Recently, John Fullerton, independent Canadian agent for American Tombow, received the 2017 Sales Professional Award at Office Games Toronto, the annual convention held by Basics Office Product Group.
The event, which is a vendor trade show for Basics Office Products, CIS Office Plus and Guild Office Pro Groups, was held at the Toronto Congress Centre on October 13, 2017. Out of a pool of 200 candidates, Fullerton was selected by the majority of the 100 office products dealers who cast their vote for the honour.
“I’m very thrilled and surprised,” says Fullerton. “It is a great honour to be recognized by your colleagues, especially your customers, most of whom I have known for 20-plus years.”
Fullerton is responsible for managing sales account activities in Canada on behalf of Tombow in the art supply, office supply and mass merchant channels. Prior to joining Tombow in 2013, Fullerton spent 24 years in the sales industry, working with various manufacturing brands through product training and sales representation.
This isn’t the first time Fullerton has been recognized by Basics Office Products for his outstanding work in the industry. In 2009, he was part of the Sales Team of the Year, and was part of the winning Vendor of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. The honour this year marks his first individual award.
“I love this job and this industry. I really enjoy working and helping people succeed in their lives. That is what I have always tried to do in my business dealings,” says Fullerton. “Of course, it is a big honour and privilege to be recognized by your peers. It really makes you feel great, so I am obviously thrilled.”
Greg DiLaura, director of sales for Tombow, says Fullerton has been instrumental in growing the brand’s presence in Canada and that the recognition is well-deserved.
“It’s always great to see hard work recognized,” says DiLaura. “We’re excited for what the future holds for Tombow in Canada, and having John receive this award is a great way to cap off 2017.”
At the event, Genuine Supply Source (GSS) was honoured with the Vendor of the Year Award for a medium-sized vendor. The milestone marks GSS’s first award. It was voted on collectively by the dealers from Basics Office Products, Guild Stationers Office Pro and the Canadian Independent Stationers (CIS) groups.
“This is a great, well deserved, achievement for a company that has worked really hard to establish themselves in our industry,” says Fullerton.