Distributor Of The Year -- Pictured (from left) are Don Gillett, president/CEO of Roppe; Al Bixby, owner of Bixco Inc.; and Jeff Collum, VP sales and marketing, Roppe.

Bixco Inc. was named Roppe's 2003 Distributor of the Year on the basis of the company's strong, consistent sales growth and continuing support of Roppe's entire line of products. Bixco maintains locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La. Bixco CEO Al Bixby accepted the award.

Regional sales representative Kevin Jablon earned Salesman of the Year honors after his first full year with Roppe. Jablon, whose territory includes Baltimore, was acknowledged for making significant strides in strengthening Roppe's relationships through the entire distribution channel.