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SIA Award Program Celebrates Industry Standouts in 2013

Washington, DC  (February 24, 2014) -- Acknowledging standouts in customer service, product sales and promoting snow sports participation, SnowSports Industries America (SIA), the industry’s member-owned, not-for-profit trade association, announced the 2013 SIA Rep and Retailer of the Year Award winners earlier this month at the SIA Snow Show in Denver (Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2014).

2013 SIA SnowSports Rep of the YearThe SIA Awards Program recognizes retailers and reps who have gone above and beyond in their role within the snow sports industry with the common goal of moving product. The awards are voted on throughout the year and all award recipients’ names, bios, and pictures are posted on Snowsports.org/awards.

2013 SIA SnowSports Retailer of the Year“This year’s award winners all share a passion for snow sports and it shows in every aspect of their lives. For these shop owners and reps, snow sports isn’t just a day job, but a way of life and it’s a pleasure to take notice of their efforts,” commented David Ingemie, president of SIA.

The U.S. and Canadian Retailer and Rep of the Year Awards recognize retailers and reps that have successfully cultivated relationships within the industry to further sales of snow sports products. Nominations for both awards come from industry peers including suppliers, reps and retailers.

U.S. Retailer of the Year Awards winners:

New England Darkside Snowboards Killington, VT
Mid-Atlantic Buckman’s Ski & Snowboard Shops Pottstown, PA
Southeast Alpine Ski Shop Sterling, VA
North Central Les Moise Ski, Tennis & Snowboard Mequon, WI
South Central Outdoors Inc Memphis, TN
Mountain Satellite Boardshop Boulder, CO
Pacific Snowboard Connection Seattle, WA

Canadian Retailer of the Year Award winners:

Alberta Plush Skateboards & Snowboards Edmonton, AB
Atlantic Cleve’s Source for Sports in Halifax Dartmouth, NS
British Columbia Coastal Riders Langley, BC
Saskatchewan Sunshine and Ski Regina, SK
Ontario Gates and Boards Barrie, ON
Quebec Oberson Boutiques Laval, QC

U.S. Regional Rep of the Year Award Winners:

Atlantic Kent Fried
Eastern Lakes Kevin Welborn
Midwest Tom Blair
Northeast Matt Jagemann
Northern California Will Lachenauer
Northwest Ryan Davis
Rockies Glen Morris
South Brad Decker
West Steve Brock

Canadian Regional Rep of Year Award Winners:

Alberta Andrew Hicks
Atlantic Guy Pellerin
British Columbia Garett Halayko
Manitoba/Saskatchewan Dan Anderson
Ontario Rob Madill
Quebec Stephan Dargis

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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 works year-round with North American snow sports suppliers, retailers, reports, 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

“The Show was awesome! Tons of traffic and excitement, which we were really excited about. We’ll be back every year moving forward. We’ve gotten new business from being here, and as a launch year, it’s been absolutely great.”
Tracy Bordwell, Creative and Technical Design, Fate Clothing

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Jim Slanetz, Owner, Board Bin, ID

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