2015 Counselor Awards

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We honor 11 winners of the 2015 Counselor Awards, the most exclusive accolades given in the ad specialty market. Check out their stories, as well as the Distributor and Supplier Top 40s.

Person of the Year - Bill Korowitz

Bill KorowitzHad fate not intervened at three precise moments in Bill Korowitz’s life, he would’ve never found the ad specialty industry.
>>Read more about Bill Korowitz here.

International Person of the Year - Michael Nick

Michael NickMichael Nick was born into the promotional products industry. He counts himself lucky to have been so sired.
>>Read more about Michael Nick here.

Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year - Heather Sanderson

Heather SandersonBuilding a three-person boutique firm into one of the larger distributorships in the industry is easy. Sure, just ask Heather Sanderson.
>>Read more about Heather Sanderson here.

Supplier Entrepreneur of the Year - Adam Walterscheid

Adam WalterscheidIf Adam Walterscheid realizes his vision, millions of people who will be the biggest fans of his work will not even know his company’s name.
>>Read more about Adam Walterscheid here.

Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award - Ron Ball

Ron BallWith his penchant for calling women “honey,” the ashtray with the lit cigarette and billowing smoke he’d keep hidden in his desk drawer, and his fondness in his heyday for two-martini lunches, Ron Ball was Roger Sterling before there was a Roger Sterling.
>>Read more about Ron Ball here.

Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award - Walter Hill

Ron BallWalter Hill knew he had a calling for sales earlier than most.
>>Read more about Walter Hill here.

Bess Cohn Humanitarian Award - Don Watkins

Don WatkinsWhen Don Watkins, co-founder of Utah-based supplier firm HandStands (asi/59525), met Dr. William Magee through a mutual friend, he knew he had a chance to make a significant difference in many people’s lives
>>Read more about Don Watkins here.

Supplier Woman of Distinction - Janet Trachter

Janet TrachterWith years of sales and marketing experience, Janet Trachter says the early days in the industry can best be described as Mad Men meets Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.
>>Read more about Janet Trachter here.

Distributor Woman of Distinction - Regina Broudy

Regina BroudyAs an avid reader of biographies, Regina Broudy counts business giants like Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz, Sam Walton and Jeff Bezos as her mentors.
>>Read more about Regina Broudy here.

Distributor Family Business of the Year - Jack Nadel International

Jack Nadel InternationalSince its inception, Jack Nadel International has always focused on providing the best promotional solutions while maintaining a family-friendly environment.
>>Read more about Jack Nadel International here.

Supplier Family Business of the Year - Prime Line

Prime LinePrime Line isn’t just a family-owned business; it’s a company where the concept of family permeates daily operations, driving performance and generating long-term employee loyalty.
>>Read more about Prime Line here.

Supplier Top 40

Top 40 Suppliers Get a complete list of every Top 40 Supplier in the industry, including 2014 sales revenues.
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Distributor Top 40

Top 40 Distributors Get a complete list of every Top 40 Distributor in the industry, including 2014 sales revenues.
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