Stanley Stephens Co., a Roppe distributor for more than 20 years, and Dave Armstrong a sales representative with the company since 1987, have been named Roppe‘s Distributor of the Year and Salesman of the Year, respectively.

Roppe's director of sales, Bart Rogers, noted that the Stanley Stephens Co. earned the honor by "demonstrating strong, consistent sales growth in very competitive markets while continuing to support Roppe's entire line of products" The distributor, which has locations in Bristol, Pa., Annapolis Junction, Md and Richmond, Va., previously won top distributor honors from Roppe in 1998. The more recent award was accepted by Steve, Jack and Matt Seidman at Roppe's 2004 Sales Awards and Dinner Banquet at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Roppe noted that the top salesman of the year honors went to Armstrong based on his success working with distributors as well as the steady sales growth seen in his territory. Armstrong, whose territory includes Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana, previously garnered the award in 1992, 1993 and 1997 in addition to a special sales recognition award in 1998.

The winners of Salesman of the Year and Distributor of the Year are determined by criteria, including meeting and exceeding sales goals, gaining market share, and increasing market penetration of Roppe products, the company said. .

The Fostoria, Ohio-based manufacturer of rubber and vinyl flooring for the commercial market noted that it is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.