Meet Bekele: The Kudu representing Tampa’s premier local communications provider
TAMPA, Fla. (August 11, 2023)- Today, KUDUCOM wrapped up its “Name the Kudu” social media contest, earning a name for its official mascot. After three weeks of submissions, three finalists were chosen by KUDUCOM™ leadership as possibilities for the Kudu’s name – Bekele, Enzi, and Nguvu. The three names were pitted against each other in a public poll on Facebook, and Bekele came out on top.
Heidi Damon of Tampa Bay Constructors is the face behind the winning name, “Bekele”- a name of Ethiopian origin meaning to flourish, that is also commonly associated with strength, wisdom and maturity. Damon is being awarded the grand prize, including a pair of Tampa Bay Lightning tickets, and a VIP Package to Busch Gardens, packed with four tickets for entry, a parking pass, and quick queue. When asked how she came to decide on the unique and significant name, Damon attributed her success to ample research.
“I researched everything from names that would be appropriate for an animal of that origin, to the name and language’s origin, and of course the meaning. I felt that this name, given the meaning, truly represented KUDUCOM and what it stands for.” Damon added.
In recognition of their effort and creativity, both runners up will also receive prize packages from other local businesses and attractions. First runner up Darcel Schouler with the name “Enzi” will receive a prize basket from ZooTampa at Lowry Park with four tickets for entry, along with a $50 gift certificate to Top Golf. Mike Davids with the name “Nguvu” will receive the third-place prize, including a six-month membership to MOSI for a party of five, and a $50 gift card to Bouzy Hyde Park. Both runners up will also receive a pair of Lightning tickets, courtesy of KUDUCOM.
“This contest was something different than anything we’ve ever done,” said KUDUCOM’s Senior Vice President of Sales, James Neely, “We’re proud to have brought together people and businesses from all over the region to join in embracing our brand like never before. We’d like to extend our many thanks to all who participated and a big congratulations to the finalists.”
KUDUCOM’s latest initiative is just one example of their aptitude towards innovation, creativity and genuine customer-centric values. The contest, which was open to the public via all social media channels, allowed audiences to fully interact with KUDUCOM and explore the brand’s South African heritage. KUDUCOM™ would like to extend its gratitude to all the participants as well as the local businesses who helped make the giveaway possible, including Bouzy, TopGolf, Busch Gardens, ZooTampa, and MOSI.