US Supply’s Tom Laprocido (right) was the winner of the 2012 Affiliated Distributors PHCP MVP Award. Photo by Mike Miazga/Supply House Times.

Affiliated Distributors recently honored its PHCP 2012 Spirit of Independence award winners at its 2012 North American Meeting held at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.

US Supply Co.(West Conshohocken, Pa.) Vendor Relationship ManagerTom Laprocidowas the recipient of the prestigious Affiliated Distributors MVP honor.

“It’s very humbling,” Laprocido told Supply House Times at the conclusion of the awards banquet. “There are a lot of great people that have won that award. It’s an elite group.”

Laprocido, a 30-year veteran at US Supply, places a high value on vendor relationships.

“Our relationships with our vendors are very important to us,” he said. “I’ve been working together with most of our vendors for a long time and we work very well together.”

Laprocido said there is one main reason for his longevity at US Supply.

“It’s a family company,” he said. “I’m like one of the family there.”

Aaron and Co.was the winner of the Best Annual Planning Process Award, whileWatts Water Technologieswon the Supplier of the Year, Marketing Excellence Award.

Crane Energy Flow SolutionsandA & B Valve and Piping Systemswon the PVF Conversion of the Year Award, whilePhoenix Forgewas named PVF Supplier of the Year.Industrial Piping Systemswas named PVF Affiliate of the Year.

On the HVAC side,Hercules IndustriesandReznorwon the HVAC Conversion of the Year honor.Duro Dynewas named HVAC Supplier of the Year, whileStandard Supplywas named HVAC Affiliate of the Year.

NIBCOandPACE Supplywon the Plumbing Best Conversion Award.Cerro Flow Productswas named Plumbing Supplier of the Year.Blackman Plumbing Supplywas honored as Plumbing Affiliate of the Year.

Merit Brass was the winner of the AD Giving Back Award.

Earlier in the day,ADCEOBill Weisberggave his annual keynote address to a capacity lunchtime audience. Weisberg spoke about the importance of investing in relationships, the theme of this year’s North American Meeting.

“Unless you live on a deserted island, everywhere you go and everything you want to get done involves relationships with others,” he said. “When relationships are not working, nothing else really matters.”

Weisberg is featured in this month’sSupply House Times Profile.