Last week, at its Virtual Awards Gala, Sterling, Illinois-based distributor HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462, D15) announced its Supplier of the Year and Supplier Representative of the Year. The recognition was based on company-wide voting by members of HALO’s sales and support teams.

SanMar was recognized as HALO’s 2020 Supplier of the Year. Terry McGuire, HALO’s senior vice president of supplier relations and communications, says, “In arguably the most difficult year our industry has ever experienced, SanMar expanded their selling tools and outreach to our team to keep them inspired, motivated and equipped to meet the challenges of the new normal.”

Jeremy Lott, president of SanMar, adds, “We are honored at this recognition. This past year we all learned the true meaning of partnership and there is no better example than our remarkable collaboration and friendship with HALO.”

Dustin McCormick, key account manager at industry supplier Toddy Gear, was honored as HALO’s Supplier Representative of the Year award. McGuire says, “Dustin was proactive in providing the HALO sales team with innovative ideas to build sales. His responsiveness, creativity and follow-through on every project created success for our team. He was a key driver for sales growth for both HALO and Toddy Gear.”

McCormick adds, “The HALO team is incredible to work with. They are true partners in every sense of the word. I am thrilled to be recognized for the great things we were able to achieve together!”

Marc Simon, CEO of HALO, says, “Our success in 2020 is a direct result of the spirit of partnership with our HALO Preferred Suppliers. They worked tirelessly on behalf of our valued HALO account executives and clients amidst incredible adversity to help us succeed and position HALO for great things in 2021.”