Sphere 1 Announces Members and Suppliers of the Year

CSI of Denver, Colorado is named member of the year: Stanley Black & Decker, Freud and Hitachi are top suppliers.

With close to 700 attendees, the Sphere 1 Cooperative’s 15th anniversary meeting in San Antonio, Texas was the group’s largest gathering ever. At the meeting, the group’s  distributor and vendor partners of the year for last year were announced.

Zobolas Raff Lee Kohl Trucchi

Based on the highest performance according to six key metrics, the member of the year is Contractors Supply, Inc. (CSI) of Denver, Colo. CSI president Chris Zobolas accepted the award for his company.

Stanley Black & Decker (SBD) took honors for partner of the year in core products. Robert Raff accepted that award for SBD. The company’s Robert Lee accepted the award for highest sales volume for 2013 (for the 14th consecutive year).

In the accessory products category, Freud Tools took partner of the year. Russell Kohl, Freud president and CEO, accepted the award for his company.

Sphere 1 members also recognized Hitachi for outstanding sales achievement by brand in 2013. Jason Trucchi accepted the award for Hitachi.

Partner awards are based on six criteria including member balloting, volume, growth, number of members buying from each partner, Gateway for Growth planning and Sphere 1 U course completions.

Sphere 1’s next annual meeting is set for May 4-7, 2015 at Red Rock Resort & Spa, Las Vegas, Nev. Learn more at