Neptune Systems Seeks to Recognize Marine Hobbyist

07 Jun, 2017

Twin Cities Marine Aquarium Society member David Grigor (in blue) stands with the staff of Neptune Systems after being recognized as the Marine Aquarium Hobbyist of the Year at MACNA 2016. From left to right: Nancy Fugazzi (aka Apex Mom), Jon Mosbacher (Customer Support Manager), Terence Fugazzi (VP Sales and Marketing) Curt Pansegrau (President and Founder of Neptune Systems), David Grigor (MAHY 2016), Paul Jansen (Western US Sales Manager), Russ Michel (QA Manager)

Twin Cities Marine Aquarium Society member David Grigor (in blue) stands with the staff of Neptune Systems after being recognized as the Marine Aquarium Hobbyist of the Year at MACNA 2016. From left to right: Nancy Fugazzi (a.k.a. Apex Mom), Jon Mosbacher (Customer Support Manager), Terence Fugazzi (VP Sales and Marketing) Curt Pansegrau (President and Founder of Neptune Systems), David Grigor (MAHY 2016), Paul Jansen (Western US Sales Manager), Russ Michel (QA Manager)

via Neptune Systems

Neptune Systems announces a call for nominations for their 3rd Annual Marine Aquarium Hobbyist of the Year (MAHY)

June 7, 2017 – Morgan Hill, CA

Last year, Neptune Systems named David Grigor the Marine Aquarium Hobbyist of the Year (MAHY). There were many worthy applicants, but just like prior-year winner Brad Syphus, David came out on top when it came to his: love of the hobby, dedication, persistence, patience, helpfulness, humility, and incredible respect from his peers.

From the tears in his eyes as he gave a short speech, to the incredible reception given to him by the audience, it was clear that the right choice had been made.

Now the next MAHY must be found.

So with this press release, Neptune Systems opens up the application process for the 2017 MAHY to all marine aquarium clubs and organizations across North America. Prepare your nominations and get them to us by 8/1/2017 to be considered for this award.

In addition to the great honor of being in the company of a hobbyists like Brad Syphus and David Grigor, the recipient of the MAHY award will be provided with airfare to New Orleans, hotel accommodations, and a full ticket to MACNA. Additionally, they will receive $500 in new gear of their choice from Neptune Systems.

The qualification, nomination and selection process for this award are as follows:

Qualification

  • Must belong to a club, for at least one year, that is a current member of MASNA.
  • Must currently own and maintain a marine aquarium of any size.

Nomination

  • Nominations can only be made by a MASNA-member marine aquarium club.
  • An individual aquarium club may only nominate one member for this award – chosen in any manner they desire.
  • Nominations must be sent to mahy@neptunesystems.com by midnight on 8/1/2017 to be considered for this award.
  • Nominations must be submitted by a club official with examples (links to online profiles, forum posts, photos, etc.) that would show how this person exemplifies the following criteria: love of the hobby, dedication, persistence, patience, helpfulness, humility, and incredible respect from his peers, along with a few paragraphs stating why the club feels this person is deserved of the award. The nominee should be an “everyday” hobbyist (as opposed to a known personality in the industry).

Selection

  • Neptune Systems will select a 3-5 member committee of respected individuals in the marine aquarium industry
  • These individuals will work with Neptune Systems to come to consensus on who they believe is most deserved of the award based on the criteria above.
  • Selection will be made by 8/10/2017 and the winner will be notified privately so arrangements can be made.
  • Announcement of the MAHY winner and the presentation of the award will take place at the 4th annual Neptune Systems 2017 MACNA Meetup on Friday morning, August 26th, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.
Brad Syphus, the first Neptune Systems Marine Aquarium Hobbyist of the Year, recognized with the honor in 2015.

Brad Syphus, the first Neptune Systems Marine Aquarium Hobbyist of the Year, recognized with the honor in 2015.

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