Acknowledging outstanding customer service, product sales and efforts to grow snow sports participation, SnowSports Industries America announced the 2014 SIA US SnowSports Award winners last month during the annual SIA Snow Show and Sourcing Snow (Jan. 29 – Feb. 1) at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.
SIA’s Awards Program recognizes specialty retailers and sales reps that excel in fostering relationships, moving product and setting themselves apart from the competition all while pushing forward the passion and growth of snow sports, says the association. The SIA awards are voted on throughout the year and award recipients’ names, bios, and pictures are posted at Snowsports.org/awards.
“Each year, the SIA Awards gives the snow sports industry an opportunity to look around and acknowledge individuals who are excelling not only for their own business but also helping to promote the entire industry,” commented David Ingemie, president of SIA. “We’re lucky to have such talented people leading the way.”
“There is no luckier person than one who is able to blend work with passion, taking care of your dealers’ issues, becoming part of their business and at the end of the day ski with them,” commented Bruce McDonald, Northeast Region Rep Winner from Eliot, Maine.
“We believe that we are where we are today because we don’t take anything for granted in life or in business. We keep on our toes, and we strive to be the very best we can be every day. We are 100% committed to our customers and make sure we have the right product mix and fair pricing to keep our customers coming back”, commented Pacific Region Retailer Winner, Mary Weneta co-owner of Bobo’s Ski & Board based in Reno, Nev.
Nominations for both SIA Retailer and Regional Rep of the Year Awards come from industry peers including suppliers, reps and retailers. Winners for each region appear below.
|U.S. Retailers of the YearMid-Atlantic – Ski Barn | Paramus, NJ
Mountain – Milosport | Salt Lake City, UT
New England – Darkside Snowboards | Killington, VT
North Central – Pierce Skate & Ski | Bloomington, MN
Pacific – Bobo’s Ski & Board | Reno, NV
South Central – Sun & Ski Sports | Katy, TX
Southeast – Ski Center | Washington, DC
|U.S. Reps of the YearAtlantic – Andy Correll
Atlantic – Rick Cherashore
Eastern Lakes – Rich Whinnie
Midwest – Tim Parker
Northeast – John Whitcomb
Northeast – Bruce McDonald
Northern California – Andy Miller
Northwest – Tobey Crane
Rockies – Scott Sutton
South – Suzie Parnell
West – Jeff Darby