Ladson, S.C. – Pitman Creek Wholesale LLC recently presented Z-Man Fishing Products Inc. with its prestigious 2018 President’s Award. Announced during Pitman Creek’s annual fall dealer show, the President’s Award is bestowed up the fishing tackle manufacturer who achieves the highest levels of excellence in operations and customer experience. Each year, more than 300 fishing tackle manufacturers are considered for the coveted award.
“President’s Award recipients exemplify the very best in all aspects of operations, sales performance and partnership," states James S. Coffey, President and CEO of Pitman Creek. “This is an opportunity for us to honor those suppliers who are truly the best of the best.”
Headlining an impressive list of accomplishments in 2018, Pitman Creek experienced a staggering 425-percent increase in sales of Z-Man Fishing Products. Further cementing their recognition among Pitman Creek partners, Z-Man was acknowledged for consistent participation in Pitman Creek programs which add value to the dealers, as well as continuous, exceptional product innovation.
Asked to reflect on the award, Z-Man National Sales Manager Glenn Young highlighted the companies’ collective histories of hard work and dedication to growth. “Time has flown by since those first years of working with the folks at Pitman Creek, developing the right assortment and the right sales plan to help grow their Z-Man business,” said Young. “To be honest, I was initially surprised we won this award. But when you look at the work and support Pitman Creek has put in, and couple that with our efforts at Z-Man, I probably shouldn't be that surprised. The award truly reflects the great partnership between our companies.”
“Our President’s Award program seeks to recognize those elite suppliers that help us succeed in accomplishing our vision of superior customer service and being first to market,” adds John D. Johnson, GM and Chief Operating Officer of Pitman Creek. “Distribution in the tackle industry is transforming at an incredible rate. The relationships we have with our supply base means everything when it comes to providing a strong assortment offering, the cutting-edge products needed today, and mobility services of tomorrow. Z-Man delivers on these each and every day.”
Z-Man President Daniel Nussbaum encapsulates the mutually beneficial relationship that’s thrived between the companies. “I feel like Z-Man and Pitman Creek have a lot in common,” Nussbaum asserts. “Both companies have seen explosive growth over the last few years. We believe it’s largely due to being extremely customer-focused and investing in marketing, personnel, and infrastructure in equal measure.”
Nussbaum continues: “Our relationship with Pitman Creek feels more like a partnership than a true vendor-customer relationship. Z-Man’s business with both independent retailers and national chain accounts has benefited greatly as a result of our collaboration, and it’s truly rewarding to know they feel the same way.”