Mike Miazga 2014-07-01 06:39:05
Basco Mfg. Hosts showroom forum Basco Mfg. Co. Recently hosted its inaugural Showroom Council Forum at the company’s Cincinnati headquarters. The three-day event was a kickoff to the company’s newly developed Showroom Council, where Basco appointed 10 plumbing wholesale professionals heavily involved in showroom management and sales to participate for a one-year term. The objective of the council is to share industry trends and thought leadership on a variety of industry topics the company will integrate into its future product-development and marketing programs. “Having the opportunity to directly engage with leaders within our space to gain a firsthand understanding of how our products and brand supports the growth of their business is invaluable,” Basco Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Don Gamble said. “While the focus of the event was around industry trends, the interaction and relationship building between our council members proved invaluable to everyone in the room.” The 2014 council included participants from Plumb Supply (Des Moines, Iowa), Brock McVey (Lexington, Ken.), Keidel Supply (Cincinnati, Ohio), Famous Supply (Pittsburgh), Security Supply (Selkirk, N.Y.), Peabody Supply (North Andover, Mass.), and EPSCO (Scranton, Pa.). Pictured in the accompanying photo are, from left: Greg Weyman, George Rohde, Donna Snowden, Donna Rinaldi, Jonathan Morton, Crystal Fielder, Brian Fowler, Jason Debruer, Loni Vinturella, JR Grau, Dan Lorenz, Steve Lotz, Dave Dressler and John Burgoon. Front row, from left: Brian Marton, Gamble, Deb Burr, Autumn Seey and Linda Garman. H&H Sales Associates holds customer appreciation day Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based manufacturers rep firm H&H Sales Associates recently held a customer appreciation product show and open house. The event drew about 175 customers. “We’re in a people-to-people business,” H&H VP Greg Hlatky said.“Fortunately, it was a great day to bring people together.” Ritchie Hall, H&H outside sales, added: “It’s especially rewarding when we can provide a forum for customers and manufacturers to learn from each other. New products and technology and kicking the tires are important, but so is the opportunity to meet and interact in person.” In addition to a product showcase, a variety of seminars were held including an HVAC acoustics and sound presentation by Modine’s Engineered Products Sales Manager Joe Ellison. Other presentations included fan efficiency (Greenheck), natatorium design (Seresco), chilled beams, critical environmental control (Price Industries) and fabric duct design (DuctSox). Greenheck brought a 53-ft.-long AirTour Learning Center exhibition and training trailer, while AQC Industries featured a towering display and told of the many benefits of the company’s underground duct system. Marley Cooling Technologies showcased the latest light commercial cooling tower systems. “It was a great event and a day very well spent,” said Alyssa Wingenfield, a commercial systems designer for Harrisburg, Pa.-based McClure Co. “I was introduced to several new products, one of which – a Hubbell instantaneous water heater – I may incorporate into a school job I’ve been working on.” Other companies on the H&H line card that sent products and people included Seresco pool dehumidifiers, Whalen Co., Hays Fluid Controls, Florida Heat Pump, Patterson Kelly Boilers, Neptronic humidifiers, Hubbell water heaters, and Cerus starters and variable-frequency drives. “At events like this, it’s all about the relationships,” Hall concluded. “Learning from each other has so many advantages. It’s a win-win all the way around.”
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