A highlight of the week was a presentation from Louis Devaleix, Chief Executive Officer, Gimaex Americas, regarding Spartan ERV's joint venture with Gimaex. Spartan ERV and Gimaex collaborated in the development of the Telstar, a telescopic and articulated aerial platform, among other projects under way.
In addition to Spartan ERV's scheduled classes, dealers attended an exhibitor event from various suppliers. Spartan ERV saw a growth in total exhibitors from last year's event, along with an increased number of attendees.
Kent Cummings, Sales Manager with Fire Equipment Services, who attended his first Sales Training Conference, was impressed with how interactive and informative the conference was for the dealers. "From an outside perspective with this as my first Spartan conference, this is by far leaps and bounds above any other sales training event I have attended," said Cummings. "From a presentation standpoint, it's great to see Spartan individuals doing presentations on Spartan products; we aren't feeling pushed off as an afterthought."
Along with the scheduled classes, attendees gathered around the hotel's outdoor pool Sunday evening to watch the Super Bowl and cheer on their respective team.
The 2012 award winners are:
Dealership of the Year
Ferexpo S.A. (45 units)
Salesman of the Year
Pino Natale, Dependable Emergency Vehicles (42 units)
Aerial Top Gun
Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists, Inc. (8 aerials)
Most Stock Units Sold
Dependable Emergency Vehicles (10 units)
Rookie of the Year
Colden Enterprises, Inc. (7 units)
Most Improved Dealer
C & S Specialty, Inc.
Colden Enterprises, Inc. Fire Equipment Services First Choice Fire and Safety, Inc. Utility Equipment Service, Inc. Anchor-Richey Emergency Vehicle Services, Inc.
About Spartan ERV
Spartan ERV™ is a leading manufacturer of custom fire trucks and other rescue vehicles. A business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), Spartan ERV™ is committed to quality, performance and innovation. Drawing on more than 130 years of excellence in fire truck manufacturing, Spartan ERV™ manufactures a full line of pumpers, tankers, rescues, aerials, quick-attack/urban interface vehicles and other emergency-rescue vehicles from its facilities in Florida, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. For more information, visit
About Spartan Motors
Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle, emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets. The company's brand names - Spartan™, Spartan ERV™ and Utilimaster® - are known for quality, performance, service and first-to-market innovation. The company employs approximately 1,700 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, Florida and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $426 million in 2011 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis. Visit Spartan Motors at
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