Previous Awards


Distributor Family Business of the Year - Bergman Incentives

The looming presence of a parent is a familiar strain with most family businesses. Whether it's called meddling or fixing is often determined by generational perspective.

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Distributor Woman of Distinction - Barb Wells

Barb Wells, senior vice president of marketing for Staples Promotional Products, hopes her two daughters have great mentors like she did throughout her long, successful career.

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Supplier Woman of Distinction - Lori Kates

As a newlywed in 1996, Lori Kates says she got into the industry the "old-school" way – she answered an ad in the Sunday paper to be the controller for Ohio-based supplier Vitronic Promotional Group.

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Bess Cohn Humanitarian Award - Danny Rosin

By his own admission, Danny Rosin was, in his youth, a hurricane-force hellraiser.

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Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award - Maribeth Sandford

When Maribeth Sandford started Bag Makers in 1980, she did so with little more than a can-do attitude, belief in her business idea, and a $5,000 loan from her father.

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Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award - Bill Vernon

Back in 1902, an enterprising businessman named F.L. Vernon founded The Vernon Company.

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Supplier Entrepreneur of the Year - Richard Firkser

Consider Y2K a boon for St Regis Crystal. The company had recently opened shop – and it had a product on hand that was in high demand when the Year 2000 was being rung in across the world.

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Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year - Scott Alterman & Jordy Gamson

From the very beginning when the company was literally hatched on a beverage napkin, The Icebox (asi/229395) has prided itself on creativity, service, business generation and relationship building.

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