SERKET USA Short Film Wins Prestigious Davey Award

SERKET USA, a leader in technical apparel solutions, is proud to announce that their short film, “Returning to Normandy: The Richard D. Winters Leadership

Monument Project,” has been named a 2013 Gold Davey Award Winner.


“Returning to Normandy” was released earlier this year on the 69th anniversary of D-Day. The film explores the leadership principles of Major Richard D. Winters, and all American soldiers who served during the Normandy phase of Operation Overlord during World War II. Winters and the men of Company “E”, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, were made famous by the release of the Stephen Ambrose book and subsequent HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers.”

SERKET USA was the primary sponsor of the Richard Winters Leadership Monument that was presented to the public during a ceremony on D-Day last year. The film follows the monument dedication ceremony and features interviews with Easy Company veterans Al Mampre, Ed “Doc” Pepping, Herb Suerth, Jr., and the late Frank Perconte. The World War II Foundation and SERKET USA presented the monument on June 6, 2012, in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Manche, in Normandy, France.

The Davey Awards is an international creative award focused exclusively on honoring outstanding creative work from the best small firms worldwide. David defeated the mighty Goliath with a big idea and a little rock. The Davey Awards honors the achievement of the “Creative David’s” where strength comes from ideas, intelligence and out-of-the-box thinking, not a “Giant’s” bankroll.

The Davey Awards are judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), a 600+ member organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current IAVA membership represents a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: Disney, GE, Microsoft, MTV, Sesame Workshops, Yahoo!, and many others.

The 2013 Davey Awards received nearly 4,000 entries from across the US and around the world. In determining Gold and Silver winners, entries are judged based on a standard of excellence as determined by the IAVA, and are scored on a ten-point scale by the judges. Generally, Gold Winners receive a score of 90 or above. No more than 10% of entries are awarded a Gold Davey.

This year’s Davey Award winners truly represent the best small firms worldwide. The work entered into this year’s competition embodies a smart, tactful approach to creativity and highlights the capabilities and forward-thinking mindset that makes small agencies so unique,” noted Linda Day, executive director of the IAVA.

“We are incredibly humbled by this award,” said SERKET USA President Trey Harris. “When we produced this documentary, our goal was to not only honor our veterans, but to pass along the lessons of heroism, honor and sacrifice learned during WWII to future generations of Americans. We had a wonderful team of people involved in the production of this film. From Diana, Jeff and Janelle in Los Angeles to Sheridan Cleland and Gen11 Studios in West Virginia…we could not have undertaken this type of project without them and the quality of the film is a testament to their talent, diligence and patriotism over the course of the project.”


Based in Denver, Colorado, SERKET USA creates innovative critical gear to meet the constantly changing dynamics of conflict.  SERKET’s team of engineers and designers blend their decades of experience in the outdoor apparel and military industries to create original, forward-thinking products that offer superior performance, protection and comfort.

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