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 Manager Tom Laprocido was 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, while Watts Water Technologies won the Supplier of the Year, Marketing Excellence Award.
Crane Energy Flow Solutions and A & B Valve and Piping Systems won the PVF Conversion of the Year Award, while Phoenix Forge was named PVF Supplier of the Year. Industrial Piping Systems was named PVF Affiliate of the Year.
On the HVAC side, Hercules Industries and Reznor won the HVAC Conversion of the Year honor. Duro Dyne was named HVAC Supplier of the Year, while Standard Supply was named HVAC Affiliate of the Year.
NIBCO and PACE Supply won the Plumbing Best Conversion Award. Cerro Flow Products was named Plumbing Supplier of the Year. Blackman Plumbing Supply was honored as Plumbing Affiliate of the Year.
Merit Brass was the winner of the AD Giving Back Award.
Earlier in the day, AD CEO Bill Weisberg gave 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’s Supply House Times Profile.