2013 Counselor Awards

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Meet the winners of this year's most prestigious industry awards.

Person of the Year - David Nicholson

David NicholsonThere's a reason why David Nicholson, this year's Counselor Person of the Year and president of Top 40 supplier Polyconcept North America (PCNA), has been described as Draper-esque.
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International Person of the Year - Chris Lee

Chris LeeChris Lee, chief executive of Brand Addition, the U.K.'s largest distributor, and Counselor's International Person of the Year, quit school at 16 to play professional soccer for Bradford City FC.
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Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year - Scott Alterman & Jordy Gamson

IceboxFrom the very beginning when the company was literally hatched on a beverage napkin, The Icebox has prided itself on creativity, service, business generation and relationship building.
>>Read more about Scott & Jordy here.



Supplier Entrepreneur of the Year - Richard Firkser

St Regis CrystalConsider Y2K a boon for St Regis Crystal. The company had recently opened shop – and it had a product on hand that was in high demand when the Year 2000 was being rung in across the world.
>>Read more about Richard here.



Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award - Bill Vernon

Bill VernonBack in 1902, an enterprising businessman named F.L. Vernon founded The Vernon Company (asi/351700).
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Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award - Maribeth Sandford

Maribeth SandfordWhen Maribeth Sandford started Bag Makers (asi/37940) in 1980, she did so with little more than a can-do attitude, belief in her business idea, and a $5,000 loan from her father.
>>Read more about Maribeth here.



Bess Cohn Humanitarian Award - Danny Rosin

Danny RosinBy his own admission, Danny Rosin was, in his youth, a hurricane-force hellraiser. "As a kid, I had more demerits in my high school than anyone else in the history of the institution," he says.
>>Read more about Danny here.



Supplier Woman of Distinction - Lori Kates

Lori KatesAs a newlywed in 1996, and with an accounting degree from Ohio Northern University, Lori Kates says she got into the industry the "old-school" way – she answered an ad in the Sunday paper.
>>Read more about Lori here.



Distributor Woman of Distinction - Barb Wells

Barb WellsBarb Wells, senior vice president of marketing for Staples Promotional Products (asi/120601), hopes her two daughters have great mentors like she did throughout her long, successful career.
>>Read more about Barb here.



Distributor Family Business of the Year - Bergman Incentives

Bergman IncentivesThe looming presence of a parent is a familiar strain with most family businesses. Whether it's called meddling or fixing is often determined by generational perspective.
>>Read more about Bergman Incentives here.



Supplier Family Business of the Year - WOV-IN

WOV-INOn Fridays, Jeri Johnson makes her three children peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.
>>Read more about WOV-IN here.



Supplier Top 40

Top 40 Suppliers Get a complete list of every Top 40 Supplier in the industry, including 2012 sales revenues.
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Distributor Top 40

Top 40 Distributors Get a complete list of every Top 40 Distributor in the industry, including 2012 sales revenues.
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