VIRGINIA (March 16, 2016) VAPPA held the annual Pinnacle Award Ceremony and Member Appreciation Event sponsored by J.Charles Crystalworks on March 8, 2016 in Richmond VA. This annual event is an opportunity to acknowledge regional industry leaders. Approximately 60 people attended this year’s event that highlighted nominees and award recipients selected by member ballot. VAPPA is pleased to congratulate this year’s winners and we thank them for their tremendous efforts in the industry.
Distributor of the Year – NewClients, Inc.
Distributor Rep of the Year – Joseph Ausband, Identify Yourself
Supplier of the Year – Bag Makers
Supplier Rep of the Year – Amanda Delaney, SanMar
Multi-line Rep of the Year – Sequel, Inc
Humanitarian of the Year - John Bennis, Sequel Inc.
The annual awards ceremony kicked of a two-day end-buyer event with tradeshows in Richmond and in Roanoke. Pre-show education included end-buyers and highlighted industry statistics and case studies in the top five categories of products. The shows welcomed approximately 275 distributors and 400 end-buyers. Virginia is a powerful force in the industry producing $284 million in distributor revenue and is home to 661 promotional product companies. Those who support the region know that Virginia is a place to prosper.
“The VAPPA Spring EXPO has continued to grow over the years. We are committed to helping our distributors educate their clients and in turn have seen an evolution of extremely qualified buyers attending these shows. It is also the perfect place to take pause and honor our Pinnacle Award winners for all they do in the region.“ - Harold Wood, VAPPA Board President.
The Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) was formed to advance the image of promotional products and their use in Virginia. VAPPA fosters the development of professionalism and business ethics through education, certification and the exchange of ideas in a variety of business and social environments. For more information about VAPPA, call (757) 491-3114 or visit www.vappa.biz .
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