Standout Specialty Retailers Recognized by Industry Peers
Washington, DC (February 18, 2016) -- Acknowledging outstanding customer service, product sales and efforts to grow snow sports participation, SnowSports Industries America (SIA), the industry’s member-owned, not-for-profit trade association, announced the 2015 SIA U.S. SnowSports Retailer of the Year Award winners last month during the annual SIA Snow Show and Sourcing Snow (Jan. 28 – 31) at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.
“Each year, the SIA Awards give the snow sports industry an opportunity to look around and acknowledge specialty retailers who are excelling, not only for their own business, but also helping to promote the entire industry,” commented Nick Sargent, president of SIA. “We’re lucky to have such talented people representing snow sports and leading the way.”
"It is an honor to be selected as the Mountain Region Retailer of the Year,” said Adam Cole, owner of Cole Sport in Park City, UT. “It gives us a great deal of pride to know that we are doing what we love and doing it well. This award also motivates us to improve in the years to come. It is an exciting time in Park City and all of the ski resorts across the Wasatch Mountain Range. We will continue to make changes to improve our business so that when our customers go home, they are already planning their next trip to Utah.”
SIA’s Awards Program recognizes specialty retailers that excel in fostering relationships, moving product and setting themselves apart from the competition all while pushing forward the passion and growth of snow sports. The SIA awards are voted on throughout the year and award recipients’ names, bios, and pictures are posted at Snowsports.org/awards.
"We never lose sight of the fact that the only reason we are in business is to take care of the needs of our customers, and keep them happy,” said Dennis Salisbury, owner of Neptune Diving & Ski in Nashville, TN.
(L to R): Bryce Phillips (evo), Shane & Kris Salisbury (Neptune Diving & Ski), Gil Harris (Aspen Ski & Board), Chris Bunch (Alpine Ski Shop), Sepp Kober (Freestyle) & Tom Gately (SMC) picking up for Buchika's Ski & Bike)
Nominations for the SIA U.S. SnowSports Retailer of the Year Awards come from industry peers including suppliers and sales reps. Winners for each region appear below. Find detailed bios on each award winner here.
U.S. Retailer of the Year by Region:
*New England - Colorado Ski Shop, Springfield, MA, Diane and Hussein Jaber
*New England - Buchika's Ski & Bike, Salem, NH, Todd Atkinson
Mid Atlantic - Alpine Ski Shop, Sterling, VA, Chris & Tyler Bunch
Southeast – Freestyle, Charlottesville, VA, Sepp Kober
South Central - Neptune Diving & Ski, Nashville, TN, Dennis Salisbury
North Central - Aspen Ski & Board, Lewis Center, OH, Gil Harris
Mountain - Cole Sport, Park City, UT, Jana and Gary Cole
Pacific – evo, Seattle, WA, Bryce Phillips
*Award tie in the New England Region
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Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014, SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is a non-profit member-owned trade association with a long history of working to support the snow sports industry. SIA, based in the Washington, DC Metro-Area with offices in CO, OR and RI, works year-round with North American snow sports suppliers, retailers, resorts, reps and service providers to develop products and programs for their individual and collective business needs. With member support and industry participation, SIA annually hosts the industry's largest core winter sports trade show, the SIA Snow Show, along with the On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest and the Sourcing Snow supplier show. SIA also helps retailers and resorts connect with snow sports participants around the country through Snowlink.com. Learn more at Snowsports.org.