INDUSTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

DSA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – DR W ALAN TOMLINSON (2012)

It was with great sadness that we learned of Dr. Alan Tomlinson’s sudden passing away in April 2012. Alan was the founder and Chairman of Sportron International and the previous Chairman of the DSA in South Africa, a position he served with distinction for many years.  Alan was also the SA DSA representative to the DSA World Federation and was well respected in international circles. Alan’s passing is a great loss to the Direct Selling Industry and Sportron International.  Alan provided excellent leadership and shared great wisdom whilst at the helm of the Direct Selling Association and he was always available for wise council and advice.  He devoted many years of service to the DSA, contributing significantly to both the Association and the Direct Selling Industry. This legacy will be remembered for many years to come.

Alan was presented with the DSA Hall of Fame Award in 2001 in recognition of his dedicating significant years of service and having made considerable contributions to the Direct Selling Association and the direct selling industry in South Africa. He was a founder member of DSA in 1972; was DSA Vice Chairman for 9 years (1972-1976; 1995-1998); was DSA Chairman for 21 years (1977-1987; 1990-1992; 1999-2004); was the Founder of the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) in 1995 and remained actively involved until its reincorporation into the DSA (DSEF Chairman 1995-1998 and DSEF Trustee 1998-2008). Alan stepped down as a DSA Director in July 2009 but continued to hold the position of WFDSA Board Director (SA) to which he had been appointed in 2005.

DR. ALAN TOMLINSON’S

In honour of his achievements and his lifelong dedication to the Direct Selling Association, Alan was awarded the DSA Lifetime Achievement Award, which the DSA Directors presented to his wife, Penny Tomlinson.

DSA HALL OF FAME AWARDS 2012

The DSA Hall of Fame Award honours a collection of individuals who have dedicated significant years of service and have made considerable contributions to the Direct Selling Association and the direct selling industry in South Africa. It is a prestigious award and those who receive it are truly great achievers and mentors to us all. They are Founders and/or significant players in their own direct selling Companies as well as having had a strong leadership role in the DSA, thus contributing both to the industry and to the Association. The Awards were announced by DSA Director Esther Fortugno and presented by DSA Vice Chairman Ernest du Toit.

PREVIOUS HALL OF FAME

In 2001, the same year as Dr. Alan Tomlinson, both Avroy Shlain and Veronica Devine were presented with the DSA Hall of fame Award. They were invited as special guests to the DSA 40th Anniversary celebration.

RICHARD CLARKE (2012)

His first DSA meeting was in 1995, and he became a DSA Director in 1996 and is now the 2nd longest serving Director of the DSA, a total of 16 years. He is also the 2nd longest serving Chairman of the Association and longest serving Vice-Chairman.  His service to the publicity portfolio, overall direction of the DSA and significant work on the Annual Local Survey as well as the DSA-UJ Africa Development project has been significant over many years.  He has been involved in all aspects of the DSA including overseeing Finance and Publicity as well as co-ordinating the DSA Awards Luncheons for the past 13 years. He has been instrumental in the launching and promoting of the DSA-UJ Africa Development Plan at UJ, DUT, WSU and TUT including numerous lectures at these institutions over the past 10 years. He was also a DSEF trustee for 6 years. As Chairman of one of the 5 largest DSA companies in South Africa and largest shareholder, he is a significant player in his own company.  As a public speaker he is also a mentor to many in his company and has also supported the DSA in his role as a public speaker for many years. He has attended a World CEO Council meeting in Japan on behalf of the DSA, published a book "Network Marketing - a South African Guide in 1996" which sold 20,000 copies in its first 2 print runs at CNA and Exclusive Books – and as an author of a book on the Industry, he is also a leading exponent of Direct Selling in South Africa. 

LES RUHRMUND (2012)

He is the 3rd longest serving DSA Director ever, having been on the Board for 15 years from 1995 to 2009. His first DSA meeting was in 1989.  His service to the membership portfolio was significant over many years and he devoted many hours to this portfolio, which included telephone and face-to-face visits with prospective new members. He served as a DSEF Trustee for 5 years and was regularly involved in lecturing MBA students on direct selling at various universities. Has attended CEO Round table forums in the USA DSA meeting several times and has been a significant supporter of all DSA projects including the annual awards luncheon and the DSA-UJ Africa Development Plan, even when his company is not directly involved.  As Chairman and CEO as well as the largest shareholder, he is a significant player in his own company.  As a public speaker he is also a mentor to many in his company. His company’s generosity to his local community is vast in both financial contributions and time invested, also confirming his dedication to empowerment of individuals and communities. 

DSA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS 2012

This award is presented to those who have served over many years as DSA Directors and made notable and significant contributions to various portfolios’ within the DSA, thus supporting the vision of the DSA. The Awards were announced by DSA Director Esther Fortugno and presented by DSA Director Boris Shestopalov.

PADDY MCDONALD (2012)

As DSA Vice Chairman for 3 years, DSA Legal Director for 9 years and DSEF Trustee for 2 years, he has given considerable effort and energy to the DSA with extensive work across the legal portfolio including many meetings with Government, reviewing legislation, issuing practice notes and reviewing the Industry Code of Conduct. As DSA Vice Chairman he lent strong support to fellow Directors and to the Chairman and fully supported the aims and objectives of the DSA.

ERNEST DU TOIT(2012)

His first DSA meeting was 1996 and he became a DSA Director in 2002, serving in this role for 7 years. He was a DSEF Trustee for 4 years, and has held the position of vice chairman for a total of 3 years – in 2005, then for the past 2 years. He has supported the DSA in many of its initiatives over the years. He was one of the founding companies of the DSA-UJ Africa Development Plan, embracing its objectives and vision and is still a strong supporter today active at UJ and DUT, and regularly addresses students across campuses.

DSA SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2012

This award recognises the significant contribution of an individual towards the achievement of the objectives of the DSA over many years. The award can be given to individuals from within the DSA member companies, or an individual outside of the DSA and direct selling industry. The Awards were announced by DSA Director Esther Fortugno and presented by DSA Director Boris Shestopalov.

CAROLINE TOINTON (2012)

Involved with the DSA as an outsourced supplier for the past 20 years, she initially assisted with a small portfolio of work to support the DSA Publicity Director, becoming more involved as the years went on. She assisted with the set-up of the DSEF in 1995 and provided strong management/PR support until its integration with the DSA in 2010. She co-developed an IMM direct selling certificate course and managed the pilot programme. She also played a major role in the strategic team that developed the DSA-UJ Africa Development Plan, heading up the pilot programme in 2002, full programme launch at UJ in 2003 and has continued to manage the programme since this time. As the DSA Marketing and Communications Executive, she has been involved and lent support to many other DSA initiatives.

DR. MARIUS WAIT (2012)

For his 10-year academic involvement with the DSA, building the relationship between UJ and DSA, and assisting with the expansion of the DSA-UJ Africa Development Plan to other universities which he co-developed with the DSA, the DSA recognises his significant contribution to this project – even basing his Doctorate on the DSA-UJ Africa Development Plan.

JEAN MCKENZIE (2012)

Her first DSA meeting was in 1982, and she has dedicated 30 years of loyal service to the DSA of South Africa. Although not employed by the DSA, she has been exemplary in her support to the DSA in a Secretariat capacity.