Eastman Names Vista™ “National Dealer of the Year”

March 12th, 2014 by Editor

Eastman Chemical Co. recently presented national and regional dealer awards at its annual Vista™ Elite Dealer Conference, held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Travis Smith, vice president and general manager, Advanced Materials - Performance Films, Eastman Chemical Co. presents the National Dealer of the Year award to Mike Wanke of Mobile Tint/A-1 Glass Coating of San Antonio, Texas.

Travis Smith, vice president and general manager, Advanced Materials – Performance Films, Eastman Chemical Co. presents the National Dealer of the Year award to Mike Wanke of Mobile Tint/A-1 Glass Coating of San Antonio, Texas.

The 2013 National Dealer of the Year Award was presented to Mobile Tint/A-1 Glass Coating of San Antonio, Texas. Mike Wanke accepted the award on behalf of his company. His business was chosen from the hundreds of candidates in Eastman’s Vista dealer program. The award was based on several criteria including dealer loyalty, growth and the use of Eastman’s exclusive Vista sales and marketing programs.

Wanke opened his business in 1986, and focused on offering quality automotive installations, and today, nearly 80 percent of his business is generated through architectural sales. Some of his most noteworthy projects include the Marriott Riverwalk, San Antonio Convention Center, Alamodome and the San Antonio Airport. Wanke was named Texas Regional Dealer of the Year in 2012. He attributes his success to relationship building through glass companies, architects and designers. “It is an honor to be chosen as the Vista 2013 National Dealer of the Year,” said Wanke.  “At A1 Glass Coating, we strive every day to provide the highest quality service to our customers, and this allows us to continue to grow our business. We are grateful that Eastman provides us with the best products and marketing tools to achieve that goal.”

The recognzied Vista dealers include, from left: Nathan Saikali of APW Film in Ottowa, Ontario; Bob Viehmeyer of Del-Val Window Tint in Warminster, Pa.; Mike Castelli of Solar/Tek Window Tinting Inc. in Tampa, Fla.; Mike Wanke of Mobile Tint/A1 Glass Coating in San Antonio, Texas; Jim Brown of Suntrol in Cleveland, Ohio; and Peter Mott of Sunmaster Window Films in Napa, Calif.

The recognzied Vista dealers include, from left: Nathan Saikali of APW Film in Ottowa, Ontario; Bob Viehmeyer of Del-Val Window Tint in Warminster, Pa.; Mike Castelli of Solar/Tek Window Tinting Inc. in Tampa, Fla.; Mike Wanke of Mobile Tint/A1 Glass Coating in San Antonio, Texas; Jim Brown of Suntrol in Cleveland, Ohio; and Peter Mott of Sunmaster Window Films in Napa, Calif.

In addition to a national winner, five regional winners were selected for the Regional Dealer of the Year Award.

2013 Northeast Regional Dealer of the Year

Del-Val Window Tint in Warminster, Pa., was named the 2013 Northeast Regional Dealer of the Year.  Owner Bob Viehmeyer focuses primarily on commercial window film projects including government municipalities and medical facilities and has enjoyed great success in the school and university marketplace.

2013 Southeast Regional Dealer of the Year

The Southeastern Regional Dealer of the Year went to Solar/Tek Window Tinting, Inc. Owner Mike Castelli of Tampa, Fla., focuses on the commercial and residential markets. Castelli and his team completed several notable projects in 2013, including Tampa’s Bromly building, which consists of 15,000 square feet of EnerLogic® 35 window film.

2013 Midwest Regional Dealer of the Year

Suntrol Co., owned by John Hansen of Cleveland, Ohio, was named 2013 Midwest Regional Dealer of the Year. The award was accepted by Jim Brown. Suntrol attributes its 40 year track record of success to superior customer service and a commitment to doing the job right the first time. The company has garnered more than 40 awards of excellence and specialized certifications since 1975.

2013 Western Regional Dealer of the Year

The Western Regional Dealer of the Year is Sunmaster Window Films of Napa, Calif., owned by Peter Mott. His company has been in business for 15 years and has worked on many high-profile window film installation projects in the San Francisco Bay area. Besides being the owner of his company, Mott is also a local councilman for the city of Napa, Calif.

2013 Canadian Dealer of the Year

Eastman named APW Film, owned by Nathan Saikali of Ottawa, Ontario, as the Canadian Dealer of the Year. With more than 30 years in the window film business, the husband and wife partnership consistently leverage their connections at the specification level to grow the company’s commercial and residential film business.

“We were pleased to hear so many success stories from our small business partners at this year’s conference,” says Travis Smith, vice president and general manager, Advanced Materials – Performance Films, Eastman Chemical Co. “This conference is always an inspiring way to develop new business strategies and this year’s energy and enthusiasm indicates that 2014 will be a very strong year for the window film industry.”

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