Summer Classics ®, a leading outdoor furniture manufacturer and retailer, celebrated their Annual Garden Party last week, August 6-10. The week-long event allowed customers to view the company’s six new collections, additions to existing collections and new fabric introductions.
“Getting to go to the Summer Classics Garden Party is like getting the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory,” said Chris Price, from Sunbrella®.
In attendance were over 40 dealers, 77 buyers, along with Summer Classics ® employees and sales representatives. Meetings and events were held in Birmingham as well as in the 42,000 square foot Summer Classics® Showroom in Pelham, Ala.
During the Annual Awards dinner at The Mountain Brook Club Wednesday night, the company honored outstanding employees and individuals who have been with Summer Classics® for 10 or more years.
Given each year, in honor of Susan Lambeth, a Summer Classics Sales Representative who lost her battle with ovarian cancer over two years ago, is an award to honor a Sales Rep for exceptional work. This year, Wynne White received The Susan Lambeth Sales Representative of the Year Award .Wynne White represents North Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.
“I am lucky to have customers that are like family,” Wynne White said. “I could never be successful without the help of all the Summer Classics employees. This award is for them, as a thanks for making me look good!” White said.
The Summer Classics IT Department was honored with the, “Whatever It Takes,” Award for their outstanding work and dedication to the company. This award is chosen by the Summer Classics ® sales representatives each year for the person or team who goes above and beyond what is expected to help others within the company.
Neal Morgan and Bew White.
Recognized during the week were individuals who have been with the company for several years. Those honored were; Neal Morgan, CFO of Summer Classics ®, for his 25 years with the company; Paul Bentley, Sales Representative; and Jim Parker, VP of Parker James International, for their 15 years with Summer Classics ®. Honored for their 10 years of work with the company were sales representatives Kelly Patton and Steve Bennett, and Lynda Martin with the company’s accounting department.
Bew White Honoring Summer Classics Sales Rep, Kelly Patton, for her 10 years with the Company.
“The atmosphere at the 2012 Garden Party was electric,” said Keith Norton, Vice President of Operations for Summer Classics ®. “Our President and CEO, Bew White, mesmerized the entire company and all of our guests with his enthusiastic presentation of our products during our nation sales meeting.”
As part of the week’s events, the Summer Classics Super SHOPS Dealer of the Year was awarded to, The Summer House, in Highlands, NC. The store’s commitment to selecting the best home furnishings for their customers lead the owners, Paula and Barry Jones, to select Summer Classics as their only outdoor furniture manufacturer, and their continued excellent performance as a dealer is why they were selected as Super SHOPS Dealer of the Year for 2012.
Located in a town of just over 5,000 permanent residents, the store’s dedication to quality customer service and offering the best home furnishings makes the store a destination retailer in a small area.
“Our sales reps and corporate staff were all very excited about our new products, and the direction the company is heading,” Norton said. “I am excited about being a part of Summer Classics and the momentum our company has going for it.”
For over 30 years, Summer Classics® has been an indoor and outdoor furniture manufacturer and retailer based in Montevallo, Ala. As a leader in the outdoor furniture industry, Summer Classics® creates innovative products, and meets customers’ high expectations by using the finest materials available.
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