HALO (PPAI 106462, D15) recently recognized its 2021 Supplier of the Year and Supplier Representative of the Year in a company-wide communication. The awards were based on the results of votes cast by more than 1,000 of the Sterling, Illinois-headquartered distributor’s account executives and support team members.

Hit Promotional Products is the 2021 HALO Supplier of the Year. CJ Schmidt, CEO of Hit, says, “In one of the most challenging years the industry has ever experienced, this award reinforces the spirit of collaboration and problem-solving that we enjoy with a key customer like HALO. It’s an honor for the Hit team.”

Charles Duggan, MAS, national and strategic accounts manager for industry supplier Goldstar, was recognized as the 2021 HALO Supplier Representative of the Year. Goldstar sales to HALO increased nearly 60 percent in 2021 thanks to the industry veteran sales professional. Duggan says, “The award goes to the entire Goldstar team. We worked closely with HALO to find every way to help them grow their sales overall, and with Goldstar.”

Terry McGuire, senior vice president of supplier relations, adds, “Our sales grew in 2021 in one of the most difficult supply chain environments we have ever experienced because we could rely heavily on key partners like Hit and Charles. Collaboration with our HALO preferred suppliers created success for our account executives and satisfaction for our clients.”

HALO CEO Marc Simon says, “Our preferred supplier program is an industry success story. We rely heavily on the partnership with this elite group to continue to grow our business regardless of the challenges the market presents.”