Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association Names Western Paper 2018 Allied Supplier of the Year!

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On November 5, 2018, the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association assembled together the leading players of the state’s hospitality industry at the spectacular Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. The unique event features a variety of networking and education events, including the Stars of the Industry Awards and Hotelier of the Year Dinner.

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During that special evening, Western Paper Distributors was recognized for its excellence in supplier services and was named the recipient of the 2018 Allied Supplier of the Year! Our very own Aaron Armstrong (pictured above left) was on hand to participate in the event and receive the coveted award, and we are very proud our entire team for the great work they’ve done to earn such positive recognition!

Western Paper Earns Top Award "Member of the Year" From Network Services Company

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During its 50th annual stockholder/membership meeting, Network Services Company recognized Western Paper Distributors as the company they felt delivered the most outstanding performance and support of Network’s programs and initiatives.

“Member of the Year” is the highest honor given by the organization, and Western Paper is thrilled to be acknowledged for the team’s hard work and dedication to excellence amongst a crowded field of high performing distributors. This marks the third time Network has selected Western Paper as “Member of the Year.”

According to Western Paper CEO Nick Morris, “This is a team award that serves as a testimony to the fantastic group of people we have working at Western. I’m so proud of what they’ve accomplished!”

In recent years, Western Paper has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including the “Operations Excellence Award,” “Outstanding Performance Award” and “IT Excellence Award.” For a more detailed list of awards received, visit www.western-paper.com/awards/

Western Paper Team Members Raise Money for Alzheimer's Research

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In September, eight Western Paper team members took part in the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Denver walk was an amazing success, generating enthusiastic community support with 11,000 participants walking to raise over $1.3 million!

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This charitable opportunity was brought to our recognition by our very own Tara Curnow in Supplier Management, who is already planning to put together an even larger team next year. We are proud of team members who jumped in to help raise funding for research to find a cure from Alzheimer’s, both through the walk and our Greens for Jeans charity program. Incredibly, Alzheimer’s is currently the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed, so we look forward to making an even bigger impact next year!

Western Paper Helps Raise Over $120,000 for Scholarships at Metro Lodging Golf Tournament

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On Thursday, July 26, 2018, Western Paper once again served as the generous title sponsor of Metro Denver Lodging Council’s annual golf tournament benefiting the Colorado Hospitality Scholarship program. This year’s event, held at the Hilton Denver Inverness, was a remarkable success, generating about $120,000 of funding to help students achieve higher education. This amount was about twice as much as was raised last year, and we are so pleased that one hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to provide scholarships to students enrolled in hospitality programs in Denver.

Western Paper employees Aaron Armstrong, Drew Frank and Steve Jung were among those playing to support the scholarship funding. In addition to Western Paper’s title sponsorship, there was generous support and participation provided by a number of our manufacturing partners, including Rubbermaid, Tennant Company and Solo/Dart. With beverages provided by Tivoli Brewing Company, a good time for a great cause was once again had by all.

We are already looking forward to next year's event designed to make an impact and help students thrive. To learn more about the scholarship visit http://coloradolodging.com/education/

Western Paper Earns Spartan Award
for Sales Growth!

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Our friends and partners at Spartan Chemical Company have been a recognized leader in the formulation and manufacture of sustainable cleaning and sanitation solutions for the industrial and institutional market since 1956. 

Recently they gave a bit of their own recognition to Western Paper by granting us a Spartan Award, an honor that spotlights a distributor for achieving significant sales growth. We are both proud to have received this award, and determined to continue delivering excellence in distribution as we team up with the nation's leading suppliers of cleaning chemicals and resources. 

Western Paper Annual Summer Picnic Another Team Building Success!

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It was a Hawaiian Luau themed Saturday get-together that brought members of the Western Paper team together, from the warehouse and office staff to the outside sales and leadership teams, for a morale-building afternoon of food and beer, kickball, face painting, cornhole and bouncy house fun.

The summer picnic is an annul tradition that allows team members, their families—even their beloved pets—to all mingle in a welcoming, casual and comfortable environment, and we're already looking forward to next year's!

Western Paper Team Members and Suppliers Donate Hygiene Kits to Local Nonprofit

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More than 120 Western Paper team members and valued suppliers took part in THE AMAZING RACE, a competitive GPS directed scavenger hunt that had participants working together to locate key landmarks, compete in team challenges, and most importantly, collect deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other hygiene essentials that were assembled into bags and donated to benefit Summit County families in need. 

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Western Paper partnered with CBST Adventures for the execution of the fun activity, and worked with FIRC (Family and Intercultural Resource Center) to collect and distribute the hygiene kits. Director of Programs Peter Bakken was on hand to personally collect the hygiene kits and express his appreciation to the participants for making a meaningful impact on local families needing assistance. 

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According to Western Paper CEO Nick Morris, "We were thrilled to spend an afternoon working together to assemble these hygiene kits. The activities were a lot of fun, but it's far more rewarding to know these items will have a positive impact on struggling local families."

Western Paper’s 2018 Annual Sales Conference
Proves to Be Best One Ever!

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Held up in the beautiful mountain town of Vail, Colorado, Western Paper’s sales team, leadership team and a group of the nation’s top suppliers gathered at the newly remodeled Hotel Talisa for four key days of insight, inspiration, education and connection. This highly anticipated event not only allows our team to investigate the latest industry innovations and top product solutions from our preferred supplier partners, but it also gives the company a chance to recognize some of the outstanding performances by those in our industry.

Steve Jung and Aaron Armstrong presented a powerful overview of the challenges and opportunities that the hospitality market currently faces. Western Paper’s CEO Nick Morris and President/CFO Jeff Farmer outlined their strategic plan for continuing to lead the industry in customer service and growing the business through excellence in execution. Once again, at the laughter-filled awards banquet, Morris entertained everyone while giving special recognition to a number of well-deserving team members, including: 

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Moving Mountains

Karen Dike

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Suzanne Malom

 

 

 

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John Freeman

 

 

 

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Supplier Sales Person of the Year

Brett Jordan (with Tennant)

 

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Supplier of the Year
GP Pro

Mike Spellacy, Amy Eisenmann, 
Dave Blauvelt,
Collin Mcferrin,
Kelsey Foster, Kevin Subach

 

 

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Lifetime Achievement and Pinnacle Club
Bill Robertson

 

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Rising Star and Pinnacle Club
Kyle Green

 

 

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2017 Sales Consultant of the Year
Jeff Hartman

Western Paper Team Helps Impoverished Children in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Each year, the top performing sales consultants and leadership team at Western Paper enjoy a team building experience in Mexico. A vital component of this incentive trip includes an outreach to children in outlaying impoverished areas. This spring, the team partnered with Casa Hogar, a privately funded children’s home that acts as a safe haven for children when their parents have been reported to the police for negligence or abuse. Armed with paint and supplies, the team painted the building and also donated a variety of much needed food and cleaning supplies. 

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In addition, the team ventured out to local soup kitchen that feeds hungry children and provides a safe place to eat and find spiritual and social support. Many of these children are dealing with issues of abuse, abandonment and addiction. The team performed maintenance and trash removal, and donated new clothing, a variety of toys and money for food. The smiles and grateful hearts of the children made this outreach incredibly rewarding.  

Western Paper Team Rallies to
Benefit Children Battling Cancer

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Western Paper Team Member Michele Andersen-Heroux’s life has been touched by childhood cancer. She shared with us her passion to raise at least $2,500 by March 24 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, as well as her commitment to shave her head if the goal was met! We jumped at the chance to support her through two in-office fundraising opportunities, and corporately offered to match all employee donations toward her cause.

Thanks to our team member’s generosity, Michele exceeded her goal, raising $2,913 for the foundation! And true to her word, Michele shaved her head! She is grateful for the kindness and support demonstrated by her peers to help young people in their health battles with cancer. And we’re grateful to have such a dedicated and compassionate team member on staff!

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

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Western Paper Employees Support
The Marfan Foundation

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Marfan Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue, which holds all the body’s cells, organs and tissue together. It also plays an important role in helping the body grow and develop properly. About 1 in 5,000 people have Marfan Syndrome–including Kylie and Tiffany Gaboriault, the daughter and wife of Western Paper Sales Representative Scott Gaboriault.

Founded in 1981, The Marfan Foundation has made some great strides in inspiring research, raising awareness and supporting the patients and families affected by Marfan Syndrome. Walk for Victory is a nationwide walk program that focuses on fundraising and fun with the 2017–2018 goal of raising $800,000 for the Foundation.

Scott, Tiffany and Kylie participated in Phoenix’s walk on March 11. Their goal was to raise $1,000. Through office fundraising efforts alone, Western Paper team members contributed nearly $600 towards their goal. You can help support The Marfan Foundation by visiting https://give.marfan.org/kylie  and making a donation today!

Western Paper Sponsors Colorado Avalanche Charity Event

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Members of Western Paper's leadership team were honored to be a part of 2018's Colorado Avs Better Halves Charity Brunch. The annual event is an incredible day that supports and benefits local children who are fighting life threatening illnesses or dealing with impairments from disabilities. The day begins with the kids meeting and spending time with their professional hockey playing chaperones. Then the players don their aprons to serve lunch to the enthusiastic group of attending philanthropists.

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Trading aprons for their Sunday best, the players next join the kids who are all dressed up to walk the catwalk in an upbeat fashion show. Despite the players active involvement, the kids are truly the superstars of the day, and Western Paper is proud to be a sponsor of such a touching and inspiring community event.

Western Paper Receives Top Award
From Network

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Western Paper’s commitment to excellence in sales and service has once again been recognized by Network, who has chosen Western Paper as the recipient of their 2017 Member Sales Performance Award.  This marks the second award that Western Paper has received for 2017. Earlier this year, Network announced Western Paper as the recipient of their Operations Excellence Award, so we are very pleased to have our great team’s dedication and hard work noted twice in one year! We look forward to even more great things in 2018.

Network Services Company (NETWORK®) Celebrates 50 Years of Distribution by Design

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Half a century ago, a handful of distribution companies in the Northeastern U.S. knit together a collaborative partnership that would enbale them to provide service to large regional customers. Right then, the core concept of Network was born. Five decades later the organization now celebrates its tremendous growth in geographic coverage and market share, providing global distribution and product expertise for janitorial supplies, foodservice packaging and disposables, industrial packaging, and commercial printing papers through best-in-class local representation.

Western Paper is a proud member of Network Services Company, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to the entire Network team in recognition of their remarkable 50th year anniversary.  We recognize that Network is well-positioned to navigate our ever-evolving industry challenges and look forward to working together to achieve another 50 years of progress and growth.

Western Team Members Embrace the Holidays
With a Christmas Decorating Contest and Parties

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Work is no place for humbugs or The Grinch to get comfortable! This December, Western Paper team members in the Denver office jumped feet first into a friendly holiday decorating competition, and the results transformed the office into a winter wonderland!With a department-wide dinner out on the line, each of the internal teams enthusiastically decked the halls, walls and cubicles with a vast array of holiday décor and cheer. Judging was difficult due to all of the creativity on display, but in the end, first place prize was awarded to the Inside Sales/Sale Support team, with Finance/IT and Supplier Management claiming first and second runner up spots.

In addition to the festivities in Denver, Western Paper employees in Arizona, New Mexico and Grand Junction all celebrated the season with a dinner and office party that brought the teams together for a couple relaxing hours of holiday cheer and team-building fun. As a family owned business, we cherish the opportunities to get together and celebrate the blessings of the year.

Western Paper and PV Roadrunner Supply
Team Up to Enhance Customer Service

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Western Paper Distributors has teamed up with PV Roadrunner Supply in Phoenix, Arizona, to establish an agreement that—effective immediately—Western Paper will begin servicing accounts previously held by PV Roadrunner. This is exciting news as it expands Western Paper’s reach in the Arizona market and is aligned with their corporate vision of being recognized as the leading supplier of cleaning supplies and equipment, foodservice packaging products and related services.

PV Roadrunner Supply has been a reliable supplier of janitorial, foodservice packaging and equipment for many years. With their new shift in focus to their cash and carry business, PV Roadrunner has called on Western Paper to step in and do what it does best—provide innovative strategies and product solutions designed to help make customers’ businesses better.  We look forward to making a personal and positive impact on our new customers in the Phoenix area!

 

Western Paper Wins Top Honors

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As the leading global organization of independent distributors for cleaning supplies and equipment, food service disposables, and industrial packaging products, Network Services knows a thing or two about excellence in the industry. And that's why Western Paper is so very honored to have been named recipient of their 2016 Operations Excellence Award!

At a stockholders meeting, Network Services' CFO Mike Johnson presented Western Paper with this distinguished award that recognizes the company for superior performance in numerous categories of business execution, including new customer implementation, responsiveness, accuracy, error prevention, collaboration, service and continuous improvement. This is another positive affirmation that Western Paper is doing things right. To learn more about our award-winning history, visit www.western-paper.com/awards

Western Paper Helps Raise Record-Breaking $58,000 for Scholarship Fund

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On Friday September 29, 2017, Western Paper served as the generous title sponsor of Metro Denver Lodging Council’s annual golf tournament benefiting the Colorado Hospitality Scholarship program. This year’s event, held at Lone Tree Golf Club, was a tremendous success, generating more than twice the funding of last year’s tournament! We’re excited to help students achieve higher education and pleased that one hundred percent of the proceeds generated will be used to provide scholarships to students enrolled in hospitality programs in Denver.

Western Paper CEO Nick Morris and Business Development Manager Steve Jung were among those swinging the sticks for the sake of scholarship support. In addition to Western Paper’s title sponsorship, there was generous support and participation provided by a number of our manufacturing partners, including Rubbermaid, TRC Marketing, Tennant Company and TTI Floor Care. With beverages provided by Tivoli Brewing Company, a good time for a great cause was had by all.

Western Paper Sales Professional Aaron Armstrong played a vital role in this event’s success, serving tirelessly on the planning committee and even foregoing play this year to greet players individually as they approached the first tee box. We’re proud of his involvement and the success of this event, and look forward to next year’s tournament continuing the tradition of helping students thrive. To learn more about the scholarship visit http://coloradolodging.com/education/

Western Paper Donates Over $20,000 of Supplies to Aid in Hurricane Harvey Cleanup

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When Johnson United contacted Western Paper about partnering to provide help for the hurting in Houston following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we jumped at the chance. They’ve got a real mess down there, and we’ve got a huge warehouse of cleaning supplies! So we turned our picking crew loose on pulling items that will help most in the recovery efforts, including lots of trash bags, wipers and cleaning chemicals. In all we loaded more than $20,000 of supplies on Johnson’s truck bound for Houston. We’re grateful for the opportunity to get involved because when the community needs a hand, Western Paper is here to help! To learn more, check out the video below!

Western Paper Team Members Donate School Supplies to Denver Public Schools

Once again, Western Paper team members participated in the company’s annual Back to School Supply Drive for the Denver Public Schools Foundation. The voluntary program, led by sales support staff Michelle Jackway, generated a positive outcome with both cash donations and boxes of school supplies that will benefit students throughout the district. Thanks to all of our team members who generously helped make getting ready for school just a little bit easier for Denver Public School District students this year!