Pride named Vendor of Year by Fortunoff and EXPO Design Center
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, February 1, 2008
The Hollywood, Fla.-based designer and manufacturer of handcrafted outdoor furniture, also was recognized as its patio department Vendor of the Year for 2007 by Fortunoff, a Uniondale, N.Y.-based multistore retailer.
EXPO awards its Partner of the Year based on in-store service and training, end-customer service, quality of product, on-time and complete shipments, participation and support of EXPO marketing programs and sales in relation to prior year.
“Pride has been a longtime supplier to The Home Depot and EXPO and worked very hard to earn this award for 2007,” said Outdoor Living Merchant Helena Bennet, who is responsible for EXPO's annual selection. Pride's Expressions line of outdoor cast aluminum furniture is featured at the 34 EXPO Design Center locations. For more than 20 years, Pride Family Brands has been a part of the growth of the outdoor living section at EXPO.
Steve Lowsky, executive vice president for Pride Family Brands, accepted the award at the EXPO Supplier Partnership gathering in Atlanta on Dec. 5, 2007. “Our long association with the folks of The Home Depot/EXPO companies has always been a source of pride for us,” Lowsky said. “This designation further confirms that our high standards are what not only this retailer is seeking, but that of others throughout the industry.”
Fortunoff carries items from Pride's Castelle line of outdoor cast aluminum furniture including deep seating, sectionals and dining groups.
“Fortunoff strives for excellence in quality, selection, value and service,” said Andy Sokol, vice president of merchandising for Fortunoff's outdoor furniture division. “We utilized the same criteria when evaluating Pride Family Brands for this honor.”
Jamie Lowsky, CEO, Pride Family Brands, said, “The high standards in Fortunoff's selection are the same that we strive to achieve daily in every area of our company from sales to production.”
For more information, visit www.pridefamilybrands.com or contact 954-735-9800.