Award-giving ceremony | evening of 22 November 2017, H4 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz, Berlin (Germany)
Since 2013 the SO!APART-Awards have been given to outstanding serviced apartments – recognizing the operators’ excellent performance.
The best serviced apartments will be awarded at the renowned industry meeting SO!APART attended by the important players of the sector. Operators, investors, developers and service providers celebrate the winners of the SO!APART-Awards.
Our great jury decides which serviced apartment provider will be honoured with an award in the categories "small and precious", "grand and great - classical apartment house", "grand and great - aparthotel" and "new and different" and also with a Special Award for an outstanding performance in the sector of serviced apartments.
Independent of the jury’s evaluation you, that means guests and fans, decide which serviced apartment provider will win the categories "the popular little one" and "the popular big one". The online voting was open between 19 June and 15 September 2017.
The winners of the SO!APART-Award 2017 are:
2facher Gewinner 2016 - VISIONAPARTMENTS Zurich Militaerstrasse, Zürich
Bierwirth & Klug
Gewinner 2016 - Gästeresidenz PelikanViertel, Hannover
Gewinner 2016 - SERVICED APARTMENTS IM LEBENDIGEN HAUS, Dresden
Gewinner 2014 - The Circus Apartments, Berlin
Different personalities who are at home in the apartment world give the jury a face and will select the best of the best. Five candidates in each category will be selected from the applications.
We are delighted to welcome in the jury:
Sabine Galas has been chief editor of the business travel magazine BUSINESS TRAVELLER since December 2013. It has been on the German market for over 20 years and is the only print title in the segment of the public magazines directly addressed to the traveller. Before Sabine Galas became the chief editor, she was the deputy of her predecessor and publisher Marc Tuegel. Before, she had been in the editorial office of the lifestyle magazines Golf Journal, Golf & Travel, and Segel Journal. Also, she managed the press office of the golf teacher association PGA of Germany and the final editing at the investor magazine Börse Online. Moreover, the studied journalist and communication scientist worked for many years as a free copywriter for PR and advertising agencies. The BUSINESS TRAVELLER addresses the segment of Serviced Apartments regularly and has supported the SO!APART as a media partner since 2013.
After finishing his A-levels and doing military service at the marine, Dirk Gerdom completed an apprenticeship as a travel agent and afterwards a five-year course in Economic Sciences with a diploma as Business Economist (Dipl.-Betriebswirt (FH). In his first job he worked as a system developer in a medium-sized software business in Heilbronn. His main area of responsibility was to create specific business applications and websites for agencies and associations. After that he joined SAP as a travel manager with the focus on Germany. He has been responsible for all activities of the worldwide travel volume of the SAP Group for about 17 years now. Since January 2006, he has led the colleagues of the field of Global Travel Management on the international level. In 2012 the sector Car Fleet was added. Since 2014 he has been Vice President Global Mobility and since 2016 Chief Operating Officer Global Procurement. Since 2009 Dirk Gerdom has been the president of the VDR and runs the departments lobbying, policy and PR/communications.
Anett Gregorius feels at home within the serviced apartments segment. She graduated in 1998 in business administration and already laid the foundation for her professional Career with her diploma thesis "Presentation and evaluation of the development trends of serviced apartments in the German accommodation market". In 1999, she founded the company Boardinghouse Consulting (now: Apartmentservice Consulting) and introduced the brand Apartmentservice as the first independent specialized booking platform for serviced apartments in Germany in 2001. Through constant observation of the market Anett Gregorius has a precise and up-to-date market overview. Annually, she publishes a market survey of operators of serviced apartments in Germany. Together with Matthias Niemeyer, she is the editor of a compendium about temporary living (Kompendium des Temporären Wohnens).
Sylvie Konzack has been editor for the hotel magazine first class, Munich, for 12 years, since 2012 as editor-in-chief. In 2013, she launched the Hospitality HR Award, which honours successful hotel personnel concepts in co-operation with the Deutsche Hotelakademie (DHA, German Hotel Academy. For the past years she has been accompanying the development of serviced apartments as an important section of the German-speaking hotel industry by different articles and has been supporting the SO!APART as a media partner from the beginning.
Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk is co-managing director of JOI-Design, which belongs to the most respected offices for hospitality design in Europe. With much attention to detail and a holistic approach she realises, alongside her husband Peter Joehnk, a wide diversity of international, award-winning projects encompassing sophisticated hotels, vibrant restaurants and sumptuous spas. This experience has also flown into many design books and in the development of their furniture, lights, tapware and wallpapers – Products by JOI-Design. JOI-Design transforms emotions into custom-made design on the highest level. This unique HOTEL COUTURE stands for exclusiveness, luxury and top quality and, at the same time, creates an atmosphere guests are seeking for and therefore decide to stay (and to return). Beyond that she is guest lecturer at Coburg University and jury member of many international contests.
Petra Naoum is event manager and internal auditor in the finance and controlling Department of Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Cologne since 2009. Being responsible for the event management service of the DLR she has more than 20 years of broad work experience concerning project and event management. After graduating university and an apprenticeship she started an extra occupational university course graduating in international event management. In addition, she is a trained EFQM Assessor, DGQ-Qualitätsbeauftragte (QM Manager) and internal auditor, Sustainability Consultant in the Meetings Industry as well as a trainer (Ausbildereignungsprüfung). Besides quality management and the development of the meeting management she supports and consults the institutes and departments of the DLR regarding conception, planning and organistaion of conventions, conferences and symposia. Avocational, she is auditor and controller for the certificates Certified Business Hotel, Certified Conference Hotel, Certified Green Hotel and Certified Serviced Apartment of the Verband Deutsches Reisemanagement e.V. (VDR) (The German Business Travel Association).
Uwe Niemann, aged 55, is head of hotel financing at Deutsche Hypo in Hanover, a 100 % daughter of NORD/LB. Since his vocational training at NORD/LB he has worked for various real estate divisions of the bank. He changed to Deutsche Hypo in 2008. Specialised in hotels he has been responsible for all high-volume financing projects in the hotel segment at NORD/LB Group in Germany and Austria since 2003. The group reports a finance volume of about EUR 1.3 bn. for about 70 hotels in Europe.
Heimo Rollett is chief editor of the magazine "Immobilienwirtschaft" (real estate industry), a supplement to the Austrian daily newspaper Der Standard and publisher of a book series by Linde Verlag. He has also created the online portal www.immobranche.at where all appointments and events relevant to the industry are displayed for easy review. A training database has been included for transparency on the (real estate) training and advanced training market. He continues to write numerous articles for national and international publications in this field, is keynote speaker for innovations and consultant for corporate clients.
While abroad as correspondent and international television reporter, Malte Zeeck was confronted with the same problems many expats have after arriving in a new place. With his former fellow student Philipp von Plato he decided to found a platform which makes life easier for expats, and so the idea of InterNations was born. About 100 employees of the Munich-based company take care of more than 2.6 million members in 390 cities. InterNations is the world's biggest network and information portal for all those living and working abroad. In addition, more than 5,000 monthly events and activities worldwide allow its members to get to know each other in person and join commonly shared interests.