Worldwide Buying Group Concludes Successful Spring Show
Worldwide Buying Group just completed their Spring Show in Reno, Nevada with over 250 member
retailers representing 500 locations in attendance. Ten prospective members were also in attendance.
The exhibitors, representing over 1,000 lines were very pleased with strong and steady booth traffic
during the show.
2016 awards were given out at the show to deserving recipients continuing a tradition of recognizing
members and vendors who value the importance of partnership and are committed to the success of Worldwide:
Work Sports & Outdoors located in Enumclaw, Washington was recognized as 2016 Member of the Year.
2016 Hardlines Vendor of the Year –Shimano
Outstanding Hardlines Customer Service –Gene Nakata –Jeff Robles & Associates
2016 Softlines Vendor of the Year –Hi-Tec
Outstanding Softlines Customer Service –Brooks Baker –American Accessories
At the annual shareholder meeting, Tom Putnam, owner of Half Hitch Tackle in Panama City, Florida,
joined the Worldwide Board of Directors. “It’s an honor to serve on the Board of a great Member-owned
organization helping to grow independent sporting goods stores”.
Charlie Grigg, Griggs Department Store in Pasco, Washington, long-standing member since 1955,
was also approved for another three year term on the board.