Previous Awards


Supplier Entrepreneur of the Year – Admints & Zagabor

Brett Hersh and Steve Weissman were partners of a company in the health-care field before selling it off in 1999. In their search for another venture, they hatched a small-but-powerful idea: a branded box of mints.

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Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year – HDS

No. It’s a defeating word – one that Howard Schwartz has encountered too many times in the two-decade lifespan of HDS (asi/216807).

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Supplier Woman of Distinction – Billie Staton, Staton Corporate & Casual

Mentors are often a major topic of discussion for award winners, and with Billie Staton, owner of Top 40 supplier Staton Corporate & Casual, there was no hesitation when asked who her mentor was: mom.

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Distributor Woman of Distinction – Cindy Jorgenson, Brown & Bigelow

You would think – considering that she’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, swam with whales, cage-dived with great white sharks and repelled through cavernous waterfalls – Cindy Jorgenson is a charter member of the Justice League.

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Supplier Family Business of the Year – Lion Circle

It was 1984 when Phil Carollo saw the first of his four children, Philip Jr. (Jay), join Lion Circle. Like his father, Jay also started in the shipping department, learning the business from the ground up.

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Distributor Family Business of the Year – Grossman Marketing Group

Few family businesses reach the century mark. But count Grossman Marketing Group (asi/215205) among that elite circle.

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Bess Cohn Humanitarian Award – Raman Agarwal, Akran Marketing

There are some people who are driven to give. Their goal is not to simply have a prosperous business, but to reach within their depths to elevate those in extreme poverty. Raman Agarwal is one of these people.

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Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award – Gary Hellinger, Garyline

Gary Hellinger, CEO of Gary Plastic Packaging Corp., could have been milking cows for a living, but changed course after he decided the life of a dairy farmer wasn’t for him.

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