Top 40 distributor Proforma (asi/300094) announced this week that multimillion-dollar distributor Bob Lanier Enterprises (asi/249050) has joined its network of companies. Lanier, who is an NBA Hall-of-Famer and retired from playing professional basketball in 1984, has grown his business into a more-than $3 million distributor firm with four sales reps.
“We know what it takes to build a winning team and that is why we decided to partner with Proforma,” said Bob Lanier, owner of Bob Lanier Enterprises. “With Proforma, we have access to a wealth of marketing programs, sales tools and major account support. As a part of the Proforma Network it will be much easier to differentiate ourselves in the market.”
Bob Lanier Enterprises, with offices in Milwaukee and Detroit, specializes in developing and managing promotional programs and comprehensive marketing campaigns. Following the deal with Proforma, Lanier plans to further expand the company’s e-commerce, digital marketing and commercial print offerings.
“We are honored that Bob and his team recognized the proven tools we have in place at Proforma to help our multimillion dollar owners continue to achieve significant growth,” said Greg Muzzillo, founder of Proforma. “Bob Lanier Enterprises was built on hard work and we are proud to be a part of their team to give them the resources to make it easier than ever to achieve their sales goals.”
Proforma ranks as the second-largest distributor on the Counselor Top 40. It reported 2014 North American ad specialty sales of $373.4 million, an increase of 7.3% over 2013.