2018 Vendor Award Winners
Howard J. Pratt 2018 Vendor of the Year
May 9, 2019 – Bestbuy Distributors’ held their Annual General Meeting in Toronto on April 26, 2019. The two-day event brought together Bestbuy shareholders from across Canada and vendors from across North America to meet and network.
A highlight of the meeting was the annual gala dinner and entertainment. An award-winning mentalist duo The Evasons captivated the audience with their truly unique and interactive show.
Chairman Douglas Squires had the honour of announcing and presenting several vendor Awards of Excellence during the gala evening. Squires stated “These awards are designed to officially celebrate the vendor community who are instrumental in Bestbuy’s success and growth.”
Mevotech was the recipient of the prestigious Horace J. Pratt 2018 Vendor of the Year in recognition of their excellence in service, sales performance and support. Ezer Mevorach and Todd Hack of Mevotech accepted the award.
Other paramount vendor award categories announced: The Marketing Partner Award was presented to Baldwin Filters, the Rising Star Award was received by Magnacharge, the Bestbuy Partner Award recipient was Vision-OE/NuGeon and the Cornerstone Award went to ProMax.
The vendor presentations concluded with the distinguished William Elton Outstanding Support Award that was posthumously awarded to Dale Devlin for dedicated support, loyalty, contribution and friendship. Mary Devlin and her children graciously accepted the award to a standing ovation.
The newly elected Board of Directors were introduced. Bestbuy’s Chair Douglas Squires of Colonial Auto Parts and APM Limited; Vice Chair Gary Thibault, The Partsman; Secretary/Treasurer Scott Anderson, Peterborough Automotive; Brad Nahorney, Sapphire Auto (IDL); Rob Dow, Jack Dow Auto Supplies; Doug Wilson, Fat Guys Auto Parts; Robert Therrien, Temlac Ltee.; and Andre Dimopoulos, Dorval Auto Parts.
The Bestbuy Board of Directors presented its annual contribution in support of the SickKids Family Heart Centre which is among the top three pediatric heart centres in the world. Dr. Mike Seed was on-hand to accept the $31,300 donation. Bestbuy has been supporting this worthy cause since
1986 and has contributed $847,900.00 to-date.
The meetings and celebration concluded on Saturday with Bestbuy’s annual trade event at their Mississauga distribution centre. It was a full house with 92 vendor companies’ on-hand eager to discuss new business developments directly with Bestbuy shareholders.