Regal Distributors held its first official Regal Golf Day on 18 October at the Glendower Golf Course in Johannesburg. SMART Security Solutions was there on a hot summer’s day to meet many players and sponsors around the course.
SMART Security Solutions spoke to Regal’s Head of Product Management, Michael Collier, to learn more about the event and why it was organised. “We decided to hold our first official Regal Golf Day to bring both customers and brands together, for the benefit of networking, fresh air, sunshine, and some good golf. We coupled this with giving our brand partners the opportunity to showcase any new products or technologies at the respective tee boxes on the day,” he said.
He also noted that the company felt it was important to have a day out and strengthen relationships with customers and brand partners, while showing appreciation to customers after a challenging year. The day was a resounding success, with the course full of players and the clubhouse constantly busy with people coming and going. Regal even flew customers in from KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape to make this a national event.
“The day turned out to be a larger success than we anticipated,” added Collier, “with over 140 customers and 18 brand partners on the day. The amount of positive feedback from all who joined us has led us to, without question, start planning for another event in 2024.”
With the event, he explained that some of Regal’s new brand partners, such as Hanwha Vision and Genetec, were on board as Platinum sponsors. They were supported by ongoing support from long-standing, established brand partners, with Regal ending up having 18 brands out on the course – one at each tee. The complete list of sponsors is: Hanwha Vision, Genetec, Seagate, Centurion Systems, ZKTeco, Nice, Optex, Risco, Paxton, Hikvision, EZVIZ, Ajax, Nemtek, ITooner, Lytehouse, Fluss, BMW, Securi-Prod, Sola-Prod, Powa-Prod and JustWorx.
Many prizes were awarded on the day, sponsored by Regal and its brand partners. In addition, a key Regal customer sponsored a week’s holiday as a prize, won through a lucky draw held on the day. The event also raised R30 000 as a donation to the SPCA to support a good cause while having fun. Among the prizes handed out, the winning fourballs were:
• First Place: Roelf Snyman, Anton Bothma, Scott Graham and Marnus van der Merwe.
• Second Place: Brendon Boshoff, Yasveer Udit, Chris Ventekas and Dave Strachan.
• Third Place: Johan Deysel, Renaldo Muregess, Jacques Botha and Abubaker Kholvadia.
• Fourth Place: Dylan Alberts, Jacques Taylor, Francois Bekker and Christo Kruger.
• Fifth Place: Kyle Hunkin, Frans De Klerk, Louis Van Rensburg and Derek Myburgh.
The networking opportunities were the day’s highlight for Collier and the Regal team. “The networking was incredible, and as much as the golf was fun, it is this networking that was the real value in the day; from seeing old familiar faces to meeting new faces, and the opportunity to have positive discussions with brands was without a doubt the primary goal and well achieved.”
Of course, having almost reached the end of a tough year, planning for 2024 is well underway. Collier says Regal has “a big year planned for 2024, which starts with several internal improvements focusing on further delivering value to our customers.”
“This is aligned with our core values of ‘Going out of our way to help our customers succeed’. In addition, we have an exciting year of footprint expansion, a revamp of our training courses through the Regal Training Academy and some exciting new offerings and improvements in the Regal Online world.”
“More importantly, the market should expect us to introduce some exciting new product and technology offerings that could see the landscape of the electronic security industry change positively as we look to empower our customers’ businesses and product offerings to create value and new opportunities. The Regal Golf Day 2024 is already on the agenda too.”
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