Copystar was recently presented with the 2013 Channel’s Choice Superior Performance award by the Business Technology Association (BTA). Bob Burke, vice president of sales for Copystar, accepted the coveted award on June 17 from 2012-13 BTA President Terry Chapman at BTA Mid-America’s Cruise to Success event at the DoubleTree – Magnificent Mile in Chicago.
In addition, Copystar received Channel’s Choice awards in three other performance categories: Corporate Support, Distribution and Product Line. Two other manufacturers were also presented with 2013 Channel’s Choice awards at the BTA Mid-America event. Canon U.S.A. received an award for its Outstanding Performance as a Secondary Product Line Provider. Paul Piotrowski, director of field sales in the Dealer Sales Division at Canon, accepted the award. Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) received the 2013 Channel’s Choice award for the Inventory performance category. Doug Albregts, president of SIICA, accepted the award.
Albregts was the Cruise to Success keynote speaker. New this year, BTA added three additional categories to the award program. LMI Solutions received the Channel’s Choice award in the category of Remanufactured Cartridges. Gary Willert, president and CEO of LMI, accepted the award. GE Capital received an award in the new Third-Party Leasing category. Glen Clark, general manager of GE Capital Office Imaging, accepted the award. The winner in the third new category, Remote Meter Capture, was Print Tracker. No Print Tracker representative was able to attend the Chicago event. Earlier this year, BTA mailed ballots to all of its dealer members and a number of dealers outside of its membership. The association also posted the ballot on the BTA website and encouraged the industry’s hardware vendors to provide their dealers with a link to the ballot for them to submit online.
The ballot asked dealers to rate their primary and secondary line vendors in key performance categories, as well as to rate vendors in the three new award categories. The balloting results determined the Channel’s Choice award winners. BTA received 353 completed ballots. “BTA’s annual Channel’s Choice awards program provides dealers with a means of recognizing and honoring those vendors that are the most supportive of the dealer channel,” Chapman said. “Through the years, we have honored a number of deserving vendors for their outstanding product lines, exceptional levels of performance and dealer support. As our 2013 Channel’s Choice winners, we congratulate Copystar, Canon, GE Capital, LMI, Sharp and Print Tracker, and express our sincere thanks for their exceptional support of the BTA channel.”