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BERNINA of America recognized top dealers nationwide with achievement awards in sales, service and customer education at its recent BERNINA University dealer training conference in San Antonio, Texas.

John Ramsey, BERNINA of Oklahoma City, Okla., received the 2010 BERNINA Presidential Award, which recognizes the dealer that best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation and education represented by the BERNINA brand.  This includes successful promotion and advertising of the entire BERNINA product line, a modern store merchandising concept, a well-developed educational approach, dedication to total customer service and above-average growth in dollar sales and BERNINA units sold.
“We are proud to announce BERNINA of Oklahoma City as the recipient of the 2010 BERNINA Presidential Award,” said Mike Perich, Interim President of BERNINA of America.  “BERNINA of Oklahoma City represents the BERNINA brand proudly with truly outstanding sales and first-class customer support and serves as a model of success for other BERNINA dealers to emulate.”
In addition, BERNINA single- and multiple-store dealerships with the highest sales dollar volume during 2010 were honored.  The 2010 Top Five Multi-Store Dealer Awards were presented to:

  • Richard & Rod Borget, Dave’s BERNINA, Provo and St. George, Utah
  • Rhonda Lopez, Nuttall’s Inc., Sunset, American Fork, Riverton and Murray, Utah
  • Judy & John Curtis, It’s A Stitch-BERNINA, Humble and Houston, Texas
  • Joel & Michael Greenzaid, G Street Fabrics, Rockville, Md., Centerville and Falls Church, Va.
  • Jim Meissner, Meissner Sewing Machine Co., Sacramento, Rocklin and Folsom, Calif.
The 2010 Top Five Single-Store Dealer Awards were given to:

  • Ervin & Ella Mae Zimmerman, Hinkletown Sewing Machine Shop, Ephrata, Pa.
  • Leon & Linda Hoover, Hoover’s BERNINA Sew, Mifflinburg, Pa.
  • John Ramsey, BERNINA of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Timothy & Lois Hoover, Top Stitch Sewing Service, Barnett, Mo.
  • Jean & Al Haiar, BERNINA Sewing Center, Omaha, Neb.
Allison Fox, Black Swamp Quilt Shoppe, Millbury, Ohio, received the 2010 Rookie of the Year Award, which recognizes the new dealer from BERNINA’s Class of 2009 that best incorporated lessons of BERNINA dealer training into its operation, and that delivered impressive 2010 sales volume, market share, merchandising, customer service and educational support.
“Allison’s 2010 Rookie of the Year Award is a testament of her dedication to implementing the knowledge she gained through BERNINA University in order to provide a location that offers superior customer service and educational support,” said Perich.  “We wish Allison much success for many years to come.”
BERNINA also announced 2010 District Dealer of the Year Award winners from the company’s 11 districts. They include:

  • Debra & Gregor Sidler, BERNINA Sewing Center, Tampa and Brandon, Fla.
  • Justine & James Layman, Grandmother’s Thimble, Vestal, N.Y.
  • Tambra Newton & Janie Hartl, Thimbles, Lockport, Ill.
  • Steve Chubin, Steve’s Sewing & Vacuum, King of Prussia, Pa.
  • Ron VonBehren, Quality Sew & Vac, Grand Island, Neb.
  • Julie Holbrook, Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Ron & Barbara Goldkorn, Sew Much More, Inc., Austin, Texas
  • Carie McGhie, Going Batty Quilt Shop LLC, Reno, Nev.
  • Emily Gottschalk, Becky’s Fabrics & BERNINA, Lewiston, Idaho
  • Marcia Nagel & Suzanne Diemer, Pine Needles Quilt Shop, Decorah, Iowa and Racine, Minn.
  • Lori Brocesky, Thread Play with BERNINA, Centennial, Colo.
Founded in Switzerland more than 100 years ago, BERNINA is the world’s premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering state-of-the-art sewing and embroidery systems, sergers and embroidery software.  BERNINA’s leadership is marked by an impressive number of industry leaders, influencers and artisans who chose to partner with the company. BERNINA products are sold in the United States through a network of approximately 500 fully trained dealerships.  In 2008, the company introduced the revolutionary BERNINA 830, a machine designed to change the home sewing industry.  To learn more and to find a dealer, visit www.berninausa.com or call +1-630-978 25 00.