THERMO KING presented dealer awards for accomplishments in 2000 at its 2001 dealer conference in Las Vegas NV. Rather than single out one dealer, Thermo King divides its network into quadrants and honors a dealer of the year from each of the four geographical regions.
Dealer of the year for Thermo King's southeast region is Thermo King of Atlanta represented by owner Bobby Williamson and Turner McDonald, general manager. Thermo King of Atlanta has facilities in Conley GA on Atlanta's south side and in Doraville on the north edge of the city.
Thermo King of Phoenix in Phoenix AZ was named dealer of the year for the southwest region. The award was presented to Bill Riley, owner, and Brad Sather, general manager.
The dealer of the year award for the northeast region was presented to Thermo King North Huntingdon, which serves the Pittsburgh PA area. Bob Price Jr, president, and Bob Price Sr, owner, were present for the awards.
In the northwest region, the award went to Thermo King Northwest in Portland OR, represented by its owner, Donald Pugh, and general manager, Russ Bowdidge.
In addition to dealers of the year, Thermo King presented individual awards for dealer sales manager of the year, dealer service manager of the year, district sales manager of the year, and district service manager of the year. In the dealer sales manger category, the award went to Walt Stayvas of Thermo King East in Carlstadt NJ. He has been sales manager at Thermo King East since 1990. Dan Kooienga of Thermo King Michigan in Byron Center MI was named dealer service manager of the year. He received special recognition for helping the technicians assigned to his dealership's five mobile service trucks to make their working conditions more favorable. The trucks have generators and heating for winter and microwave ovens for preparing food.
Among corporate employees, Jerry Duppler of Thermo King's District 7, which serves states in the Northwest, was named district sales manager of the year. Duppler was cited for aggressively pursuing new accounts in his district and for opening new facilities in Seattle and Portland. Paul Barbaro, whose District 1 includes the New England states plus New York and Pennsylvania, was honored as district service manager of the year. Barbaro's accomplishments in 2000 include opening a new nine-bay facility for Thermo King of Boston and helping establish a new dealer in Johnston RI.