October 30 was an eventful and festive gala evening for Danish Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) Shanghai and 165 guests at Hyatt on the Bund! The Danish Chamber hosted the award ceremony for the fourth year in a row and this year included a special business delegation from Denmark headed by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lene Espersen.
All three DCCC Chapters in China (Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou) have worked together to make this a Pan China event and members throughout China had contributed during the nomination process.
The ceremony celebrates outstanding Business Persons and Entrepreneurs who do remarkable work in the Danish/Chinese world of business. All six candidates were present on Saturday and were introduced by Flash Point Presentations covering their life and business background. It was 10 pm before chairman of DCCC Shanghai, Christian Overgaard asked the candidates to come to stage and Minister Lene Espersen could open the envelope and declare the winners.
The 2010 Business Person of the Year Award has been presented to Hans Michael Jebsen from Jebsen & Co. The 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award has been presented to Niels Krogsgaard Eskildsen from Chinasoft.
DCCC had invited the great party band Crowdpleaser from Denmark to get everyone on the dance floor. When the 6 dynamic musicians hit the stage, the dance floor quickly filled and participants had 2.5 hours of great Danish music as well smash hits from Stevie Wonder, Robbie Williams, Rolling Stones and lots of other stars! Crowdpleaser and Rasmus Hoff made sure guests were all hopping and very pleased!
About the winners:
Hans Michael Jebsen
Hans Michael Jebsen became chairman of Jebsen & Co. in 2000 to head the 4 generation family company. The core business in China focuses on the consumer, industrial, beverage and luxury sectors. The commitment to introduce China to leading-edge technologies in the development of sustainable energy and environmental protection has for example materialized into a power plant based on chicken manure at a large scale farm north of Beijing. Hoping to be a role model of Danish green solutions, Jebsen’s presence in China includes charity work with WWF and Red Cross.
Niels Krogsgaard Eskildsen
Niels Krogsgaard Eskildsen is the young founder and co-owner of Chinasoft, a fast growing software and IT sourcing company based in Beijing. Here he blends a unique open Scandinavian work culture with Chinese influence to foster an inspiring work place. In 1.5 years, Niels has seen incredible growth in projects, staff and revenue! Watch out Bill Gates!
The two runners up for Business Person of the Year were:
John Christensen, Prime Cargo, Wagas and Bake&Spice
From founding Prime Cargo in 1998 which today employs over 500 staff in China and Kolding to founding Wagas in 2000, John today employs more than 700 staff at his 25 restaurants and bakeries in Shanghai! John’s empire seems to continue with unprecendented success. In response to great economic success John and wife Michelle built a school for 512 children in Ningzia in 2008, a school which they continue to support financially.
Wayne Liu, Ovodan Foods
Since 2003, Wayne Liu has headed a true Danish/Chinese success story of the Ovodan Foods with an impressive egg production based on 250 million eggs annually in the pasteurized egg production. As a flagship for Danish food business, Wayne uses the highest standard in the industry, thus promoting better health and safety in the food sector of China Ovodan is a world leader in the egg industry. In 2008 Wayne received the ‘The Egg Products Company of the Year’.
The two runners up for Entrepreneur of the Year were:
Pernille Leschly Halle, Style Butler
Since its start in 2004, Style Butler has grown to gain presence in over 500 retail stores all over Europe, and China is next! With designer Pernille Halle based in Shanghai, the production is steadily growing with 40% growth every year. Fashion is the way for Pernille!
Casper Tollerud, Genuine China Tours
Since founding his travel tour group in 2008, his company has headed a rapidly increasing number of tour groups to China. The first foreigner to pass the ‘Tourism Manager Exam’ at Xi’an’s Tourism Academy and in 2010 reached over 25 tours. Casper employs 9 permanent staff to help conduct ‘the best of all China tours!’