ATLANTA – October 18, 2013 – For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI; “Company”), the market leader in innovative energy-efficient lighting, controls and daylighting solutions, proudly announces that it was selected as the IMARK Group’s (“IMARK”) 2013 “Supplier of the Year”, receiving the award at IMARK’s Annual Meeting. The prestigious Supplier of the Year award recognizes Acuity Brands’ industry-leading support in sales, service, marketing and product excellence over the past 12 months.
As a member-owned, member-governed marketing group of wholesale electrical distributors, IMARK represents more than 2,000 distributor locations. The award winner was selected by IMARK’s member companies. Criteria in rating preferred suppliers were items such as: annual sales growth and overall performance, marketing support for IMARK programs, new product promotion and communication activities, IMARK member training and sales engagement, and creative efforts to serve new IMARK members.
Bob Smith, President & CEO of IMARK, said, “Our membership was very pleased to once again announce Acuity Brands as the Supplier of the Year in our largest supplier category. Acuity continues to demonstrate outstanding support for our membership through all of the IMARK engagement opportunities. We are proud of our association with Acuity Brands and the award is greatly deserved. What is more impressive and never-before-achieved is that this is the fourth consecutive year that our membership has recognized Acuity Brands as our Supplier of the Year from amongst a highly competitive supplier network.”
“Acuity Brands is thrilled to be awarded IMARK’s highest recognition,” said Geoff Marlow, Acuity Brands Lighting Senior Vice President, Sales. “As our relationship with IMARK and its membership grows, we continue working hard to ensure that we deliver product leadership, targeted sales efforts, marketing support, training, and partnering forwarding superior strategy and execution to IMARK member and market demands. Receiving the IMARK Group Supplier of the Year distinction for the fourth consecutive year energizes all at Acuity Brands to continue aligning with member expectations and we are most appreciative of the partnership we share; the opportunity for focused growth together is great.”tED