Evergreen awards 11th annual George A. Sheatz Excellence in Education Award

JC Tiller of Greenlee-Textron is named top trainer of 2014.

The Evergreen Marketing Group awarded its 11th annual George A. Sheatz Excellence in Education Award to the top manufacturer instructor participating in the group’s 2014 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. One individual received the prestigious award for his work in the 2014 training year: JC Tiller of Greenlee-Textron.

The award is named after George A. Sheatz, a former tool and fastener distributor who was instrumental in Evergreen’s training & education programs for nearly 20 years.

“Evergreen’s training programs were inspired by George’s life-long commitment to professional development,” said Kevin D. Higginbotham, chief executive officer of Evergreen. “Over nearly two decades, thousands of tool and fastener distributor sales people were touched by George and his passion for learning.

“In winning this year’s George Sheatz Award, JC and Greenlee-Textron join an elite group of professional trainers in the tool and fastener industry,” he said.

The Evergreen Marketing Group is a member-owned cooperative organization founded in 1989 by six construction/industrial supply distributors. It currently consists of 69 distributors with more than 280 locations in the United States and Canada and has combined revenues of over $1.6 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 and operations people.

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