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Saturday, December 7, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Tucson, AZ - (December 4, 2013) The National Shoe Retailers Association named Aetrex Worldwide Inc. and Clarks-Americas its Vendors of the Year during the Association's annual leadership conference held Nov. 13-15, 2013 in Boston.

"Recipients of this award are companies that retailers hold in high esteem for the integrity of their business practices, and for their long-term commitment to the independent retail channel,” said NSRA president Chuck Schuyler. "This year, NSRA's selection committee found two companies equally deserving of the accolade, 'Vendor of the Year.' Rather than recognize only one of them, the committee elected for the first time to bestow the honor on both, and it is with great pleasure that we do so.”

Mindy Ojea, accepting on behalf of Clarks, noted that her professional experience includes time with both manufacturers and retailers. "I understand what partnership means on both sides of our business,” she said, adding, "Vendor of the Year isn't about our accomplishments – it's about our partnership with retailers. We appreciate you and hope we've helped you as much as you help us. Thank you – and know that this award is for everybody in this room.”

Representing Aetrex was founder, Richard Schwartz and his three sons, Larry, Matt and Evan, who have been running the company for several years. Larry Schwartz, CEO, accepted the award saying, "For us, this award means a ton coming from a group of people that we admire so much, that have been so good to us and have been such good friends.” Larry reflected on the support of independents over the years and their contribution to the company’s success today. "Getting this award this year is especially rewarding; we came out with a lot of great products on the technology side, the footwear side, and thanks to you we had a great year. Again, we thank you for all your support, friendship and we look forward to many more great years working with NSRA and all of our friends here. Thank you.”

"Our vendors are very important to us,” said Schuyler, "and over the years we've been lucky to gain their support, not just for independent retailers individually but for NSRA as a group. It is my pleasure to thank Clarks and Aetrex, and to say thank you for their continued support of and commitment to independent retailers.”


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