Three From AVB Join Industry Honor Roll

AVB’s Grant Hancock, Laura Dake and Eric Hunter were lauded by Dealerscope magazine.

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Each year, the business publication Dealerscope selects 40 of the industry’s best and brightest millennials for induction into its 40 Under 40 awards program.

Nominated by their peers and vetted by the magazine’s editorial team, the honorees are chosen for their accomplishments, selflessness, can-do spirit, and contributions to the industry.

Past AVB inductees have included Chad Evans, Jennifer Baldwin, Melinda Foster and, more recently, Danielle Diaz. But this year’s class is especially noteworthy, given the challenges of the pandemic — and AVB’s triple-place wins.

Joining the ranks of 2021’s Under 40 favorites are AVB Marketing’s very own Laura Dake, Eric Hunter and Grant Hancock.

Laura, who serves as senior product manager for LINQ, said her proudest accomplishment this year was releasing a completely re-skinned version of the user interface. “Rebuilding a UI is no small feat,” she told Dealerscope. “My team and I poured countless ideas and hours into the project and re-envisioned something truly awesome!”

About working at AVB Marketing, she added that “It’s incredibly rewarding to see how the software my team creates makes a real difference in [members’] businesses.”

Eric, who was newly promoted to GM of marketing products, told Dealerscope he is “most proud of the relationships I’ve been able to build with so many great partners and colleagues.” Not surprisingly, he said the best part of his job is the people, who “continually push me to get better. We have worked so hard as a team to charter new territories and to tackle every obstacle that has come our way.”

Grant, who was also newly promoted, to GM of client services, said his proudest personal accomplishment was becoming a new dad last year. Professionally, he is most proud of “working tirelessly with all our teams last year to help our members thrive throughout the COVID pandemic, which was the most tumultuous time in most of their careers.”

Like Eric and Laura, what Grant likes most about his job is helping others. “Not only our members,” he told the magazine, “but their employees, families and communities.”

As Dealerscope noted, “Never in the history of the … industry has the dynamism and energy of its members counted more than in the past year and a half, when all the usual challenges of business were compounded by the COVID pandemic. Luckily, the industry is emerging in good health from these challenges — thanks in no small part to the contributions to its well-being from the roster of honorees in Dealerscope’s 2021 40 Under 40 awards.”

Amen to that, and a well-deserved congratulations to Laura, Eric, Grant and their fellow honorees.

BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is a nationwide buying group for independent appliance, furniture, mattress and CE dealers.