Embroidery machine manufacturer BERNINA of America recently honored its top dealers of 2013, during a training conference held last week in Nashville, Tenn. The company recognized dealers that had demonstrated exemplary sales, service and customer education last year.
“They are a model of success for other BERNINA dealers to emulate,” says Paul Ashworth, president of BERNINA.
Perry Lytton of Mel’s Sewing & Fabric Center in Anaheim and Tustin, Calif., received the 2013 BERNINA Presidential Award, which recognizes the dealer that best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation and education. This includes successful promotion and advertising of the BERNINA product line, a modern store merchandising concept, a well-developed educational approach, dedication to customer service and above-average sales growth.
The 2013 Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Lisa and Steve Mullins of Wandering Stitches Quilting Studio in Orlando, Fla., who best incorporated the lessons of dealer training in their operation.
The manufacturer also recognized 11 winners from each of its regional districts:
-David Danner, Danner’s BERNINA Shoppe, Hanover, Pa.
-Rob and Judy Engime, Olde City Quilts, Burlington, N.J.
-Guy Esselman, St. Cloud Sewing Center, St. Cloud, Minn.
-Ron and Barbara Goldkorn, Sew Much More, Austin, Texas
-Timothy and Lois Hoover, Top Stitch Sewing Service, Barnett, Mo.
-Thea and David Jirak, Quilting Delights, Clackamas, Ore.
-Robert, Jana and Kara Tibesar and Jennifer Albaugh, Quiltique, Henderson, Nev.
-Jim Meissner, Meissner Sewing and Learning Center, Sacramento, Calif.
-Laura Schneider, Q-First in Quilting, Lexington, Ky.
-Lisa Stevens, Once Upon A Quilt Company, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
-Carol and John Watkins, Loving Stitches, Fayetteville, N.C.