OPWA rewards excellence at Florida summit


17 September 2007 — Naples (FL): The Office Products Wholesalers Association (OPWA) has rewarded ‘excellent’ servants of the US office products industry at its 2007 Office Products Executive Summit in Naples, Florida.

OPWA president Joe Templet said: "OPWA’s annual awards programme pays tribute to firms and individuals who have made a major contribution to our association and to the industry in general. This year’s winners have supported the role of the wholesaler on many different levels and we’re delighted to acknowledge these achievements in this special way."


The 2007 Leadership Award was presented to Barry Frahm of O Henry. He was recognised for his dedication and longevity to the industry, business acumen, forthrightness, integrity and cooperative spirit. OPWA said that through his career in the office products industry, he has "consistently maintained high personal and business standards, and has been recognised by his contemporaries" in the industry. Frahm has been involved with O Henry for more than 45 years and became CEO of the Greensboro, NC company in 1972.


The Recognition Award was given to Ronald Shaw of Pilot Pen, in honour of his retirement and a distinguished career of 46 years. This specially created award was presented to Shaw for his outstanding personal leadership and management expertise throughout his career, initially with BIC Pen and later as chairman and CEO of Pilot Pen.


Baumgarten’s was selected as the 2007 Manufacturer of the Year in the OP category, while 3M was named as the runner-up. In the writing instruments category, Zebra Pen was chosen as the 2007 Manufacturer of the Year and Pentel of America, was the runner-up. Both awards recognise companies that consistently achieve excellence in policies, performance, people, products and promotion. The manufacturer’s effectiveness in working with wholesalers and the implementation of those policies down to and including the wholesaler is the key criteria for this award.


The 2007 Innovation of the Year Award went to Stanley-Bostitch for its Tripod Flashlight.