HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462, D15) presented its 2019 Supplier of the Year Award and 2019 Supplier Representative of the Year Award at the Sterling, Illinois, distributor’s annual Preferred Supplier Mixer held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with The PPAI Expo 2020.

Gemline (PPAI 113948, S11) was recognized as the 2019 Supplier of the Year by 500 HALO account executives and support personnel. The award was based on a vote by the company’s account executives and support staff late last year. More than 70 preferred suppliers qualified for the vote based on exceptional service, aggressive pricing and creative sales promotion efforts.

“Our continued growth, as well as the growth of our Preferred Supplier program, is a result of the incredible support from key suppliers like Gemline,” says Terry McGuire, HALO’s senior vice president of vendor relations.

Gemline’s Nicole Verspyck, vice president of sales, and DeShaun Diggs, vice president of national accounts, accepted the award on behalf of the Lawrence, Massachusetts, supplier.

T.J. Latchford, national accounts manager for supplier BIC Graphic NA (PPAI 114187, S13), was recognized as the 2019 Supplier Representative of the Year. McGuire says, “T.J. is a tireless advocate for HALO and HALO account executives, and has helped increase our BIC purchases substantially. More importantly, he has been instrumental in the overall satisfaction of our salesforce with this key supplier partner.”

Marc Simon, CEO of HALO, adds, “Our preferred supplier program is an industry success story. The profit enhancements and exclusive promotions our preferred suppliers provide create a key driver for revenue and result in substantial growth in our preferred supplier purchases each year. We are pleased to recognize these key suppliers for their efforts on our behalf throughout the year.”