Mack Trucks Inc. has announced the recipients of its 2007 Distributor of the Year awards. Every year, Mack acknowledges the efforts and contributions of its dealer network by honoring high-performing distributors in its U.S., Canada and International business units.
Selection criteria include sales, facilities, personnel, leasing, service, parts, general management, customer satisfaction and community service. In addition, the U.S. Distributor of the Year is selected from a pool of regional honorees.
Ballard Mack Sales & Service Inc., Worcester, Mass. is the U.S. Distributor of the Year for 2007. Ballard Mack has locations in Worcester, Mass., where the dealer principal is John Picking, and Coventry, R.I., where the dealer principal is Steven Grahn. Ballard Mack has operated the Worcester location for 20 years and the Coventry location for seven years. Ballard Mack employs approximately 60 persons.
In addition to Ballard Mack, which represents the Northeast Region, the other 2007 U.S. regional winners include:
Southwest Region: Bruckner Truck Sales, Amarillo, Texas
Central Region: Housby Mack Inc., Des Moines, Iowa
Southeast Region: McMahon Truck Group, Charlotte, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn.
Western Region: Northwest Equipment Sales Inc., Boise, Idaho
Redhead Equipment Ltd., Regina, Saskatchewan, is the Canada Distributor of the Year for 2007. Gary Redhead is the dealer principal. Redhead Equipment has been a Mack dealer since Oct. 3, 1990. It now has five locations in Saskatchewan: Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Lloydminster and Estevan. Redhead employs 360 people.
Salinas y Fabres S.A. (SALFA), Santiago, Chile, was named Mack International Distributor of the Year for 2007. SALFA has been a Mack distributor since 1938. The company has 11 locations throughout Chile, with more than 800 employees. 2007 was the eighth time SALFA has been named Mack International Distributor of the Year. Roberto Salinas is chairman and CEO of SALFA.
Bruckner Truck Sales Inc., Amarillo, Texas, was named Mack Used Truck Dealer of the Year for 2007.
In addition, Mack Leasing System recognized its high-performing dealers. Truck Lease Chicago LLC, Summit, Ill., was named Mack Leasing System National Dealer of the Year for 2007. It is a division of Chicago Mack Sales & Service Inc. and Ken Yacobozzi is the dealer principal.
The other U.S. regional winners are:
Northeast Region: Lesher Leasing Inc. (Lesher Mack Sales and Service), Lebanon, Pa.
Southeast Region: Tri-State Leasing (Tri-State Truck Centers), Memphis, Tenn.
Southwest & West Regions: Mack Lease of Omaha LLC (Wise Mack Inc.), Omaha, Neb.
“Mack’s operating philosophy is that the customer is the foundation of our business,” said Kevin Flaherty, Mack senior vice president of sales.
“We can’t achieve our goal of customer satisfaction without a network of strong, committed and competent dealers. I salute our 2007 award winners for their great accomplishments and for the example they set for all Mack distributors.”
Mack vehicles are sold and serviced in more than 45 countries worldwide. All Mack manufacturing locations are certified to the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality and ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems. Mack also is a sponsor of Share the Road, an American Trucking Associations’ public information campaign aimed at enhancing the safety of our nation’s roadways.
Mack is a member of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and is a leading producer of heavy-diesel engines (9 to 16 L). The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service.
The Volvo Group, which employs approximately 100,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 180 markets.
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