2016 Award Winners

Pacesetter of the Year

BIC Graphic & Mountville Mills


A pacesetter supplier goes above and beyond standard business practices. These companies and their teams exemplify excellence in business with constant attention to detail, and relentless dedication to providing Universal Unilink Members with the most innovative technologies, products and customer service. The 2016 Pacesetter of the Year winners personify what it takes to be the leader in their industry.



Innovation Awards 

Jeffrey Cohen, Image Branding 


Jeffrey Cohen was recognized for excellence in niche marketing with Image Branding’s Printed Faith division. With meticulous research and relentless focus on the needs of the evangelical community, Printed Faith provides wearables and other promotional items for church groups and ministries. This site doesn’t just sell t-shirts, they partner with their customers in their mission, resulting in a growing and loyal customer base. Learn more about Printed Faith at the website www.PrintedFaith.

Gordon Hickman, Advanced Linen & Uniform


Gordon Hickman was recognized for advances in energy conservation with a solar panel installation used to heat water at Advanced Linen & Uniform’s California facility. The entire purchase and installation of the panels was covered by federal and local energy credits and generates savings more than $20,000 annually. You can view the presentation Gordon Hickman and energy consultant, Steven Ames of Solar Manufacturing, made in the Video Library on the Member web site under the title Increasing Profits – Managing Costs.


Supplier of the Year

Showdown Displays


The 2016 Supplier of the year award is given to the Universal Unilnk Preferred Supplier with the largest growth of Member sales. Showdown Displays is this year’s winner with more than 20% increase in Member sales. Businesses spend almost $4 Billion annually on signs and displays and the budget for disposable banners and signs is almost twice that amount. Because only 1 in 10 distributors offer these products, it’s easy to see why this segment is growing so quickly and profitably.


Supplier Patron of the Year 

Randy McKernan, Image Connection


Many of our members list “group buying power” as the primary reason for joining Universal Unilink. But a large group of Members has no buying power if the membership doesn’t patronize Preferred Suppliers as Randy McKernan does. Randy wins this year’s Supplier Patron of the Year with his support of 18 Universal Unilink Suppliers with orders.