to win the OCI award. “The award confirms that our front-end approach of identifying market trends and defining unmet customer needs is paramount to creating products that are so well received,” stated Jon Althoff, Director of Global Marketing, Skyline Exhibits. “In fact, twenty-four percent of current sales are attributed to products that did not exist five years ago.”
Skyline is committed to customer-focused innovation. “Innovation is a vital part of who we are because we strive each and every day to provide novel solutions to our customers’ challenges,” added Dierberger. “This award is validation that we provide exhibiting solutions better than anyone else in the industry.”
Skyline and the other winners received their award and presentd their stories during the Product Innovation Management Annual Global Conference hosted by PDMA in Orlando, Florida in last week.