FARMERS BRANCH, TX — The Evergreen Marketing Group has recognized three distributor members and five manufacturer partners as 2016 Member or Preferred Supplier of the Year. The awards were presented at the group’s 28th Partnership Conference held in Dallas, TX in April.
Earning distinction as 2016 Distributor Members of Year were
- Colony Hardware Corp. of Orange, CT (Tier 1)
- Darragh Company of Little Rock, AR, (Tier 2)
- Morgan Tool & Supply of Shreveport, LA (Tier 3)
Earning distinction as 2017 Preferred Suppliers of the Year were
- Stanley Black & Decker (Tier 1)
- Werner Co. (Tier 2)
- Diamond Products Ltd. (Tier 3)
- M.K. Morse Company (Tier 4)
- Freud Americas (Tier 5)
The awards were created to recognize the top distributors and manufacturers based on multiple criteria. Distributors and manufacturers were first divided into tiers based on size. Within each tier, the distributors and manufacturers were then ranked based on a number of criteria including contribution to the group, growth, participation and member and supplier input.
Evergreen Marketing Group also awarded Sean Cores of DT Cores Company its 13th annual ”George A. Sheatz Excellence in Education Award”. Cores earned the recognition as the top manufacturer instructor participating in the group’s 2016 training program on behalf of 3M Fall Protection.
Supplier instructors are rated by students and Evergreen training center staff during each school. Those instructors who achieve the highest ratings earn the award, which was named after George A. Sheatz, a former tool and fastener distributor who was instrumental in Evergreen’s Training & Education programs for nearly 20 years.
“George had a life-long commitment to professional development,” said Kevin Higginbotham, Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen. “His efforts inspired much of what we try to accomplish in the Evergreen program.”
“Over nearly two decades, thousands of tool and fastener distributor sales people were touched by George and his passion for learning. In winning this year’s George Sheatz Award, Sean along with 3M Fall Protection join an elite group of professional trainers in the tool and fastener industry.”
Past winners of the award include Kevin Kauffunger (Freud Americas) Calvin Mixon (Construction Electrical Products), Keith Ripley (Diamond Products), J.C. Tiller (Greenlee Textron), Chris Mackzum (ITW Ramset), Jon Finch (Milwaukee Tool), Patrick Kearl (Relton Corp.), Mike Fraser (Stabila), Darrell Hammond (Stabila), Wil Granger (Stanley Black & Decker), Brendan Conway (Sumner) and Jack Zenor (Powers Fasteners.)
The Evergreen Marketing Group is a member-owned cooperative founded in 1989 by six construction/industrial supply distributors. It currently consists of 66 distributors with more than 280 locations in the U.S. and Canada and has combined revenues of over $1.9 billion dollars.