German family business Europa Park, controlled by the Mack family, took the top prize at the 5th annual European Families in Business Awards in Berlin on 21 June.
The eighth-generation business won the coveted Top Family Business of the Year award in recognition of its expertise, innovation, sustainability, and growth in owning and operating Europa-Park, Germany’s largest theme park.
Success continued for the Macks when Michael Mack was presented with the Top Next-Generation Entrepreneur Award as a joint winner with Cameron Saul, British co-founder of Bottletop. They were the first joint winners of the category in the history of the awards.
Michael co-founded VR Coaster in 2015 and is at the cutting edge of the new $895 million market in virtual experiences for theme park thrill seekers.
Cameron launched Bottletop in 2002 with his father, Roger Saul, founder of British luxury brand Mulberry. The company produces handmade multicultural fashion accessories and funds efforts to help disadvantaged young people.
More than 100 multigenerational family members, principals, chief executives, and trusted advisers of family businesses and offices attended the glamorous gala dinner and awards show at the Hotel de Rome, Berlin.
The evening recognised European family businesses that excel in stewardship and governance, as well as revenue growth and profits, as judged by six international family business leaders and specialists.
Nicholas Moody, one of the judges and editor of CampdenFB,said: “Congratulations to all our worthy award winners and inspirational nominees – this was our toughest year to judge in the five years we have served on the panel.
“From economic leadership, innovation and job creation, to environmental conservation, sustainability, and philanthropy, family businesses spanning generations have shaped Europe and provided stability and assurance.”
French multinational banking and financial services company Société Générale Private Banking (SGPB) returned as the major sponsor of the awards for the fifth consecutive year.
SGPB Head Jean-François Mazaud said Société Générale was “very proud” to be associated with the celebration of European family businesses.
“They are truly the backbone of the European economy and must be praised for their critical role in terms of job creation, social cohesion, and innovation.
“Congratulations to all the winners who embody values – long-term vision, sense of responsibility and risk-taking that are essential in our society.”
CampdenFB would like to offer its sincere thanks to major sponsor Société Générale Private Banking, in addition to this year’s exemplary panel of judges: Harri Broman, chief executive, Broman Group; Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez, co-director, IMD Global Family Business Centre; David Lladro, board director, Lladro; Andrea Prym-Bruck, founder, Prym Group; and Andy Rubin, chairman, Pentland Brands.
The winners are:
Top Family Business of the Year
Europa-Park – Mack family (Germany)
Top Family Business Leader of the Year
Nadja Swarovski – Swarovski (Austria)
Top Family Business Rising Star of the Year
Felix Fiege - Fiege Group (Germany)
Top Next Gen Entrepreneur Award
Joint winners: Michael Mack – VR Coaster (Germany) and Cameron Saul – Bottletop (UK)
Top Non-Family Director of the Year
Monica Mondardini – CIR Group (Italy)
Top Sustainable Family Business of the Year
Messer Group (Germany)
Notes for editors
For more information about the awards, please contact: Nicholas Moody, Editor, CampdenFB and CampdenFO +44 (0) 7702 938765, email@example.com
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