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March 15, 2011

ProTeam Announces 2010 Rep Award Winners

(BOISE, ID) Every year, ProTeam® holds a ceremony to honor the rep group of the year and an outstanding sales representative for contributions made to the cleaning industry and vacuum company. In 2010, ProTeam was pleased to name The RTF Group, Inc. as the recipient of the Larry Shideler Manufacturers Rep Group of the Year award, and Jeffrey Stone of Access Partners as the winner of the Mark Reimers Sales Representative of the Year award.

Named for ProTeam’s founder, the Larry Shideler Manufacturers Rep Group of the Year award celebrates innovation and reach in the cleaning industry. The RTF Group ( serves the tri-state area, and employs a team that holds over 200 years combined industry-related experience, with a special focus on facilities maintenance. ProTeam has worked with The RTF Group for over 10 years covering Illinois and Wisconsin. Special honorees that attended the event include Dick Friedman, Jeff Huml and Melissa Friedman. Also working for The RTF Group are Rick Kramer, Jim Clark, Marc Eisenberg, Perry Marks, Steve Miro, Lory Aicher and Victoriva Kogan.

The Mark Reimers Sales Representative of the Year is an award named after the late Mark Reimers—the original developer and longtime leader of ProTeam’s commercial sales organization. This award honors the outstanding sales representative for ProTeam during 2010. This year, Jeffrey Stone of Access Partners ( took home the prize. As one of the original reps for ProTeam, Stone has dedicated over 24 years to the vacuum company, and 30 years to covering all segments of the sanitation supply industry. He has also served as an ISSA board member as Manufacturer Representatives’ Director. Stone covers Southern California and Southern Nevada.

“At ProTeam, we think it’s important to take stock and give thanks to the outstanding people who have made this industry—and this company—what it is today. Our 2010 rep award winners showcase the dedication, knowledge and perseverance it takes to make a long-lasting impact in our field,” says Rich Steinberg, ProTeam Vice President of Sales. “We hope that this honor will serve as a small token of our appreciation for their incredible contributions.”

ProTeam® became a global phenomenon in the commercial cleaning world in 1987 after introducing a game-changing design innovation: the lightweight backpack vacuum. Scientific studies and maintenance crews consistently find ProTeam vacuums save time, money and resources while improving indoor air quality. In 2009, Emerson—a diversified global manufacturing and technology company—acquired ProTeam, and the legacy of innovation continues with a full range of high-performance vacuums designed to tackle every cleaning situation. Learn more at