By Alan Wolf
BrandSource Convention announcements ran the gamut from digital, product and educational initiatives to the more personal – recognizing members for their dedication to the group, their businesses and the industry.
Among the latter was the formal debut of the BrandSource Hall of Fame, newly created to honor members, vendors and other prominent figures for their lifetime of achievement. Honored at the inaugural ceremony was Ron Bemis of Bemis Appliance; John Horst of Famous Tate Appliance & Bedding Centers; and Bill Pleasants Sr. of Plaza Appliance Mart, who were commended for their commitment to their fellow members and to independent retail.
In addition to the trio of Hall of Famers, BrandSource lauded 14 Dealers of the Year, who were selected by their respective region’s membership for demonstrating a continued commitment to excellence in the retail industry and to their fellow BrandSource members.
Elsewhere, marking its second year at the Convention, was the Heavy Hitters program, in which scores of BrandSource members’ finest sales experts attended the show courtesy of vendor sponsors to receive special sales and product training, and certificates to applaud their sales acumen.
And no BrandSource Convention would be complete without the bestowing of the Women In Business Cornerstone Award, received this year by Janys Hutchings of Hutch’s Home Furnishings for her fierce commitment to her company and her community. The honor is part and parcel of BrandSource’s Women In Business (WIB) group, created in 2014 to support female professionals in the appliance, furniture, mattress and CE spaces.
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