Professional AV distributor Exertis Almo officially unveiled the winners of its 11th annual Manufacturer Excellence Award at the National Sales Meeting in Baltimore, MD on August 10. Presented at a gala held at the American Visionary Arts Museum, the awards showcase the ability to go above and beyond to support the needs of Pro AV integrators and resellers. Recipients of these awards are stand-out leaders who understand the importance of building strong relationships and business strategies that create value and success. 

The Exertis Almo National Sales Meeting 

Exertis Almo EVP/COO Dan Smith at the National Sales Meeting. Image courtesy of Exertis Almo.

The awards topped off a week of learning, connecting, and giving back and celebration as part of the “Onwards and Upwards” 2023 National Sales Meeting. The meeting was held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront and included several days of themed product training. Don Yaeger, leadership speaker, longtime associate editor for Sports Illustrated, executive coach, and 11-time New York Times best-selling author, gave an inspiring keynote focused on “What Makes Great Teams Great,” which motivated the group to dig deep into understanding their ‘why’ and how to build and maintain a culture of greatness. 

With a continued focus on giving back, the entire Exertis Almo NSM group of 200 packed 5,000 meals for Baltimore Generosity Feeds, a non-profit organization that focuses on decreasing local-area food insecurity by mobilizing people into a lifestyle of generosity. Over the last five years, Exertis Almo and its manufacturing partners have created and packed nearly 25,000 meals to support children in communities throughout the nation. 

The Recipients of the 2023 Manufacturer Excellence Award Include…

Vendor Rep of the Year: Michael Venaski, Epson America, Inc. 

Vendor of the Year, Top Gross Margin over $50M: LG Business Solutions 

Vendor of the Year, Top Sales, Essentials: Legrand 

Vendor of the Year, Highest Growth Year Over Year, Displays: Epson America Inc. 

Vendor of the Year, Highest Growth Year Over Year, Essentials: Sennheiser  

“Our Manufacturer Excellence Awards give us the opportunity to reflect on the impact of our partners by formally recognizing their outstanding contributions,” said Exertis Almo EVP/COO Dan Smith in a press release. Smith continued, “The Pro AV industry has experienced such a rapid evolution — our award winners not only excel in technology advancements but also in their business strategies, communications, marketing and training.”