Happy Trails, Dennis Mitchell!

Dennis Mitchell receives a plaque in recognition of his dedication and service to the Southwest Region. AVB COO Dave Meekings (left) presented the award along with Region President John Hoelscher.

By Andy Kriege

Dennis Mitchell recently retired as Southwest Region Manager after seven productive years of growing the territory and assisting in the success of area members.

Prior to joining BrandSource, Dennis served as a manager for a retail supplier, and before that spent several years in finance.

Mitchell was honored this past June at the Region’s summer meeting in Dallas, where Region President John Hoelscher lauded his efforts. “Dennis has been the rock that helped BrandSource’s Southwest chapter expand to where we are today,” he said. “When he took over, we were going backwards on membership. Under his guidance, we turned the corner and have expanded continuously to where we now have over three times the members today as we did back then.”

“I know everyone in our group wishes him the best in his retirement,” Hoelscher added. “As we say, happy trails Dennis!”

The region is now under the guidance of newly hired Region Manager Rick Bleibdrey who expressed his admiration of Mitchell and his appreciation for helping him get up to speed in his new role. “It is with great excitement that I am taking over the responsibility of the Southwest Region and building on Dennis’s success,” Bleibdrey said. “He has been nothing short of amazing. He leaves a great legacy and I have big shoes to fill!”

“I will really miss the relationships that I have made, both with the dealers and my teammates,” Mitchell said reflecting on his time with BrandSource. “I hope to keep in touch.”

Dennis’s plans include heading back to the gym. Based on his high school football photo, the Dallas Cowboys may be calling in the near future!

Exactly what awaits Dennis and his wife Robin as they embark down that “happy trail” is a beautiful mystery that the Mitchells haven’t totally figured out. The to-do list includes travel and family visits, and the couple may combine both with a stop in Hawaii to visit Robin’s sister. For now though, Mitchell is getting things organized and enjoying some quiet time relaxing with his furry friends, Willow and Tanner.

Willow and Tanner are Maine Coon cats that are as smart as they are large.

The entire BrandSource family would like to thank Dennis Mitchell for his hard work and wish him all the best.