Pro-Link recently completed its annual meeting in Lexington, Ky. Distributors enjoyed the opportunity to network and learn how to improve profitability over the three day event. Brent Grover, of Evergreen Consulting, was the guest speaker, engaging distributors on how to establish a strong pricing foundation through customer profitability analysis.
 
A new award recognizing Distributor-Members for outstanding support of Pro-Link’s Strategic Accounts initiative was introduced this year by Brian Slack, vice president of sales at Pro-Link. Bell Janitorial of Salt Lake City, Utah, Casey EMI of Foxboro, Mass., and Pur-O-Zone of Lawrence, Kansas,  were lauded for their support of existing accounts, as well as for their bringing on new strategic accounts for the group – customers that they alone could not service based on locations, but that fit Pro-Link’s distributor network well.
 
Great Western Supply of Davenport, Iowa received Pro-Link’s Brand Champion Award for their strong commitment and support of the Pro-Link brand. Colin Carney proudly accepted the award from Mike Nelson, VP of Marketing at Pro-Link.  
 
Pro-Link also honored members and suppliers that have excelled in sales or in providing assistance and support to the group.

Phil Consolino, SouthEast Link, Atlanta, was awarded Distributor of the Year.

“We have our customers, our suppliers and our own sales and service teams to thank,” says Phillip Consolino, SouthEast LINK President. “Our corporate focus has been to provide environmentally sound cleaning products and processes that are not only green, but are also the healthiest, most cost-effective, state-of-the-art cleaning systems available.  Our customers—from school systems to entertainment facilities—have responded with confidence in our dedication to deliver the most comprehensive levels of education, training and service in support of their success.”

This year’s other award winners by category are:

• Supplier of the Year to Mark Prosser, Pitt Plastics, Pittsburg, Kansas;
• Distributor Link Award was presented to Tom Hill,  KSS Enterprises, Kalamazoo, Mich.;
• Supplier Link Award went to Scott Andersen, The Andersen Company, Dalton, Ga.;
• Regional Manager of the Year:  Michael Kauffman, Atlanta.
 
Special honors were given to distributors who have been part of the Pro-Link for 25 years.  Paul Lemieux, president of Pro-Link, presented the awards to the following distinguished members:
ABC Corporation – Waipahu, HI
Baxter Sales – Longview, TX
Carefree Janitorial – Bossier City, LA
Clean Innovations – Columbus, OH
Janitors Supply – Erie, PA
Lawton Brothers – Orlando, FL
Wagner Supply – Odessa, TX
 
Lemieux also honored other Pro-Link distributors that have been members of the group for five, 10, 15 and 20 years.