Posted May 22, 2019

Evergreen honors top trainers

Winners include Bill Ley of JOBOX – Apex Tool Group and Jon Finch of Milwaukee Tool.

The Evergreen Marketing Group awarded Bill Ley of JOBOX – Apex Tool Group and Jon Finch of Milwaukee Tool its 15th annual “George A. Sheatz Excellence in Education Award” at its April conference in Dallas.

Ley and Finch earned the recognition as the top manufacturer instructors participating in the group’s 2018 training program on behalf of their companies. Supplier instructors are rated by students and Evergreen training center staff during each school. Those instructors who achieve the highest ratings earn the award, which was named after George A. Sheatz, a former tool and fastener distributor who was instrumental in Evergreen’s Training & Education programs for nearly 20 years.

“George had a life-long commitment to professional development,” said Kevin Higginbotham, Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen. “His efforts inspired much of what we try to accomplish in the Evergreen program.” “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, Ley and Finch along with their companies join an elite group of professional trainers in the tool and fastener industry.”

Past winners of the award include Sean Cores (3M Fall Protection), Calvin Mixon (Construction Electrical Products), Wil Granger (DeWalt Industrial Tool Group), Sean Millham (DeWalt Industrial Tool Group), Keith Ripley (Diamond Products), Kevin Kauffunger (Freud Americas), J.C. Tiller (Greenlee Textron), Chris Mackzum (ITW Ramset), Taylor Hoppe (Milwaukee Tool), Raul Soto (Milwaukee Tool), Jack Zenor (Powers Fasteners), Mike Fraser (Stabila), Darrell Hammond (Stabila), Brendan Conway (Sumner) and Patrick Kearl (United Abrasives/SAIT).

The Evergreen Marketing Group is a member-owned cooperative founded in 1989 by six construction/industrial supply distributors. It currently consists of 59 distributors with more than 350 locations in the United States and Canada and has combined revenues of over $2.5 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 11,000 square foot training center in Farmer’s Branch, Texas and offers the industry’s only professional certification program for distributor sales and operations people. Evergreen members are the leading distributors of tools, fasteners, concrete accessories and other construction/industrial products. For more information, visit