The AVS Annual Conference 2019, held last month at Villamora, Portugal, started with a bang or, in reality, utter silence as the room was enthralled by guest speaker, British actor, comedian and writer Robert Llewellyn.
While many know him as Kryten from Red Dwarf, he was attending the conference to impart his knowledge on electric vehicles and emerging electric vehicle technology, gained through years of filming his YouTube show Fully Charged.
There was something for everyone to consider implementing in their businesses and people were eager to ask questions at the end of his session.
Louise Cummings, CEO of AVS said: “I’ve received nothing but praise for Robert’s relevant and inspirational talk. Just right for our industry, Robert is passionate, but not preachy.
“His enthusiasm for his subject shone through and many people have come to tell me they are going back to the UK to consider EVs and solar energy generation for their company.
“It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day affairs of running a business and AVS Conference gives its members and suppliers a chance to come away from that and consider the bigger picture. EVs may seem futuristic, but the future is right here, right now.”
Moving on to the hard work of networking, each supplier had the opportunity to spend eight minutes with each member and pitch for new, or further, business. This is the bread and butter of conference and can be a very tiring affair for all.
Members had up to 40 supplier pitches to hear during the day, which they ranked in order, for the AVS Award Ceremony. The Best Presenter was recognised, along with other Highly Commended and Winning companies, at an evening event.
The evening affair was hosted by British actor, television presenter and DJ Craig Charles who revealed that having spent a few days in AVS’s company at the hotel, he had come to realise that “vending is more Rock and Roll than Rock and Roll”.
Proving Craig right, the crowd went on to enjoy a DJ Set from Craig’s CC Funk n Soul show, until it was time for some guests to slip off to bed and others, who were just getting started celebrating another successful conference, to head out into the night and carry on the party.