We end the week with some incredibly sad news. A good friend to the industry, and a truly lovely man, Thomas Dockter passed away late last week.
Thomas was the leading consultant on the Digital Signage Industry in Germany and the driving force and father figure of the Digital Signage Best Practise Awards – an ‘awards’ which we have described many times as having the most professional judging process we have ever seen (or had the honour to at some stage be involved with). Thomas was an exemplar of all that judging (and judging criteria) should be.
We were very proud when Thomas agreed to join The DailyDOOH Gala Awards judging panel back in 2012. His illness got the better of him that first year and although he served on our panel and helped us choose the best that the industry had to offer, he was unfortunately unable to join us for the big Black Tie event that particular November.
How pleased we were then, that last year he and his partner, Caroline Zöller were able to come and join us in London (that’s them looking resplendent in the picture above). It is some comfort to us that their last journey together was that event and a subsequent weekend in London. Caroline has told us that she is very grateful to have these good memories.
In December 2013 Thomas knew that his cancer had returned. His big goal was to make it to his 50th birthday in January, which he did and which he celebrated with close friends and family. Sadly he passed away a few days later.
I am sure that all of those in the industry who knew him will join me in sending their best wishes to those whose lives he touched and especially those he has left behind in Cologne.