As CASTELLE, award-winning designer and manufacturer of luxury aluminum outdoor furniture, announces awards presented to individual members within the company’s sales representation team during the 2015 International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market. The President’s Award, the Pioneer Award, and other awards recognizing excellence in sales, territory development, and new customer growth were given out during a function held in the company’s Merchandise Mart showroom.
The Top Salesman of the Year known as the President’s Award was given to Tom Durden, who represents CASTELLE in the Midwestern U.S. region including Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, South and North Dakota. Durden, who began working with CASTELLE in 2002, exhibited overall excellence in customer service, superior product knowledge, and territory and customer sales growth of the company’s Castelle® product brand.
Durden also was recognized with the award for the Specialty Representative of the Year for the company’s Summer Winds brand. His efforts included expanding sales of the product to major retailers.
Brad Elliot, CASTELLE’ patio specialty representative for Georgia, North and South Carolina, was recognized with the Pioneer Award. Entering his 11th year as a member of the CASTELLE sales team, Brad saw the highest percentage increase in new customer development within his territory during the 2015 season. Elliott recognized the addition of the High Point showroom and the focus on the design trade as assisting in the growth realized.
Greg Kavoklis was recognized with the 2015 Most Improved Territory Award. Representing the California and Hawaii region, Kavoklis’ award comes as he completes his first year with the luxury casual furniture manufacturer. Kavoklis saw a 57% increase within his territory in sales over the previous year.
The awards were presented by Steve Lowsky, C.E.O. and Rory Rehmert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CASTELLE on the evening prior to the opening of the Casual Furniture Market. “As CASTELLE experienced another year of tremendous growth, we are proud to recognize those that make it possible,” said Rehmert. “Within our team of professionals is a wealth of product expertise, overall market knowledge and a focus on growth that has contributed to the successes we recognize.”