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Roland Arnold wins German Entrepreneurs' Award 2012

Major tribute for PARAVAN MD from the world-famous Harvard University

Frankfurt, 6 November 2012 – At the OpernTurm in Frankfurt Roland Arnold, the founder and managing partner of Paravan GmbH, the world leader for perfectly adapted mobility solutions for the disabled, was presented with first prize in the German Entrepreneurs' Award in the category Social Business.

Before an audience which included the renowned Professor John R. Wells from American elite university Harvard, Arnold impressed listeners with his description of the company's strategic focus and the work carried out by its charitable foundation, the Roland & Martina Arnold PARAVAN-Stiftung. The decision of the high-calibre 35-strong panel to award first place to the firm was prompted by its strategies and economic approach: Paravan mobility park is gradually extending its portfolio with patented in-house developments and now boasts a unique "single source" product range ensuring absolute freedom for people whose movement is restricted. One special highlight was the social commitment shown by the Roland & Martina Arnold PARAVAN-Stiftung which is passionate about offering support to families with disabled children who are in need.

At the prize-giving ceremony, Arnold was not only presented with a winner's certificate and a trophy but was also offered the unique opportunity to attend a top-flight management seminar at Harvard University in Boston, USA. At the same time, Paravan's boss will have access to the exclusive network of Harvard alumni and leading figures from business, culture and science all over the world.

"I am delighted about this high-ranking award. It is wonderful confirmation of our work aimed at ensuring the mobility of disabled people over recent years – both for me and my staff. The next step is maintain this success, living up to our motto: A personalised service wins out. He who stops being better stops being good." was the comment from Arnold.

The German Entrepreneurs' Award set up by the Harvard Clubs of Germany is one of the most prestigious awards for owner-operated SMEs and is only handed out every two years. The aim of this prize is to pay tribute to firms who act as an example to others and to foster public recognition of free enterprise. The initiators are partnered here by the leading Swiss bank UBS, the Dutch Triple A-rated Rabobank, Lufthansa, Harvard Business Manager and the internationally successful companies of the Conteam Group, Dorma and Goldbeck.

Based on the presentations made by the companies, the panel selected two finalists for each of the four award categories from a total of 21 firms. Belonging to many different branches of industry, all had fought off strong competition to reach the finals. Roland Arnold was then named as the winner of the 2012 German Entrepreneurs' Award in the category of Social Business.

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