Vendor NewsErgodyne announced today the 2013 winners of their annual Lead Dog program. Lead Dog qualifiers and winners are determined based on overall excellence in sales and marketing and are chosen from among Ergodyne's independent sales agency partners.

"This program was built to recognize the hard work and success of our passionate and growing army of global representatives," said Tom Votel, president and CEO of Ergodyne. "These folks are completely dedicated in helping us achieve our mission to Make the Workplace a Betterplace™."

The Ultimate Lead Dog {ULD} award goes to the top agencies demonstrating a strong mix of leadership, engagement, and sales. To reflect Ergodyne's expanding global sales force, the ULD award has been divided into two categories - North American and International:

2013 North American ULD Winner:
JDF Associates

"It is a tremendous honor to receive the esteemed Ultimate Lead Dog award," said Jeff Fordham, President of JDF Associates. "We attribute our success to the collaborative efforts of our two decade long partnership with Ergodyne and commend them for their tenacious support. JDF is extremely proud to represent Ergodyne's products and solutions that exceed our customers' expectations while improving productivity and protecting workers."

2013 International ULD Winner:
Halle Associates

"Halle Associates can relate to Ergodyne's amazing culture and ethical foundation as well as world class products and marketing," said Bob Halle, President of Halle Associates. "Having the team in Brazil win the International Ultimate Lead Dog Award is icing on the cake to an already great relationship."

Most Valuable Dogs [MVD] are individuals who have achieved a massive sale or accumulated sales during the year; penetrated a big, long term target with high upside; and/or broken into a new high potential market.

2013 MVD Winners:
Jaap Braukmann {VPS}
Bill Bouzan {Bill Bouzan}
Roberto Amado {Halle Associates}
Matt Reese {ISK}
Dan Sibiga {Ebbert Co}
Matt Schmidt {Shur Sales}
Jeff Van Winkle {Northcoast Sales Agency}
Rick Solis {JDF}

Inside MVDs [or MViD] are individuals who are behind the scenes supporting the outside sales folks. The MViD award honors those who go above and beyond and consistently deliver excellence.

2013 Inside MViD Winners:
Darlene Jefferson {JDF}
Paula Booker {ISK}
Scott Thistlethwaite {SHUR Sales}
Brittlee Dunn {SHUR Sales}
Ryan Woodman {Pacesetter Sales}
Congrats to all of the winners! For more information on Ergodyne, visit or call 800.225.8238

About Ergodyne

Since 1983, Ergodyne has pioneered the development of products that Make The Workplace A Betterplace™. What started with just one product has grown into a line of top flight, battle-tested, Tenacious Work Gear®; all precision crafted to provide protection, improve productivity and manage the elements for workers on jobsites the world over.The current lineup is extensive and constantly growing including: Hand Protection, Knee Pads, Supports, Footwear Accessories, Cooling Products, Warming Products, Hi-Vis Apparel, Lanyards, Equipment Storage Systems, Performance Work Wear, Portable Work Shelters, and Head Protection.