SGR Magazine Names Supplier Reps Of The Year

12-Year Veteran Of Top 40 Supplier Norwood

Kari RehderA veteran of Counselor Top 40 supplier Norwood (asi/74400) for the past 12 years, and currently with 3,000 Norwood and BIC Graphic (asi/40480) customers in her role as an inside sales rep covering Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado, Kari Rehder received an overwhelming number of nominations – more than 130 – from distributors to be SGR's 2013 Supplier Sales Rep of the Year. This is the magazine's fourth year holding the awards competition.

Gavin Unruh of Counselor Top 40 distributor EmbroidMe in Dodge City (asi/384129), notes that Rehder has always stepped up to provide samples, ideas and selling techniques for Norwood & BIC products. "She has helped us close many deals with her support," emphasizes Unruh. "Kari is an excellent choice for this award."

Ed Rodriguez, sales rep for TradeNet Publishing (asi/91760) and this year's first runner-up for the Supplier Rep of the Year award, is responsible for nearly 10% of the company's total annual sales and handles about 80 calls per day and about 16,000 per year. "Ed is one of the very best people I work with, and he always has my back," says Stuart Marks, president of A Grand Impression Promotional Products LLC. "He always returns calls, never gets upset and makes me feel like I'm his only customer. He is the reason I buy from his company."

And for the first time, SGR presented an award to the Customer Service Rep of the Year, also based on distributor votes. Counselor Top 40 supplier Hit Promotional Product's (asi/61125) Adam Peffer's was the clear winner. Linda Kendall of The Prestigious Mark (asi/299267) admits that Peffer is the reason she began using Hit as one of her suppliers. "I feel confident placing a Hit order because I know that Adam will take care of me," says Kendall. "I'll have great pricing, a great imprint and on-time merchandise. I also know that IF problems arise, Adam will be there with a solution."

Pete Catone, customer service rep for Counselor Top 40 supplier Leed's/Polyconcept, was named first runner-up. Sandy Simon of Konik & Company (asi/244815) can attest to Catone's ability to keep relationships working. "Pete embraces the epitome of teamwork," says Simon. "He is the number-one guy you want on your sales team."