Colin Friedman (right on the stage), founder of the FCGroup, presents the Expat Life Awards to winners on September 10 in
The FCGroup, a Beijing-based company dedicated to regularly organizing networking events for foreigners living and working in the Chinese capital, on September 10 presented the 3rd Annual Expat Life Awards (ELAs) to vendors offering the best products and services to expats.
The winners were selected by about 4,500 valid voters who cast their votes in an online voting system, said Colin Friedman, founder of the FCGroup, who has been organizing events since the 1970s and has lived in China for nearly two decades, at the award presentation ceremony.
The 2016 ELAs were granted to 25 categories of service providers ranging from Chinese cultural organizations and international schools to real estate agencies and health insurance, making it easier for expatriates to pick the best products and services out of a mixed bag.
Nomination to the award is free and open to any provider of goods or services which might cater to the expat community in Beijing, said Friedman.
Besides the winners, the 2016 ELAs also commended a product or service provider in each category as highly recommended.
This year's ELAs also saw Roberta Lipson and Gilbert Van Kerckhove inducted into the Expat Life Awards Hall of Fame for their outstanding services to both Beijing's foreign and local populace.
Last year, Van Kerckhove gave a thought-provoking speech at a networking event held by the sino-us.com, a media partner of the ELAs, where he shared rich insights about the correlation between environmental protection and the 2022 Winter Olympic Games which will be jointly held by the cities of Beijing and Zhangjiakou. He has worked as a government advisor during Beijing's preparations for the Summer Olympic Games in 2008.
So far, the FCGroup has developed a huge database of people in Beijing, which it uses to build business and professional connections, through which the participants can forge new contacts and cement existing contacts for business, career and social purposes.
The list of nominees and winners is here: