SIA Names Retailers and Reps of the Year

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) announced the 2014 SIA US SnowSports Award winners last month during the annual SIA Snow Show and Sourcing Snow (Jan. 29 – Feb. 1) at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.

“Each year, the SIA Awards gives the snow sports industry an opportunity to look around and acknowledge individuals who are excelling not only for their own business but also helping to promote the entire industry,” commented David Ingemie, president of SIA. “We’re lucky to have such talented people leading the way.”

“There is no luckier person than one who is able to blend work with passion, taking care of your dealers’ issues, becoming part of their business and at the end of the day ski with them,” commented Bruce McDonald, Northeast Region Rep Winner from Eliot, ME.

SIA’s Awards Program recognizes specialty retailers and sales reps that excel in fostering relationships, moving product and setting themselves apart from the competition all while pushing forward the passion and growth of snow sports. The SIA awards are voted on throughout the year and award recipients’ names, bios, and pictures are posted at Snowsports.org/awards.

“We believe that we are where we are today because we don’t take anything for granted in life or in business,” said Pacific Region Retailer Winner, Mary Weneta co-owner of Bobo's Ski & Board based in Reno, NV. “We keep on our toes, and we strive to be the very best we can be every
day. We are 100% committed to our customers and make sure we have the
right product mix and fair pricing to keep our customers coming back.”

Nominations for both SIA Retailer and Regional Rep of the Year Awards come from industry peers including suppliers, reps and retailers. Winners for each region appear below.

U.S. Retailer of the Year
Mid-Atlantic – Ski Barn | Paramus, NJ
Mountain – Milosport | Salt Lake City, UT
New England – Darkside Snowboards | Killington, VT
North Central – Pierce Skate & Ski | Bloomington, MN
Pacific – Bobo’s Ski & Board | Reno, NV
South Central – Sun & Ski Sports | Katy, TX
Southeast – Ski Center | Washington, DC

U.S. Rep of the Year
Atlantic – Andy Correll
Atlantic – Rick Cherashore
Eastern Lakes – Rich Whinnie
Midwest – Tim Parker
Northeast – John Whitcomb
Northeast – Bruce McDonald
Northern California – Andy Miller
Northwest – Tobey Crane
Rockies – Scott Sutton
South – Suzie Parnell
West – Jeff Darby

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SIA Names Retailers and Reps of the Year

With Day One of the SIA.07 SnowSports Trade Show under their belts, the snowsports industry went about the business of reconnecting with industry friends at celebrations up and down the Vegas strip last night.

To set the mood for the evening, live music capped off Day One in SIA’s new neighborhood “the YARD” while over in the convention hall’s Main Lobby a reception was held to honor the 2006 inductees into the U. S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Later that evening, Burton hosted their annual Fashion Show Party – the much talked about event was held at the Palms’ Rain club, where party guests previewed Burton’s 07/08 line while male and female contortionists dangled from the ceiling on hoops and flowing fabric.

Back to business this morning, SIA presented the winners of the 2007 SIA SnowSports Retailer of the Year, 2007 SIA Canadian SnowSports Retailer of the Year and 2007 SIA Canadian SnowSports Rep of the Year. And the winners were…

U.S. Retailers of the Year:
New England   --                 Ski Haus (Salem, NH)
Mid-Atlantic  --                 Alpin Haus (Amsterdam, NY)
South Central --                 St. Bernard Sports (Dallas, TX)*
North Central --                 Viking Ski Shop (Chicago, IL)*
Pacific (tie) --                 Footloose Sports (Mammoth Lakes, CA) 
                                 Porters Sports (Truckee, CA)
Mountain      --                 Aspen/Snowmass Four-Mountain Sports/D&E Ski & Snowboard 
                                      Shop (Aspen, CO)
Southeast     --                 Peter Glenn (Atlanta, GA)
 *Note: winners for second year in a row. 

Canadian SnowSports Retailers of the Year: 
Quebec        --                 Empire Sports, Inc. (Ste Julie)
Alberta       --                 Ski Cellar Snowboard (Calgary)
British Columbia --              Snow Covers (Vancouver)
Manitoba/Saskatchewan --         Gord’s Ski Center (Winnepeg)
Ontario       --                 Sporting Life (Toronto)
Atlantic      --                 Ballistic Skate & Snow (St. John’s, Newfoundland)

Canadian Rep of the Year:
Ontario       --                 Rob Madill
Quebec        --                 André Dallaire
British Columbia --              Andy Martin
Manitoba/Saskatchewan --         Derek Hale
Alberta       --                 Jay Woon
Atlantic      --                 Charlie Leblanc          

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Teresa Hartford

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