Honored for leading the largest company in the industry through an unprecedented period of change, Counselor tabbed Hullinger for the industry's highest honor because of the task and challenges ahead of him, as well.
"Norm Hullinger led his team through an exciting, and dizzying, transition that is still in play and sending ripples throughout the entire promotional products industry," said Tim Andrews, president and CEO of ASI, during the Counselor Awards ceremony. "It takes great imagination and innovation to deftly manage a sea change while maintaining customer satisfaction levels and keeping the rapidly changing needs of end-buyers at the forefront. As the company embraces even further international expansion, I am sure its position as the North American industry leader in the promotional apparel arena will grow even more secure."
Click here to watch an interview with Hullinger immediately after he accepted the Person of the Year award. Suzanne Worwood from 4imprint (asi/197045) was also honored last night as Counselor's International Person of the Year. Click here to see a video interview with Worwood following her acceptance speech.
Also honored at the Counselor Awards banquet, held at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, were: Admints & Zagabor's (asi/31516) Brett Hersh and Steve Weissman for Supplier Entrepreneur of the Year; HDS Marketing's (asi/216807) Howard Schwartz, Martin Bohinski and Ryan Niggel for Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year; Brown & Bigelow's (asi/148500) Cindy Jorgenson for Distributor Woman of Distinction; and Staton Corporate & Casual's (asi/89380) Billie Staton for Supplier Woman of Distinction.
In addition, Family Business of the Year awards were handed out to Grossman Marketing Group (asi/215205) and Lion Circle Corp. (asi/67620), while Raman Agarwal from Akran Marketing (asi/115329) took home the Bess Cohn Humanitarian Award and Gary Hellinger from Garyline (asi/55990) was honored with the Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award.
The occasion was also marked by the initial unveiling of Counselor's 2014 Top 40. On the supplier side, alphabroder holds the top spot, with nearly $700 million in North American ad specialty sales in 2013. Click here to view the supplier Top 40 list. And, for distributors, Staples Promotional Products (asi/120601) remains the largest company in the industry, with Proforma (asi/300094) and 4imprint rounding out the top three spots on the list. Click here to see the complete 2014 Top 40 distributor rankings.