Western Paper Team Donates Supplies to Help Disadvantaged Teens

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More than 140 Western Paper team members and suppliers joined forces to compete in a series of on-mountain activities to fill backpacks with supplies to benefit the inner city nonprofit cityWILD. The competition was designed to build new connections and strengthen existing relationships between team members, suppliers and representatives of the youth-empowering nonprofit, for whom the activity was designed to benefit. Between the alpine coaster races, zip line runs, climbing wall face offs and creative team activity challenges, everyone participating had a great time doing something good for an even better cause!

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CityWild is working hard to bring the typically exclusive world of outdoor experiential education to a broad, inclusive audience. Their comprehensive, tuition-free programs promote themes of personal empowerment, leadership, and community participation while motivating participants to reach their full potential at school, at home, and in their communities. To learn more, visit www.citywild.org


Western Paper's 2019 Sales Conference Inspires New Connections

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Copper Mountain was the scenic host of Western Paper’s 2019 Annual Sales Conference, and the event was a hit, with both Western Paper team members and our preferred supplier partners coming together June 10-14 to forge stronger personal and professional connections.

The popular Colorado mountain resort was still thawing its snow from the ski season, but there was plenty of warmth in the laughter and relationships of those gathered to discuss the status of the industry, the latest product innovations and the positive vision and plan for ongoing growth and delivering help to our customers.

Western Paper’s CEO Nick Morris and President/COO Jeff Farmer recapped the year’s successes and blueprint for moving forward and continuing to lead the industry in customer service and excellence in execution. This highly anticipated event not only allows our team to investigate new product solutions and top product performers from our valued supplier partners, but it also gives the company a chance to recognize some of the outstanding performances by those in our industry.

In the usual and customary fashion, Morris’ words at the awards banquet filled the hall with laughter while giving special recognition to top performing team members, including:

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Thomas Rohr

Moving Mountains Award

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Jimbo Ralls

Moving Mountains Award

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Steve Jung

Moving Mountains Award

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Ben Slie

Tough Mudder Award

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Tim Clanton & Caroline Krysynski (unable to attend)

Lifetime Achievement Award

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Jim Deon/TRC Marketing

Supplier Salesperson of the Year

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Inteplast Group (Joe Valdez & Steve Hughes)

Supplier of the Year

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Brandon Vickerman

Rising Star Award

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Kyle Green

Sales Consultant of the Year

Western Paper Team "Bowls Over" Junior Achievement With Support!

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Recently, Western Paper Distributors team members brought their best bowling games out to help raise money for another great cause! The annual 2019 Bowl-A-Thon was the culmination of a month long string of fundraising efforts that included penny wars, a bake sale, auction events and personal donations. All combined, the Western Paper crew generated more than $3,800 to benefit 95 Junior Achievement students!

Western Paper has made it a priority to support the organization for many years. Junior Achievement is fueled by a dedicated volunteer network and it provides programs for students which focus on three key content areas: entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness. The goal is to teach concepts through experiential learning, allowing young people to put their new knowledge and skills into practice, and all of us at Western Paper are thrilled once again to be able to participate in helping strengthen this important organization!

Western Paper Acquires In-House Laundry Systems Chemical Business

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Western Paper Distributors is pleased to announce that they have agreed to take over the chemical delivery portion of In-House Laundry Systems in Avon, Colorado. Owner Bill Jones, who recently announced his transition into retirement, was seeking a reliable partner that could ensure his customers continued to enjoy a high level of service and satisfaction, and he found that in Western Paper. 

According to Jones, “Along with their record of years in business, Western Paper has been the recipient of many awards both within the industry and community. I am confident that they will provide you with the level of service that you have come to expect from us.”

As of May 1,  2019, all orders placed with In-House Laundry Systems will be delivered and invoiced by Western Paper. The two companies are working together to ensure a smooth transition and are excited about the new opportunities this changeover presents to mountain town customers in Avon, CO.

Western Paper Team Raises Even More Money for St. Baldrick's Foundation!

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Last year, the Western Paper family donated more than $2,900 to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and team member Michele Andersen-Heroux demonstrated her commitment to the cause by shaving her head!

This year, the goal was even higher. And the good news is, so was the amount raised! The Western Paper family responded to the call by donating more than $3,500 towards the battle to eliminate childhood cancer! This is a wonderful accomplishment because the St. Baldrick’s Foundation receives no funding from governmental agencies. All monies raised are a result of the compassion and generosity of individuals like Michelle and her fellow team members at Western Paper. With team members making donations and the company matching those gifts, this year’s total raised was $3,582.

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.

Western Paper “TPs” the Largest Non-Profit Emergency Assistance Program in Southern Colorado!

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As part of our ongoing efforts to make a positive impact on our community, Western Paper was thrilled to partner with PB&T Bank and participate in this year’s toilet paper drive. This nearly 40-year-old annual tradition has generated much needed hygiene products for the Pueblo Cooperative Care Center, and as the biggest commercial distributor of toilet tissue in the State of Colorado, it seemed like a natural fit for us to get involved.

Whenever it comes to raising money for charities, it’s nice to see targets met. But it’s even better when they’re almost tripled! And that’s exactly what happened when Western Paper took up the challenge to meet the goal of 4,300 rolls of toilet paper, and ended up delivering 11,692!

According to Western Paper CEO Nick Morris, “This drive was an overwhelming success, and it’s a great feeling to know that we “wiped out” the toilet paper goal and provided some very practical assistance to local people in need!”

Western Paper Team Donates Time and Resources to Benefit Jamaican Children

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Western Paper’s motto is, “We’re Here to Help!”

Our team members can often say that with pride, especially when volunteering their time and money to help a good cause. This month, that outreach was to make a difference in the lives of children ages 2-6 who attend the Seventh-Day Adventist Church Lilliput in Montego Bay, Jamaica!

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About two dozen team members assembled at the early education school for boys and girls to install playground equipment Western Paper purchased, including a slide, swing set and jungle gym of climbing bars. Holes were dug, sand was spread and mortar was poured. The team also purchased and assembled half a dozen picnic tables with benches.

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Once the equipment was built, our team painted it all in bright colors to reflect the cheery countenance of the excited children watching in delight! This service project was performed on a Friday, allowing the weekend for the equipment to set and dry. So while most people don’t look forward to Mondays, we’re pretty confident these happy Jamaican boys and girls were doing just that! And we’re thrilled to know that they will enjoy their new play area for many years to come!




Western Paper Ends Year of Generosity With Twin Toy Drives

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In the month of December, Western Paper employees got in the spirit of giving and participated in two toy drives to benefit children less fortunate—one for Toys for Tots and the other for BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association). Through matching support by Western Paper, a total of 75 toys were purchased for little ones during the holiday!

These two toy drives capped off an entire year of giving to great causes by Western Paper team members. In 2018, Western Paper employees and the company itself combined on efforts that raised more than $160,000 and were active participants in over a dozen charitable organizations, including:

•  Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation                   

•  American Heart Association                   

•  Marfan Foundation                   

•  St. Baldrick's Foundation

•  Junior Achievement Bowling

•  SafeHouse Denver

•  Colorado Family Life Center

•  Project Sanctuary

•  BBB named scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Fund

•  Alzheimer's Association

•  Walk to End Alzheimer's

•  American Lung Association Run the Rocks

•  Movember

• Denver Rescue Mission

•  Marines Toys for Tots

•  Building Owners and Managers Association

Team Western Paper Raises More Than $31,000 for Men’s Health

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Western Paper Sales Professional Jeff Hartman has led the company in sales the past two years. But perhaps more impressively, Jeff has led the charge for the past 7 years to raise money for The Movember Foundation, a men’s charity working to tackle prostate and testicular cancer while supporting mental health and suicide prevention.

This year, with the backing of his friends, family members, colleagues and suppliers, Jeff’s Movember campaign well exceeded his $29,999 goal, reaching a $31,362 total when the month came to a close. In addition to the raising funds, Jeff’s efforts did a wonderful job of raising awareness, with 21 guys at Western Paper participating in a moustache growing contest to help raise money through a weekly raffle. In fact, Jeff and his team’s efforts were so successful, he ranked 4th on the US leaderboard.

While the quality and taste of the various moustaches that were grown by the guys is certainly debatable, there can be no question that this team did a great job for a great cause. We cautiously but eagerly anticipate what next year’s facial hair designs will look like, as well as the opportunity to raise even more for Movember next year!

To learn more about Jeff’s campaign and Movember, visit https://us.movember.com/mospace/2922545

Western Paper and Morris Family Charitable Fund Donate 1,000 Thanksgiving Meals

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In the spirit of the holiday and as part of our ongoing effort to have a positive impact on our local community, Western Paper and Morris Family Charitable Fund were pleased to donate 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to those in need.

According to Western Paper CEO Nick Morris, “Working with the Denver Rescue Mission was an easy choice, because of their longstanding tradition of making a practical difference in people’s lives.”

The Denver Rescue Mission, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of homeless men, women and children in Denver and Northern Colorado, has been engaged in outreach since it first opened as a shelter for women back in 1892. To learn more visit www.denverrescuemission.org.

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.

Michele's Before and After Photos

Michele's Before and After Photos