2018 Castelle collections earn awards, acknowledgements

Includes Manufacturing Leadership Award

FT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – During the recent 2017 Casual Market Chicago, outdoor furnishings designer and manufacturer Castelle recognized members of its independent sales force and was acknowledged for the fourth time for manufacturing leadership in the cast aluminum category by the International Casual Furnishings Association membership. 2018 Castelle collections earn awards, acknowledgements

The Castelle awards were presented by Derek Ritzel, president and C.E.O. for Castelle, on the eve of the opening of the Casual Market Chicago and included the President’s Award, the Pioneer Award and other awards recognizing excellence in sales, territory development and new customer segment growth.  This annual event was held in the company’s Chicago Merchandise Mart showroom.

“As CASTELLE experienced another productive year, we are proud to recognize those that make it possible,” Ritzel says.  “Within our team of professionals is a wealth of product expertise, overall market knowledge and a focus on growth that has contributed to the successes we have experienced.”

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The top award given for overall excellence in customer service, superior product knowledge, and territory and customer sales growth for the Castelle product brand is the President’s Award. This year, Carmen Squadrito, who has represented Castelle in North and South Carolina since 2016, was the recipient.  

Squadrito also was recognized with the Pioneer award. In his first year with the company, he was able to produce the highest percentage increase in new customer development within his territory during the 2016-17 season.

Gary Moretti, a western U.S. territory manager for Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern Nevada, won the Designer Award recognizing the most improved territory for sales to the designer category.

Rachel Hernandez, with her partner, Don Bennett of Bennett-Hernandez, took home the top award for sales in the Summer Winds product category.  The Most Improved Territory award was given to Tommy Durden, territory manager for the mid-west including Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Minnesota.

See related article: Castelle receives positive response during ICFA Preview Show

Castelle also was acknowledged with an award during the market.  For the fourth time, the ICFA membership recognized Castelle for manufacturing leadership in the cast aluminum category. 

“This award is a tremendous vote of confidence for us in that it comes from our customers,” Ritzel says. “For the fourth time, we have been able to share this award with our entire organization. We strive to provide superior products and service to our customers and it is rewarding to know that these efforts are recognized.”

For more information about CASTELLE and their line of casual furniture visit www.castelleluxury.com.

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