Wholesale Distribution Company Named “Member of the Year” from National Association
DALLAS, TX — Amsterdam, New York’s Hill & Markes, Inc. recently received industry recognition with two awards, including the prestigious Network Services Company’s “Member of the Year Award.” The awards were presented at a Network Services shareholders meeting in Dallas, Texas.
Network Services Company, a collaborative organization, is the premier association for a limited number of top distributors throughout the country. Hill & Markes is one of only 72members in North America. Hill & Markes is a wholesale supplier of food service disposables, industrial packaging, janitorial products and office supplies.
“Being invited to join Network Services seven years ago was an honor in itself,” said Hill & Markes’ CEO Neal Packer. “We knew we were joining a premier organization with business opportunities we did not have access to previously. To be honored as “Member of the Year” came as an enormous honor and complete surprise.”
Criteria for the award included purchasing power, increased sales volume, customer service for national and local accounts, participation in improving NETWORK, sharing best practices with other NETWORK distributors and innovations. “It might have been our innovative new plant, a totally green facility, which opened in Montgomery County in 2011 that put us over the top with the selection committee,” said Andrea Finkle Packer, Hill & Markes’ Vice President of Marketing. “Our new, custom built ’green building’ is a candidate for LEED Gold Certification. Innovative design, advanced technology and state of the art energy initiatives are well represented in the facility.”
It is interesting to note that NETWORK’s “Member of the Year Award” isn’t necessarily presented annually. The merit based award is only given when the NETWORK identifies exemplary achievement. While at the Dallas meeting, Hill & Markes received additional recognition based on other significant accomplishments.
Hill & Markes first opened in 1906 making ice cream, ice cream cones and candy. Harry and Harriet Finkle purchased the company from Amos Hill and Charlie Markes in 1947. Neal and Andrea Finkle Packer share the leadership of the company with Andrea’s brother, Jeffry Finkle, the President of the Corporation. The third generation, the Packer's son Jason Packer, joined the company as a business development specialist in 2009.