Relton's Patrick Kearl named top trainer

Wins Evergreen Marketing award for fifth time.

Relton Corporation's Patrick Kearl has won the Evergreen Marketing  Group's George A. Sheatz Excellence in Education Award five times.

The Evergreen Marketing Group has awarded its sixth annual George A. Sheatz Excellence in Education Award to the top manufacturer instructor participating in the group's 2009 training program.

Supplier instructors are rated by students and Evergreen training center staff during each school. Those instructors who achieve the highest ratings earn the award. Receiving the award for his work in the 2009 training year was Patrick Kearl of Relton Corporation. Kearl has earned the distinction five times.

The award is named after George A. Sheatz, a retired tool and fastener distributor currently living in Prescott, AZ. Sheatz has been instrumental in Evergreen's training & education programs for nearly 20 years.

"George has had a life-long commitment to professional development and continues to be a key contributor to Evergreen's training efforts," said Kevin D. Higginbotham, chief executive officer of Evergreen. "Thousands of tool and fastener distributor sales people have been touched by George and his passion for learning."

The Evergreen Marketing Group is a member-owned cooperative organization founded in 1989 by six construction/industrial supply distributors. It currently consists of 72 distributors with more than 260 locations in the United States and Canada and has combined revenues of over $1.4 billion dollars.

The group is focused on driving growth and profitability of its distributors and preferred suppliers through an on-going program of training & education, business development and partnering. Evergreen maintains a state-of-the-art 17,000 square foot training center in Farmer's Branch, Texas and offers the industry's only professional certification program for distributor sales people.

For more information, contact Kevin Higginbotham at 1-800-859-8733.

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