It’s true! London Relocation won last night at the Re:locate Awards!!! Or I should say its founding owner, Anthony Gallo, did as the 2010/11 Rising Star in Relocation. Ever since being shortlisted and now following  his win, however, Anthony will be the first to insist that he accepted that pretty award last night on behalf of the entire London Relocation team. During his acceptance speech (after first apologizing to the predominantly UK/EU crowd last night that he’s a Yank), Anthony pointed to our table with his props to the staff that has helped bring his vision into fruition and will continue doing so as the business evolves.

As I said in my post yesterday, even getting shortlisted was a huge honor for the company, and attending the Gala Awards Dinner last night was like London Relocation getting to step out at its debutante ball for a proper introduction into relocation society. We have officially come of age.

The Gala Awards Dinner was held at the Institute of Directors in London’s Pall Mall, which provided an opulent setting for mixing and mingling among peers. In addition to the excitement of receiving the Rising Star in Relocation award (sponsored this year by Roomservice by CORT), it was a pleasure speaking with other industry professionals, including Alison Van Dalen, one of this year’s judges who chairs ARP, the Association of Relocation Professionals, an organization of which London Relocation has been a proud member. Fine folks indeed across the relocation spectrum, from home-search agents to HR representatives to freight companies. A lot of logistical pieces fit into the international relocation puzzle, so it was valuable to establish new relationships and discuss possibilities for vertical referrals. And celebrity guest speaker Floella Benjamin (pictured) set a positive tone for collaboration with her compelling relocation experiences, charitable endeavors, and utterly charming singing voice as she encouraged us all to “Smile.”

On top of all this, it was simply quite fun to see my boys looking all dashing in their tuxedos and toasting champagne to our teamwork. There was a nice energy all around last night as fruits of labors were recognized and a sense of community established, and we had so much fun with it that we’re left with aching heads today as souvenirs to accompany that trophy. But we’re still smiling. 🙂