Las Vegas – Brand Source recognized 17 Dealers of the Year and lauded vendors with its 2006 Supplier Awards during the buying group’s bi-annual convention and buy fair here last month.
The retail honorees, representing each of the buying group’s divisions, were selected by the membership for “excelling in the virtues of Brand Source and independent retailing.”
The winners were:
Florida: Albers Appliance Sales & Service
Great Plains: Brand Source TV & Appliance
MARTA: Bill Smith, Inc.
Michigan: Carl’s Appliance
Mid America: Appliance One
Midwest: Young’s Appliance
North Atlantic: Top Furniture
North Central: Naylor Electric
Northwest: Puyallup Appliance and Mattress
Pacific Rim: Friedman’s Appliance
Pacific Southwest: Barrett’s Appliance
Rocky Mountain: Nampa Appliance and TV
South Atlantic: East Coast Appliance
Southeast: Kincaid Service
Southwest: Hess Furniture Co.
Tri-State NE: Jeff’s Appliance
Wisconsin: Lyle’s TV and Appliance
Vendor honorees, including Samsung, which was named Supplier of the Year, received their awards in individual ceremonies held at the recipients’ booths.
This year’s winners were:
New Supplier of the Year: Hillsdale
Advertising Partner of the Year: GE
Most Responsive Supplier: Electrolux
Supplier of the Year: Samsung
New Initiatives Supplier of the Year: Whirlpool
Technology Partner of the Year: J.G. Sullivan
In addition, Brand Source recognized the following individuals for Outstanding Individual Support: Kristin Anderson, Hitachi; Larry Furiani, Coaster; Mark Hecht, Whirlpool/Maytag; David Huerta, Expert Care; Avery King, Brand Source marketing; Karl Mena, Expert Protection; Steve Parker, Expert Apparel; Randy Warner, Electrolux; and Sandra Whittemore, Expert Warehouse.