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Shooting Industry May 2011 Digital Edition - Page 10

Industry news Academy Considers Record Number Of Entries he 2011 Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence awards drew a record 193 entries in its 14 categories. The Academy, celebrating its 20th anniversary, recognizes excellence in design, innovation and service to the industry. The voting members of the Academy, which include gun dealers and manufacturing and distributing executives, have completed their review of the entries, and narrowed the list to the top three in each category. This month, voting members will consider the official award nominees, and cast their final vote to determine who will receive this year’s awards. This year, the academy announced a change in the voting process, with the introduction of the “golden vote.” “Academy member dealers now have ‘golden vote’ power, which means their votes are double weighted in each category. Our goal is to provide dealers with more influence in offering their customers the best products available,” said Randy Molde, Academy director. The 2011 award recipients will be announced in conjunction with the Shooting Industry Masters. “The red-carpet extravaganza we’re planning to celebrate the 2011 award announcements in Bowling Green, Ky., July 22 will be unforgettable. We’re excited to celebrate 20 years of unique industry collaboration through the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence,” Molde said. To view this year’s entries, visit www.shootingindustry. com and click “Awards.” T uck Knives recently awarded the 2010 Sales Rep Agency of the Year award to Upper Canada Sports of Toronto, and co-Sales Reps of the Year awards to Al Belhumeur of Pro Line Sports in British Columbia, and Lynn Tackett of Tackett Brothers in Dallas, Texas. “All of these men and women representing these groups understand the importance of providing good service before and after the sale. They truly understand what Buck Knives is all about,” said CJ Buck, president. “Our team takes pride in representing a brand that delivers the quality and workmanship every Buck knife has,” said Norm Belanger, owner of Upper Canada Sports. For more information, visit www. buckknives.com. B Buck Knives Names 2010 Top Agency, Sales Reps imber Mfg. continues its record-setting support of USA Shooting, presenting the organization a check for $78,500 at the SHOT Show. This brings Kimber’s total contributions to USA Shooting to $840,000, the largest amount donated by a firearms company in the team’s history. “What Kimber continues to accomplish on an annual basis in support of the USA Shooting Team is phenomenal,” said Buddy DuVall, executive director of the USA Shooting Team Foundation. “Kimber’s support for our organization has a direct impact on our athletes’ results in international competition. With the success our athletes are having, we’re extremely optimistic about how the USA Shooting Team is shaping up for London, and we’re grateful for Kimber’s contribution toward this effort.” Kimber has been an official sponsor of USA Shooting since 2003. For each Kimber Team Match II 1911 pistol sold, the company makes a donation to USA Shooting. In addition to the funding provided by more than 8,000 Team Match IIs sold to date, Kimber provided a special Centennial Edition 1911 .45 ACP that was recently auctioned for more than $10,000 at the Dallas Safari Club convention. For more information on Kimber firearms, visit www.kimberamerica.com. For more on USA Shooting, visit www.usashooting.org. K Kimber Continues Support Of USA Shooting everal companies have honored Ellett Brothers with awards for outstanding sales and service. Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) presented Ellett Brothers its 2010 Sporting Goods Distributor of the Year award. DNZ Products honored Ellett Brothers as its 2010 Distributor of the Year. DNZ manufactures Game Reaper one-piece scope mounts. Fobus Holsters and Pouches presented the company its 2010 Number One Distributor award. Remington and Freedom Group recognized Ellett Brothers as its 2010 Ammunition Distributor of the Year. Daniel Defense honored Ellett Brothers with the 2010 Top Gun Award for outstanding sales throughout the year. Daniel Defense engineers and manufactures parts and accessories for military small arms. Glock presented Ellett Brothers the 2011 Perfection Award for being one of its top distributors. For more information, visit www.ellettbrothers.com. S Ellett Brothers Honored Leslie Edelman, Kimber owner and CEO, (left) presents USA Shooting Team members with a check for $78,500. 10 MAY 2011 Read SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com

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