FARGO, N.D., — Border States Electric’s (BSE) Supplier of the Year Awards recognize manufacturer partners that provide exceptional service and continue to show dedication and support to BSE and its customers. Congratulations to these winners for performing at a high level in 2018 and earning this recognition.

Hubbell Lighting Receives Above and Beyond Service Excellence

The Above and Beyond Service Excellence Award is given to a supplier that has exhibited unprecedented support to BSE and its customers. It is structured to distinguish the supplier for providing excellent service and recognizes their dedication to the mutual relationship.

Left to right: Rob Pease, SW Construction Sales Director, Border States; Jim Patnaude – RVP NC Region, Hubbell; Michael Ewert – RVP NW Region, Hubbell; Elizabeth Siefkas – VP Strategic Accounts, Hubbell; and Shawn Kamrath, Market Segment Manager – Construction, Border State

Encore Wire Receives Sales and Marketing Excellence

The Sales and Marketing Excellence Award is given to a manufacturer partner that actively participates in sales efforts and helps strengthen BSE’s customer base. Nominees are leaders in profitable sales growth, gross margin improvement and product and sales training. These suppliers excel in joint sales and marketing strategies, customer-focused marketing programs, innovative marketing promotions, market development funding, and sales tools and materials. They provide catalog content and support industry initiatives, local branches and new business opportunities with a compelling spirit of partnership.

Left to right: Executive Vice President Regions, Border States; Landon Hartwick – Manager of Sales Development, Encore Wire; Don Spurgin – VP Sales Development, Encore Wire; and Casey Schmidt, Market Segment Manager – Commodities, Border States

nVent (Hoffman) Receives Operational and Technological Excellence

The Operational and Technological Excellence Award is presented to a supplier that provides innovative, state-of-the-art business practices and quality services. Those nominated for this award are a step ahead of the rest as evidenced by technology-driven logistics, services, inventory performance and communications. The recipient works collaboratively, emphasizing a true spirit of partnership.

Left to right: David White, President, Border States, Karla Leis – Vice President and General Manager of Hoffman, Joe Ruzynski – President nVent Enclosures, Jason Seger, Executive Vice President Regions, Border States

RW Lyall Receives Market Development Excellence Award

The Market Development Excellence Award is awarded to a supplier that exhibits unprecedented support to both us and our customers in the natural gas and PVF, communications and MRO markets. It is structured to distinguish the supplier for providing excellent service and recognizes their dedication to our relationship.

Left to right: Elizabeth Sikas – VP Strategic Accounts, RW Lyall; Brent Leith, Market Director – Utility, Border States; Patrick Beyer, Senior Buyer, Border States; Poke Buck, Senior VP Sales – Utility, Border States; Jake Naylor – VP Sales, Hubbell Gas Connectors & Accessories Continental Industries, Barry Oertel – HGCA Western Regional Sales Manager; Tom Bjornstad – Alliance Pricing Supervisor, Border States

Area Supplier Sales Representative or Agency Awards

Area Supplier Sales Representative or Agency Awards are given to supplier sales agencies, agents and representatives that maintain dependable partnerships that go above and beyond to support BSE’s customers and employee-owners. Recipients must meet all selection criteria including developing localized marketing strategies with BSE’s branches, offering strong local support for sales calls, resolving issues or problems quickly, driving consistent growth and frequently helping the branches and all departments.

  • » Midwest Area – Core4
  • » Great Lakes Area – Hubbell Power Systems
  • » KMA Area – Convergence
  • » Big Sky Area – AJB Sales
  • » Northern Plains Area – Core4
  • » Tennessee Area – Hubbell Power Systems
  • » Carolinas Area – Leviton
  • » Rocky Mountain Area – Thomas & Betts
  • » Desert Area – McCreary Sales
  • » West Texas/Oklahoma Area – McCreary Sales

BSE supplies products and services to construction, industrial and utility customers. The 100 percent employee-owned company is rated the seventh largest electrical distributor in the U.S. by Electrical Wholesaling magazine. BSE has more than 2,600 employee-owners and 100 branches in 22 states. The Branch Support Center (corporate office) is located in Fargo, North Dakota.

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